Ypsilanti Community Schools

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6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Approves Truancy Ordinance

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If your kid is skipping school in Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District, you could be held legally responsible.

Ypsilanti Township has passed an ordinance that holds parents in the Ypsilanti Community Schools and Lincoln school districts legally responsible for their children's chronic truancy.

Under the law, parents of children aged 6-13 who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences can be punished with fines or jail time.

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5:48 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board Approves Budget, Names New Superintendent

Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a 2014-15 budget that anticipates the district losing 275 students.

Former Superintendent Scott Menzel says the budget also accounts for changes to the amount of foundation grant money the district will receive from the state.  He says the budget is relatively conservative, "knowing that there are still some things we won't know until the fall."

Among the issues yet to be determined - how many teachers the district will have on the payroll.

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Education
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools First Graduating Class Gets Diplomas Tuesday Night

Seniors decorated Ypsilanti Community High School with their class year.
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools' first graduating class receives their diplomas Tuesday evening at the EMU Convocation Center.

Not only will this be the first group of seniors to graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School following the consolidation of Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools, but Ypsilanti New Tech High School is celebrating its first graduating class after opening four years ago.

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7:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Ypsilanti New Tech High School Marks First Graduating Class, College Decision Day

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Seniors at Ypsilanti New Tech (YNT) High School have a couple of things to celebrate Thursday.

 

They'll participate in Michigan’s inaugural College Decision Day by hosting a school-wide assembly, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the school, 2100 Ellsworth Road, Ypsilanti. Later that evening at 6:30 p.m., there will be a special family celebration at the school.

 

The seniors will also be recognized as the school’s first graduating class since the program launched in 2010.

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Events
3:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti

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The 6th annual Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative "Touch a Truck" event rolls into Ypsilanti Saturday.

Children and their families will have the chance to get up close and personal with more than 35 vehicles from organizations like the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Ypsilanti District Library, Huron Valley Ambulance and Recycle Ann Arbor.

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Education
2:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Lisiscki Tabbed As Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent

Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki as the successor to Scott Menzel as Superintendent, at least on an interim basis.

The board Monday night unanimously voted to have Lisiscki take over as Superintendent after Menzel steps down at the end of June. 

Lisiscki will lead the district into its second year, and the Board of Education would take up the question of whether to make her tenure permanent or search for a replacement after elections in November.

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WEMU News
2:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Switching Phone Alert Vendors

Credit Patrick Holubick

A desire to better meet the needs of parents has prompted Ypsilanti Community Schools to switch phone systems. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
8:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June

Ypsilanti Community Schools and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel.
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Ypsilanti Community Schools will be in the market for a new Superintendent at the end of June.

That's when Scott Menzel steps down from that position - a transition that was part of the plan when the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged. 

Menzel says the school year isn't over, but he thinks Ypsilanti Community Schools is in pretty good shape.

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Education
2:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Adopts Elementary Reconfiguration Plan

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved a plan for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools that has Holmes Elementary moving to a balanced calendar next year.

Estabrook Elementary is tentatively scheduled to go to year-round school the following school year.

Superintendent Scott Menzel says the board also talked about establishing a "Young Fives" program,  a developmental program for kindergartners who'll be five years old by December 1st.

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Ypsilanti
5:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Vote On Elementary Reconfiguration

Credit Patrick Holubik

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday will consider an elementary school reconfiguration plan that would have Holmes Elementary move to a balanced calendar next school year.

The proposal suggests Estabrook Elementary also go to a balanced calendar, but not until the following school year. 

The grade configurations in each building are also going to gradually change to help reduce the number of transitions between buildings that students are subjected to. 

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WEMU News
8:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges

Credit Patrick Holubick

The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.

Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan. 

Menzel says choice is good - to a point.

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WEMU News
1:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Town Hall Tonight On Elementary School Configuration

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools tonight holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss plans for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools.

The district is considering three options for next school year, and public input will be taken into consideration in making a recommendation to the Board of Education later this month.

The town hall meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. at Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry, in Ypsilanti.

