Learning overflows at middle school

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Sashabaw Middle School students led their family members through the school’s first learning showcase May 23. “This is our first learners showcase, we worked with the junior high last year. They were a little bit more prepped to do it and we weren’t as ready last year, and […]

Congrats to Renaissance grads

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer The atmosphere as Renaissance High School seniors collected their diplomas can be best described by the last line of student speaker Mason McIntyre’s speech: “We did it!” “These graduates have worked hard, they have overcome adversity that most of us have never had to endure,” Renaissance Program Director […]

Clarkston graduates 603

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A warm, sunny evening pervaded the commencement ceremony of Clarkston High School’s Class of 2017. “Commencement is more than simply an annual event, particularly in Clarkston. It’s a moment shared between faculty, families and students,” Principal Gary Kaul said. “It’s a time when the school and the community […]

Plethora of learning at junior high

Plethora of learning at junior high

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Junior High students put their learning on display for the community at the school’s Second Annual Student Learning Showcase. “What we’ve tried to do is create an opportunity for students to show their learning to people outside of the classroom,” Principal Adam Kern said. In the cafeteria, […]

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, […]

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 […]