Sampling the vineyard tastes of spring

Sampling the vineyard tastes of spring

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Fine wine and an array of hors d’oeuvre were enjoyed by guests at the Clarkston Rotary Wine Tasting last Thursday night. The event drew in many Clarkston residents, as well as people from all over the county. Wine samples were available from six different Michigan wineries: Laurentide, Hawthorne […]

Graduates honored for hard work, achievements

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston seniors celebrated their academic accomplishments at Senior Awards Night last Monday, May 15. Seniors graduating summa cum laude, a GPA between 3.8-4.0, and magna cum laude, a GPA between 3.5-3.79, received awards and some award recipients were also honored for community scholarships they earned. Clarkston High School […]

$300,000 surplus expected for parks

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township Board voted, May 16, to approve a $98,748 budget amendment for the Parks, Recreation, and Seniors Department. The money comes out of a $300,000 surplus predicted for the department at the end of 2017, Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Derek Smith said, which is similar to […]

Talented broncos

Talented broncos

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Elementary students showcased their talents at the school’s annual Variety Show. Students were singing, dancing, doing gymnastics and playing a variety of instruments for the audience. Pianist Cayla Cogan performed a rendition of Fleur De Lis, cousins Marco Richardson and Reid Logan left the audience laughing with […]

Student art wows community

Student art wows community

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Art aficionados appreciated a diverse selection of mediums at the opening reception of Clarkston High School’s Art Show. “The nice thing about the art show here is more students have the opportunity to see it, given it’s in school for two weeks. So, students who can’t come to […]

Public comments on school millage

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Board of Education hosts a public hearing Monday, May 22, at 6:45 p.m. about the district’s proposed 2017-2018 property tax millage rate. Board of Education President Steve Hyer said they’re proposing the same millage they’ve had for several years, 18 mills for non-homestead properties and seven […]

Teachers, volunteers make difference

Teachers, volunteers make difference

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Many make a difference in Clarkston schools. A few were honored with nominations for the Difference Maker Award by the Board of Education, May 8. Honored were Anne Martinez, fifth grade teacher at Bailey Lake Elementary; Karen Postal, secretary at Springfield Plains Elementary; Adam Kern, principal of Clarkston […]

Technology curriculum proposal

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Like “library” before it, “media center” may soon be history, to be replaced by “learning commons” and “learning labs.” The change is one of several curriculum proposals presented to Clarkston Board of Education, May 8. The newly named centers would help improve educational technology curriculum at the elementary […]

Learning about religions face to face

Learning about religions face to face

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Sashabaw Middle School (SMS) seventh graders learned about religious diversity from worshipers of six different religions during their world religion unit. The Interfaith Leadership Council paired with seventh grade classes to bring in speakers from the three Abrahamic religions and three of the world’s eastern religions. They discussed […]

Learning service to others

Learning service to others

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Celebrating 14 years of community service, Independence Elementary held their annual SOCKS Day event Friday, April 28. SOCKS, Serving Our Community Kids Style, is an Independence tradition where each grade level pairs with a different organization and spends the day helping them. “There are different community partners at […]

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