Monday, January 28, 2013
Many Macomb Township children will not have school Monday due to the weather.
Local school districts called off classes today due to weather conditions. Chippewa Valley, Utica Community Schools, L'Anse Creuse and New Haven Community Schools are closed, according to their websites. Macomb County was placed under a winter weather advisory that began around 7 p.m. Sunday. Tell us in the comments' section below: What are you doing with your kids today?
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Shoppers are flocking to costume stores along Hall Road and Gratiot Avenue to find their favorite characters this season.
Millions of people are getting into the Halloween spirit this week as they prepare to celebrate the holiday by topping off candy bowls and picking out costumes. On Wednesday, trick-or-treaters across the nation will head out disguised as vampires, witches, superheroes, pirates and other characters. Nearly 80 million people are planning to wear costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Halloween consumer spending survey. Americans will spend about $3 billion on costumes in 2012. Popular costumes fly off shelves Lannette Deese, assistant manager at Spirit Halloween in Clinton Township, said costume sales have jumped at the Gratiot location this year. The store’s best-selling costumes for children include …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and New Haven school districts have board seats up for election on Nov. 6. Prospective candidates have until Aug. 14 to file with the county clerk.
With new state law in effect this year, the customary May school board elections have moved to November, giving prospective candidates until Aug. 14 to file their nominating petitions. This November, Macomb Township voters will be asked to elect six individuals to three area school boards. In Chippewa Valley Schools, it’s Euel Kinsey’s seat that is up for election. Kinsey, who was appointed to take over the late Henry Chiodini’s seat in April 2011, was scheduled to serve until June 30, 2013, when he would have then been required to run in the general election to retain that seat until its term ended in 2015. However, under newly amended Michigan Election Law, school board elections must coincide with general November elections of even-…
Friday, May 18, 2012
School's out in less than a month, which means the next few weeks are packed with important dates for elementary school students and parents in Macomb Township.
The next three weeks hold dozens of year-end activities for Macomb Township's elementary students. Use this need-to-know roundup to keep track of the more important dates for Macomb students attending schools in the Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and Utica districts. Atwood Elementary Cheyenne Elementary Fox Elementary Mohawk Elementary Ojibwa Elementary Shawnee Elementary Sequoyah Elementary Beck Centennial Ebeling Elementary Check important dates for area middle schools and high schools here. Don't see your school listed? Tell us in the comments and we'lll be sure to add it to the list.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Michigan's move toward a national curriculum will also bring a new set of tests to replace the MEAP and MME.
New cut scores are only the beginning of what promises to be a complete overhaul of the standardized tests students know as the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME). With districts throughout the state on deadline to implement the common core curriculum in the next two years, Chippewa Valley Schools Executive Director of Elementary Education Sue Grenier said schools can expect entirely new tests by 2014-15. These common core exams are set to replace the present-day MEAP and MME with tests better aligned to the college- and career-readiness standards taught through the common core curriculum. While the 2014-15 exams will cover English-language arts and mathematics, Grenier said some form of the …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mid-winter break starts this week for Macomb Township's public and private schools.
Chippewa Valley Schools L'Anse Creuse Public Schools Utica Community Schools New Haven Community Schools Immanuel Lutheran School St. Peter Lutheran Lutheran High School North Oxford Academy
Once known as "vocational education," today's career and technical education programs are changing the way students work and study in the 21st century.
February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month Where earlier generations learned to boil eggs and build birdhouses, today’s career and technical education students are and . “The overall goal of the CTE of yesteryear was to prepare students for the world of work and we still do that, but we do so much more than that right now,” said Claire Brisson, CTE director for Chippewa Valley Schools. With the continued advance of technology and the related change in industry demands, traditional “voc ed” mainstays like home economics and drafting have disappeared. In their place, CTE programs such as health occupations, , robotics and mechatronics (engineering) have developed. “It’s an edge,” said Monica Leasure, MISD CTE regional …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and Utica saw their students stay on par with state averages in almost all 2011 MEAP subjects. New Haven's scores were below the state average in most areas.
At first glance, the 2011 MEAP scores released today for Macomb Township schools appear to have taken a nosedive from those of previous years. However, this apparent decline is actually a reflection of the state’s newly adopted cut scores. In September 2011, the State Board of Education adopted new cut scores, or performance measures, for the MEAP test that would better reflect how well schools are preparing students for each grade level and whether all Michigan students are progressing at the rate necessary for them to be career- and college-ready by high school graduation. These more rigorous cut scores were applied for the first time to the 2011 MEAP results released today, and retroactively applied to previous year’s results for …
The Michigan Department of Education will release 2011 MEAP results–which feature the state’s new cut scores–late Wednesday morning.
Macomb Township parents could be in for a bit of a shock today when the Michigan Department of Education releases local schools’ 2011 MEAP results reflecting the state's new cut scores. In September 2011, the State Board of Education changed MEAP cut scores in an effort to better measure “career-and college-ready achievement standards.” Cut scores refer to the results used by schools to determine whether a student is advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient in certain subjects. When the MDE released a “retrospective look” in November 2011 at how students would have fared on past MEAP exams if the new scoring standards had been in place, none of Macomb Township’s public school districts escaped the statewide decline in …
Friday, December 2, 2011
School districts will no longer have a choice on when to hold board elections.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill this week that amends the Michigan Election Law to require school board elections to coincide with general November elections. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, election of all school board candidates must take place in November of even-numbered years to coincide with local, state and federal general elections. "Utilizing a standard election cycle will cut administrative costs and help schools maintain focus on educating students," Snyder said in a press release Tuesday. "This change also allows for more consolidated elections so voters have the best opportunity to make their voices heard." In May, Utica Community Schools spent more than $90,000 when it held school board elections for three open positions on the odd …