Saturday, March 10, 2018

TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL's Sara Sherazi one of 12 to win Leader Honor Award

Truman High School Sara Sherazi is one of the 12 students from Michigan to win the emerging Leader Honor Award for 2018.

Sara Sherazi started in the vocational marketing program when she was a sophomore in high school. She has completed the marketing program and continued through her senior year with advancing to the highest level. She took and passed all marketing classes with A+’s and joined the DECA club.

Sara is a responsible, highly intelligent individual, according to her marketing instructor, Carly Lundgren-Barnard  In addition, to good grades and behavior in class she also has proven to be a leader. She is currently in the advanced independent study class for marketing and is the school store manager, DECA president, and a District 5 representative on the Michigan DECA district council.

She was student of the month 206-17 school year and 2017-18 school year. She also is secretary of student council and National Honor Society, member of the National Technical Honor Society, and is currently writing articles that are published in DECA Direct magazine as a social media correspondent.

For her sophomore year DECA project, she put together a marketing research project for the hospitality and tourism event. She conducted research studies, wrote a 30-page paper, and put together visual aides to present her research to a judge at the district and state level. She is one of the first sophomores I have ever had make it to the state level.

For her junior year she was voted our vice president and for her DECA project, she helped create and start a new business in our school store. She is successful in running a printing company in our school. She helped order and put together the equipment necessary to get the business started and she now creates the products for customers using Variquest software and print shop. Her creativity and initiative to go above and beyond for this business has proven to be a profitable one.

She competed at the district and state level winning medals for her advertising campaign on this print company for DECA. She was part of a group that were the first students from Truman High School to ever attend the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. At our end of the year banquet she was crowned DECA queen, most likely to succeed, most likely to own her own business, and most creative.

For her senior year she was voted president and for her DECA project she will compete in the Entrepreneurship Promotional Plan campaign. Sara put together a project where she found target markets that would benefit from learning an entrepreneurship curriculum. She put together a week’s worth of lesson plans where she successfully taught her lesson plans to our students in the physically or otherwise handicap program (POHI), our PAES program for alternative education, second graders at Blair Moody Elementary school, and our business and marketing classes.

Over the course of two months she educated over 300 students on entrepreneurship. She designed the lessons, the activities, included technology, and taught them to her target market. Her lessons were engaging and interactive. She will attend the district, state, and national competitions this year competing with this project.

In addition, to her own DECA projects she helps plan and organize community service events and chapter activities for our club as a whole. She helps others prepare for competition and she leads our club to a successful membership. She was integral in the process of our three major chapter campaigns; global entrepreneurship week, promotion campaign, and community service campaign. For each of these campaigns there are numerous activities and hours of volunteering and Sara is leading them all.

Below are her two DECA Idea Challenge videos taking part in the challenge and winning Truman High Schools entries, along with the articles from DECA Direct one that she wrote and one that names her as recipient of the emerging leader honor.

What I Learned At Michigan DECA Fall Leadership Conference
Here are just a few of the pieces of advice I gained at the Michigan DECA leadership conference.
DECA Idea Challenge 2016 The Jingle Bell Team - YouTube
Jingle Bell Team Bottle Bell for Deca Idea Challenge 2016
DECA Idea Challenge 2017 // Band-A-Pot - YouTube

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WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL teams up with Heart Association in dodgeball

West Middle School teamed up with the American Heart Association and held a dodgeball tournament. The event was organized by Mr. Kirk Miller and Mr. Herb Eccleton.
 The tournament had excellent student participation. Six teams were organized and played one another. There was a $5 donation to play and a $2 donation to watch. The dodgeball tournament raised a great deal of money. All donations benefitted the American Heart Association.
This event was part of our school's PBIS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. West staff believe in encouraging and rewarding positive academic and social behaviors.  We are happy to report that a majority of our students were eligible to participate in this PBIS activity.

Submitted by Sara Bochenek

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL science students get into motion!

West Middle School sixth-grade science students have been studying forces of motion.

