Santa and his helpers stopped by to share cookies with all the little good boys and girls at Taylor Parks Elementary School. Santa posed for some photos and watched over the children as they drew pictures of him. With Santa was Mrs. Claus and the school’s own resident elf, Mrs. Salas. With over 300 people in attendance, Santa sure was busy.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
West Middle School sixth graders, Language Arts students of Mrs. Schulte and Mrs. Aproff, visited Cinemark Southland Center and XD on December 1 to watch the movie "Wonder."
Students read the book during the first trimester in Language Arts class, and the movie was the perfect culminating activity. While reading the book in class the students spent time reflecting, discussing and taking part in extension lessons.
The book focuses on how others treat August, and the students found some were not so kind. With our school's theme for the year being "Tolerance," the students had a chance to learn how it feels to be treated poorly, simply because of the perception of being "different."
Teachers hope the students will take the lessons they've learned through reading this book and watching the movie with them throughout life.
Everyone needs a “Buddy”! A reading buddy, that is. Here are friends from Kennedy High School reading with McDowell Elementary School second graders. McDowell thanks them for spending so much time with the younger students.
The Detroit Jazz group came to Kinyon Elementary School recently. The children learned key components of jazz and were entertained. Thank you, Mrs. Brady for this amazing opportunity.
Hoover Middle School Concert Band performed at Southland Center on December 8, right outside JC Penny. The bands have a Western theme this year and are excited about their upcoming concerts.
Hoover Middle School teachers nominated these outstanding students for the month of November. Parents were invited to a continental breakfast to celebrate their child receiving their award. Students receiving the award were Eddrina Thomas, Brandon Lee, Kennedy Clark, Jenna Hopgood, William Creasey, Jasmyn Gore-Roberts, Naveah Bryce, Thomas Lambiris, Michael Jenkins, Linda Nibert and Blake Boike.
Once again Taylor Parks Elementary School is asking for donations of hats, gloves and scarves. These items will be place on its Giving Tree at the school. These donations will be given to students who are in need of these winter necessities.
‘Tis the season of giving.
On December 2, the Cardinal Singers from West Middle School sang the Star Spangled Banner at a Toledo Walleye hockey game. The singers performed beautifully and enjoyed a great game that included fans tossing hundreds of teddy bears on the ice when the Walleyes scored their first goal. The Walleyes won and the students represented West and Taylor with pride!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Detroit Red Wings came to Holland Elementary School last month to talk to students about the importance of education, dedication and staying healthy! Students had some fun also with a stick handling relay and a shootout against the teachers!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
After a few years of weighing the pros and cons of merging the two high schools into one, the decision to close Kennedy High School and combine Kennedy and Truman students and staff into the Truman High School building has been made. The next steps of this project are of utmost importance and will involve the feedback of many groups within our school community.
This information page will keep the TSD district community, which includes students, teachers and staff, parents, and Taylor residents, up-to-date on all that is happening with the high school merger.
The Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence hosted a brunch on December 6, 2017 at the Taylor Public School District Culinary Restaurant “The Chopping Block”.
The purpose of the brunch was to recognize and show appreciation to the donors of the 29 scholarships that were awarded during the 2016-2017 school year to graduating seniors of John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman High Schools.
Ken Nelson, Chairman of the Foundation Scholarship Committee, gave a presentation referencing that gratitude should be expressed, and success should be celebrated. He shared his secret for cultural survival and personal happiness.
Each morning, count your blessing and your sorrows. You will find that blessings always win.
He spoke about what it is to be a winner:
The meaning of winning is any definition you want it to be,
Winning is overcoming yourself,
A winner has a vision and is disciplined, high motivation,
Regardless if it is a game, business or life, it is a measure of achievement,
A winner does not give up, perseveres to high goals,
A winner comes out on top, competition is good, makes us better,
A winner has balanced achievement in many areas.
Mr. Nelson then had the guests play the game of “Wheel of Fortune”. He was the Pat Sajak and Barb Schultz was the Vanna White. The guests were asked by ‘Pat’ to call out, in turn, six different letters to complete the quiz word. ‘Vanna’ then wrote the correct letters on a board, one at a time. The first correct letter was “R” at the end of the quiz word. Once the group had called out two “N’s” in the middle of the word, they all guessed the correct answer “WINNER”.
Ken closed his presentation by stating: “You are all winners and have been successful in your endeavors. You have given of yourself and your pocket books”.
His closing theme was; “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”. All scholarship donors were then thanked and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift card to Kentucky Fried Chicken!
The donors or sponsors are dedicated individuals who have all had a connection with the Taylor Public Schools in one form or another – some former students, former teachers, present teachers, Board of Education members or community leaders.
The scholarships awarded were: The Ann Robertson Drake Scholarship, The Charles Dickelman Scholarship, The Environmental Solutions Scholarship, The Educational Athletic Scholarship, The DFCU Financial Scholarship, The Grodman Cure Foundation/Shane Simmons Memorial Scholarship, The Mayor Sollars Scholarship, The Taylor Changing Lives Scholarship, The Taylor Ministerial Making a Difference Scholarship, The Taylor Alumni Association Scholarship, The Taylor Public School Foundation Scholarship, The Total Community Credit Union Scholarship, The Women’s Auxiliary of the Democratic Club Scholarship, The Angela Croft for Educational Excellence Scholarship, The Taylor Police Auxiliary Scholarship, and the A.J. Webb Memorial Scholarship.
Choral groups from Kennedy and Truman high schools also performed. The breakfast was cooked and served by the staff of The Chopping Block Restaurant, which is past of the Taylor Career and Technical Center.
The Taylor Public School Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1986, made up of volunteers from businesses and the community to raise funds above and beyond the Taylor Public School District operating budget. In addition to awarding scholarships, the Foundation supports a variety of educational programs throughout the school district, K through 12.
(Provided by Barbara Schultz, vice president and public relations chairman, Taylor Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence)