Computer classes give kids leg up on career

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Computer Information Systems may not sound interesting to the average high school student, but Clarkston Computer Science Teacher Ron Conwell says demand for the program is growing at Clarkston High School, especially with coding classes and clubs in the younger grades. Conwell, who is also the Career Technical […]

Students learn matters of money

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Personal finance, basic life skills and management are just some of the topics students learn by taking classes in the Business, Finance and Marketing pathway in Clarkston High School’s Career Tech program. “Everything to do with money is basically what I teach,” Career Tech teacher Kevin Smith said. […]

Construction tech classes on the way

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools is expanding its Career Technical Education (CTE) program by adding a Construction Technology pathway at Clarkston Junior High School (CJHS). “Dr. Rock saw that as a district we had sort of lost sight of the students in the skilled trades area. We’ve been focusing on […]

Bond projects in summer

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Parking lots at Andersonville, Bailey Lake and Springfield Plains elementaries will be under construction during the summer. Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan and project architects presented construction plans for updated parking lots and secure entrances to the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education, Jan. 9. Board President Steve Hyer […]

Bond work in progress

Bond work in progress

Workers are putting bond money to use, placing a new roof on Clarkston High School. The cost is an estimated $2.5 million for roof replacement districtwide. The money comes out of the $75 million bond voters approved for Clarkston Community Schools, Aug. 2. Photo provided 

Students keep success in mind

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Connecting with kids through mindfulness is a new form of instruction explored in classrooms throughout North Sashabaw Elementary. “It always starts with building a relationship with kids, getting to know who they are, listening to their stories,” Kindergarten teacher Audrey St. Aubin said. St. Aubin incorporates many tools […]

Hoop house at Independence

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer The children at Independence Elementary are building a hoop house to grow fresh produce and create an outdoor space for hands-on learning experiences. “In Michigan we are constrained with trying to provide these kind of nature based activities because it just gets really cold six months out of […]

Kids learn by tinkering at Pine Knob

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A tinkering room is coming to Pine Knob Elementary for student exploration and imagination. Principal Jodi Yeloushan said teachers do a lot of tinkering in their own classrooms so she wants to provide a space for teachers to bring their classes and allow students to work on projects […]

Activities for all at high school

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A source of pride for Clarkston High School is the ability to provide something for everyone, according to Principal Gary Kaul. “We’ve got myriad programs we run and offer at the high school,” Kaul said. “With the different academic programs we have here, clubs, activities, sports, if you […]

More than meets the eye at Renaissance High

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Stereotypes and preconceived notions often shroud the idea of alternative schools, as students are well aware. “People who have never been here, they’re literally like, ‘oh, that’s for all the bad kids,’ but there’s great people here, great staff, great teachers,” said Renaissance High School junior Lucas Voyles. […]

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