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WEMU News
12:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons

Kids gather around Enchanted Florist owner Laura Lanzon.
Bob Eccles

Thursday morning presented third and fourth graders from Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School with a chance to compare what they learned in a project-based unit on economics to what happens in real-world businesses. 

89-1 WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along with the kids and their teachers on a visit to Depot Town.

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WEMU News
8:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti New Tech Students Winners In Writing Contest

Ypsilanti New Tech High School students (l-r) John Castro, Adrienne Lee-Walker and Orodney Jones.
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Three students from Ypsilanti New Tech High School have been chosen as winners in a writing contest that focused on African American History Month.

The contest sponsored by Kroger asked students in 4th through 12th grades to write about how they can make a difference in their communities, or how they were inspired by an African American.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education trustees (l-r) Dan Raglin, Celeste Hawkins and Tony VanDerworp.
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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education is considering three options for re-configuring district elementary schools, a move tied to plans to offer a balanced calendar at one school building next school year.

 The board Monday night was briefed on the options, which include three options.

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WEMU News
8:57 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Consider Balanced Calendar And Elementary Re-Alignment

Credit Patrik Holubik

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education holds a special meeting Monday evening to consider a preliminary balanced calendar recommendation and three proposals for re-configuring district elementary schools.

The district wants to institute a balanced calendar - basically year-round school - in select buildings next school year.  The Balanced Calendar Study Team will present its preliminary recommendation to the board Monday evening.

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1:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Grant to help Ypsilanti Community Schools with STEM Education

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Scott Menzel
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Ypsilanti Community Schools is getting a $1,000,000 grant to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, enginnering and math.     Superintendent Scott Menzel said the money from the U.S.

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Education
3:08 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Considers Future of Vacant Buildings

Credit Patrik Holubik

Ypsilanti Community Schools has several buildings it isn't using, and the district is considering its options on what to do with them.

Superintendent Scott Menzel says a lot depends on enrollment.

"We know that 3,000 students for Schools of Choice made other options in prior years," Menzel said.  "Our hope is that we truly become a first choice for exceptional cradle to career education and that perhaps some of these buildings will be brought back on line."

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WEMU News
3:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools to go after School Improvement Funding

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The state of Michigan is getting $16.7 million in U.S. Education Department School Improvement Grant funds, and Ypsilanti Community Schools hopes to be able to put some of that money to good use.

Superintendent Scott Menzel said a grant would be used for teacher professional development to improve achievement and outcomes for students at Holmes Elementary School.

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Education
8:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Students to Show Off good Sleep Habits

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Students at the Ypsilanti Community Schools' Ford Early Learning Center this week will put what they've learned about the importance of developing good sleep habits to work.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. will be at Ford Early Learning Center Wednesday morning in a visit that coincides with National Sleep Awareness Week ®.

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Education
10:16 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools officials continue to develop plans for year round schools.  The District plans on piloting a balanced calendar in one or two buildings starting in the fall.  

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WEMU News
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Middle School students to receive Free Books for World Book Night

Zora and Me

Students enrolled in the ACTech small learning community at Ypsilanti Community Middle School will be receiving free books in conjunction with World Book Night next month.

The 7th and 8th grad students will get copies of “Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.

Debbie Swanson is Teacher Leader for ACTech.  She says the work done in the small learning community so far this school year has been so productive and positive that “the opportunity to place a book in each student’s hands will feel like a reward for their  focus and hard work.”

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12:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Public Invited to Forum on Year-Round School for Ypsilanti Community Schools

Credit Bob Eccles

The public is invited to an open forum Saturday on Ypsilanti Community Schools' plan to move to a balanced calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

The district had planned to go to year-round school this year, but didn't have enough time to make the necessary adjustments.

Saturday's forum is being held in the Ypsilanti Community High School auditorium, at 2095 Packard Road, starting at 9 a.m.

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Education
3:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days

As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue.  

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Education
3:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel (r).
Credit Bob Eccles

Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall.  

It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total.  

Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts.  

It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known.  

Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.

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