Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Today, Oct. 10, is national Anti-Bullying Day. To raise awareness schools across the country, including those in Farmington Public Schools, are wearing orange.
Did you or your child wear orange today? Share your photo on Patch and take a stand against bullying. Today, Farmington-area schools join those across the country to unite against bullying by wearing orange, the color used to represent anti-bullying in the United States. List serv messages sent Monday to families of North Farmington High and Warner Upper Elementary students encouraged students to show support for anti-bullying, with the slogan, “Make it ORANGE and make it END!”. If you wore orange today, upload your photos to this gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button. (Have upload questions? Watch our video: How to Upload a Photo to Patch.)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Thomas Lichtenberg talks with 4th graders at Gill Elementary about how he uses optimism to overcome the challenges that come with his condition.
Despite being bullied and knowing he has Asperger's syndrome, Thomas Lichtenberg is an optimist. "I have so much optimism, I have even bcome an optimist about Asperger's," the Power Upper Elementary 5th grader told a group of Gill Elementary 4th graders Friday. Thomas openly talks about his condition, which is an autism spectrum disorder, and he has even helped his classmates understand it. "He's amazed me this year," his teacher Nancie Jahshan said. "The joy he's brought to our classroom has been amazing. He has a voice that needs to be heard." Jahshan felt so strongly about Thomas' message that she made arrangements for him to speak to four classes at Gill. He met the first two on Friday and will speak to a second group on May 17. …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Students take part Friday in a symbolic "stand" against bullying.
Farmington Schools students today stood up as part of a nation-wide movement that aims to raise awareness about, and to prevent, bullying. Around noon today, students literally stood for five minutes in their classrooms as part of Stand4Change. At Farmington High School, students rose at 12:08 p.m., because of the school schedule. Junior Katie Stieber, 16, of Farmington, made the announcement from the school office. She's part of the FHS "Stop the BAD (Bullying and Discrimination)" club formed last year. "In my freshman year, I saw bullying happen here," she said. "It's always been something that's gone on in the schools I've been at. I've been bullied, and I thought it would feel good to do something about it." FHS English and Spanish …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Farmington officials are on record opposing the new law that lifts the cap on charter schools.
Among the laws that take effect in 2012 is a measure strongly opposed by Farmington Public Schools officials. State legislators and the governor are lifting and eventually removing a limit of 150 university-authorized charter schools statewide. When the 2011-12 academic year ends next June, the number of charter schools that may be authorized doubles to 300 through 2012 and later reaches 500 through 2014. After that, there's no cap. Free public charter schools must participate in state assessments under the new law. "Charter schools play a critical role in providing Michigan students and parents with alterative educational options," Snyder said in a Dec. 20 signing statement. "This reform gives families who are trapped in failing schools …
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The bullying symposium offers educational credits for teachers who attend.
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (HMCZFC) in Farmington Hills will host its 7th Annual International Symposium, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Co-sponsored by the Michigan Council for Social Studies, this year’s forum’s topic is “Much Ado About Bullying: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions.” The Symposium is open to the public. Normal museum admission rates will apply for participation in the Symposium. Continuing education units (SB-CEUs) are available - for a small additional fee - for educators who attend. The event will feature three guest presenters. One is Tara Michener, entrepreneur, author, and advocate for diversity in southeast Michigan, who has been featured on CW50, PBS, and WDET Detroit. Also …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Students who send or receive inappropriate messages may go to jail.
Oakland County prosecutor Jessica Cooper delivered a tough message about cell phones and computers to about 40 students and parents gathered in Harrison High's cafeteria Wednesday night: If you're caught with nude, semi-nude or explicit photos of someone younger than 18 on your phone or computer, expect to go to jail. Cooper and Assistant Prosecutor Julie McMurtry, who heads up the juvenile division, spoke for more than an hour about the permanence and dangers of electronic communication, especially for teens. "There is nothing, nothing, nothing that is temporary ... There is a record forever," she said. "Even if you think you're texting in private, all of those things can be brought back up." Cooper reminded students that their phones and…