New ideas for superintendent evaluation

Clarkston Board of Education is considering a new evaluation model for Superintendent Shawn Ryan. Scott Corba and Patricia Poupard of Collins and Blaha, P.C., presented their model to evaluate the superintendent using categories Visionary and leadership; Policy and governance; Instructional leadership; Communication and community relations; Organizational management; Professionalism and ethics; and Optional and statutory factors. […]

Teachers taught for worst case

Clarkston Community Schools teachers and staff are learning how to Stop the Bleed, with the help of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Trauma Center and Independence Township firefighters. They learned how to use bandages and tourniquets to stop the bleeding from different kinds of wounds following a traumatic event, before medical help arrives. “Things we hopefully […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Proactive approach to student support

Last month, I introduced you to five words that have been on my mind for a few months now. These five words represent Clarkston Community Schools’ collective values and intentions for young people in Clarkston. Every decision we make as a district will be guided by our commitment to create schools where students are: SAFE, […]

School finances for summer

Trustee Susan Boatman asked about a $25,671 spending increase in the Support for Other Pupils budget, during a Summer Monthly Financial Update, Sept 24. Mary Beth Rogers, executive director of business services for Clarkston Community Schools, said the increase pays for a special education lab approved by the school board a month ago. The school […]

Cedar Crest gives students step up with languages

Cedar Crest gives students step up with languages

BY BRENDA DOMINICK Clarkston News Staff Writer Roaming the halls of Cedar Crest Academy, you might hear echoes of little voices saying in unison, “rojo-red, rojo-red, blanco-white, blanco-white.” Students as young as junior kindergarten age are learning foreign languages at the school on Dixie Highway. “When the brain is young, you create that pathway,” said […]

Genisys Credit Union Presents Dianne Addington Scholarship to Baker College Student

Genisys Credit Union Presents Dianne Addington Scholarship to Baker College Student

Genisys Credit Union announces that Veronica Paver has been awarded the 2018 Dianne Addington Community Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship provides funding to Baker College students who serve their communities as leaders and volunteers and are working toward a degree. Genisys Credit Union funds the annual award in honor of its former president and CEO, Dianne […]

School chief’s goal to help students bloom

BY KIRSTEN ISBELL Clarkston News Intern Writer Facing his first full year as superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools, Shawn Ryan has bright ideas for students. “In the first few weeks of school I would rather have teachers focusing on building relationships with their students rather than focusing on lesson one point one, and reading Chapter […]

Mini-Mountaineers at Everest Academy

Some of Everest Academy’s littlest Mountaineers donned spirit wear to help their big brothers and sisters prepare for the new school year. “They are ready to cheer on their favorite sports teams this fall and can’t wait to join our ranks in a few years,” said Mary Williams of Everest. Faculty and staff were busy, […]

School updates in as classes out for summer

While students still have a few weeks until they return to their schools, workers are busy updating them. Work last week included new main entrance desks, security systems, building renovations, and technology updates at Clarkston Elementary, Pine Knob, and North Sashabaw elementary schools. The new, custom-built reception desks for the main entrance were built by […]


Students built apps, controlled robots, solved puzzles, and learned the basics of painting on canvas at Everest Academy’s STREAM program. The students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in four age-appropriate programs in the Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics summer program. The Blessed Pier Young Mountain Climbers Club for students in kindergarten through […]