Monday, September 4, 2017


TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY honored by gift from artist

This painting, based on the James Gurney illustration, occupies the lockers next to the Taylor Parks Elementary School Library

The work was done by Jan Dale, of Dale House Murals, Allen Park, as a gift to Taylor Parks. Jan worked at Taylor Parks as the Literacy Lab Facilitator, but has left to pursue her love of art. 

What a wonderful gift she has given to the students and staff of Taylor Parks. The mural is amazing!

EUREKA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY holds successful welcome back!

The Eureka Heights Elementary School family all had great time at their back-to-school open house held recently. New instructional technology was showcased, the school looked amazing and everyone was excited for the new school year! Great job to Principal Stacie Hall and to the entire faculty and staff.


Truman High School DECA has teamed up with student council to host our first annual Walk-A-Thon during homecoming week.

The event will be October 10 with a rain date of Oct 11. Students need a minimum pledge of $10 to participate in the event. Students will be given which hour they will participate in the Walk-A-Thon.

While at the Walk-A-Thon they will walk laps (with fun themes) on the track, fill out their name on a link to make a big chain, visit the business expo and network with other students.

The theme for this event is "There's Unity in our Community.” Students will have a chance to make money for their class/DECA while also participating in an event that will help them be active, healthy, and involved. With combining Truman and Kennedy we want to promote UNITY right from the start and get the kids working together. 

Attached is the T-shirt sponsor form, vendor contract for business expo and our logo if you or anyone you know (coaches, club advisors, organizations, charities, entrepreneurs, and/or business owners) that may be interested in having a booth at our event, or their name and logo on our shirt, please pass along.

We are also looking for t-shirt sponsors, raffle basket donations, and food, water, and fruit donations. We will offer the sponsors our tax ID number, letter on letterhead for tax write off, name on our shirt and banner, name posted on our social media, and name on our Truman DECA website.

This event will be for Truman staff and students only and during school hours. 

The pledge sheets will go home to students and their families in the summer mailer but in the fall if any kids say they need another one because they filled their sheet up or lost theirs you can send them to their class advisor or DECA Director Carly Lundgren-Barnard. 

TCHS CLASS OF 1985 holding second annual '50th' reunion September 10


DON'T FORGET that free preschool is available


SUPERINTENDENT: Thanks for the help, voters!


SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT welcomes everyone back to school

TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL DECA president appointed to DECA Direct Magazine

Truman High School’s DECA president, senior Sara Sherazi, has been appointed social media correspondent for DECA Direct magazine. She will write monthly articles. Her first one just came out! She has worked so hard these last three years and doesn’t stop. Looking forward to an amazing year 2017-18! 

TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL gymnast is Simone Biles' beau

Olympic champion gymnast and former ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Simone Biles announced earlier this year that she had only ever been on one date. But in August, she shocked everyone again announcing a relationship with national champion gymnast Stacey Ervin.

Ervin is a 2011 graduate of Truman High School. He also graduated from the University of Michigan. Ervin started his gymnastics training at Mills Gymnastics in Southgate.

Biles made the relationship official with an Instagram post Aug. 21, which she captioned, “always smiling with you.” Ervin also was her escort to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inauguration the same night.

Ervin’s bio at the University of Michigan follows:

At Michigan ... 2015 All-American (floor) ... Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 9, 2015) ... 2014 All-American (floor) ... 2013-14 United States National Team member ... 2013 Big Ten floor champion ... 2012 NCAA All-American (floor, vault) ... Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 18, 2013) ... Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (March 19) ... Owns the third-highest floor score in NCAA history (16.15) ... Ended career with 19 event titles, including 15 on floor exercise.
International Competition (2013) ... earned place on U.S. National Team at the P&G U.S. Championships with a two-day all-around total of 172.550 ... took fourth on floor (31.150), 20th on pommel horse (26.450), 19th on still rings (28.050), 12th on vault (29.500), fifth on parallel bars (29.400) and 17th on high bar (28.000).

Senior (2015) ...  earned All-American status on the floor exercise, scoring a 15.575 and placed third at the NCAA Event Finals (April 11) ... represented U-M on the floor exercise (15.175), which was good for second place, and the high bar (14.425) at Big Ten Event Finals (March 28) ... scored a 16.15 on floor exercise at Big Ten Team Finals (March 27), tying his career high ... placed first on floor exercise (15.85), vault (15.20), and in the all-around (88.55) against UIC (March 21) ... earned a second-place finish on the floor exercise with a 15.10 against Illinois (March 15) ... placed second on both floor exercise (15.65) and parallel bars (15.15) against Ohio State (Feb. 28) ... represented U-M at the Winter Cup Challenge (Feb. 21), earning a second place finish on floor exercise with a two-day total of 30.55 ... finished second on vault with a 15.45 against Oklahoma (Feb. 14) ... named co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 9) for his performance against Stanford (Feb. 7) ... represented U-M on floor exercise (15.80), vault (15.15), parallel bars (15.05), and high bar (14.75) against Stanford (Feb. 7) ... tallied first place finishes on both the floor exercise (15.40) and vault (15.45) against Penn State (Jan. 24) ... received a team high 15.05 on floor exercise, as well as a 14.85 on the vault and a 14.45 on the high bar at the Windy City Invite (Jan. 17).

