Sunday, May 19, 2019

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL: 'Street Racing' author hoping for a series

Jaylyn Hassan, THS Senior, published his own book, "Street Racing Club", on this year. He is featured in the May 15 issue of Downriver Life section of The News-Herald Newspapers. His book is currently on sale on Here’s the News-Herald’s story by Sue Suchyta:

Taylor High School senior Jaylyn Hassan is graduating with more than a diploma this year: the published author’s first work of fiction, “Street Racing Club,” is now available on

Hassan, who said he has been writing since he was 9 years old, said family members urged him to take the next step and write a book, and he started writing “Street Racing Club” during his freshman year in high school, and finished it midway through his senior year.

He said his fascination with cars and racing gave the book its focus.

“The story is a fiction fantasy with its own little twist to it,” Hassan said. “The characters are brothers trying to reach the top of the street racing world. There’s stuff going on, like car thieves, criminals that try to stop them, but they just keep moving forward.”

Hassan said he has a cousin who does a bit of racing, and family members who have taught him the basics about cars.

Other mentors include the teachers who supported his writing and provided feedback, including Ryan Bibbee, Kelly McCausland, James Ostach and Stephen Weatherholt.

“They encouraged me to keep going,” Hassan said. “Mr. Weatherholt has a book of his own published, and he taught me how to get it on Amazon.”

He said he plans to continue writing as he begins college in the fall. He hopes to go to Eastern Michigan University, but is still waiting on his acceptance.

Hassan said he sees “Street Racing Club” as a series.

“I actually have plenty of ‘Street Racing Club’ stories,” he said. “I have two bins filled with notebooks of unreleased material. I have been doing this for years.”

Hassan’s advice for other student writers is to keep at it.

“Keep writing, because one day your day will come,” he said. “Put it on paper. Express yourself.”

Hassan said he wrote out the first draft of his story by hand, then he worked on successive drafts on his laptop.

He said he is excited about the next book in the “Street Racing Club” series.

“I am working on it now,” Hassan said. “I always try to put a little bit of me in the main character, and even into the minor ones.”

He said he enjoys hearing people’s reactions after they read his book.

“It’s fun to hear their reactions, from how it is detailed, to how the story unfolds,” Hassan said. “I like to see them stare at the paper and work their way down the lines, and then they nod at you and say, ‘alright!’”

Hassan said he would like to continue writing, and hopes to pursue his art as well. He designed his own book cover, and hopes to continue his pencil drawings, which he colors digitally.
During the four years he spent writing and revising his book, Hassan admits that there were many times he felt discouraged.

“There was always something in me, telling me to keep pushing,” he said.

He said his staunchest supporters were his mom, his close friends James and John, and his late Uncle Freddy, to whom he read a chapter when the book was in its early stages.

While he hopes to get his book in local stores, “Street Racing Club” is currently for sale on Amazon, for $9.99.


TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL: Student council honored

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL students: If you're looking for a job, we're looking for you

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL senior soccer players take a bow

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL seniors take note of important dates

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL senior softball players ready to move on

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL students help out at Career Center

Taylor High School volunteers helped out at the Career Center recently.

TAYLOR HIGH SHCOOL: Class of 2019 'Vals and sal' announced

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students enjoy trip to library and farm

The Kinyon Elementary School ASD Program enjoyed a trip to the Taylor Community Library and Heritage Park Petting Farm on Wednesday.


Mrs. Rybski and the Eureka Heights Elementary School Student Council hosted its annual “Muffins with Mom” on May 16. This was a special time for the girls of Eureka Heights to spend with their mom/grandma/aunt.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL 'Decision Day' keeps everyone on their toes

Taylor High School had “Decision Day” last week for our seniors. It was fun and successful. Parents were invited to come to a pancake breakfast with their senior student and students signed their name on the posters showing what their next step was after high school. Everyone got a T-shirt and had photo opportunities.

TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL cheers on basketballers

Taylor Parks Elementary School held a student vs. staff basketball game recently. Cheerleaders from both teams had a great time supporting their team. Students enjoyed watching their teachers and friends compete. The players had a very good game and the teachers came out the winners. Everyone is looking forward to a rematch next year.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students listen to plastics expert

On May 16 and 17, Mrs. Elizabeth Egan from the Plastivan Company, spoke to West Middle School’s seventh-grade classes.

