Kids going to school in June to make up days

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A state decision is pending on making up snow days, but Clarkston Community Schools is moving forward with plans to deal with three of them. “Clarkston requested and was granted the additional three days of forgiven time. However, even with the additional three days that were granted, we […]

Springfield Plains takes safety STEPs

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Principal Matt Gifford took a turn teaching fifth graders during Safety Week at Springfield Plains Elementary School. “The lesson provides general knowledge about disasters common to our area and strategies for how students can protect themselves and their families,” Gifford said. “It also teaches students how to create […]

Honored for human resources

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Deborah Clement always goes above and beyond. She recently earned recognition from the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators as its 2019 Outstanding Human Resources Support Staff Person of the Year at the association’s annual conference in Lansing earlier this month. Clement, the human resources coordinator for administrative […]

Rockin’ Readers win Battle of the Books

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With a rain storm outside, a battle of books raged inside Springfield Plains Elementary, March 14. The Rockin’ Readers of Pine Knob Elementary emerged the 2019 champions in the district-wide Battle of the Books competition out of the 15-team field, after earning a perfect 20-out-of-20 score. The Reading […]

Flu cases increasing in schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools has seen an increase in the number of students who have had influenza symptoms over the last several weeks. “Influenza symptoms and fevers can last up to one week, and therefore, depending on symptom severity, some students may be out of school for up to […]

Team RUSH rockets to success

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Team RUSH 27 finished in third place during their competition in the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, Ala., during the weekend. The Clarkston High School Robotics team ranked sixth with a 10-5-0 record and won the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. “I couldn’t be more […]

Robotics risk pays off for RUSH

Robotics risk pays off for RUSH

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Team RUSH 27 opened this year’s robotics season strong, winning the FIRST district tournament at Kettering University in Flint, March 1-2. “This was a big one for us,” said Kyle Hughes, coach and mentor for the Clarkston High School Robotics team. “Since Michigan has gone to districts, […]

Outdoor classroom growing by leaps, bounds

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Back in 2015, an outdoor learning space for the younger students in Clarkston Community Schools went from a vision to reality at Renaissance High School. A Young 5’s teacher, Katie Woodworth, wanted to create the space for her students and after one thing led to another, Renaissance teachers […]

Art show spotlights fourth graders

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Back on Feb. 27, Springfield Plains Elementary School hosted “From the HeART,” an art show featuring the school’s fourth-grade students that also acted as a benefit for the Haven Children’s Art Therapy Program. Springfield Plains Art Educator Ryanne Shiner deemed the showcase a success. “Last year, the fourth-grade […]

With a passion for art, student wins regional awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School Junior Michaela Mueller was recently honored with two Gold Keys and a Silver Key through the Scholastic Art Awards programs. The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards is sponsored by the College for Creative Studies, located in Detroit, and supported by an advisory […]