BY DENISE SOBH
Dan Taylor, special education and social studies teacher at Trenton High School, has brought mock trial programming to his classroom to help students comprehend the curriculum first-hand.
Taylor started the mock trial team at the high school six years ago and this year led them to the finalist round of the state mock trial competition for the first time ever. Their run ended with an impressive sixth-place finish.
“I competed in mock trial competitions in high school,” Taylor said. “I spent some time student teaching and working at Community High School in Ann Arbor and the school had a highly ranked mock trial team in the state.
“That’s when I had the idea to bring the program to Trenton. It’s a very well-developed program at the state level and as I found out more about the program offered by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, I decided to create a team in Trenton six years ago.” (read more…)
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…)
Hedke Elementary School has begun their adventure with acknowledging students who have shown exemplary behavior in the areas of safety, responsibility and respect.
As part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program at Hedke, this program works to provide incentives to forming great character and leadership skills by providing a venue for practicing those skills with same age peers under adult supervision.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students were selected by their classroom teachers based on their behavior in these areas to be involved in working together cooperatively for their school community. (read more…)
Dr. Michael Doyle
Trenton High School was on full display on Monday, Feb. 6, for the entire community. What we did this year was open the high school up to all. Instead of doing the rather dry and traditional Open House in which parents follow their student’s schedule, attending each class for 10 -15 minutes while the teacher reviews the course syllabus, we thought we would try something different.
The Trenton High School staff got together and said, “What can we do to improve Open House? How can we get more people in the building? How can we spread the work about the excellent education one receives at Trenton High School?
We decided to open up all aspects of the high school. We had displays in the Career and Technical Education area, science wing, math wing, upstairs in English and social studies.
With the great work of our THS staff, we were able to welcome all the incoming ninth graders and their parents in the auditorium. (read more…)