Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Brighton eighth-grade leaders help underclassmen find their way around on the first day back to school.
Hundreds of kids poured off Brighton Area School buses in front of Scranton Middle School this morning all dressed in their brand new back-to-school clothes -- all except about 30 8th-graders who sported neon orange Scranton Leadership shirts. These standout students spent the morning helping fellow students open lockers, find their way to classes and making sure new students acclimate well on the first day of the new year. This is the first year for the program at Scranton. Amy McCarthy, a Scranton eighth-grade English teacher and one of the faculty sponsors for the program, said staff members decided it would be the best way to get kids involved with the school. "The first week of school is super stressful, so these first four days, …
It's the first day of school in Brighton – help us celebrate by sending in your photos.
Backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. Snack? Check. Photos? Check! The care-free days of summer are officially gone, replaced by alarm clocks, school lunches, after-school activities and homework. And what could be a better way to document the first day of school than by taking a photograph? By also sharing it on Patch, of course! So whether you've snapped a photo of your child at home, out by the bus stop or in front of the school, Patch wants you to share your first-day-of-school photos here. Upload your photos to this gallery. Don't know how? It's easy: Happy First Day of School, Brighton!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Southeastern Michigan's cadre of twenty-something Patch local editors sat down this week to offer the only advice we're qualified to offer.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
With the first day of school looming large, parents may be stuck for words of wisdom to offer their children. As always, Patch exists to make your life ridiculously easy. Read on to see what these five local editors in a community near you had to say from recent experience and if one or more of these short essays resonates with your family, feel free to share them. Anyone who tells you high school will be the best time of your life is lying. It's only the pre-game to life. Your friendships will change, relationships will start and end, tests will be aced and failed, but even a year after you graduate, every moment that seemed earth-shattering will be a memory. That's not to say what happens in high school doesn't matter, but try to keep …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Boast about your child's accomplishments, send us your favorite pictures from the athletic fields, school performances or start your own blog.
Search through old photo albums and chances are you'll find a picture of yourself on the first day of school. Could be a photo of you smiling proudly the day you started kindergarten, or the time you rode the school bus for the first time. No doubt, the photographs highlight your new haircut, new clothes and new backpack and lunch box. And no doubt you've captured those same memories of your own children. You can share those highlights with your Patch community. Just upload your photos to our Pics & Clips Gallery. And throughout this school year, there are several other ways to highlight the student in your life. Students We Should Know: Know someone who has done something super special? It could be the kid who volunteers on weekends, a …
Friday, August 17, 2012
New teachers will replace the large number of teachers who retired at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.
Brighton Area School Board members approved the hiring of 11 new teachers for the 2012-2013 school year during its meeting Monday night. Superintendent Greg Gray said he believes this will be the last of the new hires for the school year. The new teachers will replace the 21 teachers who retired this past June. The new teachers are:
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
School District to pay Brighton Police Officer $79,663 to patrol the school, activities.
The Brighton Area Board of Education renewed its contract with the City of Brighton Police Department for a police liaison officer in a 7-1 vote after much debate. Trustee John Conely cast the dissenting vote, but he was joined during the debate by Trustee Miles Vieau. Nothing will change in the contract, including the salary the district pays the liaison - $79,663. Superintendent Greg Gray said the salary was equivalent to that of a first-year teacher. Vieau said he was concerned about the amount the district was paying and believed that the board could find a retired police officer to do the job for half the money - similar to the arrangement that Hartland Consolidated Schools have. Conely suggested hiring a security firm to provide …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Check out some of the biggest trends in school shopping for 2012.
With school starting in just three short weeks, students and parents are hitting the stores looking for the perfect back to school supplies. From clothes to backpacks, shoes to lunchboxes, kids everywhere will be wanting their favorite logos or characters to join them as they climb on the bus or head off to start another school year. Although some local parents admit that their children still run far away from any Back-to-School shopping sections, others tell Patch their kids know exactly what they are looking for whether it be a certain style bag- messenger bags rather than backpacks for some older students, or trendy T-shirts with the funny sayings for others. Some classic characters including Hello Kitty are still in high demand, but …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Brighton children's librarians share their picks for preparing students for their first day of school.
With the first day of school less than a month away, parents are focused on trying to prepare their little ones as much as possible for the big day. From school bus rides to recess, new teachers to lunch time, it will be a day filled with many new experiences. Helping your child understand what to expect may help with some of those first-day jitters. You can't learn everything from a book, but the Brighton District Library suggests a pretty impressive list of books that will, at the very least, help answer some of your student's questions. Here is the recommended reading list by the librarians at Brighton District Library: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Brighton Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Gray goes over key information for the 2012-2013 school year in his Friday Letter.
With roughly 30 days until the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, I thought it would be helpful to send you some key information as you prepare for another great year at BAS. I know this time of year I spend a great deal of time preparing the family calendar and scheduling how it is all going to work. Listed below you will find dates and times that should help you with this process. However, if you should have questions or concerns related to dates and timesn please do not hesitate to contact me. First and foremost start and end times will remain consistent with the 2011-12 school year. The start and end times may fluctuate by about five minutes for the 2012-13 school year. Approximate times are listed below. The first day of school …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Monday began a long week of two-a-day practices for players and coaches.
The Brighton Bulldog football season officially began Monday as players and coaching staff prepare for the upcoming season with two-a-day practices throughout the week. Brighton Head Football Coach Cliff Kiefer said his team is young this year, in terms of game experience. There are only three starters returning from last year as seniors. "Every year you lose kids - every program does," Kiefer said. "We have a good nucleus of young players - we're just not tested yet. We're not up to game speed by any means because they haven't been out there. We're inexperienced in that way and we have to grow up quickly. That's why these two-a-days are vital for us to bring us up to game speed as quickly as possible." After losing during the first round …