Friday, April 12, 2013
The Hackbots compete at Eastern Michigan University, after successful performances at two recent meets.
On the heels of two successful regional events, the Farmington Public Schools Hackbots are competing this weekend in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) state robotics tournament. First round matches at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center in Ypsilanti started Thursday, with preliminary rounds all day Friday and Saturday morning. Finals are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Hackbots took second place at a regional event in Waterford and first place in a Livonia regional event, both held last month. Their robot moves across a field with two large pyramids at opposite ends, then tosses flying discs at targets to earn points. The Hackbots team is open to students from Farmington, Harrison and…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
College acceptance letters are in—tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Farmington and Farmington Hills seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here, too. Just click "Upload Photos and Videos." Congratulations, Class of 2013!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The show opens March 21 with a cast, crew and pit of nearly 100 students.
"Greased lightning" rolls on to stage at North Farmington High when the school's production of the classic rock-and-roll musical "Grease" opens March 21. With a cast of 74 actors, 20 musicians in the pit orchestra and even more students involved behind the scenes, there are close to 100 students involved in the show, according to Sue Cobb, who is co-directing the show with her husband, Dean Cobb. Vocal director Dr. Sheri Jaffurs, assistant director/choreographer Samantha Feldman and orchestra director Joel Schut round out the production team. Sue Cobb said the show "spreads the wealth" with plenty of major roles. "It's a nice vehicle for a lot of roles," she added. "There are really nice choral numbers and dance, plus it's a lot of fun…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Family, students and colleagues surprise physics teacher Todd Hecker Tuesday with the announcement of his selection as the district's High School Teacher of the year.
North Farmington High physics teacher Todd Hecker dressed a little special for school on Tuesday, because principal Joe Greene told him a group would be in to observe his class. Greene didn't mention the visit would include an announcement that Hecker was named the Farmington Public Schools 2013 High School Teacher of the Year. "I just two minutes ago said, after this class, I'm gonna walk down to Mr. Greene's office and punch him in the nose, because I wore a tie for nothing," Hecker joked during the presentation. A North Farmington teacher for the past 17 years, Hecker spent 15 years advising the student senate, principal Joe Greene said. Hecker turned over the reins this year; he and his wife, Sarah, are now trying to keep up with …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Raiders' run for the state title ended Monday.
North Farmington High School's hopes of winning a boys basketball regional title were squashed Monday night when the team lost to South Lyon, 52-32. According to an article in the Observer & Eccentric, Jeron Rogers was the high scorer for the Raiders with 11 points, followed by Caleb Hogans with 10 points. The team advanced to the regional semifinal after beating Walled Lake Central Friday night, 47-33, to win the district title. The team ends the season with a 15-6 overall record. South Lyon now goes on to play in the regional final against Ypsilanti on Wednesday night. Do you have any photos from the season? Share them on Patch by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos."
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Raiders are favored to win the regional title, according to miprepzone.com.
The North Farmington boys basketball team goes up against South Lyon in regional competition Monday, 7 p.m., at Ann Arbor Huron High School. After finishing in a tie for second place in the OAA (Oakland Activities Association) Red Division, the team is favored to win the Region 6 title, according to a playoff forecast published at miprepzone.com. A Farmington Observer report credits sophomore Jeron Roberts with leading the team scoring in the Raiders' District title win over Walled Lake Central last week. “Our expectations are the same as they've been all year,” coach Todd Negoshian told the newspaper. “We want to live to see another day. That's all we care about."
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Hackbots spent Tuesday finishing up a robot that will compete in March.
A team of Farmington Schools students gathered Tuesday morning around a laptop set up in the gymnasium at Farmington High School, watching closely as the robot they created made its way across the floor. The Hackbots robotics team put the finishing touches on their entry in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics district competition, held March 8-9 at Waterford Mott High School. Team members represent Farmington, Harrison and North Farmington high schools. Mentor Dan Riehl said about 80 students expressed interest when the unified team was created, and between 40 and 50 are actively involved. One program for all three schools helps hold down the high cost of the program, which is also offset by …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Instrumental and vocal performances from the Jan. 19 and 20 concerts are featured on the video sharing site.
Talented North Farmington High vocalists and musicians are featured in videos from the school's Jan. 19 and 20 coffee house concerts, posted last week at YouTube.com. Nine performances can be viewed on the social media video sharing website, from a comic duet by brothers Avery and Evan Rausch, to a stirring rendition of the ballad "At Last", by Natalie Porretta. Some will be available on iTunes.com. Once you've listened to the music, browse through the list of events going on today, as well as those for which you'll have to register later in the week: Check our calendar for more activities, classes and events happening today and throughout the week. If your event isn't listed, here's how to add it: How to Post an Event on Patch.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Of 120 finalists, 32 will be chosen to win a $1,000 scholarship.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) announced finalists for the 2012-2013 Scholar-Athlete Award today, and two Farmington Public Schools students are on the list, more than any other school in the state. Morgan Alexandria Gilliam, North Farmington High School, and Sarah Gutknecht, Farmington High School, are finalists this year. Of the 120 finalists announced today, 32 will be chosen to receive the $1,000 scholarships. Award winners are chosen based on a combination of athletic and academic excellence. To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale), and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Teams wear pink uniforms to help raise awareness about cancer.
The North Farmington Raiders held on through a late rally on their home court Tuesday to take a 61-58 win over crosstown rival Harrison High, in a boys basketball game that also raised funds for cancer research. According to a MIPrepZone.com report, the Hawks outscored the Raiders 14-5 in the first period, then fell back until late in the fourth quarter. But their rally wasn't quite enough to overcome North Farmington's lead. Teams wore pink uniforms, and donations to a cancer charity were collected at the door. Read the game recap, with video: Pink" North Farmington wins city championship by beating Harrison. Were you at last night's game? Share your photos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.