WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Grads display many achievements

The end of the school year brings countless opportunities for our community to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our young people. It is also a chance for us collectively to pause and share gratitude for all of those in our community who contribute to these accomplishments. This year’s senior class represents an awe inspiring display […]

Bench work for buddies

Fourth grade students at Independence Elementary School built a Buddy Bench for their Academic Service Learning project. “A Buddy Bench is a place where a student can go if they need someone to play with at recess,” said Dennis Klenow, third and fourth grade teacher. “When other students see someone on the bench, they go […]

Honors for teachers

Honors for teachers

Meredith Copland, Clarkston Teacher of the Year for 2016, is congratulated by her husband Scot Copland and their daughter Mia. Photo by Phil Custodio Clarkston Foundation’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is Meredith Copland, Bailey Lake Elementary teacher. “I’m just so honored,” Copland said at the awards reception, May 25, at Clarkston Community Schools administration […]

Bailey Lake project helps Flint kids

The Bailey Lake Elementary cafeteria was filled with cheers and screams of excitement as students and teachers alike celebrated the results of their Academic Service Learning (ASL) project during an assembly on May 11. The assembly included skits from students highlighting the accomplishments they achieved over the past two weeks, which had garnered the attention […]

School honors

School honors

Clarkston High School and Renaissance High School Top Scholars for 2016, selected based on academic performance, activities, and service, are Michael Baker, Olivia Baylis, Amanda Casetti, Kaitlyn Cavallo, Trevor Chamberlain, Emma Curd, Madison Czopek, Claire Foley, Clarie Galligan, Nathaniel Gipe, Hannah Grindling, Rachel Horton, Derek Joslin, Sadie Knill, Jack Kuczmanski, Diana Marsala, Erin McNeil, Kailan […]

School bond vote in August

After months of discussion, a $75,980,000 bond proposal for the Clarkston Community Schools, will appear on the Aug. 2 ballot. “The board has gone through a very exhaustive process starting with surveying our community, meeting with our stakeholder groups, engaging with GMB Architecture and Engineering group to visit all of our sites and do an […]

Learning about the law

Students learned a lot about the legal system during Clarkston Area Optimist’s Respect for Law program. For one, trials aren’t like they are on television. “It’s definitely a lot less dramatic than on TV,” said Kendall Hime, eighth grade student. “Lawyers ask a lot more questions.” “There’s more yelling on TV,” said Marco Pacifico, ninth […]

Dale Hamilton celebrates retirement after 42 years

His nickname might be “Grumpy,” but don’t let that fool you. Behind his tough exterior, longtime custodian Dale Hamilton is a Teddy Bear at heart. “He’s a goofball and everybody knows it,” said his oldest daughter, Karrie Jolly. “He’s the biggest jokester and biggest prankster. If he teases you, it means he likes you.” Friends […]

Students honored for citizenship

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored Outstanding Student Citizens from Bailey Lake and North Sashabaw elementary schools, April 27, at Clarkston United Methodist Church. “This is something I’m really excited to be a part of, something I look forward to every year,” said Bailey Lake Principal Glenn Gualtieri, who honored fifth grader Aaron Ludwig with the award […]

First early college grads made the grade

  In the next few weeks, fifth-year seniors Karina Ramirez and Haley Maloney will not only receive their high school diplomas but also an associate’s degree from Oakland Community College (OCC) as Clarkston High School’s first Early College graduates. “The academic, social and emotional maturity these guys have gone through the process of the last […]