Mrs. Egan began her program by explaining that she graduated from Michigan State University with an engineering degree. Mrs. Egan encouraged the students to get a two- or four-year degree in the plastics field. This is a highly needed field, which commands a lucrative salary. She emphasized that this career is for both men and women. 
Through hands on activities and demonstrations, Mrs. Egan showed the students physical and chemical changes. Endothermic and exothermic changes were also discussed. She explained that plastics are polymers that are used in every aspect of our daily lives. 

West is grateful to Mrs. Egan for her plastics presentation. The students were engaged and excited to learn. Mrs. Egan‘s visit has sparked a curiosity and a motivation in many of our students to seriously consider a career in plastics.

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL support team comes to the rescue

It was Taylor Schools' HVAC and McDowell's Day Maintenance to the Rescue recently when Mrs. Bochenek’s kindergarten class had a issue it couldn’t handle.

 The pupils had been so excited about their new baby chicks hatching, but the chickens were born with “straddle” leg deformity (their feet pointing to the side) and needed attention. 

These young men and our Day Maintenance man “Sandy” looked up on YouTube how to help. They used rubber bands and straws to make a temporary brace. 

We thank them for using their "extra care skills" for our littlest ones in McDowell's community.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL girls attend WCCCD conference

On May 9 some Hoover Middle School seventh-grade girls had the opportunity to attend the 6th Annual Building STEM Savvy in Middle School Girls Conference at Wayne County Community College in Taylor.

The purpose of this conference was to allow these students to explore horizons in science, technology, engineering and math.
Pictures are Hoover students that attended the conference Ayla Bayer, Shiann Smith, Amaya Brown, and Morgan Cikalo.

The keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Susan White, is the refuge administrator of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in Gibraltar for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She spoke about her career working with diverse partners to protect iconic natural resources across the country as well as the Caribbean and remote Pacific islands.

Workshops focused on various STEM related careers including mechanical engineering, data analytics, and biomedical engineering. The closing speaker of the day was Dr. Marlo Rencher. She spoke with the students about her experience in startup and small business development agencies; and urged the girls to think broadly and inclusively about whose lives they can impact and how they can create that impact.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL POHI students visit Plymouth FD

Hoover Middle School POHI students took a field trip to downtown Plymouth. They worked on money and map skills, along with pedestrian safety. They also got check out the City of Plymouth Fire Department, which may have been a favorite for many of the students!

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL gets visits from Channel 7

Recently Kevin Jeanes from the Channel 7 Weather Team visited Mrs. Tevepaugh's and Ms. Harig's third grade classes at Blair Moody Elementary School. They are finishing a project-based unit on severe weather. Kevin talked about why and how he became a meteorologist, how he creates forecasts, how the newscasts are created- Dopler, computers, green screens, etc, and about severe weather and different types of weather.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL students visit Michigan Construction Day

On May 2, Mr. Greenberg took 34 Taylor High School students to Howell for the Michigan Construction Career Day. While there, students had the opportunity to virtually weld and spray paint, discuss the many opportunities in the construction trades, and operate heavy construction equipment.

JOHNSON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER pupils visit Greenfield Village

The children of Johnson Early Childhood Center learned about the past as they toured and enjoyed all the experiences at Greenfield Village!


On Friday, May 3, Kinyon Elementary School held its Fourth Annual Color Run. Students helped raise over $7,600 this year at the event. The proceeds raised help to pay for Student Activities such as field trips and assemblies. It's always such a fun event!

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL holds decision day

On May 7 Taylor High School Career and College Advisor Ms. Jadye Storrs, with the assistance of the amazing counseling department, held a DECISION DAY celebration for parents, students, and staff.

A pancake breakfast was held, everyone was given a T-shirt and students were accorded time to celebrate their future plans with parents, staff and fellow classmates.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL: Thanks for making the prom a success

Prom was a HUGE hit!

Thank you to all of those who helped with prom. It was a great success and a wonderful night.

The day started with class advisors Carly Lundgren-Barnard and Joe Maudlin decorating the hall with parent volunteers. Then the students started arriving.

They looked so handsome and beautiful in their dresses and tuxedos and all behaved so well. They enjoyed the photo booth, magic mirror booth, getting their portraits done by goofy faces caricaturists, gorgeous photos on the patio and lobby of Crystal Gardens, five different food option stations and delicious dessert provided by Menchies.

