BY DENISE SOBH
And the Golden Apple Award goes to… Dan Taylor, special education and social Studies teacher at Trenton High School.
His nominator for the award, special education program Director Glenn Czajka, describes Taylor as a positive role model for his departments and the educational staff at Trenton High School.
“He is always available to listen to a teacher who may have a concern about a student assigned to his co-taught classroom, or to a parent who is concerned about their child’s lack of progress,” Czajka said.
Taylor was presented with his award at the Trenton School Board Meeting Feb. 27.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the board and the district for coming to school and doing something that I love every day. I am glad that the work that I put in is appreciated and hope that I’ve been able to make at least a small difference in the lives of my students,” said Taylor. (read more…)
Dr. Michael Doyle
The continuous vision that I have as the principal of Trenton High School is for students to get involved in extra-curriculum programs. I also have a long-term goal of ongoing improvement of the high school. One way to do this is to encourage students to always give their best in anything they do, be it an Advanced Placement course, a math class, science class, or even working to make sure they get to school on time.
Speaking of this vision of involvement and giving one’s best, one of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt wrote, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, etc.”
I think of this when I think of that vision of involvement and continuous improvement of the high school through giving one’s best. An example would be at one of our recent band concerts. Our band director had the freshmen members of the concert band play all lead parts of the music piece. It was freshmen who were actually in the arena, in front of hundreds of people, leading the concert band of close to 150 members. (read more…)
The Grosse Ile Educational Foundation is gearing up for its major fundraiser of the school year. This year’s event is a Hawaiian bash, which will be held on Saturday, May 13, at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile.
GIEF members and supporters are inviting the public to join it to help immerse the intimate island of Grosse Ile with the sights and sounds of “The Big Island.”
Guests will be greeted with a lei, served a Hawaiian-style meal, and be entertained by Polynesian Dancers followed by a live band. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine and a Signature Island Cocktail. Thousands of dollars in raffle prizes will be on hand as well as a grand prize raffle for $2,500.
All money raised from sponsors, donors and guests at the Hawaiian Bash goes directly to funding grants that enhance educational opportunities in the Grosse Ile schools and throughout the community. (read more…)
BY DENISE SOBH
Grosse Ile resident Tom Korany recently began serving a one-year term as the president of the Michigan Orchid Society, one of the oldest member societies of the American Orchid Society.
He previously held MOS positions for hospitality, second vice president, and vice president. The MOS is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in 1953 promoting awareness, conservation and culture of orchids. The MOS sponsors the largest orchid show in Michigan that traditionally takes place on Palm Sunday weekend.
Due to scheduling conflicts, however, it was held early this year on March 25 and 26, in Madison Heights. The MOS sponsors monthly meetings for members and the general public is invited as well. These meetings run from September through June. Two of these meetings are special; the December meeting serves as a year-end review and Christmas party and a picnic and orchid auction are held in June. (read more…)
BY BERT URBANI
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy invites everyone to join in and “Make Every Day Earth Day!” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Centennial Farm at 25797 Third St. on Grosse Ile. An afternoon of fun and education is planned for those who attend.
We will celebrate Parke Lane Elementary School becoming Grosse Ile’s first Michigan Green School. Colleen Gimpel, a retired Parke Lane kindergarten teacher, will speak about the Michigan Green Schools program, what Parke Lane has done to achieve the designation, and how other GI schools can become Green Schools, too.
A big focus of Earth Day will be on fun projects with the next generation of environmental stewards, our children. Kids’ activities include a pond study, making an Earth Day pendant from a “tree cookie,” planting a flower, art projects, and more. (read more…)