Sunday, March 31, 2019

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL gets a visit from canine unit

Officer Regan from the Taylor Police Department’s canine unit recently paid a visit to West Middle School‘s sixth grade classes. Officer Regan, along with a fellow officer, brought his canine companion, a German Shepherd named Simon, to visit.  Simon is an official canine officer. 
Officer Regan informed the students how beneficial Canine Officer Simon is to the Taylor Police Department. Among his duties, Simon helps sniff out illegal drugs, can look for missing persons and assists in apprehending suspicious individuals.

Canine Officer Simon wears a special bullet proof vest when he is on duty. Simon has been trained to obey both hand and verbal commands. The training is usually game motivated. But at times hotdogs are used as an incentive for a job well done. 
Usually Simon is kept on a 30-foot leash, but can sniff out drugs or people of interest from one to two miles away. If Simon is let off his leash a GPS tracker located in his collar can easily detect his whereabouts. Canine Officer Simone’s contributions to the TPD are invaluable. 
We thank the Taylor Police Department, especially Officer Regan, his fellow officer and Canine Officer Simon for explaining to our six graders how intelligent dogs are.

The students learned dogs can be trained for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, helping the police, the fire department and the disabled.  Dogs, especially Canine Officer Simon, truly are man’s best friend.

Submitted by Sara Bochenek 


WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students celebrate with art

Art teacher, Alisa Meier, inspired West Middle School students to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day through art. Students drew a Zantangle-inspired clover using ink. As you can see, the results were spectacular! This is just one of the many amazing art projects that Mrs. Meier’s classes produce through her wonderful guidance and support. 

Submitted by Sara Bochenek  

TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL enjoys Willy Wonka Wednesday (lots of photos)

Mrs. Godfrey's class at Taylor Parks Elementary School enjoyed a Willy Wonka Wednesday. The class made slime in the "Invention Room,” watched the movie in the "Television Room" while enjoying "Fizzy Lifting" drinks and snacks. 

They also had a gum chewing contest to see who could chew their gum the longest, but didn't get to stick it behind our ear and save it though (Violet Beauregarde) . 

The kids loved the photo session in "Candyland" and using the props as well as pointing to their own "Golden Ticket" on the classroom door. They all loved the One Book, One School theme and truly enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  

REMINDER: New tardy policy now in place

Taylor Schools’ new tardy/attendance policy has been approved by the Board and is now posted on the 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.

TRUMAN GRAD is Horizon League player of the week

Congratulations to Beau Keathley (Truman Class of 2017) for being named the Horizon League Pitcher of the week.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL class makes rainbow treats

In Mrs. Brewer's class, some Hoover Middle School Hawks made some rainbow treats with their OT Mrs. Baker. 

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL track teams fall to Southgate

On March 26, the Taylor High School Griffins competed against Southgate Anderson in the first Downriver League track meet of the season.
The girls lost to Southgate 88-29. The boys lost to Southgate 84-41.

Highlights of the meet included:
Darann Jones 1st Place 100M dash 11.44 secs
William Horne 1st Place Discus 108’7”
James Fletcher 1st Place Shot Put 40’9”
David Sumler 2nd Place Long Jump 16’5.5”
Salvador Garcia 2nd Place 110 Hurdles 20.96
Lindsey Deshano 1st Place 100 Hurdles 19.26
Morgan Rothe 3rd Place 400M 1:24.6
Jenna Kinnison 2nd Place 400M 1:23.05
Hannah Wolf 2nd Place 300M Hurdles 1:05.7
Imani Greenwade 2nd Place 200M 32.97 secs
Morgan Rothe 3rd Place 800M 3:23

James Fletcher, John Fletcher, Mohammad Monet, and Rodrigo Torres participated as a relay team in the 4x400 relay. This relay requires each of the members to complete one lap around the track. This group did a great job and completed the relay in 6:55.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL softball team wins first

The Taylor High School Varsity Softball Team gained its first win in Griffin history on Thursday defeating Crestwood High School 22-2.


Are you ready? The 2019 version of the Heritage Park Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the day will end with a drawing for prizes between 10:15-11 a.m.

Anyone is welcome to help in this annual endeavor. Bring your children, friends, relatives, business or charity organizations. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Please help spread the word.

This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly. Wear work gloves. For anyone interested in helping out with the cleanup of Coan Lake, if you have long-handled nets to scoop trash out of the water, bring them along!

Remember, you can earn documented "community service credit hours" during this event. 

If you have questions or seek more information, contact Jim Taylor at or call (734) 666-8968, or contact Karl Ziomek at or call (734) 374-1447.

Heritage Park has improved in leaps and bounds over the last five cleanups. Let's keep heading in the right direction! See you on May 4!

(We will have additional reports on Facebook at Heritage Park Clean-up Day and on the COT website at


Taylor Parks Elementary School had a Dino-Mite Book Fair last week.  The Family Night and Grandparent Event made it extra special. Congratulations to the winners of the prize baskets as well as the coupons for free pizzas. We reached our goal and are looking forward to getting many new books in the hands of the students.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL heads down to the lanes

The Hoover Middle School Hawks went on a field trip with their bowling pin pals to Score Lanes.  It was a fun time with friends.


Mrs. Silva’s Holland Elementary School third grade gets a visit from pikachu. He is here to promote the PTO skating party!

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL baseball starts the season

Taylor High School Varsity Baseball lost 5-3 at Grosse Ile. Xavier Bailey pitched the first 2 innings allowing 1 run. Gavin West was the losing pitcher allowing 3 unearned runs in 2 innings pitched. Devin Hamilton pitched the last 2 innings of the game. Devin Kristobans had the first hit (a double) in Taylor High School history and scored the first run in the first inning. Jeremy Benson also had a hit for the Griffins.

The Varsity lost to St. Mary CC, 3-0. Jeremy Benson pitched the first 2 innings and was the pitcher of record. Jacob Loftis pitched 3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing no hits. Bronson Hall pitched the last 2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Offensively, Xavier Bailey had a hit and was advanced to second by Dillon Sparks on a error. The rally was stopped there.

The Varsity is scheduled to play next against Wyandotte 4/10/19.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL testing schedule information

Highlights and Testing Information

Monday, April 8: Regular School Day: All Grades Report

Tuesday, April 9: School Hours: 7:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
11th graders are encouraged to come early, and cannot be late!
9th Grade: No School
10th Grade: PSAT 10 7:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Breakfast provided at 7 a.m. in Café A
11th Grade: SAT 7:20 a.m. – 12:50 p.m Breakfast provided at 7 in Café A
12th Grade: No School

Wednesday, April 10: School hours 7:20 a.m.- 11:20 a.m.
Students cannot be late!
9th Grade: PSAT 9 7:20-11:20 a.m. Breakfast provided at 7 in Café A
10th Grade: No School
11th Grade: ACT WorkKeys 7:20-11:20 a.m. Breakfast provided at 7 in Café A
12th Grade: No School

Thursday, April 11th: Regular School Day: All Grades Report

Friday, April 12th: Regular School Day: All Grades Report

(Note: We’re in the midst of Spirit Week. Photos and results to follow after the break.)