Friday, March 8, 2013
Farmington Public Schools officials and families surprise Nancy Dillon and Erin Young with the Thursday Teacher of the Year announcements.
Two Farmington Public Schools teachers got the "Publisher's Clearinghouse" treatment Thursday, as they were honored among the district's Teachers of the Year. Hillside Elementary first grade teacher Nancy Dillon and Power Upper Elementary social studies teacher Erin Young were surprised by administrators, colleagues and members of their families during the afternoon presentations. Nominations for the annual awards were reviewed by a committee that includes administrators and past winners. Dillon, who started her career with the district at Fairview Early Childhood Center in 1992, also taught at William Grace and Gill Elementary Schools. In a nomination form, parents Mikki and James Hill wrote about her dedication to her students. "She …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The annual charity basketball game tips off Friday in the Farmington High School gymnasium.
The big winners in Friday night's Battle of the Middles charity basketball game, held in the Farmington High School gymnasium, weren't even on the floor. Families served by the Farmington Area Goodfellows and Neighborhood House charities will benefit from admissions and concession proceeds, as well as canned goods and new, unwrapped toys donated by the hundreds who packed the gym. Staff teams from Power Upper Elementary and East Middle Schools (South) and Dunckel Middle and Warner Upper Elementary Schools (North) played a short game that included plenty of hilarious moves that drew cheers from the crowd. The game began with a moment of silence in memory of the 20 children and 6 adults killed in a Friday morning massacre at Sandy Hook …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Nature Club's first annual Harvest Festival includes cleaning up plant beds around the school.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Power Upper Elementary School Nature Club hosts its first Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the school, which is located off Gill Road between Eight and Nine Mile Roads in Farmington Hills. The event celebrates Make a Difference Day and the club's receipt of a Brooksie Way Mini-Grant. Activities will include moving plants and rocks, pulling weeds, spreading mulch, cutting herbs from the herb garden and preparing flower beds for winter, along with maintaining the pool area. Visitors can tour the Schoolyard Habitat gardens at 11 a.m. and learn more about birds and how the gardens support them through displays on the site. Anyone who wants to enjoy a picnic lunch is asked to bring a dish to pass; main course and …
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. …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Police have been at Gill and Power Upper Elementary schools today after an 'agitated caller' made reference to the Trayvon Martin case.
A Farmington Public Schools spokesperson said classes have gone on as usual today, after Gill Elementary and Power Upper Elementary Schools were placed on lockdown this morning. "We're releasing (students) as usual," FPS spokesperson Diane Bauman said. "The police will be there as a precaution." She said the police presence on both campuses was to monitor who came and went at the schools, after a threatening phone call was received. UPDATE: Northville Patch reports a similar threat was received today at Winchester Elementary School. John Werth, Northville Township Director of Public Safety, said while authorities are investigating the threat, they do not consider it "credible". Similar calls were made to Livonia and Redford schools. …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Teachers at Hillside, Power, Dunckel and Harrison get 'prize patrol' visits Tuesday.
In traditional "Publishers Clearinghouse" style, four Farmington Public Schools teachers were surprised on Tuesday with Teacher of the Year awards. Brigades of school officials, family and well-wishers surprised teachers chosen through a nomination process, with recommendations submitted by students, parents and colleagues. The honorees are: Dukes began her career in the District in 1999 as an English and art teacher, and in 2005 moved into exclusively teaching art. She came to the district with a Bachelors degree in English and Art from Albion College and continued her own education while teaching at Harrison, earning her Masters in Studio Art in 2009. One nominator wrote: "One might mistake Kimmi Dukes for one of her students, not just …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Thomas Lichtenberg's love of music started with his first violin lesson three years ago.
On Dec. 18, 10-year-old violinist Thomas Lichtenberg did something many adult musicians have never done: He performed for the fourth time at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. The Farmington resident is a member of the Wayne State University String Project, a "laboratory school" that pairs Wayne student musicians with children who play violin, viola, cello or bass. The three-year program was named "2011 String Project of the Year" by the American String Teachers Association. For Thomas, playing a stringed instrument continues a family tradition. "I liked that it was the smallest instrument. And my big sister Emily played it before I did," he said. His mother, Susan Lichtenberg, added that Emily had a very positive experience with the Farmington…