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)

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“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”

The Knight Sky

Dave Mitchell talks about the ancient Greeks and how they named the constellations as he sits beneath an inflatable SkyDome planetarium at Smith Middle School on Monday. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Normally in a middle school gym, you don’t find kids sitting around — lying around, even — in the dark. But Smith Knight seventh graders weren’t in gym class on Monday; it was a full-on science day for them. Continue reading “The Knight Sky”

Free Books, Free Stories, Free Cookies and a Dog

Reading specialist Lisa McDonald and second-grade teacher Ed Segovia end their Dr. Seuss presentation with a laugh at the Morse Elementary Story and Book Bonanza. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

You don’t normally get to hear an elementary school principal talk about a flatulent dog. But then again, you don’t normally hear about a contest between a rhino and a hippo, or pale green pants with nobody inside them either. Continue reading “Free Books, Free Stories, Free Cookies and a Dog”

Super Substitute

Dr. Richard Machesky, the Superintendent of Troy Schools, substitute teaches in Betsy Murphy’s third grade class at Hamilton Elementary on Wednesday afternoon. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Hamilton Elementary third-graders had a different kind of substitute teacher on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Richard Machesky, the Superintendent of Troy Schools, stood in as the teacher for Betsy Murphy’s class. Continue reading “Super Substitute”

To borrow a phrase from Gomer Pyle: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

 

Wattles’ Ms. Phillips reacts to the surprise news today that she had been selected the District’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Photo: Potter Productions

Congratulations to Troy’s Teachers of the Year! Surprise Announcements for Elementary, Middle and High School Continue reading “To borrow a phrase from Gomer Pyle: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!””