Saturday, September 22, 2018

ROTARY FAMILY DAY features West Middle School band and choir September 27 in Heritage Park

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL Homecoming Dance tickets on sale this week

The Taylor High School Homecoming Dance tickets will be on sale from September 24-27. Cost is $20.00 each.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL Homecoming Parade is September 28

The Taylor High School Homecoming Parade will be held Friday September 28. It begins at 5 p.m. and starts at the American Legion on Brest. It will travel down Brest to Beech Daly, and on to the school.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL Spirit Week is on the schedule

Americana Monday: Anything patriotic goes

"Twinning " means Match another student

Armed Forces means anything military or camouflage

"Touchdown Thursday" is for your favorite football team gear/colors

Griffins Day - "Black in Gold Extreme"

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL DECA executive board announced

PETTING FARM schedule is busy in October

REALITY OF RECOVERY features Red Wings' Ken Daniels

Longtime Detroit Red Wings play-by-play broadcaster Ken Daniels will be the featured speaker during the Community Care Services third annual Reality of Recovery ceremonies September 24 at the Heinz Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center on the Downriver campus of Wayne County Community College.

The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Daniels lost his son, Jamie, to an overdose in 2016. He will share his son's hard-fought battle with addiction in an effort to end the stigma that often prevents people from getting the help they need. Daniels and his family established the Jamie Daniels Foundation in honor of his late son to support individuals and families who are struggling with addiction by providing the education, resources, professional guidance and financial support they need to make recovery possible.

Other speakers will include Judge Linda Davis and Ty Guthrie. Judge Davis will share her insights into Michigan’s opioid epidemic. Judge Davis is founder and president of Families Against Narcotics (FAN), and was appointed by Governor Snyder as chairperson of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Task Force. Guthrie is the program director for Touchstone Recovery Homes. He began his own recovery journey in a Touchstone home in August 2010 after battling heroin addiction and homelessness for over 15 years. In 2012 he received certification as a peer recovery coach and is now overseeing four homes with 40 men in Monroe County.

Other high points of the evening will include recovery resource tables, presentation of inaugural “CARE Hero Award” to the Lincoln Park Police Department and an audience question-and-answer session with panelists.


The Taylor Sportsplex is now accepting registrations for Winter I 2018 Soccer. Registration opened September 17 and ends October 13. Men's leagues begin October 22; Co-ed Leagues open October 26; and Youth Leagues open October 27.

Team fees are $1,000 per adult team; $1,125 per team for youth teams.

For more information, call (734) 374-8900 Ext. 4.

PROGRAM SEEKS girls interested in playing hockey

FREE FAMILY CONCERT to celebrate City's 50th year

WCCCD NEW HORTICULTURAL CENTER will offer more opportunities

Mayor Rick Sollars attended the Friday, September 21 groundbreaking for Wayne County Community College’s new Horticultural Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will offer programming in partnership with Michigan State University’s Institution of Agricultural Technology.

“This will offer a newer educational opportunities to WCCCD’s large student population,” Mayor Sollars said. “But it will also offer those opportunities to our Taylor School District students, should they choose WCCCD. With all of the new initiatives going on inside the Taylor School District, this will offer even more great career-path opportunities.”

A gathering of officials, friends and other interested parties filled the Ray Mix Room in the main building of WCCCD-Downriver Campus on Northline Road. The horticultural center, an investment that signals a commitment to the study of agriscience technology and specialized programming in landscape and fruit and crop management, is a projected $14 million investment.

It is also another feather in the hat of WCCCD’s Taylor campus, through which partnerships with the City of Taylor and other organizations has created somewhat of a “Cultural Corridor” along Northline.

The horticultural center will fit nicely into a tremendously improved Downriver campus, Heritage Park, Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Petting Farm and Coan Lake. The campus, and the center, will also become a key point in the new Fletcher Discovery Trail, a network of non-motorized pathways and sharrows connecting Midtown Taylor to Heritage Park and the campus all the way to Eureka Road.

Mayor Sollars spoke briefly to the crowd, emphasizing the tremendous efforts of WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery and Downriver Campus President Anthony Arminiak, along with the existing partnerships between the college and the City, both of which are celebrating 50 years in existence this year.

According to a story in the The News-Herald Newspapers, the center will be LEED-certified. WCCCD is dedicated to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, using rainwater-harvesting systems, mechanically ventilated operable roofs, computer-controlled greenhouse systems and a passive ventilation system.

A STEM lab will be available for extensive research, and students will have access to specialized greenhouse technologies and spaces for hands-on experiences with aquaponics, irrigation, landscape restoration and urban agriculture.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL Marching Band holds fundraiser at Taylor Ford

Taylor Ford invites you to join in raising money for Taylor High School Band/Marching Band at an event that is sure to cause some excitement: “Drive 4 UR School!”

We need you on Saturday, October 6. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Taylor Ford, along with Taylor High School, are the hosts.

This one-day fundraiser could bring in a maximum of $6,000 to the band. It only costs you 15 minutes of your time ... that's it! You are not asked to buy anything or to give us any money.

This is how it works: Come to Taylor Ford, 13500 Telegraph and fill out a one-page questionnaire, and then hop in one of the available new Ford vehicles of your choosing with a volunteer for a five-minute test drive.

The band will receive $20 from Ford Motor Company just for taking that test drive. Drivers must be 18 years or older with valid driver's license and valid automobile insurance. Limit one donation per household, so please share this information with those that you know in the community.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL Garden Club spruces up the building

Hoover Middle School Hawks Garden Club took time to clean and weed the front gardens of the school to make it look presentable for Fall.  

