Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition Youth Action Council Hosts Annual Youth Dialogue Day

The Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition (RAHCC) Youth Action Council hosted its annual Youth Dialogue Day on March 22 when over 150 students participated in activities around the theme of mindful self-compassion. Titled #friendyourself, community partners facilitated exercises with students that examined limiting beliefs, promoted positive affirmations and combatted negative behaviors. “The day was reflective, healing and bold,” said Maria Kopicki, youth coordinator for the Coalition and … [Read more...]

New Principal Returns to Avondale School District

Administrator “leads with her love of her students” When Avondale Middle School opened its doors for school this year, the students were greeted by new principal, Ms. Maryanne Moriconi. Moriconi comes to Avondale from Oxford School District where she most recently served as the assistant principal at Oxford Middle School. The new principal brings much in the way of administrative experience to her new role as well as intimate knowledge of the Avondale School District as she taught at Avondale … [Read more...]

Temptation Dancing with Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves Comes to Avondale Middle School for Special Night of Basketball and Motown Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame megastar, Martha Reeves was singing and dancing in the gym at Avondale Middle School as part of the Avondale School District Elementary Basketball League’s schedule of special events. The season schedule for the League includes several special nights such as Diversity Night, Alumni Night, and Motown Night. Reeves was the star of Motown Night which … [Read more...]

Avondale Middle School Help Build a Well in Africa

Avondale Middle School Students Raise $1000 to Build a Well in Africa After hearing the devastating consequences for people living in Africa without a clean water source, eight Avondale Middle School students decided to take action. The group, all members of the school’s Leadership Class, created a plan with a goal of raising $500 to donate to the international organization, KIBO Group. KIBO is a nonprofit organization that partners with East Africans to find local solutions for poverty to … [Read more...]

New Green Space Acquisition in Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Permanently Preserves Green Space on City’s South Side Last week, City Council approved the acquisition of a parcel that will add to the city’s collection of green space parcels and keep the property permanently preserved.   This purchase provides another opportunity for residents to enjoy the beautiful open spaces that exists in our community. This ten-acre parcel features a high quality tree canopy, wildlife, and wetland area. The property, located at 1380 Ruby Avenue, is … [Read more...]

Students Take Over State Capital in Lansing

Thirty-seven Avondale Middle School students participated in the YMCA Youth in Government conference November 13-15 at the Capitol in Lansing. Youth in Government is an experience designed to engage middle school students in becoming thoughtful and active citizens versed in the principles of a democratic society. The annual conference is attended by hundreds of students across the State of Michigan. During the conference, students campaign for government leadership positions including Lieutenant … [Read more...]

Olympian Paul McMullen to Speak to Parents of Children with Dyslexia

Avondale School District Announces Olympic Runner, Paul McMullen, to Speak at Parenting Event For parents of children considered different learners, it is sometimes difficult to connect with the right information or resources to help their child.  A group of Avondale School District parents are working to change that by offering parent education classes, speakers, and information nights targeting specific issues or circumstances that may preclude a child’s success in the classroom. The group, … [Read more...]

Above and Beyond Award Goes to Avondale Middle School Employee

Avondale Middle School Social Worker Recognized for her Work Supporting Students with Autism Avondale Middle School Social Worker, Meridith Cervenak has received the Oakland Schools Special Education Above and Beyond Award for her commitment to students as demonstrated by her participation in professional development that benefits the student at her school. Cervenak is being recognized for her work with the Oakland Schools ASD-Oakland Regional Collaborative Network (RCN), a group focused on … [Read more...]

Avondale Teacher Attends Boot Camp to Learn Ways to Elevate Student Engagement

Avondale Middle School science teacher Laura Amatulli was chosen as one of 50 middle school teachers from around the world to participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshop sponsored by Honeywell Home Solutions. The workshop, Honeywell Green Boot Camp, provides educators with information, experience and resources to bring lessons on energy efficiency, sustainability and the environment back to their classrooms. More than 85o teachers applied for the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Avondale Middle School Teacher Honored Supporting Student Literacy

Avondale Middle School Teacher Shavonne Jacobson Honored for her work Supporting Student Literacy Avondale Middle School teacher Shavonne (Shevy) Jacobson received the Nila Banton Smith Award from the International Literacy Association (ILA) during a special reception and ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. The ILA recognizes outstanding achievement in literacy and celebrates educators, literacy advocates, programming, and organizations for work focused on raising literacy rates around the … [Read more...]