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Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers: Special Needs Students Shine Onstage

With superhero capes to go with their super-wide grins, Oriole Park Elementary students sat in a circle, passing around an invisible "whoosh" from person to person. Students threw out their hands with animated flair during the warm-up drama exercise. Minutes...

Students Leave Their Mark Through Artwork

Wyoming High School senior Lordia DiPiazza has left her signature, and it's in the form of a smiling face looking toward the future. Lordia, an accomplished artist, created a mural in the high-school hallway. It's a painting of a girl. The...

Key to Success: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Dr. Sampson Davis had finished explaining how he managed to become an emergency care doctor and author despite growing up in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods when a student's hand shot up in the air. "I've been going to...

Student-Led Projects Tap Into Creativity, Allow Work to Shine

Third-grader Dion Idrizi has advice about caring for the planet that everyone should hear. "It's nice to recycle because if you don't, the entire Earth will be dirty, like an entire trash pool," he said, making a big circle with...

Students Pitch Trash to Clean Schools, Park for Service Day

When Vicki Johnston challenged Parkview Elementary School students to choose a community-service project, they overwhelmingly chose a cause: "Trash the Trash." Hosted by the school's Peer Mentoring Program, about 300 of the Wyoming Public Schools students spread out across Wyoming's...

Community Partnerships Make Big Things Possible for Elementary School

Jeremiah Wardell answered questions about how to best support the education of his son, Parkview Elementary School third-grader Braiden White. On big poster boards, he filled in facts about attendance, reading and even sleeping. After that, the father-son duo was...

High-Poverty School Gives Back to Organization That Gives Them Sack Suppers

Parkview Elementary students chattered excitedly while scooping trail mix and sealing plastic sandwich bags during a packing event for Kids Food Basket. The students were very familiar with the meals, packed with sandwiches, fruits and veggies, juice boxes and other...

Wyoming Students Marvel at Practical, Charitable Uses of 3D Printers

Dometri Mitz was pretty impressed with the range of uses for 3D printers. The Wyoming Regional Center eighth-grader had seen news reports about the technological advances in 3D printing and how they're the latest rage in manufacturing technology. But he'd...

Leading the Wolf Pack

Wyoming High School seniors Darren Dannah and Mitch Hendrickson know how to work a crowd. During every Wyoming Wolves girls' and boys' varsity basketball home games they lead a lively group of their "peer a cheer" section where they dance,...

Toothpick Structures Teach Teamwork, Economics

With toothpicks and miniature cups of glue priced at $500 apiece, Wyoming Intermediate School fifth-graders quickly learned that building a bridge with a $100,000 faux budget was no easy task. "This costs a lot of money and it's extra hard,"...

Families Bond, Boogie at Family Dance

Gladiola Elementary School students perfected line dances twirled, do-si-doed with their parents, and ate sweet treats at the annual Family Dance. For families it was all about enjoying a night out of music and fun, but the dance, organized by...

New Sense of Belonging Leads to Improved Grades, Behavior

As a school social worker and black woman, Brooke Davis found a trend at Wyoming Junior High School distressing: The African-American girl population was leading every other group of students in suspensions. Girls were acting out and turning on each...

Special Olympics Athletes Find Joy, Confidence on the Slopes

For Brianna Salazar, swooshing her way downhill and between flags while skiing the giant slalom feels exhilarating. "I love that experience. I never thought I'd get an experience like that. I just love it," said Brianna, a Wyoming High School...

Junior High Students Cha-Cha Through the Semester

When physical-education teacher Rebecca Flood was assigned to teach dance to junior high students, she knew how to square dance, but that was pretty much it when it came to cutting a rug. "We're talking zero," the 30-year Wyoming Public...

Chromebook Funding, Fundraising, Moving Slowly

Arlhyn Madrigal checked math homework and Delfina Hernandez played a game called "Buzz Math" on their Chromebooks in their sixth-grade Wyoming Intermediate School classroom. "It's easier to check stuff and you don't need the teacher to help you," said Arlhyn,...

Reading Windfall: Schools Passing Out Free Books for Elementary Students

The holiday season will bring books, books and more books to Wyoming Public Schools elementary buildings. Oriole Park and Parkview elementary schools each is receiving a big delivery of enough copies for all students of the 2014 Michigan Reads! Book...
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