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL puts hands together in creative way

At West Middle School, Mrs. Smith's class worked together using helping hands to create this poster. They worked together to help each other trace their hands. Great teamwork for the first week of school!

McDowell Elementary School staff and students keep it positive

McDowell Elementary School has a positive atmosphere happening! Every day we are stressing being R.E.A.L (Respect, Empathy, Attitude and Learning)!

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL footballers beat Melvindale

The all-new Hoover Middle School football team recently defeated Melvindale, 36-0. Congratulations to the Hawks!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

WALL TO WALL academy concept to bolster district's offerings

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL open house is September 14

Taylor High School will have its open house from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

The later date allows for those students who are still dropping and adding a few electives to have been finalized, which will make the open house experience more meaningful for parents and students alike.

WCCCD TO HOST regional college career fair

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL parent club gets off to flying start

The Randall Elementary School Parent Club got off to a great start, creating a supply cake to be given to one of the awesome teachers.

All the parents and staff had to do was to like and comment on a post from the new Randall Parent Club Facebook page.

The drawing was done on September 6 and the winner of this outstanding “cake” was Mrs. Stacy Burns, the first-second grade teacher.

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT has new location

Taylor School District Athletic Department has moved to a separate entrance on the Taylor High School Campus. The entrance faces Goddard Road.

The Athletic Department
is located at 11010 Janet Street. For more information call 313-295-5823 
or Fax 734-947-1306.

STARTING/DISMISSAL times for all schools


8:38 a.m. - 3:32 p.m.               
Half Days – 11:50 a.m.

8:05 A.M. – 2:55 p.m.
Half Days – 11:10 a.m.

7:25 A.M. – 2:20 p.m.

Half Days – 10:30 a.m.

MESSAGE FROM Supt. Ben Williams

Dear Taylor School District Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

I hope this letter finds you well.  The faculty and staff of the Taylor School District are so excited to welcome you back. This summer was extremely busy and we have made significant investments in instructional technology with the addition of over 2,000 Chromebooks and iPads, and the installation of Clevertouch smart boards in our classrooms. 

We have added STEM technologies at all levels with the addition of virtual reality headsets, and technology integrated lessons taught in lab environments with an emphasis on experimentation and learner focused inquiry. In addition, prepared for the opening of Taylor High School by expanding the number of elective courses, added football and wrestling at the middle school to help build the athletic feeder program, and have also added competitive cheer at the High School.

In addition to the above, we have installed all new air conditioning in Taylor High School, replaced windows at a few of our elementary schools, and made upgrades to heating and cooling systems in other buildings. 

These are just some more examples of how the Taylor School District is using the bond funds that the Taylor voters approved two years ago. On behalf of the students and staff of the Taylor School District, thank you again for supporting these important improvements!

The district administration is also working with the City of Taylor, SEMCA and Ford NGL to continue building our network of business and industry partners as we open Taylor High School in four district career pathway academies.  By creating multiple curricular pathways within the one high school, the Taylor School District will be elevating our high school above that of our neighboring districts by providing greatly expanded foundational career and college ready opportunities for all of our students.

Welcome back to all of our returning students and a warm welcome to our new students and families.  I wish everyone an amazing year and my team and we are committed to doing the very best we can to make that happen.  Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions you might have.

Ben Williams    
Superintendent, Taylor School District     

734-374-1200 Ext. 10131

MESSAGE FROM the president of the Board of Education

Welcome back to the 2018/19 school year.

It is an exciting time in the Taylor School District as much work is being done to enhance our educational opportunities for students, upgrades to facilities and grounds, as well as professional development with our staff.

Our focus is on increasing student achievement and engagement and on being an innovative destination district where ALL succeed. Our investment in the roadmap to this success includes:
  • Our new mission statement is to Educate, Engage, and Empower those we serve
  • A new strategic plan with six target goal areas providing structure for this work (Please visit our website at to see the specific plan.)
  • Updating our current policies and transitioning to NEOLA policies and regulations with implementation to follow
  • First time ever, board self-evaluation and goal setting was performed for more effective leadership in serving our community and in advocating for the needs and success of our students and staff
  • Unification of our high school students and programs under the new Taylor High School and Career Center roofs
  • Rebranding of our new high school including unified band and athletic teams wearing new uniforms and with the addition of middle school football and wrestling programs
  • The first school district in the area to utilize the new curricular framework of the Ford Next Generation Learning Wall to Wall academy model in collaboration with the City of Taylor and SEMCA and other community agencies and members
  • New curricular opportunities for students with enhanced experiences including: Industry certifications, internships, dual enrollment, Early college and increased number of advanced placement classes so graduates leave prepared for college or the workforce or to serve in the military
  • Collaboration with Wayne County Community College Downriver campus including enhanced career center culinary arts and firefighting programs
  • Comprehensive and aligned curriculum district-wide
  • Upgraded administrative and teaching evaluation tools (also on our website for you to view)
  • Instructional coaches in each school building that support daily professional development
  • Bond update: Purchase of new buses, upgrades to our facilities and grounds, and technology upgrades in our buildings including the purchase of new laptops and Clevertouch boards
  • Human resources went to an online application process. (If you are interested in applying for or viewing positions go to our website and there will be a link to connect you to the online application process.)

Thank you to all who worked to make these changes possible and for their continued dedication and support of the Taylor School district and of our students.

We hope you choose to get involved with our students in our schools.  Please let us know how we can serve you better.


Debbie Stellini, Board of Education President. 

ALUMNI NEWS published for September

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL holds successful open house

McDowell Elementary School held its Open House this week and there were lots of smiles as everyone did some meeting and greeting!