Junior (2014) ... Earned an All-America title for his fifth-place performance on the floor exercise (15.10) in the NCAA Individual Finals (April 12) ... represented U-M at the NCAA Championships, competing on the floor (15.60), parallel bars (14.85) and high bar (14.05) ... also tallied a 15.30 on the floor, 14.85 on the parallel bars and 14.25 on the high bar during the NCAA team finals (April 11) ... took part in the Big Ten Championship Team Finals (March 28) on the parallel bars (14.10) ... competed in seven meets during the regular season seeing action on floor, vault, parallel bars, and high bar ... represented UM at the Winter Cup Challenge (Feb. 21-22) finishing seventh overall ... also represented UM at the P&G US Gymnastics Championships ... collected five individual titles on the floor ... set the highest score (16.10) on the floor exercise in the country for 2014 ... member of the 2013-2014 National team ... named big ten gymnast of the week (March 10, 2014) ... set a career high of 15.40 on the parallel bars against Ohio State (Feb. 2) ... also notched a career high of 14.75 on the high bar against Penn State (March 14).

Sophomore (2013) ... collected six floor titles on the season ... represented U-M in the NCAA qualifying round (April 19), where he competed on vault (14.95), floor exercise (14.50) and parallel bars (14.85) ... notched a 15.05 on vault in the NCAA team finals (April 20), which was good enough to advance to the individual finals, where he scored a 13.775 (April 21) ... scored a career high on the parallel bars in the Big Ten Championships (April 5) with a score of 14.95, and advanced to the individual finals, taking first place on the floor exercise with a score of 15.80 (April 6) for his first Big Ten Championship ... represented U-M at Windy City (Jan. 19) on vault, scoring a 15.40, and floor exercise with a 15.05 ... took part in the Winter Cup (Feb. 7-9) and had an overall score of 113.250 taking third on floor (29.90) and still rings (28.60), as well as fourth on vault (29.90) ... earned first place on the floor exercise against No. 5 Ohio State (Feb. 16) with a score of 16.15, which is the third-highest floor exercise score in NCAA history, and a career best ... took first place on floor exercise with a score of 16.00 against No. 3 Oklahoma (March 9) ... competed on parallel bars, setting a career best (14.80) against No. 1 Penn State, while also taking first place on the floor exercise, with a score of 15.30 (March 16).

Freshman (2012) ... NCAA All-American on floor (third) and vault (fourth) ... Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (March 19) ... took part in vault competition in every meet as a true freshman ... set career high on vault with a 15.70 at Winter Cup Challenge (Feb. 2) ... took third on floor (14.90) and scored a 14.00 on parallel bars against No. 1 Penn State (Jan. 21) ... scored a 15.25 (floor), 15.20 (vault) and 14.35 on parallel bars against UIC (March 17) ... turned in a 15.25 on vault at the Big Ten individual event finals (April 7) ... closed out season on vault with a pair of 15.15s at the NCAA team and individual event finals, earning All-America status and fourth overall ... set season best on floor exercise with a 15.60 the NCAA team finals to qualify for individual-event finals ... scored 15.45 on floor to take third place and earn second All-America citation of the championships ... broke the 15-plateau in all five of the last competitions on the season, averaging 15.35 per exercise.

Prep ... Placed third in Junior National all-around competition (2010-11) ... 2010 Junior National vault champion ... placed fourth at 2010 USA Championships, earning a first-place finish in the vault competition ... 18th place at Junior Olympics in all-around competition in 2009 ... United States National team member (2008, 10).

Personal ... Born October 21, 1993 ... Enrolled in school of Literature, Science and Arts ... major undecided.

FORMER EDUCATION passes away in Boyne City

Former Taylor educator Gordon Neil Lambie passed away in August. Mr. Lambie, Ed. D, 85, of Boyne City died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital.

He was born on August 4, 1932 in Detroit the son of George and Mary (Norris) Lambie. Gordon served in the United State Army during WWII in the 22nd Regimental Combat Unit.  On March 1, 1998 he married Joyce Moline Smith at Martha Mary Chapel in Greenfield Village. 

He was a lifelong educator and served on the Board for Central Michigan University. He was a member of the Lions, Boyne City Eagles and was very active in the community. Mr. Lambie will be remembered by all for his service to the community.

Gordon is survived by his wife Joyce; children Dr. David Lambie and Richard (Liliana) Smith; grandchildren Lauren, George, David, Jr., Nathaniel, Liberty Lambie; and Richard Matthew Smith; and sister Catherine Hults.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly Campbell; grandchildren Colin and Megan Campbell; and Aunt Virginia Ledbetter.

COACH SALUTES for player, who is now a teacher

Via Kennedy High School basketball Coach Jeff Baum: Very proud to see one of the hardest working kids I ever coached reach her goals of being a teacher. Even better at my son Chase's school. Watched her hard work win a league championship, district championship, become a starter at U-M Dearborn and get her teaching degree. Can't think of a better role model for my children. Congratulations, Courtney Teets!

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL adds some beauty thanks to Home Depot

Home Depot joined forces with Kinyon Elementary School for “Operation Face Lift.” Mrs. Danaj made the connection to Home Depot and asked for help – and Behr Paints and Home Depot-donated paint, mulch, flowers and materials were available for our crew to use.

The Harvey, Cone and Aguila families came to help Kinyon teachers Rhonda Danaj, Sean O'Neill, Jennifer Rosiak, Esther Compian, Greg Long, Susan Oswald and Angel Thomas.

Home Depot employees Todd and Pam donated their time as well. Thank you all so very much, from the Kinyon Family!

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Here's are some end of the year learning fun in Ms. Bochenek's Kindergarten room at McDowell Elementary School. Who knew shaving cream could smell good, feel good and be good clean entertainment?

TVLA volunteers at Taylor Animal Shelter

Before the 2016-17 school year ended, Taylor Virtual Learning Academy students volunteered at the Taylor Animal Shelter. The students walked many dogs and cuddled cats and kittens.  TVLA also donated over $300 of cat and dog food and supplies.