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From Superintendent Ryan: Spring is Upon Us!

From Superintendent Ryan: Spring is Upon Us!

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

Though these Michigan skies have kept us guessing the last few weeks, I think it is safe to finally say the spring season is upon us! Collectively, our students and teachers are also in full bloom and doing a great job pushing toward a strong finish to the 2017-2018 school year. The buzz on our campuses can't be denied!

There's a perception that "real learning" slows down sometime in April and trickles away by the last day of school. That's not what I am seeing in classrooms around the district. (If anything, spring in Clarkston brings one event after another that puts authentic teaching and learning on display.) This week alone...

  • More than 600 girls participated in a day of hands-on science, technology, art, and math activities at the annual Maker Girl Mania, thanks to the hard work and preparation of our instructional technology team, teachers, and many, many volunteers.
  • TeamRUSH 27 and Technados FTC headed to Detroit to compete in the 2018 FIRST Robotics World Championships. (Good luck!)
  • Elementary students traveled to the State Capitol to learn about government with lawmakers.
  • CHS Drama students performed The Diary of Anne Frank for all 8th and 9th grade students, who have studied World War II in history, and read the iconic memoir in ELA.
  • Construction Tech students spread 140 yards of mulch at Depot Park in service to the City and all the children of Clarkston.
  • Hundreds of students participated in Academic Service Learning projects in collaboration with community partners, and its all hands on-deck for Clarkston Impact Weekend.

...the list goes on and on, but I promised myself I would keep this one short!

What I hope you take away (and sense in your own home when you're talking with your kids about what they're doing in school), is that our teachers and students are feeling invigorated and fully engaged as we head into this last month of school. So hang onto your hats, we're just getting started!

Have a great weekend.

Shawn Ryan

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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