Saturday, October 28, 2017


Taylor School District parents and community members interested in keeping up to date on the high school merger process should make sure to visit the district website and the new page, High School Merger Information.”

The page can be accessed by clicking on the blue box on the left side of the home page referred to by the same name ("High School Merger Information").

There you will find meeting minutes, results from the first round of surveys, and a link to the second survey.

Help the district make key decisions by taking the second survey, which only has three questions.

The schools want your input as it narrows down to the top choice for the high school name, mascot, and colors. This survey will remain open until Wednesday.

IMPACTING STORY shares experiences of opioid abuse

Via Jessica Strachan of The News-Herald Newspapers

Twenty-six-year old Shelby Chaltry of Taylor remembers the moment she was first offered heroin.

It wasn’t her first time experimenting with drugs and it wasn’t going to be her last.

“I decided to go out one night with friends and someone offered me heroin,” she told ninth-graders at Truman High School on Thursday during a morning assembly on opioid awareness. “It didn’t take much convincing on his part. I let him shoot me up right there on the side of the road in my car.”

She remembers that moment, but nothing after.

NEW DECA SHIRTS are now available

New DECA shirts are available. Contact Carly Lindgren-Barnard is you are interested.

TRUMAN FOOTBALL raises money to fight cancer

Via Dave Herndon of The News-Herald Newspapers

Truman High School is trying to start a new tradition when it comes to football season. During one of the final few games of the season the school hosted a cancer awareness and fundraiser game.

Each player wore a custom uniform with the name of a community member who was touched by cancer in some way, and before the game a ceremony was held to honor cancer survivors and the families of those whose name’s were on the jerseys. The families got to keep the jersey at the end of the game.

“We’re so thankful to the coaches and athletes at Truman High School for creating this opportunity to team up in the fight against cancer. It was a great opportunity for the students, faculty and community to come together to honor and remember those impacted by cancer.” said Maureen Rovas, Senior Manager with the American Cancer Society.

The game raised more that $3,000 for the charity.


There are currently 10 people signed up on the “Final Kennedy Farewell Party Committee” being organized on the Facebook page, John F. Kennedy High School Taylor Michigan. Click on that page for announcements on what to expect as the group moves forward. 

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL MCAN students learn from experience

At Kennedy High School, students in the MCAN class had the opportunity to hear from two career speakers, Dr. Chris Nedzlek and Officer Tabitha Sears.

Dr. Nedzlek and Officer Sears are both Taylor graduates, and spoke to students about their careers in medicine and law enforcement.

They told the kids that, even though they both had experienced failure in their lives, that it was in fact this failure that ultimately gave them the grit and motivation to succeed.

After each class, Dr. Nedzlek and Officer Sears had a short meet and greet with the students.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL declares war on bullying

“Bully Free That’s The Way We’re Going To Be”

Staff and student leaders at Blair Moody Elementary School celebrated Blue Shirt Day recently, committing to stop Bullying.

DECA SCARECROW is part of Hallow Palooka

Truman High School students, parents and community members participated in Friday night’s City of Taylor Hallow Palooza in Heritage Park.

The Truman DECA's scarecrow was part of the Hallow Palooza contest. Students volunteered to work the event and participated in the Halloween activities.

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL first-grade voices are golden

Mrs. Holstein's kindergarten/first grade class at Holland Elementary School earned the golden music note for having the best behavior, being responsible, respectful and safe during music! This is a school wide competition in music!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students gain from Metropark experience

Mr. Justin Smith, a biologist, from the Metroparks system engaged eighth-grade science West Middle School students in environmental studies.

During a two-session lesson the students investigated our schoolyard ecosystem. The students learned to take soil, temperature, light, humidity and wind measurements.

These lessons continue to reinforce the science curriculum objectives for middle school. But most importantly, the staff at West Middle School hopes to instill a lifelong love of nature. The physical and emotional health benefits of enjoying the outdoors are significant. 
We are very grateful to the Metroparks system for selecting West Middle School to receive this grant from the 3M Corporation. West is committed to enriching the educational experience of our students by bringing in additional speakers and presentations throughout the school year.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL'S terrific trio plays on

Call them “The Terrific Three.” Lily King, Chineme Ezeokoli and Kait Lauchlan.

West Middle School has three outstanding band students who participated in the high school preemie program this year.  The students attended marching band camp in August and are considered not only members of the West Middle School band program, but also the high school marching band. 

The "Terrific Three" performed at the high school football games and competed with the marching band, helping the high school band take a first division rating in the Michigan Band and Orchestra Marching Band competition at Flat Rock High School. 

They are a great asset not only to the West Band program, but also the combined Kennedy/Truman Marching Band.  Job well done "Terrific Three"!

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL after-school program gets off to great start

Hoover Middle School students showed their dedication to learning by having a great start during the after-school tutoring program.  Students could work with teachers and NJHS tutors to complete assignments and work on math skills and use the library computers to complete online assignments and work on math and reading skills.  Way to go Hawks!

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL holds 'Great Pumpkin' contest

The students at Hoover Middle School had a “Great Pumpkin” contest in their enrichment classes.  They had to be creative and design their great pumpkin.  All enrichment classes cast their votes this past Tuesday.  They are anxious awaiting the final results of the winners.  


Mrs. VanDerworp's third graders at McDowell Elementary School had a healthy spooky snack.  BOO-NANAS.

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL gathers to divide and conquer problems

Mrs. VanDerworp's third-grade class at McDowell Elementary School found out that understanding division is much easier when working with dividing the work load with a classmate.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students create masks

West Middle School is very fortunate to have such a creative and motivational art instructor as Alisa Meier. Recently, under her guidance, her art students created paper mache masks.

Although beginning with a basic form, her students quickly got their creative juices flowing. By building on their basic forms, students individualized their masks forming superhero characters, people or a variety of animals.

The students finished their masks by adding details with paint and craft items. The results were amazing! We look forward to another year of awakening the artistic abilities of the students at West Middle School.

CAREER CENTER field trips documented by Digital Media class

Here's a flyer the Career Center’s new Digital Media class created.  Two Digital Media students accompany the other classes for field trips and activities and then create media to share about it.  They will be using Adobe Creative Suite and, as they master the software, will vary the way they deliver content.