WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Social media injustice

I’ll be blunt: social media is ruining our society. It’s not a sign on a business, it’s not any public figure, and it’s not entitled adults. Social media, more times than not, is a vile entity that lets anyone chime in on a topic, whether or not the topic affects them in any way. It […]

Trio up for National Merit scholarships

Trio up for National Merit scholarships

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Three Clarkston High School seniors and academic standouts were recently named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Madison Dryden, Timothy O’Daniel and Nathan Sesti are three of about 16,000 semifinalists who now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million that […]

Schools take precautions against diseased mosquitos

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Oakland County Health Department issued a health advisory last week warning of equine encephalitis, a potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitos. Clarkston Community Schools applied mosquito repellent around athletic fields at Sashabaw Middle School, Clarkston Junior High, and Clarkston High School on Sept. 18-19, when there were […]

Flexible scheduling at Renaissance High

Flexible scheduling at Renaissance High

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Renaissance High School is introducing “Flexible Fridays” for the 2019-20 school year. Alternative schools in the state can apply for a waiver allowing for a reduction in hours or days students are in class. The new schedule was approved by the Clarkston Board of Education at the Sept. […]

Clarkston students score above average in state testing

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer For the fourth consecutive year, Clarkston students exceeded Oakland County and Michigan proficiency averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Clarkston’s scores on the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) was in the top half of all school districts in Oakland County, the highest performing county in […]

Asbestos at junior high

Asbestos at junior high

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Asbestos recently discovered at Clarkston Junior High poses no risk to students, said Principal Adam Kern. “During a recent teacher-supervised project in one of our Construction Tech classrooms, asbestos-containing subfloor materials were discovered,” Kern wrote in an email to CJH families. “The subfloor had been covered by layers […]

Boot bounty fights disease

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Firefighters will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians and motorists to donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “It’s a great feeling standing out there holding that boot, getting heavier and heavier, and seeing everyone helping with whatever they have,” said firefighter Nick Wilson, 10-year firefighter […]

Special education a school priority

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The annual Sparkle Awards is a jewel of an event, usually held in March to celebrate everyone during an always emotional evening full of support and encouragement. That’s just one thing Clarkston Community Schools special education works on. “We are very proud of our special education programs and […]

Japan trip yields memories for students

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer For some Clarkston High School students, summer vacation had a little extra travel this year. After students from Japan visited and lived in Clarkston this past spring, Clarkston High School students returned the favor over the summer by flying to Chiba, Japan, for two weeks, June 30-July 14. […]

Work on high school, roads coming in 2020

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer More school renovations and roadwork are coming to town in 2020. At the Independence Township Board of Trustees regular meeting, Sept. 10, Supervisor Pat Kittle gave the details. Clarkston High School will have some building renovations starting the summer of 2020, and the Waldon Road parking lot will […]