Sunday, June 16, 2019

ROBOTICS TEAM honored the late John Dingell

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell attended the Big Bang Robotics competition at the Taylor Sportsplex with a number of schools from Southeast Michigan. Taylor High School has named its robot John Dingell, after the late congressman. “I may cheer a little more for them than I admit,” she said.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL youngsters take trip

While Randall Elementary School's fifth graders celebrated their completion last Friday its first grade friends took a trip to Kensington Metro Park Farm.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL fifth graders honored

Congratulations to Randall Elementary School’s fifth graders for completing the years in elementary. Their assembly was held recently followed by a catered lunch from Secret Recipes and a dance with DJ afterwards. The fifgth graders and teachers would like to thank the PTO for sponsoring everything and for all their hard work helping us celebrate the day!

Congratulations to Ivy and John for being awarded the Margaret Pilon Citizenship award for 2018-19. Margaret Pilon was a past principal who believed highly about citizenship. It is awarded every year to one or two students who show outstanding citizenship at Randall.

Also, we had three students with perfect attendance this year. Great job Logan, Trey, and Fabian for never missing a day of school!

Principal Mezaros read "I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to the students and parents at the end of the assembly. Lots of tears from all the wishes. More treasures than pockets; More hugs than ughs; More umbrella than rain; More give than take; More we than me; More woohoo than whoa; More stories than stars; More pause than fast forward. The staff wishes all the fifth graders the best and more!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL celebrates retirements

Retirement farewell and yummy treat at McDowell Elementary School! They have been celebrating with three of their favorite teachers - Elizabeth Bochenek, Erin Hardin and Sherry Hutchison - as they culminate a combined 82 years teaching in Taylor School District. We wish them well in whatever they choose to do next.  Ms. Bochenek and Mrs. Hardin visited every classroom to say goodbye. They played ice cream truck music and charged a goodbye hug for treats.


A small portion of Taylor Parks Elementary School’s Field Day Money was donated to the Taylor Animal Shelter.


First graders researching animals with fourth grade buddies at McDowell Elementary School.


Taylor Parks Elementary School had its fifth grade Clap Out. Students lined the halls to wish the fifth graders well as they are promoted to sixth grade. The fifth graders were given a special lunch and then went off to bowl at Skore Lanes. Good luck fifth graders as you head off to middle school.


Mrs. Gamble’s fourth and fifth graders at Kinyon Elementary School have been enjoying their STEM class that is being taught by Ms. Sanna.

TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL celebrated youthful grads

Taylor Parks Elementary School students from Mrs. Ambrosia's and Mrs. Ramey's kindergarten classes, as well as Mrs. Rushlow's kindergarten/first grade class celebrated their graduation recently.  Students performed songs for their families and received recognition for being promoted to the next grade level. 

TAYLOR SCHOOL DISTRICT bus drivers win competition

Taylor Bus Drivers win big at annual bus "Roadeo.” Team Taylor took home the first place "Team award" (highest three driver composite scores) in the Wayne Co. Bus driving Championship held recently at Taylor High School.

There were 56 registered participants. Taylor driver Mike Salisbury placed second, a mere point behind the first place finisher. Mike has therefore qualified for the State Driving Championship to be held June 22 in Romeo.

Congratulations to the entire team and to Mike for outstanding performance behind the wheel. Pictured are: Mike Salisbury, Austin Lake, Sarah Carroll, Denise Armstrong, Ciara Hughes, Gina McLure, Rachel Titek, Susan Burns

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY celebrates science

Blair Moody Elementary School's fourth graders in Mr. Dwyer’s and Mrs. Pilot’s classes had an amazing Science Day. Students participated in the Egg Drop- shout out to Ms. Doris for dropping the eggs from the roof. Fifty percent of the eggs landed unbroken due to great engineering. Other events included - Big Bubbles, Flying Film Canisters and Making Oobleck. Way to go Moody fourth graders!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

FAREWELL ASSEMBLY featured scholarships and awards from educational foundation and DECA

Taylor High School is graduating its very first class this year, and the seniors were honored (June 5) during the annual Farewell Assembly in the gymnasium.

