Bubbles For Autism

“It was really fun blowing bubbles for everybody who is autistic,” said 4th-grader Katie Wilson, left. (photo by Rodney Curtis/SchoolLifeTroy.com)

Celebrating Hats Off to Autism Day and Autism Acceptance Month at Barnard Elementary, staff, students, teachers and administrators wore blue, talked about friendship, then blew bubbles en masse. Continue reading “Bubbles For Autism”

International Night

During International Night at Troy Union Elementary, Radhika Shah — a mother and volunteer — paints a henna tattoo on 5th-grader Bia Barato while her daughter, 1st-grader Kairavi, watches.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

The food in the Troy Union cafeteria was particularly good Tuesday night.

“I liked that we got to eat different food from other countries and see their cultures,” said student Valeria Miranda.

The school was celebrating International Night with dancing, displays, food and music. Continue reading “International Night”

“Great Weather and Good Attitudes”

The Larson track team runs sprints during Tuesday afternoon practice.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

It’s not easy finding the Larson Middle School track.

You can ask the kid on his bike riding away from the school. He’ll point behind him and keep riding. Or you can ask the band kids as they’re walking home and they’ll point to a seemingly seamless line of trees.

But walk toward those trees and you’ll see a pathway in the budding spring growth. Follow it, cross over a pretty brook and opening up before you — like an entirely new part of Troy that you never knew existed — you’ll see the track and about 160 7th and 8th grade boys and girls beginning their conditioning. Continue reading ““Great Weather and Good Attitudes””

Mr. Troy High

The Mr. Troy High contestants, in all manner of dress, hang out backstage before Thursday night’s event. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Maybe you don’t consider waffle making and donut eating a talent. But if you were in the crowd at Troy High last night, you probably would’ve clapped just as loudly for them as you would’ve for the excellent piano playing, singing, dancing, juggling while skateboarding and yes, even a striptease.

Welcome to the 2017 Mr. Troy High pageant. Continue reading “Mr. Troy High”

Back to School … WAY Back!

Because they supposedly didn’t do their homework, Costello Elementary 2nd-graders Jalen Jones and Katherine Heywood volunteered to wear dunce caps, like their forebears did back in the 1870s.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Sit up straight.

Fold your hands on the desk in front of you.

Maybe Costello Elementary second-graders weren’t prepared for the realities of school life Troy, circa the 1870s. But then again, maybe they were. Continue reading “Back to School … WAY Back!”

A Pillar of Support

Troy Union students react to the oversized check presented to Erin Prendergast, right, the Support Staff Person of the Year for the district.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

A large contingent of top school district administrators and staff burst into a Troy Union classroom this morning. They brought flowers, treats and an oversized check made out to Erin Prendergast, surprising her in front of her students. Continue reading “A Pillar of Support”

“Outstanding school, great teachers!”

Morse Elementary teachers Sara Ventimiglio and Caitlin Sarnowski walk back to their classrooms Monday with their free lunch and gift bags.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Morse is totally awesome!”

“They go the extra mile.”

“They genuinely care about the kids, neighborhood and community.” Continue reading ““Outstanding school, great teachers!””

Making Connections

A group of adult ESL students get job applications from Maureen Finnigan, who owns the Troy Tim Hortons restaurants. Several employers were on hand at the symposium to talk about job openings.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Shaimaa Almadani and Shaimaa Kanawi listen to the introductions during the symposium. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Continue reading “Making Connections”

“They should be proud of themselves!”

Troy High’s Danny Sully goes up for two against West Bloomfield’s Chris Oviasu. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Troy High’s basketball season came to the end at Calihan Hall Tuesday night as the Colts were defeated by West Bloomfield in Class A quarterfinal play.

“It was a fantastic season for the Colts. I’m absolutely proud of the boys,” said Curtis Myers, head of the Troy High Athletic Boosters. “They did better than I think anyone expected.

Even though the game didn’t end with a win, it was a fantastic season for the team and its fans. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Continue reading ““They should be proud of themselves!””

“We Don’t Call It Home Ec Anymore”

Larson Middle School 6th-grader Noah Haley does some up-close cross stitch work in the after-school Life Skills Club.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Hopefully this can introduce me to some new things I can do in my free time,” said 6th-grader Danni Vagts as she worked on a cross stitch project.

Meeting once-a-month after school for two hours, the Life Skills Club teaches things outside of the normal curriculum. Continue reading ““We Don’t Call It Home Ec Anymore””

Thirty One Students & One Seventh-Grade Math Teacher

As curious Boulan Park Middle Schoolers look on from the hallway, students in the after-school Yoga Club begin their stretches.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

As school ended for the day, Boulan Park’s band room became a yoga studio. The drums, music stands and chairs were pushed to the side and replaced with colorful, unrolled mats. Since play practice was going in the cafeteria and sporting events were taking place in the gym, the band room seemed the next logical locale. Continue reading “Thirty One Students & One Seventh-Grade Math Teacher”

Where There’s Smoke

Karen Brozowski’s Schroeder third-graders cover their ears and get on their hands & knees after the piercing smoke detector goes off in the Fire Safety House trailer. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

You’d be forgiven if you thought Schroeder Elementary was hosting a rib and brisket fest when you heard there’d be a smoke house in their parking lot on Tuesday. But instead, they had a far more important visitor. Continue reading “Where There’s Smoke”