Saturday, April 1, 2017

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL get a very special visit (with tons of photos)

McDowell Elementary School said goodbye to a very fun March is "Chocolate" reading month at today's assembly. And guess who surprised us with a visit?

It was Willy Wonka direct from his chocolate factory. Many students won a magic ticket and everyone got some delicious chocolate to take home. Yummy fun was had by all! Great job Ms. Bochenek who played Willy Wonka and thank you to Ms. Hutchison for this month's fun activities!

MYERS, RANDALL CHORAL groups sing for special outing

The Myers and the Randall elementary school chorus groups sang at the Taylor School District Community and Family Expo on March 30.

The Myers Chorus sang three numbers about health to support their Fuel Up To Play 60 and Building Healthy Communities grants -- Feeling Good, Exercise Tango and Body Boogie.

Randall three songs as well:  Music Matters, Count on Me and a Medley with Lean on Me and Don't Stop Believing.

The Myers Chorus is directed by Mrs. Leslie Burnett. The Randall Chorus is directed by Mrs. Brandy McCracken.  Mrs. McCracken could not attend due to family issues, so Mrs. Leslie Burnett stepped in and directed the Randall Chorus.


Congratulations to the pupils of Eureka Heights Elementary School who recorded perfect attendance this month!


Eureka Heights Elementary School recently held its spring concert.

TICKETS WILL GO FAST for Petting Farm's Bunny Luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the Heritage Park Petting Farm's Bunny Luncheon, scheduled for April 15.

The luncheon, featuring pictures with bunny and duck characters, cookie decorating and crafts, an egg hunt and plenty of live animals, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm, located on Northline and Pardee roads (12803 Pardee).

Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at the farm (cash or check only).

For more information, call (734) 374-5946.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets soon!

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S Ms. Danaj honored -- along with a special pupil!

Kinyon Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Rhonda Danaj was honored by the Taylor School District and the Board of Education for the many great things that she does in and outside of the classroom on a regular basis.

Ms. Danaj’s classes have enjoyed multiple field trips to the petting farm, the mayor's office, police station and the Veteran's Museum.

Additionally, Mrs. Danaj brought with her to the meeting Star Student of the Month Edward Damron. Although Edward has faced many obstacles this school year thanks to muscular dystrophy, he has made steady improvements academically and socially during his first year in school.

As a result of his hard work and steady progress, he is now the top reader in the class!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL teacher, students are honored

McDowell Elementary School Teacher Rebecca Arndt was honored by the Taylor School District and the Board of Education recently. Mrs. Arndt asked four students – Aaralyn Logan, Shania Cardinal, Autumn Little, and Joseph Leonard (not pictured) – to audition for the State Elementary Honors Choir.

These students are leaders in the McDowell Choir. At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, the Taylor School District recognized all of them as a group.

As little singers, they are able to stay on pitch and are willing to try new things. They love to learn.

TAYLOR CAREER CENTER teacher honored for great work

Taylor Career Center Teacher  Ashley McKenzie has had great success using Newsela in her classroom to help her students with critical reading, comprehension, and analysis of critical text. The Board of Education and the Taylor School District recognized her efforts last week.

As a result of her hard work and her student’s progress, she was featured in an article in the recent Wayne RESA eNewsletter, “Teacher Spotlight.”


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will attended a Cyber-Safety Parent Seminar at Taylor Parks Elementary School on April 18. The event will be held from 11-45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the school's library.

Schuette will be discussing the OK2SAY program, which aims at ending school violence and bullying. The seminar will provide practical tools for Internet safety.

Please RSVP to Tania Hernandez at (734) 374-1246 Ext. 10504.

TRUMAN DECA STUDENTS put on fashion show!

The marketing students of the Truman High School DECA Club put together the entire prom fashion show using skills and knowledge for sales, promotion, marketing, visual merchandising, organization, time management, ticket design, advertising, and putting together professional emails and phone calls to vendors.

This was a great hands-on learning experience. The club wants to thank Davids Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse for dressing our models, donating money to our DECA club, and gift certificates for the raffles.

The annual Truman High School football golf outing will be held in May at the Wesburn Golf Course in Rockwood.

Anyone interested in golfing and/or sponsoring should contact Coach Jeff Morrow at (313) 608-1639.

TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL to hold first Cancer Awareness Game this fall

Why not get involved?

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL students attend Detroit Economic Club

Kennedy High School students attended the Detroit Economic Club Luncheon at Cobo Hall in Detroit recently, sponsored by Huntington Bank.

They heard Art Steinmetz, chairman, CEO and president of Oppenheimer Funds. The students were able to ask him questions and listen to him speak about how to get into the business, where the market is headed in the future and the importance of financial literacy in school for all high school students.

Economics Teacher Tammy Duty this event for Taylor’s future entrepreneurs!


Last week’s Taylor Schools Family & Community Expo (Literacy Luau) held at Kennedy High School was a success, as always.

The principals, teachers, support staff and students are to be commended for their hard work. The event showcased all of the student artwork, literature and vocal performances.

Various schools displayed their featured student work and activities on tables that entirely circled the first floor of Kennedy High School, as well as in the library, cafeteria and gym.

STEM-focused initiatives were especially popular for students, and the Lego Robots were fun to joust with.

Hats off to all of business sponsors and partners for helping to support the event – and a special thank you to Nan Kuhn, and the school improvement director and coordinators for their work to help set up and take down after the event.

MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL receives blessings in bags!

Moody Elementary School Principal Michelle Hernandez celebrated a very generous donation from Metro City Church recently.

Metro City Church in Taylor worked to collect a room full of food bags for the Moody community. “Blessings in a Bag” was an apt tag. Hernandez and her staff and students thank Metro City Church for their support.

TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL DECA national qualifiers discuss their year at expo

Four students who will be competing at the DECA Nationals this April in California represented the Truman DECA Club at the Community and Family Expo last week at Kennedy High School.

They showcased posters and banners that the DECA-run print company has produced, as well as met with current clients who were also using banners done for them.

They also discussed business partnership opportunities with community members and educated people on what DECA is and what they have accomplished this year including the in-house food pantry and financial literacy campaign.