Thursday, February 21, 2013
Area school districts have taken steps to combat bullying, but some parents say it hasn't been effective.
Linden parents believe bullying is still happening regularly at Linden High School. Several parents spoke on the issue on Wednesday's school board meeting, Mlive Media reported, claiming incidents have been reported without much action. The article stated that School Board President Scott Maker said the district is looking more into the issue. After the suicide death of Josh Pacheco in November, a junior at Linden High School, Fenton Patch reported that superintendents were discussing how their schools handle bullying. Linden Community Schools added anti-bullying hot lines students can call or text. Linden Superintendent Ed Koledo said the district would have suicide and bullying counselors come in to work with the entire district, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Group trying to raise $40,000 for all-night graduation party.
Have a message you would like to send a Fenton senior? Fenton's Project Graduation organizers have a creative way for you do to so: A message in a bottle. The message in a plastic bottle stands about seven inches and includes sand, seashells and a special note from you to your senior. The cost per message in bottle is $10 and all funds raised will go to all-night party at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School after graduation on June 2. The bottles will be handed out to seniors after the graduation party. Full payment and order forms are due no later than April 15. Order forms should include the full name of the senior, your name and the message. (Form is attached to the article.) Mail payment and order form to: Colleen Wisniewski 1234 Baker Rd…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Fenton Athletic Department will bring together those moving on to the next level of sports.
Fenton High School will host a signing day at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to honor athletes who have made commitments to play sports at the next level. Mitch Shegos will play football Notre Dame College of Ohio, Nicholas Chappell will play football at Hillsdale College, Megan Cockin will play volleyball at Mott Community College, Payton Maxheimer will play volleyball at Madonna University (Livonia), Cory Cox will play basketball at Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids), Natalee Marshall will play soccer on Malone University (Canton, Ohio) and Haley Shaw will swim for Eastern Michigan University. The gathering will take place at the Fenton High School cafeteria.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Fenton schools improve most MEAP results in all grades and subjects.
Here is a brief look at the MEAP results for Fenton Area Public Schools. Fenton Area Public Schools were well above the statewide average in every category as a district, according to 2012 results provided by the Michigan Department of Education. One of the areas highest above the state average was sixth-grade social studies as Fenton trumped the state average of 13.1 percent with 48.1 percent proficient scoring. Fenton schools scored 43.6 percent proficient on the ninth grade social studies, while the state average was 28.6 percent. Fourth-graders were also impressive. They outscored state averages in reading 85.8 percent to 68.1 percent and math 60 percent to 44.9 percent. Overall MEAP scores went up in Fenton Area Public Schools from …
Fenton offcials say back roads are too dangerous for buses.
Fenton and Lake Fenton schools closed Monday because of weather and road conditions. It's the fourth snow day for each school this year. Fenton Area Public Schools posted on its Facebook Page that "all of the district dirt roads that our buses travel on are covered with ice and too dangerous to drive." All Fenton Area Public Schools evening events scheduled for 2 p.m. or later will take place as scheduled today. The National Weather Service is calling for scattered rain showers before 9 a.m., then snow showers after. The temperature is expected to drop to 32 by 5 p.m. Winds will increase in the afternoon to 25 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 46.
MEAP results will be posted on Fenton Patch at 10 a.m.
Editor's note: Meap results have now been posted on Fenton Patch. Last year, Lake Fenton sixth, seventh and eighth-graders earned the top MEAP scores in Genesee County. Did the students repeat the outstanding performance? MEAP results will be released at 10 a.m. Monday morning and Fenton Patch will have full results. "We are certain no matter what the results, our students gave their best effort," Lake Fenton principal Dan Ferguson. Compiling sixth, seventh and eighth grade scores, Lake Fenton Middle School ranked No. 1 in the county among public schools in math, reading, writing and science. Lake Fenton had the same distinction in 2011. Lake Fenton has chosen a slogan each of the past four years to go along with their MEAP score efforts. …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
All Fenton Area Public School buildings will have a single point of entry, monitored by school staff and video cameras.
Visitors at Fenton Area Public Schools won’t simply be able to walk in freely any longer. In efforts to create stronger security for the district, officials are installing buzzer systems in all buildings, forcing visitors to identify themselves before entering the school. Cameras will also be installed so staff can observe those coming to the door. All other doors of the buildings will be locked. After pushing the "call in" button, guests will be asked to state the nature of visit, their names and the student’s name. Once admitted, all adults in the building must check in at the office and wear a Visitor’s Badge. “It may be an inconvenience to some people that are used to running in and having free access, but being more cautious and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The head of the Michigan Department of Education asserts that higher wages would encourage more people to become teachers.
The key to getting more qualified math and science teachers into Michigan schools is simple, according to state Superintendent Mike Flanagan: pay them more. Flanagan, who heads up the Michigan Department of Education, said Monday at an assembly of scientists at Michigan State University that Michigan schools need more math and science teachers. The problem, he said, is that most scientists and mathamaticians don't consider teaching in public schools to be a viable career option. “We can do all we want with content standards, but the elephant in the room is that it won’t do much good if we don’t have enough math and science teachers in our schools,” Flanagan said while discussing science standards in K-12 shools, according to a release from…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Temperatures are expected to rise to 58 degrees today.
Weather conditions once again forced area officials to cancel school for Lake Fenton and Fenton Tuesday. Fenton Area Public Schools posted that icy road conditions were the cause. All sporting events will go on as scheduled, accoring to Fenton Athletic Director Mike Bakker. Both schools also cancelled class on Monday. Temperatures are expected to climb to 58 today, with continuing rain. Showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight, with a chance of heavy rain. Rain is also expected Wednesday and Wednesday night before turning to snow. There were several car accidents listed on the Genesee County 911 Consortium Tuesday morning. Stay safe during your commute Monday morning by checking our life traffic map before you leave for work.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fenton fifth-grader Jaden Williams placed posters around Tomek-Eastern Elementary School to try and stop people from bullying.
When 10-year-old Jaden Williams noticed some of her fellow Tomek-Eastern Elementary School classmates being bullied, she decided to do something about it. Williams formed an anti-bullying group with seven of her friends and began placing posters around the school urging students to stop bullying. The posters have different messages such as "bullying is wrong" and "stand up and help others." "It wasn't good to see people hurting," Williams said. "It feels awful to hear that all my friends have been bullied." Williams started spreading her anti-bullying message before 17-year-old Linden student Josh Pacheco commited suicide last month and his parents blamed bullying and schools started to take a deeper look at the issue. "I try to tell …