Our class historians put together a slideshow that had over 550 pictures from the last four years playing throughout the night. After a fun night of dancing and celebrating with their classmates Pallas Cooper (Truman) and Xenia Finley (Kennedy) were crowned prom queens and Christian-Pierce DeGiulio (Truman) and Austin Dukes (Kennedy) were crowned prom kings.

The students were all given a free photo keychain with purchase of their ticket from Lifetouch studios and a goody bag with a water bottle, keychain, and photo cube.

The night ended with pizza for the kids before they left. There was one last dance to our class song "I've Had the Time of my Life.” It was a perfect ending to a perfect four years!

“I have had the pleasure of being their class advisor for these last four years and it has been wonderful,” Carly Lundgren-Barnard said. “I want to thank my counterpart and class advisor Joe Maudlin. He has been a great partner in crime and I am so thankful for him.”

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL news and events

Taylor High School Upcoming Events and Other News:

May 15 - Senior Honors Convocation 6 p.m. @ THS gym

In Other News:
The new tardy/attendance policy is posted on our website at

Please take a minute to review this information with your student. You will also now be receiving a telephone call if your child is marked absent or tardy for one or more periods during the day.

Please use parent/student connect to keep track of your students’ attendance and make sure you are calling in to excuse their absence. If you have any questions please call their counselor or an administrator for more information.

Also take note that “Afterschool tutoring” continues and transportation is provided!

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL prom court presented

The 2019 Taylor High School Prom Court includes:

(From Truman) 
Kendyl Kirk 
Kate Hodges 
Lauren Peabody 
Pallas Cooper
Elizabeth Blevins
Rodrigo Torrez 
Christian Degulio 
Zion S Edmond 
Aiden's Wurmlinger 

(From Kennedy)
Glyniss Alston
Andrew Buendia
Austin Dukes 
Devin Hamilton
Jacob Loftis
Abigail Bird
Amber Campbell
Xenia Finley
Julia Howell
Hadayah Wrightth

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL chorus has big week, and looks for more

It was a big week for the West Middle School Chorus!  On May 2, the 129 singers in the Cadet Choir, Men in Black, and Cardinal Singers all performed at Holt High School for State Choir Festival.  

They each sang 3 songs for a group of music professors from U-M, EMU and MSU, and received great feedback for their hard work. After performing, the choirs got a taste of college life, eating dinner on the Michigan State University campus. 

On May 5, eighth graders of the Men in Black and Cardinal Singers performed the Star Spangled Banner at the Toledo MudHens baseball game.  They sounded great, and enjoyed a winning game by the Hens. 

Students in the West Chorus are now preparing for their spring concert, to be held at Wayne County Community College Downriver on May 28. 

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL seventh graders take a different view

West Middle School’s classes from Mrs. Proudlock‘s and Mrs. Schulte’s seventh grade, with the assistance of Mrs. Bochenek, had the opportunity to view various slides under a microscope.

The goal of this activity was to compare how the substances looked with the naked eye versus how they looked under magnification. A second goal for the students was to be able to accurately draw the various substances as they viewed the substances through a microscope. Some of the slides were of a woody stem, sugar crystals, paper, human hair, a flower bud and onion skin. 

The students found this lab to be very engaging. They were surprised by the comparison between magnification and non-magnification. These hands-on activities make science relevant and exciting. West is very fortunate to have ample supplies and a supportive administration that allows many hands on activities to take place in our classrooms. 

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL five some has a historical day!

May 9, 2019, will go down in history as one of the most memorable days for five wonderful young ladies from West Middle School.

They attended Stem Savvy 2019, held at Wayne County Community College. This stem conference was sponsored by the AAUW – Wyandotte – Downriver Branch.

The students in attendance were Estrella Chacon, Destiny Sayles, Abigail Owusu, Gabriella Henderson and Kassi Glenn. 
The students had an opportunity to hear two speakers who encouraged them to DREAM BIG. The students also attended three workshops. The workshops focused on Biohazard Containment, Bee Biology, Art Meets Mindfulness, Chemistry, Ergonomic Engineering and Gene Sequencing. The students were also treated to a delicious lunch. 

We sincerely thank the AAUW members for their commitment, time and effort that went into motivating and inspiring our girls to reach their fullest potential, even if the journey does not always take a straight path. 

-- Sara Bochenek