New Renaissance principal loves family atmosphere

New Renaissance principal loves family atmosphere

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Gary Bigger has been in the alternative education realm for the past 20 years, and it’s that knowledge and passion that drew him to Renaissance High School as the school’s new principal. “You know what it is, it’s about family,” said Bigger, who started in his position in […]

Clarkston freshman on mission to assist Kenya

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Caitrin Lugger is a freshman at Clarkston Junior High School and has a head on her shoulders far exceeding her grade level. An Honors Conceptual Physics student, Lugger noted on Freespace Fridays, the goal in class is to do something that improves the world or improves ourselves. “I […]

Safety in snow top priority, superintendent says

Safety in snow top priority, superintendent says

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Since Clarkston Community Schools already canceled one day last month due to wintry weather, Superintendent Shawn Ryan wants everyone to know what goes in to turning a normal day into a snow day. “It’s no understatement to say that Michigan winters can be unpredictable,” Ryan said. “A snow […]

New job for school official

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The recent Thanksgiving holiday brought a new face to the Clarkston Community Schools Central Office, but not one unfamiliar to the district. Christa Fons, former director at Renaissance High School, is the new director of shared services. The position became available as the current director, Billie Pambid, is […]

Memories made at Lights Parade

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School students Grace Sielinski and Garrett Bailey remember heading to downtown Clarkston when they were kids to watch the lights and being on the floats during the holiday parade. Now both are members of the high school’s Team RUSH 27 Robotics team, and are excited […]

8th grade epilepsy advocate

8th grade epilepsy advocate

Student to share story of life with epilepsy BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Carter Peterson was first diagnosed with epilepsy when he was just 18 months old. The Clarkston Junior High eighth grader has the condition under control with medication, but works to not let it or anything else stand in the way […]

High school Esports team off and gaming

High school Esports team off and gaming

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer There’s a new team in town, and the Clarkston High School Esports team boasts the top video game players in the school. Formed earlier this month, co-coaches Ron Conwell and Tamera Conwell held tryouts at GameTime in Auburn Hills and selected 18 kids, freshmen through seniors, including alternates. […]

New sensory path at North Sashabaw

New sensory path at North Sashabaw

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer North Sashabaw Elementary is looking to fund a new sensory pathway for its students, something the school’s social emotional coach Kristina Hoover said will help in many ways. “Over the past 4-5 years, our school staff has done extensive research and learning around being trauma-informed and responding to […]

Junior high honors local World War II veteran

Junior high honors local World War II veteran

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Junior High students and staff took Veterans Day to a whole new level with their annual event, honoring a local Navy veteran who served in World War II. David Daily lives in Clarkston and has grandchildren (Elizabeth Martinez, 2006, and David Martinez, 2009) that graduated from Clarkston […]

Clarkston hosts FIRST-ever robotics competition

Clarkston hosts FIRST-ever robotics competition

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It was a milestone night at Springfield Plains Elementary, Nov. 6, as the first-ever FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition was played out in Clarkston. Middle school and junior high teams from across the county, including teams from Clarkston schools, took part in the event and this year’s game, […]

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