Kids learn by tinkering at Pine Knob

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A tinkering room is coming to Pine Knob Elementary for student exploration and imagination. Principal Jodi Yeloushan said teachers do a lot of tinkering in their own classrooms so she wants to provide a space for teachers to bring their classes and allow students to work on projects […]

Activities for all at high school

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A source of pride for Clarkston High School is the ability to provide something for everyone, according to Principal Gary Kaul. “We’ve got myriad programs we run and offer at the high school,” Kaul said. “With the different academic programs we have here, clubs, activities, sports, if you […]

More than meets the eye at Renaissance High

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Stereotypes and preconceived notions often shroud the idea of alternative schools, as students are well aware. “People who have never been here, they’re literally like, ‘oh, that’s for all the bad kids,’ but there’s great people here, great staff, great teachers,” said Renaissance High School junior Lucas Voyles. […]

New Admin Hires for Schools

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education created two new administrative positions at their Nov. 14 meeting –administrator of technology integration, $84,244-$103,609; and marketing coordinator, $72,899-$89,656. The new technology position will help determine which technology will be implemented using bond money, said Board of Education President Steve Hyer. The […]

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 […]