Superintendent Ryan recharging for another year, gets raise

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Shawn Ryan will be back as Clarkston Community Schools superintendent for the 2019-20 school year, after his contract was approved at the June 10 Board of Education meeting. His annual salary will jump from $165,000 to $175,100. “To me, this has been ongoing for the last 20-plus years,” […]

Clarkston musicians perform at youth fest

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A slew of Clarkston High School musicians was selected from over 250,000 students across the state to perform at the 57th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival May 9-11 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The festival is a weekend event highlighting the best of the best from Michigan’s […]

All nighter

Clarkston High School graduates partied the night away after their commencement safely at the Grad Night Party at the high school, June 3. The students were entertained with laser tag, inflatable twister, bull riding, chair massages, wax hands, airbrush tattoos, photo booth, DJ, casino, full menu of favorite foods from local restaurants, and many other […]

Clarkston graduates 646 at DTE

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The annual Clarkston High School commencement ceremony took place June 3 at DTE Energy Music Theatre as 646 students walked across the stage in front of a packed pavilion. Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul was his usual humorous self but did find a moment to be serious […]

Bailey Lake’s Simecek drives away as Teacher of the Year

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Michelle Simecek has been teaching in Clarkston for 20 years and has loved every minute of it. On May 30, the Bailey Lake Elementary third-grade teacher was honored by the Clarkston Foundation as its Teacher of the Year, something she said was very humbling. “I was completely shocked, […]

Math experts earn national awards

Twelve “mathletes” from Springfield Plains Elementary won national awards of excellence at the Math Olympiad program. Thirty-eight SPE students were among the nearly 160,000 students worldwide to participate this year in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of […]

Day focused on health

Day focused on health

Landen Rascher, Emery Lambert , Kaylee Osterman try out some Sun Dance Yoga with pictures they drew of the sun. Students learned about health and wellness during the Celebration of Learning Day at Clarkston Elementary School, May 17. They visited stations around the school, learning about yoga, water safety, gardening, sports, beat boxing, cardio drumming, […]

Clarkston graduate kept Sparty on

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Kamren Huizenga graduated from Clarkston High School in 2014 and then began college that fall at Michigan State University. Truth be told, you probably saw him quite often from 2014 to 2018 and didn’t even know it, as Huizenga played the MSU mascot, Sparty, all four years in […]

Clarkston business students earn national awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Three Clarkston High School students competed at the 2019 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., May 1-5. Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer and David Moss combined to take home seven top-10 placements in competitions against over 4,000 of the nation’s best students, representing 19 states. […]

Schools leaders grant three princess wishes

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Addyson Ray has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition in the summer of 2017, given five months to live. Now, almost two years later, the Andersonville Elementary fifth-grade student, who turned 11 on May 22, was the guest of honor at Clarkston Junior High […]

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