Ypsilanti Community Schools

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ®.

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.  

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.”

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.

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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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.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night received quarterly reports from two under-performing schools that have caught the state's eye. 

The Principals of Holmes and Estabrook Elementary schools outlined steps they're taking to improve student achievement.

At Holmes Elementary, things like having breakfast in classrooms and staggering dismissal times have helped cut fighting and expulsions by half. 

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The Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers sang for the Board of Education Monday night.

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