Book battlers

Book battlers

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Wacky costumes and teams with creative names filled Springfield Plains Elementary Battle of the Books competition last week. Springfield Plains, Andersonville and Davisburg elementaries competed in the 7th annual Fourth Grade Battle of the Books, a 10-question competition based on six books from different genres. Students dressed up […]

Bus drivers help hungry

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For some students in Clarkston, schools meals are their main source of nourishment and breaks can cause them to go without. This spring break the Clarkston Transportation Department decided to help four families in this situation through a Michigan Education Department (MEA) Out Reach Grant. Clarkston Bus Driver […]

Honored for school arts

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Artistic skill, a passion for creativity and performance were honored last week at The Clarkston Foundation’s Student Recognition Awards for Performing and Visual Arts. The ceremony was attended by several members of the foundation, as well as Clarkston Board of Education members Steve Hyer, Greg Need, Andrea Catalina, […]

Real-life learning

Real-life learning

Critter Guy Paul McCormack visited first grade classrooms at Pine Knob Elementary last Friday. He brought in a trove of animals for the students to feel, hold and learn about. First, he brought out Woody, an Australian tree frog. Then he brought out Pearle the Cockatiel. The colorful bird walked along students arms and stood […]

Wit and words

  BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Get ready for laughs and fun as the Clarkston High School Drama Club presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” April 27-29. The musical comedy follows six kids battling to be named the Spelling Bee champion, and three adults. It also includes four audience members […]

Clarkston School Board OK’s pre-Labor Day start

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For Clarkston parent Linda Kisabeth, starting the school year before Labor Day spoils prepaid vacation plans. “I may be one, but I’m sure there’s others out there who are negatively affected,” Kisabeth said at the March 27 Board of Education meeting where the school board voted unanimously to […]

Government experience for youth

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Writing bills, debating issues, voting on laws – Clarkston’s Youth in Government Club experienced them all at the YMCA Michigan Youth in Government Conference in Lansing last month. “It was great. We went up to Lansing and we wrote bills,” Senior Alexander Gavulic said.  “We would get together […]

Sparkle awards

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Emotions ran high last week at Clarkston’s Second Annual Sparkle Awards, an event honoring those who go “above and beyond” for students with different abilities requiring an Individualized Education Plan. All 130 nominees received an award and an individual or group from each category received an additional Special […]

Lego Creators

Clarkston Elementary students from all grades got together after school last Thursday for a Lego Competition. Students enjoyed sweet snacks as they built job-themed Lego constructions within a 35 minute time limit. When time was up, the students’ work was judged and one student per grade got a prize for their Lego creations. Photos by […]

Simulator puts students in driver’s seat

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For Tara Wasik, of Szott Automotive Group, distracted driving is personal. “My son’s best friend was killed by a driver six months ago – it’s so deadly,” said Wasik. “We’re just trying to get the word out there, try and get these kids to stop texting and driving.” […]

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