Schools moving to online learning

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Teachers are busy studying Virtual At-Home Learning in order to start remote classes for Clarkston Community Schools on Monday, April 6. “While we realize online learning cannot fully substitute the quality of a face-to-face classroom, we are prepared to provide our students with creative and unique opportunities to […]

Principal keeps positive outlook

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Schools have been closed since March 13 to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul found a silver lining in the entire situation. “If there are a few things I have learned over this past week it’s this, my family and friends […]

Schools work on virtual learning

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools is considering virtual education after April 3, when spring break was supposed to come to an end, pending changes to state-mandated restrictions. “When school resumes after spring break, either virtually or traditionally, teams will coordinate previously scheduled IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) with parents,” said Kathy […]

Students give back to community

Students give back to community

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The order of the day at Andersonville Elementary, March 6, was giving back to the community. Students from Kindercub through fifth grade spent the day collecting and counting markers, making dog blankets and treats, painting flowerpots and birdhouses, making fleece blankets for senior citizens, and writing letters for […]

Families make plans sans schools

On The Clarkston News’ Facebook page, we asked Clarkston families what their plans are with no school for kids until April 6: “Deep spring cleaning.” – Katherine Butler Shrout “Cleaning, working outside when the weather permits, reading and practicing math online and on paper, practicing writing. I’m making a schedule so that the kids and […]

Schools closed, food offered to all kids

Schools closed, food offered to all kids

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With Clarkston schools closed until April due to state executive order to fight the coronavirus, students and families relying on free breakfast and lunch at district buildings will not be left out in the cold. Clarkston Community Schools, in partnership with Chartwells School Dining, is offering free breakfast and […]

Optimists ready, willing to help those in need

Optimists ready, willing to help those in need

Fifth in a series about families in need in Clarkston and how groups and individuals come to their aid BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Bruce Mercado is a charter member of the Clarkston Area Optimist Club, having joined back in 1986. Over his 34 years as an optimist, Mercado has seen a plethora […]

National honors for local artists

National honors for local artists

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer For Clarkston High School seniors Riley Kisser, Michaela Mueller, and Natalie Neumann, and junior Samantha Moyet, their passion for art paid off as all received prominent recognition at the annual Scholastic Art Awards. “I hope to pursue an artistic career in the future, so seeing myself get an […]

Virus voids exchange with Japan

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer While no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have yet been confirmed in Michigan, Clarkston has been impacted by the worldwide outbreak. Students and staff from Japan scheduled to visit later this month as part of the ongoing Japanese exchange program with Clarkston High School will not be coming due […]

Happy Leap Birthday!

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Charlie Formaro will celebrate his third birthday this year by having classmates over from his sixth grade class at Sashabaw Middle School. He’s not an advanced pre-schooler – he was born on Feb. 29, 2008, so his birthday is technically every four years, on Leap Years. “People talk […]

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