TAYLOR HIGH DECA posts high marks in district

The Taylor High School DECA club competed in the Eastern Michigan University district competition for spots at the state career development conference in March. 

Thirty-seven students will advance on to states, and the school is incredibly proud of all of our students. This was one of THS’s highest scoring years. Even the kids that did not qualify for states posted tremendous scores. THS is in a very tough district with amazing competition. 

DECA Director Mrs. Lundgren would like to thank all of the teachers, parents, alumni, administration, and volunteers for assisting in preparing our students for this event and for chaperoning and judging the event. 

The first mock competition was huge success and what she felt helped contribute a ton to their success this year. It could not have been possible without our volunteers. 

THS could not be more proud of the DECA program and their amazing advisor Mrs. Lundgren! Now that is showing some #GriffinPride! 

WEST MIDDLE students listen to important message

Recently Ventriloquist Richard Paul brought his conflict resolution presentation titled “It’s OK To Walk Away” to all sixth graders at West Middle School. With the help of audience participation, Mr. Paul talked to the students about how to avoid conflict. 

He encouraged the students to speak kindly to one another, use manners, and be patient. When conflict does arise, Mr. Paul suggested that the students take a deep breath, think of creative ways to resolve conflict or ask others for help in solving the conflict.

Mr. Paul’s presentation was made possible by a donation from the Downriver Federal Credit Union.  The credit union incurred the cost of this presentation. The school has appreciated the support that the Downriver Federal Credit Union has given over the past several years. 

Mr. Paul has other presentations, including one on bullying. He offers his services, free of charge, thanks to the credit union.  If you are interested in having Mr. Paul come to your child’s school or other organizations, contact Mr. Richard Paul at careyandpaulgroup@gmail.com.  

Submitted by SaraBochenek 

TAYLOR HIGH: Girls varsity beats Edsel Ford

The Taylor Girls Varsity basketball beat Dearborn Edsel Ford 48-36 last month. Senior guard Avery Busch contributed 15 points (eight in the second quarter) while junior forward Amiah Thomas pitched in with 15 points (13 in the second half of the game). 

The team led 23-20 at halftime and extended the lead to 38- 29 after three quarters of play. In the final quarter of play Amiah Thomas and Jasmine Soles were both 4-4 from the free throw line. 

Other players scoring points were: Jasmine Soles 6, TaNeicea Burleigh 6, Virginia Cole 3, Jordyn Leidecker 2, and Josalynn Norris 1.

THS is 3-4 overall, 2-3 in Downriver League play. 

POHI tips its hat to Knights of Columbus for support

The Taylor School District POHI (Physically and Otherwise Health Impaired, Program) would like to thank the Knights of Columbus Council 4872 for their recent generous donation! The Knights have been contributing to the POHI program for many years and our students have benefited greatly from their generosity.

TAYLOR HIGH: Parents have learning tools available, including Google Classroom

Remember that “Google Classroom” is one of several learning tools that parents that turn to through the Taylor High School website. The tutorial will show you how to share information inside Google Classroom using Google Calendar with parents or anyone you would like. 

For available tools, click on the “parents” tab on the high school home page.

TAYLOR HIGH 'family' steps up to donate during holiday season at pantry

This year’s holiday donations for Griffin Pantry at Taylor High School were amazing!  

A big thank you to the following individuals, groups and organizations for making the holiday more joyful for our families:

  • NHS
  • Class of 2020
  • Class of 2022
  • Ansell family
  • Mrs. Bhooi
  • Mr. Greenberg
  • Vortex Inc. (band family)
  • Culinary Arts program
  • Mrs.Bonner and the band
  • Taylor Police Department
  • Taylor Police Auxilliary
  • Dearborn Fire Department
  • Diablo Charities
  • Wall Side Windows
  • Amanda Dillingham. 

In addition, the biggest applause goes to all of our staff members and students to participated in the ornament contest coordinated by Mr. Maudlin (Key Club) and Ms. Lundgren (DECA).  This years donations came very close to $5,000. 

It was so much fun watching the competition between the classes.  Congratulations again to the winners:  Officer Chadwick, Mr. Sommerville and students who won pizza parties and/or donuts/juice.   

WEST: Students learn about Penrickton Center

Recently Ms. Sharlene and Ms. Jessica, employees from the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, spoke to eighth-grade science students at West Middle School. 

The Penrickton Center is a facility located on Eureka Road and Lange Street for students that are blind and multi-disabled. The school’s goal is to promote as much independence as possible with the children. The center accepts children from the ages of 1 through 12. These children attend special schools, but are able to stay overnight during the week and return home on weekends and vacations. 

Ms. Sharlene and Ms. Jessica brought many items with them to help our students better understand the disabilities their clients experience. 

Special glasses that simulate 20/400 vision – glasses that simulate being able to see only shadows and light were given to our students to try on. The speakers also explained how cerebral palsy affects the body by either contracting muscles or leaving the child’s muscles limp. Several demonstrations were conducted with students to experience being blind, guided by another person or using a white cane. Special dishes and eating utensils were also demonstrated. 

The students appreciated learning more about the Penrickton Center and it’s services. The speakers helped us become empathic toward disabled children.  The Penrickton Center welcomes volunteers to stuff envelopes, because they are completely funded through donations. 

Ms. Sharlene and Ms. Jessica encouraged our students to visit the center with their parents. West Middle School thanks the speakers for spending time with our students to educate them in the obstacles the center’s children face with dignity and grace. 

Submitted by Sara Bochenek 

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