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Ypsilanti School System

Posted by ppna on March 20, 2009

Date: March 20, 2009

Every Week (and more!) at YPS

Eye opening experience. Parents of pre-teens and teens are encouraged to attend a free class, “Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know,” 6 p.m. March 31 at West Middle School, 105 N. Mansfield St. The program begins with the viewing of a mock teenagers’ bedroom that challenges parents to find signs of drug and alcohol use. Throughout the presentation some 70 trendy drug and alcohol indicators will be revealed. The program is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required by calling (734) 714-1300. The event is sponsored by St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Engineering Symposium. Adams STEM Academy, in collaboration with the University of Michigan College of Engineering, will host an Engineering Symposium, 4-7 p.m. March 31 at the school, 503 Oak Street, Ypsilanti. Students will engage in 10 events that including studies in buoyancy, building design, sound, biomedical and aeronautical engineering. There will also be a special session for parents at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the field of engineering and how to encourage this interest in their children. Engineering students and professors from the U-M will orchestrate the evening that is open to Adams students in grades 1-5. Details: (734) 714-1650.

YHS student wins film competition. YHS senior Ryan Burdick entered the Ypsilanti District Library’s Teen Film Fest ’09 and won the award for Best Picture and Best Director, receiving $75 in gift cards. Ryan’s film, “I Live, You Laugh, We Love” was previewed March 7 at the Whittaker Road branch and the young film maker described to the audience the techniques he used in crafting his award-winning film. The main character in the film, YHS senior Aunnica O’Brien, won the Best Actress Award and received a $20 gift card. Ryan plans to pursue a career in film making and will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.

Concert celebrates reading. Chapelle third graders will render a musical salute to literature favorites during a 6:30 p.m. March 31 concert at the school, 111 S. Wallace Blvd. Students will tell the story of Tikki Tikki Tembo, Sweet Betsy of Pike and Don Gato during the tribute to children’s literature. The event is free and open to the public. Details: Linda Jones, (734) 714-1707.

Superintendent search report online. Many of the YPS staff, students, parents and community members participated in a series of meetings designed to provide criteria for the new YPS superintendent. The results of those sessions, compiled by superintendent search consultant Dr. Michael Emlaw can be viewed on the district’s Web site, http://www.ypsd.org. Also included on the site is the Candidate Profile document that the YPS Board of Education approved for use in the interviewing process.


Emma L. Jackson, Public Relations Director
Ypsilanti Public Schools
“Strong From Start to Finish”
(734) 714-1202


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