Springfield Plains takes safety STEPs

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Principal Matt Gifford took a turn teaching fifth graders during Safety Week at Springfield Plains Elementary School. “The lesson provides general knowledge about disasters common to our area and strategies for how students can protect themselves and their families,” Gifford said. “It also teaches students how to create […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Freezing time

A column by Matt Mackinder I am of the opinion the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” takes on a whole new meaning once you have kids. Here’s an example: Back in 2005 when my wife, Stephanie, had our oldest, Ethan, we were over the moon. And rightfully so. People everywhere told us to […]

Honored for human resources

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Deborah Clement always goes above and beyond. She recently earned recognition from the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators as its 2019 Outstanding Human Resources Support Staff Person of the Year at the association’s annual conference in Lansing earlier this month. Clement, the human resources coordinator for administrative […]

Rockin’ Readers win Battle of the Books

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With a rain storm outside, a battle of books raged inside Springfield Plains Elementary, March 14. The Rockin’ Readers of Pine Knob Elementary emerged the 2019 champions in the district-wide Battle of the Books competition out of the 15-team field, after earning a perfect 20-out-of-20 score. The Reading […]

Flu cases increasing in schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools has seen an increase in the number of students who have had influenza symptoms over the last several weeks. “Influenza symptoms and fevers can last up to one week, and therefore, depending on symptom severity, some students may be out of school for up to […]

Black Monte Carlo sought in hit-and-run

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Deputies are looking for a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo with some type of red writing on the front of the vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run of an 83-year-old Independence Township man, 10:13 p.m., Thursday night. The vehicle should have damage to the front passenger side and possibly […]

Outdoor classroom growing by leaps, bounds

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Back in 2015, an outdoor learning space for the younger students in Clarkston Community Schools went from a vision to reality at Renaissance High School. A Young 5’s teacher, Katie Woodworth, wanted to create the space for her students and after one thing led to another, Renaissance teachers […]

Art show spotlights fourth graders

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Back on Feb. 27, Springfield Plains Elementary School hosted “From the HeART,” an art show featuring the school’s fourth-grade students that also acted as a benefit for the Haven Children’s Art Therapy Program. Springfield Plains Art Educator Ryanne Shiner deemed the showcase a success. “Last year, the fourth-grade […]

With a passion for art, student wins regional awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School Junior Michaela Mueller was recently honored with two Gold Keys and a Silver Key through the Scholastic Art Awards programs. The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards is sponsored by the College for Creative Studies, located in Detroit, and supported by an advisory […]

Teachers aim to empower girls

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer For five Clarkston Community Schools elementary teachers, March 2 was not a typical Saturday away from the classroom. Instead, Anne Marie Hart (North Sashabaw Elementary School, kindergarten), Molly Hothem (NSE, fourth grade), Brianna Spencer (Independence Elementary School, Level 4 ASD), Maddie Spencer (NSE, kindergarten) and Ashley Venegas (IE, […]