Thursday, May 16, 2013
The funds to improve both the interior and exterior systems in Clawson schools will come from the 10-year technology bond approved by voters in 2011.
In order to both meet the current video surveillance needs of Clawson Public Schools and leave room in the budget open for future needs, Technology Director Ryan Velzy found a plan to serve as a "middle ground." The Clawson Board of Education unanimously approved funds for the project, which will come from amounts budgeted based on the 10-year technology bond passed in 2011, at its board meeting on Monday. ROK Systems, a Michigan-based security firm, won the bid at just over $157,929. "This proposal is kind of a middle ground with not doing a rip-and-replace ... we’re going to take portions of that analog system that's 10 years old, cameras, and connect them to a digital system," Velzy said, adding that the amount was under the amount …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A recently enacted Michigan law changed the minimum age requirement for a child enrolling in kindergarten.
Plan on sending your child to kindergarten in Clawson for the 2013-14 school year? Here are some things you should know. A recently enacted state law changed the minimum age requirement for children enrolling in kindergarten. The changes are set to take place over three years beginning at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Currently, a child must be five years old before Dec. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten, but that has changed, according to the Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association (MPAAA): Parents with children who are ineligible for enrollment according to the new standards, but will be five years old by Dec. 1, can apply for a waiver to secure enrollment, according to the MPAAA. Contact Clawson Public Schools at …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Clawson students made the biggest jump in third and seventh grade math proficiency, however they lag behind peers in ninth-grade social studies and eighth-grade math.
While there is cause for celebration for some of the improvements shown by Clawson students on the math portion of the MEAP exam, the other side of the coin is that there still is work to do in eighth grade math, fourth-grade reading and ninth-grade social studies to stay on pace with peers across the state. Those are the trends from the 2012 MEAP results released today by the Michigan Department of Education. The 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program measures progress in subjects such as math, reading, writing, science and social studies for third through ninth-graders. Compared to last year's results, Clawson saw improvements in several areas including double-digit increases in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state …
Check back with Clawson Patch at 10 a.m. Monday for a look at how students fared on their Fall 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program exams.
Michigan students' MEAP results will be released Monday morning for students in Rochester and in all public schools across the state. The results were scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. The Michigan Education Assessment Program exam assesses students in grades 3 through 9: The annual test is designed to show students' proficiency in career- and college-ready materials. The MEAP is administered by the Department of Education, which is releasing the data on Monday. The MEAP as a standard of measuring student achievement is on its way out; beginning in the 2014-15 school year, students will be given an online exam to test their knowledge of core subjects. (Read: Just the Facts: New Test to Replace MEAP.) Last year, Clawson students scored a …
Tuesday, January 29, 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 mathematicians 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 schools, according to a release …
Monday, January 28, 2013
A Winter Weather Advisory expired at 6 a.m. Monday, but area public and private schools are closed all day.
Monday, January 28
After a night of snow and freezing rain, the Clawson Public Schools are closed for the day. As of 5:30 a.m., the following schools officially canceled classes due to wintry conditions: Nearby districts like Birmingham, Troy and Royal Oak are also closed. A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect until 6 a.m. Monday after several inches of snow fell overnight and then turned into freezing rain in areas. The transition to regular rain is expected to happen around sunrise, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS warned that travel can become difficult during a Winter Weather Advisory, particularly due to slippery roads and limited visibility. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain before 8 a.m., followed by areas of …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Before his first board meeting, newly elected Brad Batur resigns, leaving an open seat.
He was sworn in last month after being the only listed candidate on the November ballot for two open seats on the Clawson Public Schools Board. But Clawson resident Brad Batur has resigned before his first board meeting scheduled for next week. In a letter to the district this week, Batur said he isn't able to fulfill the duties of the position. "I unfortunately have too many aspects of my family and work life that take precedent over the position, and I will not be able to provide the time and commitment the position deserves to help the community." Batur could not immediately be reached for comment. Anyone interested in filling the seat, which will end Dec. 31, 2013, must apply by 5 p.m. Jan. 15. Candidates must reside in the Clawson …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kenwood students have kicked off their own election series and have successfully proposed two issues for the upcoming Kenwood School Nov. 5 ballot.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
City government, businesses, residents, schools and visitors could benefit from a municipal application for smartphones, developer tells City Council.
GPS location directions for restaurants, streaming city TV and touch-to-call directory capabilities are three of the many features that could be included in a municipal mobile application compatible with smartphones – and a local developer wants to make Clawson the first city in Michigan to have one. Stephen Thornhill from Kart Media Group, a Birmingham-based digital media agency that has designed apps for HGTV, presented his idea to the Clawson City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night. He began by explaining that if the council agreed to move forward with the app it would be the first Michigan city to have one. “People are starting to rely on their mobile devices more and more for information over their computers,” Thornhill said…