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Spring means new life, activities at schools

April 03, 2013 - Happy spring!

As our students, their families, and our staff enjoy spring break, the Clarkston Community Schools celebrates the accomplishments achieved throughout the year. Here are just a few examples.

Since Clarkston hosted over 800 educators from around the world at our Project Zero Perspective Conference in November, our principals, teachers, students, and central office staff have continued to work together to make students' thinking visible. This involves book studies, professional development sessions with Ron Ritchhart of Harvard, parent nights, and community visits to classrooms. Recently, Pine Knob, Springfield Plains, Sashabaw Middle, and Clarkston High hosted these visits. On April 22 from 12:00 to 2:00, Clarkston Junior High School will host a visit. We hope that you will consider attending to see the great learning that is happening in our schools.

Each of our elementary schools has implemented comprehensive literacy plans to support students' learning. Teachers have engaged in professional development, visited other schools, and looked together at assessment data. We believe that a strong literacy base is essential for every child, and we are working hard to to achieve this.

Last week, the board of education completed the process of refinancing community bonds. These efforts mean a savings of over $15 million for taxpayers. Our partners in this accomplishment included State Representative Eileen Kowall, whom we thank for her assistance.

Our athletes, musicians, mock trial team, Team RUSH, DECA, and many other individuals/groups have achieved league, district, regional, state, and national recognition. Congratulations to our coaches, sponsors, parents, and students for their hard work and achievements.

Under the leadership of Kevin Bickerstaff, CCS's transportation department safely transports over 5,500 students each day. Recently, Lorri Kaczor, a CCS bus driver, was selected to receive the 2013 Oakland County Excellence in Transportation Award. We congratulate Lorri, and the transportation team, on her receipt of this outstanding achievement.

We also celebrate our parents and community who give so much to our students. From school fairs to concerts and athletic events to spring clean ups; from PTA and PTO service to hosting interns, we wish to thank everyone who contributes to making our school system great.

Our board of education recently achieved the Michigan Association of School Boards' Standard for Excellence and Honor Board Awards. This means that each board member has completed certification training. It takes a great deal of time and commitment to achieve these distinctions.

We are grateful to our board members for their service to the students, staff, and community.

I look forward to many more celebrations throughout the remainder of the school year.

I wish everyone a wonderful spring break. I pray for the safety of each of our students, their families, CCS staff, and our community members.

Dr. Rod Rock is superintendent of Clarkston Community Schools.

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