Proudlock's, Mrs. Gibson's, and Mrs. Fent's classes, with the assistance of Mrs. Bochenek, conducted a six-station lab. This lab focused on identifying forces of motion, including the force of a push or pull, the force of gravity, how air resistance is related to surface area, and how friction can be increased or decreased with the use of certain materials or amount of force exerted.
This activity was very successful. Students cooperated with one another in a group setting. Lab reports were required to include complete sentences or filling out a chart.

After this lab students had a better understanding of the concepts included in the forces of motion unit. It is the intention of West's science staff to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles. This six station forces of motion lab was just the push that the students needed to succeed.

Submitted by Sara Bochenek

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL receives a visit from state senator

On February 26, State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood stopped by to visit eighth-grade students at West Middle School. Sen. Hopgood discussed his goals for this term in office. He spoke of his willingness to serve his constituents and to make a positive difference in our state.
The students asked Senator Hopgood several pertinent questions which he was happy to answer. Senator Hopgood has always been a strong supporter of education. He will continue to seek revenue to help all students fulfill their educational aspirations.

Senator Hopgood also feels it is important to improve our infrastructure.. Bridge repair and potholes should be given a priority. On the subject of school safety, Senator Hopgood was emphatic about the fact that more needs to be done. Thorough background checks when purchasing weapons are a must.
The school thanks Senator Hopgood for his time and information. It is important for West students to become familiar with our government both on the local and state levels. It is our hope that Senator Hopgood's visit sparked a call for community involvement in our students, now and as they become qualified voters.

Submitted by Sara Bochenek

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL adds younger siblings to reading month

Myers Elementary School is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by including siblings -- including this brother duo who were photographed before the older brother read a book to the younger one.

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL wears red for reading month

McDowell Elementary School held "Wear Red because we love reading" day to celebrate the season with all the Taylor elementary schools "March is Reading month" and McDowell pupils are having lots of fun!

EUREKA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL holds fair to kick off reading month

Eureka Heights Elementary School started our "March is Reading Month" out with a Follett Book Fair that was enjoyed by everyone involved!

Mrs. Cline wants to thank everyone who came and is thrilled that she can buy new books with profit from the fair. The school had an extra special raffle for everyone who brought a family member to the fair. Here are the lucky winners!

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL classes rise to Education Edu challenge

Hoover Middle School students in Mrs. Schmittling’s sixth-grade math classes and Mrs. Scrivner’s eight-grade science classes rose to the challenge of completing five academic puzzles to find the combinations to the locks guarding their treasure in a game of Breakout Edu.  The competition was fierce, the concentration was total as the students raced the clock to complete their math or science puzzles. 

TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils try out instruments

Music was in the air … well, sort of. Experts from Marshall Music stopped by Taylor Parks Elementary School to help future band members select the right instruments. Each fifth-grade student that is interested in the band program in middle school had the opportunity to try a variety of instruments    to discover which would be the right fit for them.

EUREKA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL participates in heart fund-raiser

Eureka Heights Elementary School students participated in Jump Rope for Heart last month raising $1,500 for the American Heart Association!  The Panthers had a blast jumping rope and shooting hoops while they supported a worthy cause!  The top fundraisers enjoyed a Subway lunch with Mrs. Hall and Mr. Brown!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL library has fun with reading month

The "March is Reading Month" raffle is in full swing in McDowell Elementary School Library. Every week when a student checks out a new book they are given a ticket to enter the raffle. Fifteen lucky winners are drawn each week. Here are a few pictures of some of the winners!

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL raising funds by jumping rope

Holland Elementary School students had a great time raising over $3,500 for the American Heart Association during their annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. 

Student enjoyed jumping rope and shooting hoops while supporting a great cause.  Top fundraisers had a delicious Subway lunch with Mrs. King and Mr. Brown.


Myers Elementary School held a PBIS Ceremony in January.
Awards went out for “Golden Sneaker-gym,” “Golden Treble Clef- Music,” “Golden dustpan-Maintence” (cleanest classroom and bathroom) and “Golden book-Library.” The “Principals trophy was Mrs. Jackson's choice – the “Most well behaved/ improved class.” Congratulations to all involved!