Play Incorporated into School Days Aids Productivity

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer This year Clarkston elementary schools are choosing to shift their focus and take a different approach by infusing play into the children’s school day, Principal Glenn Gualtieri said. Gualtieri, principal of Bailey Lake Elementary, describes it as a “conscious effort” to have students take time out of their […]

Students Find Leadership in Themselves

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A new leadership program is working to empower students throughout Clarkston elementary schools. Andersonville Elementary Principal Kim Fletcher describes the program, entitled The Leader in Me, as a way to allow children to find the leader and the greatness in themselves. The Leader in Me program is based […]

Junior high actors hit the stage in tale of rags-to-riches

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer The sun will come out next week on the Clarkston Junior High School Performing Arts Center stage as the drama club presents the musical “Annie, Jr.” The story centers around Annie, played by Brooke Larkin, who is an 11-year-old at the Municipal Girls Orphanage who has one […]

Everest honored

Everest Collegiate High School and Academy was awarded 2016 National Blue Ribbon School Honors. The announcement was made on Sept. 28. Everest is the only private school in the state to receive the Recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School award. “This award is a direct reflection of the dedication of our faculty and students […]

Too much time online

Spending too much time face down in your cell phone can be a problem for children and adults, and both are needed to solve it, says Amy Metz, president of Clarkston High School PTSA. The parents group is working with teachers to talk about ways to use technology constructively, Metz said. “It’s a joint effort […]

Grads return home to teach

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer For Clarkston High School graduates John Chesley, Katie Harris, Kristy Robinson and Kendra Smith becoming teachers and returning to their hometown is a something they each consider to be special. John Chesley, who is a fifth grade teacher at Bailey Lake Elementary, graduated from CHS in 2001 and […]

New teachers in the classroom

More than 30 teachers and staff members have joined Clarkston Community Schools this fall, including Kathleen Alexander, who will be a counselor at Clarkston High School. Alexander went to Walled Lake Central. Shge lives in Howell, and graduated from Oakland University 2012, with a Master’s degree, counseling with school specialization. Previously she worked at Okemos […]

Students meet the teacher

Elementary schools across the district held a “Meet the Teacher” last week where students got a chance to check out their new classrooms, find their seats and chat with their new teacher. Anderson Elementary was one of the schools that also had an “Ice Cream Social,” where students and parents got to catch up with […]

30 fresh faces in classrooms: Not including students

When kids return to their classrooms next week, more than 30 new teachers will help welcome them to the 2016-2017 school year. Great things are expected of them and the rest of Clarkston Community Schools teaching staff, said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. “It’s not easy to get a job as a teacher. Each of these […]

Teacher heading to Washington for award

President Barack Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, including Sashabaw Middle School math teacher Wendy Osterman, a grade 7-12 cohort recipient. “I am extremely grateful to be selected for the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching.  I believe […]

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