Threats at Newaygo schools not credible but cause stress for students, parents
NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – School and police officials say that threats Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Newaygo High School and Middle School have been deemed not credible. The reports led Newaygo Public Schools to go into “secure mode,” with school doors locked and students remaining in classrooms. “After what happened Monday, and then today, I’m ready to pull my kids out of public schools,” she said. Andres said that the threats, coming on the heels of the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School, have to stop. “We want our students of the Newaygo Public Schools District to be safe and to have a wonderful educational career, one which they deserve,” Wright said at the press conference.mlive.com
JPS, police determine social media threat at Parkside not viable
JACKSON, MI - A social media threat made to students and staff at the Middle School at Parkside has been determined not to be viable after Jackson Public Schools worked with the Jackson Police Department to investigate. We cannot stress enough the seriousness of social media threats.”Any students determined to be involved in the threats will “receive serious consequences,” Beal said. “We are thankful to the Jackson Police Department for their diligence in keeping JPS safe.”This is the second time in two weeks JPS has investigated threats that were shared on social media. A social media threat that originated in Florida impacted classes at Jackson High School Thursday, causing the district to dismiss classes early. READ MORE:Jackson High lockdown threat traced to social media post from Florida, officials sayNew private high school in Jackson finds home in wing of adult care facilityClean clothes and a fresh start part of Laundry Initiative in Jackson schoolsmlive.com
Clean clothes and a fresh start part of Laundry Initiative in Jackson schools
JACKSON, MI - Whether it’s a mud puddle on the playground or an accident in the lunchroom, a day at school is sure to produce some stains. When those stains happen at Jackson’s Middle School at Parkside, Kristy Dillon, the school’s parent liaison, is on the front lines of helping provide students with a change of clothes, with the promise of them getting their favorite clothing items back in commission within a couple of hours.mlive.com
Jackson Public Schools promotes from within for new principal hires
JACKSON, MI - Jackson Public Schools is welcoming new leaders to Northeast Elementary School and the Middle School at Parkside. Phil Van Allen is taking over as principal at Northeast after being in an administrative role at a pair of JPS buildings since 2019, while Robert Bertke is the new assistant principal at Parkside. Van Allen previously was an assistant principal at Bennett Elementary before serving as an assistant principal of the JPS Montessori School. “As the assistant principal at Middle School at Parkside, I will always strive to have positive impacts on more students, staff and families each day. I believe that having the ability to have a stronger impact on a school’s climate and culture will allow me to aid in the process of helping more students develop into workforce ready citizens.”READ MORE:Sale of Frost Elementary a ‘win-win’ for Jackson Public Schools, intermediate school district$14 million Cascades Elementary is Jackson Public Schools’ first new building in more than 50 yearsJackson Public Schools offering up to $10K bonus to attract new teachersmlive.com
AFC Ann Arbor, local organizations launch new community youth program in Ypsilanti
Association Football Club Ann Arbor and Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, in partnership with the Hart & Tay Train Foundation, the Rob Murphy Foundation and the Mighty Oak Project, have launched a new community youth program called CLR Academy.
Our 8 favorite photos as Jackson girls soccer tops Adrian
JACKSON, MI -- The Jackson girls soccer team controlled play throughout to go on to a 7-0 win over Adrian on Thursday evening, May 20 at the Justin Mehall Field at the Middle School at Parkside. Jackson's Madison Wagner dribbles the ball during a girls soccer match against Adrian at the Justin Mehall Field at the Middle School at Parkside in Jackson on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Scott Park | MLive.comJackson players are introduced during a girls soccer match against Adrian at the Justin Mehall Field at the Middle School at Parkside in Jackson on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Scott Park | MLive.comJackson's Elena Alvarado dribbles during a girls soccer match against Adrian at the Justin Mehall Field at the Middle School at Parkside in Jackson on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Scott Park | MLive.comJackson's Ellie Weed laughs during a girls soccer match against Adrian at the Justin Mehall Field at the Middle School at Parkside in Jackson on Thursday, May 20, 2021.mlive.com
Our 9 favorite photos as Lumen Christi girls tennis tops Jackson
9 Lumen Christi girls tennis team traveled to the Parkside Middle School tennis courts to take on their crosstown rivals from Jackson High on Wednesday, May 12. Lumen Christi won the match over Jackson, 7-1.J. Lumen Christi won the match over Jackson, 7-1.J. Lumen Christi won the match over Jackson, 7-1.J. Lumen Christi won the match over Jackson, 7-1.J.mlive.com
High number of students quarantining prompts move to remote learning at Jackson middle school
JACKSON, MI - Another positive COVID-19 case at the Middle School at Parkside has caused Jackson Public Schools to move the school and the Fourth Street Learning Center to virtual learning. Parkside reported 182 students in precautionary quarantine, with eight COVID-19 cases among students and one staff member. “As I have said before, remain diligent in wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing at your own homes so that we can return to in-person learning,” Beal said. Parkside and the Fourth Street Learning Center are the latest JPS buildings to be impacted by positive COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the district moved Dibble Elementary to remote learning for 10 days, due to a positive COVID-19 case at the school.mlive.com
Column: Some parents complained about Pride and Black Lives Matter flags, so a Chesterton school removed them. Now students and parents are demanding their return.