The Taylor Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence handed out over $30,000 in college scholarships, and top DECA group members were also honored.

To close the ceremony, Principal Melissa Skopczynski and the Griffins' mascot took a selfie with the entire class.

Graduation took place at the Taylor Sportsplex on June 6.

The awards were as follows, first from the Foundation:
  • Caroline Patts Award for Educational Achievement ($500): Samantha Bridge
  • Charles Bonner Going Forward Award ($625): Zion Studivant
  • Charles Dickelman University of Michigan Scholarship ($1,250 each): Katelin Hodges and Bhupender Kaur
  • DFCU Education Achievement Award ($1,000): Dylan Maynard
  • Educational Athletic Scholarship (($500 each): Austin Dukes and Kaily Nissen
  • Rollie Hopgood Award for Continued Success (($1,000 each): Rachel Maudlin and Vheena Villareal
  • John and Sharon Cruden Award ($2,000): Kaily Nissen
  • John Pantalone Award for Future Teachers and Trade School Applicants: Andrew Basler ($5,000); Nicholas Balmus (total cost of one-year apprenticeship); Mikayla Black ($1500); Jose Lomeli ($500); and Hayley Toth ($2,500)
  • Laura Trent Memorial Scholarship ($500): Patricia Floyd
  • Mayor Rick Sollars Scholarship ($500 each): Trace Donahey and Samantha Rickard
  • Robert Haarala School Service Award ($1,000): Horace Smith
  • Taylor Churches Making a Difference Award ($750 each): Andrew Buendia and Amber Campbell
  • Taylor Changing Lives Scholarship: LaAsia Lockhart ($250), Nicole Norris ($1,000), Marissa Ojeo ($500) and Eleazar Vega ($250)
  • Taylor Public School Foundation Award ($500): Amber Beilfuss
  • Taylor School District Alumni Association Award ($$500 each): Trace Donahey and Sara Stevenson
  • Thomas Schuck Family Award ($1,000): Elizabeth Blevens
  • Total Community Credit Union Scholarship: Dana Favot ($1,000)
  • Van Kostegian Award for Educational Advancement ($1,000 each); Austin Dukes and Samantha Rickard
  • Women’s Auxiliary of the Democratic Club of Taylor Scholarship ($500): Vheena Villarreal
  • Anthony Joel Webb Memorial Scholarship ($500): Rachel Zorn
  • Taylor Federation of Teachers and 26M employees union awarded $2,000 each to Haley Toth and Amber Beilfuss.

DECA, one of the most active organizations in Taylor High School, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The club awarded the following members:
  • The Entrepreneurship Scholarship ($500) is for a student who is planning to open up their own business. This year’s recipient has gone above and beyond just wanting to open their own business. He spent all last summer in the entrepreneurship youth STEP UP program working with professionals to get his business started: DECA vice president Mohammad Monet (scholarship funded by Continental Express).
  • Northwood University ($2,500) recognized a student for earning first place in the state for her buying and merchandising research project paper and presentation. In the history of Taylor DECA she is only the 11th person to make it to international competition: Oganayrukayway Odjugo.
  • The Marketing Student of the Year scholarship ($200) went to a student who went above and beyond maintaining good behavior and good grades in class: Marissa Ogea.
  • The Marketing Employee of the Year scholarship ($200) is given to a student who works constantly for our school store and DECA club: Karizma Melendez.
  • The Leadership Scholarship ($200) went to a student who took on many leadership roles, not just in marketing but throughout the school as well: Vheena Villareal.
  • The Manager of the Year ($200) went to a student who took on one of the hardest jobs at the school. Griffin’s Lounge manager: Madyson LaMothe.

The 2019 Valedictorians of Taylor High School are Katelin Hodges, Austin Dukes, Amber Beilfuss, Amber Campbell, Zion Studivant, Amanda Jackson, Lalah Burton, Gurliv Khehra, Dana Favot, Eleazar Vega, Bhupender Kaur, Drew von Hoffman, Hayley Toth, Sana Abedi, Kaily Nissen and Daniela Feraru. Rachel Zorn served as salutatorian.