WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Signs of spring

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Independence Oaks for a photo story that ran in last week’s edition of The Clarkston News. And while the park was lots of grays and browns, there were some signs of green. Yes, while the calendar tells us spring […]

Vaara sees positives in current school environment

Vaara sees positives in current school environment

Second in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer As someone who spent a lifetime in Clarkston Community Schools as a teacher and educator, Mel Vaara saw several generations […]

Father, daughter team up for musical entertainment

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The father-daughter bond between Mike and Grace Peterson will be on display May 18 as the two will perform a vocal recital at the Clarkston United Methodist Church. The recital starts at 3 p.m. and admission is free. “I feel like it’s going to be a difficult day […]

Marketing Wolfie a success

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Marketing students at Clarkston High School are making the grade. As part of the sales unit each year, the CHS Marketing II class helps to select a one-time purchase item to sell in the school store, sets sales goals and is involved in all aspects of the business […]

Teachers’ snow days

With the changes of half days to full days for Clarkston Community Schools due to the amount of snow days this year, the teachers will also be affected in the amount of days they normally get for professional development and learning. “We have sacrificed a half day of professional learning,” said CCS Marketing Director Mary […]

Emotional night at Sparkle Awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The annual Sparkle Awards, held March 26 at Clarkston Junior High School, again proved to be an emotional night as teachers, para educators, student peers, custodians, board members, school administrators, bus drivers, and counselors were recognized and received awards at the Special Education Appreciation Evening Ceremony. Awards were […]

Reminiscing with Mel

Reminiscing with Mel

First in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Mel Vaara is well-known in the Clarkston and surrounding communities. Now 85 and living in Birmingham in an assisted living facility with Jo, his wife […]

Measles not an issue at Clarkston schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With the recent measles outbreak in southeast Oakland County, there is no panic within Clarkston Community Schools. According to Clarkston Medical Group Medical Director Erica Harding, MD, the solution to avoiding the measles in general is to get vaccinated. Measles is contracted by inhaling virus-infected particles. Infectious droplets […]

Future Problem Solvers win at State Bowl

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Over the March 23 weekend, the Clarkston Community Schools’ Future Problem Solvers team traveled to Michigan State University for the State Bowl competition and came home with nine awards. The team now qualifies for the Future Problem Solving International Conference in June in Massachusetts. They will be researching […]

Japanese exchange students take in Clarkston culture

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer For one week every school year, a handful of students from Japan make the trek from their homeland to spend time in Clarkston as part of a student exchange program. The program has been in existence since 2000 and has been spearheaded by CHS Japanese teacher Faye Valtadoros […]