was what Mrs. Vanderworp told her third-grade students recently at McDowell
Elementary School. They enthusiastically sang to all they encountered to get the
whole building in the Christmas spirit!
graders at McDowell Elementary School, led by Mr. Tomassion, have been running
a food drive. There were challenges between classes, students vs. teachers and
boys vs. girls to bring in the most food.
Tomassion's goal was to donate 1,000 items. And guess what? The Downriver Fish &
Loaves Food Pantry came and picked up over 900 pounds of food which made the
total 1,024 items!
to McDowell for providing food stuffs to so many. Here’s a rap created by our
very talented and kind, Mr. Tomassion.
Food Drive Christmas
the week before break and all through the school, The 5th graders were trying
to act all cool!
food drive was near the last day, with a few items short Mr. T was heard to
thought we could hit 1000 as sure as can be, but we're a few cans short as you
all of a sudden from her office Ms. Borg sprang with glee...
said, "I have the cans we're short, right here with me!"
the students cheered, all proud of themselves and I believe I saw Santa turn to
said, "I can't believe how much they gave this year, many more will have a
Merry Christmas," and in his eye was a tear!
little boy at Myers Elementary School sat on a visiting Santa’s lap and like
all the children before him was asked what he wanted for Christmas.
unlike the other children, his response drew a few tears, and even moved Santa
boy told Santa all he wanted was peace in his house and a pair of shoes.
of his surprising answer went straight from Santa to the ears of Myers
Principal Tamara Jones-Jackson.
principal said it was one of the most emotional moments of the day, which was
made possible through Odette and Corne Chiropractic in Woodhaven and Tittle
Brothers Construction, based in Southgate.
Mayor Patricia Odette (who owns the chiropractic business) contacted the
principal. Odette extended the offer to adopt the school after one of her
clients, who happens works at the school, had a conversation with the
chiropractor. Odette said she has sponsored the school in the past, but after a
change in principals years ago, there was “a disconnect.”
recent talk with her client set things back in motion.
told Odette they wanted to have the children take pictures with Santa, but
would have to charge the youngsters to do it. Odette offered to cover that cost
for the school.
of leaving it at that, Odette asked if there was anything else she could do to
told her we need coats and hats for some of the children, and she said she
could do that, too,” Jones-Jackson said. “The children also were given gift
cards to McDonalds and gloves.”
Carrie Tittle, owner of Tittle Brothers, heard about Odette’s plan to support
the school, she offered to have her business share the load.
holiday breakfast was prepared for the children at the school and both
businesses made sure each student left Myers with a Christmas stocking loaded
with candy and treats.
my goodness, the children were ecstatic,” Jones-Jackson said.
businesses brought a crew of employees to the school and together they sang holiday
carols with the children.
never seen so many happy children,” Odette said. “We had a big party there, and
it was phenomenal.”
Odette learned of two families at the school facing eviction, she didn’t have
the heart to walk away from the school without helping them, too.
adopted both families, which together include six children. Odette said she
wanted to make sure they had something for the holiday.
leaving the school, the thought of the little boy asking Santa for peace and shoes
weighed heavy on the heart of Tittle.
with bringing in coats and other items for the school, Tittle made another trip
to the store and brought back a pair of shoes for the child.
the marketing DECA students from Truman HIgh School visited some second graders
at Blair Moody Elementary School.
Michaelis was generous enough to allow our entrepreneurship and financial promotion
plan student groups into her class. Their agenda for the day was teaching the
students a lesson on entrepreneurship.
students played games, learned entrepreneurship and finance vocabulary and put
their mind to the test. They applied what they learned and created their own
products using supplies given and then presented their products to the class
becoming their own "bosses" for their own business.
Truman marketing DECA students put together the lessons and taught them. Sara
Sherazi, Cindy Nyarko, Alondra Castaneda, Da'kyra McGhee-Monk, Chase Nester,
and Sylvester Grant.
their lesson and activities were complete each second grader was given a
certificate and they ended with some popcorn, and cookies because according to
Boss Baby "cookies are for closers"
Sherazi said, "I really enjoyed teaching the kids and had a blast with
them. It was a great experience."
Heights Elementary School third graders had a "Book Tasting". They
explored multiple different genres of books, to pique their interest. Then the
students shared their findings with their peers.
Holstein's class at Holland Elementary School researched reindeer and made
reindeer art! They also made some silly elves and wrote about them. Their class
is under "Elf surveillance" with an elf from the North Pole that they
the Season of Sharing and Caring! This December, students and staff at Hoover Middle
School gave from their hearts by participating in the Annual Food Drive.
food and supplies were donated to give 20 families in-need a Holiday Food
Bin with 2 gift cards. A special “thank you” to our counseling staff, Ms.
Hicks and Mrs. Wegher, and teachers, Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Ketvirtis,
for organizing the food drive.
a big “thank you” to everyone who made this a success for the community.
seventh-grade science students at West Middle School have been studying
pollution, its causes and effects. Mrs. Sara Bochenek presented an interactive
activity began by creating a large topographical map. Landforms such as
mountains, hills, valleys, plateaus and plains were identified.
sponges were added to represent wetlands. Wetlands prevent flooding and hold
pollutants at bay from entering large bodies of water.
that wildlife figures were included to the topographical map. Using spray
bottles the students made it "rain". They discussed what bodies
of water were now formed. These lakes, streams, oceans and other watersheds
were formed by runoff and influenced by the surrounding landforms. At this
point the environment was clean and healthy for plants and animals.
learned that once the Industrial Revolution started water pollution was a
negative consequence. Erosion, oil spills, salt, chemicals, toxic waste and
acid rain entered the waterways.
devastated the environment that the class had created. After another
"rainstorm" the science students observed how the pollution spread.
In some instances it was apparent that the wetlands did their job of holding
back pollution from entering the lakes, streams and rivers.
conclusion, students gave suggestions how they could each minimize the amount
of water pollution. Suggestions included picking up dog waste, using less
cleaning products, recycling car oil appropriately, and writing letters to our
government officials to enact better pollution control practices.
Bochenek, West's Instructional Support Coordinator, helps our students
have a better understanding of their world through special speakers, field
trips and lab activities.