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, […]

March for reading

Independence Elementary School hosts its third annual book swap as part of March is Reading Month. Families are asked to send in used books that their child or family no longer want. The books can be dropped off to the wagon in the school lobby through March 15. Each student will get to pick at […]

HeART show for Haven

Springfield Plains Elementary School hosted “From the HeART,” an academic service learning project put on by fourth grade students on Feb. 27. Students had their original artwork framed and on display, with proceeds from color reproduction orders benefiting the Haven Children’s Art Therapy Program.

Dog gives third graders a ‘Harry’ good time reading

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Jamie Skorna’s third grade class at Independence Elementary School is going to the dogs. Or rather, dog. Since the start of the current school year, Harry, a certified therapy dog, has visited Skorna’s class on Thursdays to help the students with reading. Jeni Dougherty, whose daughter, Violet, is […]

Ordinance looks to curb vaping

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With vaping an ongoing trend and now trickling down to schools, a recent ordinance was passed by Independence Township to try and curb vaping among minors. The Township Board voted, Feb. 19, to approve the “Tobacco and Vapor Product” Ordinance – minors cannot attempt to or purchase or […]

Support for coach, community leader

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township residents mourned Ortonville resident Garrett Frezza after the 36-year-old passed away after he was hit by a car while crossing M-15 on foot, Feb. 26. His legacy will live on. Frezza was the owner and facility manager of GOB Gymnastics and Cheer in Ortonville. He was […]

Poetry Slam showcases fifth graders’ voices

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The fifth-grade poets came out in full force at Bailey Lake Elementary School for the annual Poetry Slam in Carol Barber’s and Anne Martinez’s classrooms, Feb. 27. In each room, students took turns reciting original poems they created. Some rhymed, some didn’t. Some were long, some were short. […]