Hundreds of Chesterton Middle School families on Monday protested the northwest Indiana school's decision to remove the flags from three classrooms.chicagotribune.com
New trail will connect neighborhoods to Middle School at Parkside
JACKSON, MI -- An newly approved stretch of trail through Jackson’s south side will connect residential areas to a Jackson school. City and Jackson Public Schools officials applied for federal grant funding in 2018 to build the trail as a way for students in the neighborhood near South Street to walk to school. The trail will follow Elmdale Road from East Hickory Avenue to South Jackson Street, then along South Jackson Street from Elmdale Road to the southwest corner of South Street, according to the project plan. Student safety while walking to the school was a priority in getting the construction grant, City Spokesman Aaron Dimick said. “The main impetus is that students in the area walk to school on this path,” Dimick said.mlive.com
Ann Arbor School Board releases statement on upcoming vote to stay virtual
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Board of Education released a statement on Friday evening clarifying the details of next week’s vote after considerable uproar from some community members. “At our meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to direct Superintendent Jeanice Kerr Swift to explore the feasibility of modifying its current Return to School Plan,” the Board clarified. “The Board apologizes for any confusion this vote on Wednesday may have caused our community during an already stress-filled school year due to the pandemic. Ad“The Board’s vote did not change or alter the approved transition to hybrid-in school learning option,” read the statement. In response to the Board’s motion, parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return launched a GoFundMe on Thursday, raising more than its $30,000 goal in less than 24 hours to establish a political action committee.
Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan launches Spring 2021 season
(Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan)Girls on the Run Spring 2021 programming will practice enhanced safety measures due to the pandemic. ANN ARBOR – Registration will be opening soon for Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan’s spring season. This will be the organization’s 19th spring season, and its purpose goes far beyond running. Virtual programming will be available for the Spring 2021 season. (Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan)The program begins the week of March 22 and lasts eight weeks.
U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens offering virtual field trips
ANN ARBOR – Who remembers field trips? Luckily, University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff are organizing virtual field trips for classrooms and groups. Virtual field trips are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here are the topics and recommended grade levels, according to its website:Roots and Shoots : Explore plants and their needs. For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact Youth Education Coordinator Liz Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remote learning extended through November in Jackson Public Schools due to COVID-19
JACKSON, MI - Another confirmed COVID-19 case in a staff member at the Middle School at Parkside has resulted in Jackson Public Schools remaining in remote learning through the end of November. The second Parkside staff member to test positive for COVID-19 was last in the building on Oct. 30, JP Superintendent Jeff Beal said. All district students and staff are now not expected to return to hybrid in-person learning, until Monday, Nov. 30, Beal said. The decision to extend remote learning comes just one day after the district suspended in-person learning for the week after a Jackson High School staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Jackson Public Schools switches to remote learning in all buildings after another COVID-19 caseA couple of days earlier, JPS quarantined 63 staff and students after a COVID-19 exposure at Parkside.mlive.com
In-person learning suspended 1 week at Jackson middle school after COVID-19 exposure
JACKSON, MI - A COVID-19 exposure at Jackson’s Middle School at Parkside has canceled in-person learning for this week and led to the quarantine of 63 students and staff, Superintendent Jeff Beal announced Saturday, Oct. 31In-person learning is suspended from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, Beal said in a Facebook post. He said a staff member tested positive for the disease after working all last week at the middle school, located at 2400 4th St. Beal emphasized that COVID-19 “is a fluid situation" and the district will continue to respond to any additional positive cases accordingly. “We are in constant contact with the Jackson County Health Department and if any additional information is provided to us we will be back in touch,” he said. Jackson County has seen 1,969 positive cases of COVID-19, as well as 68 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, according to county health department numbers.mlive.com
National program to help honor students with virtual graduation
DETROIT – The clock is ticking for middle schools, high schools and colleges to figure out virtual graduation ceremonies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But there is uncertainty on what graduation day the first week in June might actually look like -- if it does have to be virtual. They have also been in contact with organizations seeking technical support and creative input to make a virtual graduation special. On Tuesday, Microsoft stepped in with a program for 1,000 schools. The first 1,000 schools to sign up will need a 4-6 week window to let Microsoft make the graduation happen.
National program to help honor students with virtual graduation
National program to help honor students with virtual graduationPublished: May 5, 2020, 4:15 pmThe clock is ticking for middle schools, high schools and colleges to figure out virtual graduation ceremonies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Dundee Police to host FroYo Day
Frozen yogurt treats will be served Thursday during a Dundee Police meet and greet at Orange Leaf. DUNDEE - The Dundee Police Department has teamed up with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt of Dundee to host its first FroYo With the PoPo party. Dundee police will introduce the new Dundee Elementary and Middle School resource officer, Ciceley Lawson, to the community. Lawson recently retired from Ann Arbor Police Department and has joined the Dundee department. She will work with Officer Kent Jeppesen as the school districts seconds school resource officer.monroenews.com