Kids show lots of ways to learn

Kids show lots of ways to learn

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Elementary students taught their peers about wellness for their mind, body, heart and soul during the school’s Celebration of Learning Day. “We want the kids to have an opportunity to showcase the things they’ve learned this year, and for the last couple of years we have connected […]

Music man wins Teacher of the Year

Music man wins Teacher of the Year

  BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Raucous applause followed Bruce Mercado’s announcement, “On behalf of the Clarkston Foundation and the Teacher of the Year Committee, I am honored to announce the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Michael Lewis!” Lewis is Clarkston High School’s band director and has been teaching in this district since […]

Exercise and learning during school ACES Day

Exercise and learning during school ACES Day

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Kids jumped, ran and danced throughout Clarkston elementary schools as they celebrated ACES Day, May 10. “ACES Day stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously and I know it’s a big thing in Michigan,” North Sashabaw Elementary Physical Education Teacher Michael Keeler said. The intent is to get the […]

History talk

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Second graders around the district are learning about Clarkston’s local history through a locally written textbook and presentations from Clarkston Historical Society Education Chairperson Kim Huttenlocher. “Our primary mission is education through the historical society, so, talking to this generation is what’s going to keep the history alive […]

Freedom for all in PRISM club

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Tolerance and acceptance are pinnacle in Clarkston High School’s PRISM club, a space for LGBTQ students and their allies. “In terms of how it’s changed over last year to this year, it’s become a lot more normal at the school,” said co-founder and member Daniel Ephlin. “Last year, […]

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 […]