SCHOOL FOUNDATION honors donors during annual gathering

The Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence celebrated its charitable donors recently during an annual breakfast gathering at the Chopping Block Restaurant, which is located at Career Center on Westlake Road and is part of the Taylor Public School’s Culinary Program.

Individuals representing the following awards were present: Caroline Patts Award for Education Achievement; Charles Bonner Going Forward Award; Charles Dickelman University of Michigan Scholarship; DFCU Educational Achievement Award; Educational Athletic Scholarship; Friends of Northern Michigan University Scholarship; Hopman Award for Continued Success; John and Sharon Cruden Award; John Pantalone Award for Future Teachers and Trade School Applicants; Laura Trent Memorial Scholarship; Mayor Rick Sollars Scholarship; Robert and Mary Merriman Award; Robert Haarala School Service Award; Taylor Changing Lives Scholarship; Taylor Churches Career Award; Taylor Churches Makes a Difference Award; Taylor Public School Foundation Scholarship; Taylor School District Alumni Award ; Thomas Schuck Family Award; Total Community Credit Union Scholarship; Van Kostegian Award for Educational Advancement; and Women’s Auxiliary of the Democratic Club of Taylor Scholarship.

Master of Ceremonies Ken Nelson labels each annual breakfast with a theme, from “A Wonderful Life” to “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner” and “You Can’t be a Beacon if Your Light Doesn’t Shine.” This year’s theme was “Making America Great,” and how charities contribute to the nation’s greatness.

Nelson explained that issues like immigration, foreign aid, donations to charity, and wars on foreign soil has shown American contributions to the world’s greater good. 

Helping celebrate the foundation’s donors were two groups of Taylor High School students. The first included Carly Gosdzinski, Colin Ingersoll, Samia Neeley and Ifechukwa Ezeokoli, who wrote essays about contributions to American greatness as part of a project for English teacher Christopher Burnett. Each read their essay to the gathering.

The second group included Araya Bailey, Ingersoll, NeMarco Adams, Malachi Gibson and Meagan Spearman, singers for Chorus teacher Renee Kuczeski, who sang “God Bless America.”

The Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence is a non-profit independent organization of volunteers committed to enriching the educational environment of the Taylor School District.

Established in 1986 through an endowed gift from a local resident, the Foundation strives to maintain and enhance the excellent reputation of the district by building a broad base of financial support.

TAYLOR HIGH basketball team bonds with POHI students

The Taylor High School Boys Varsity Basketball team was spreading some Griffin Pride this week to our POHI program. Coach Simons and the team presented each one of our POHI students with a shirt and hat to sport their Griffin Pride! They will be cheering loud and proud at the Black and Gold game! 

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL pupils take in a Walleye hockey game

West Middle School recently attended a Walleye hockey game at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. This field trip was part of West Middle School‘s PBIS program. This program rewards academic achievement and good behavior. Over 250 students attended the game. For many students this was the first time they had ever attended a hockey game. West Middle School is proud to incorporate this PBIS program into its school plan. The school has seen positive results and the program continues to be very popular with both staff and students.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL gets a hand with a healthy habit

West Middle School thanks physical education educator, Kirk Miller, for successfully writing a grant provided by the American Heart Association. His grant application was approved and West Middle School received three new drinking fountains in our gym and cafeteria areas. This grant was for $3,580.  These drinking fountains allow for students and staff to refill water bottles. This is another important step in promoting good healthy habits. The importance of being hydrated has been well documented. West Middle School believes that healthy students are better able to learn.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL offers 'Griffin Guide' bulletin boards

Help is literally steps away at Taylor High School. The “Griffin Guide” bulletin boards were put up in the commons and near the counseling office this month. The location s were chosen by the SLS students. They are high traffic areas where students gather. The board has lots of resources on what’s happening in our building, along with people to reach out to if you need help – like Wayne Mediation, Griffin Pantry, Student Assistance Programs, School Based Therapy through CCS and more. If you need further information, please see Mrs. Kluk. 

TAYLOR HIGH welcome constructive suggestions

Do you have a suggestion on how to make Taylor High School a better place to learn? If so, please go to one of the following school offices: Nain office, counseling, library or Mrs. Mach’s to put a comment in our suggestion boxes. Each office has a box and paper next to it for your suggestions. File under your name or anonymously. The boxes are checked on a weekly basis. All productive suggestions will be shared with the administrators. The boxes were made by Mr. Dukes and hand painted with caring messages by SLS members last year.

TAYLOR HIGH: Busy week ahead for students

Griffins at a Glance December 9-13

Monday
DECA District Competition Testing 

Tuesday
Dr. Lanzetta and staff presentation, 11 a.m. Conference Room.

Art Club Meeting, 2:25 p.m. Room 304
Youth in Government Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Room 408 

Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m. WCCCD 

Wednesday

(Half-day)

Thursday
Robotics, 3-6 p.m. Career Center
NHS Executive Board Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Room 109 

Friday
Girls vs. Woodhaven at home 

Freshmen -J.V. -Varsity 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

TAYLOR HIGH parents should always check website for information

Parents please check out our website for helpful links for parents.
We will be adding new links every week. Everything from “Cell Phone Addiction” to “How to Use Google Classroom.” Stay informed and get involved. You can also find the most up to date information on all the great things that are happening: http://www.Taylorschools.net/taylorhigh 

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