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Ann Arbor Arab American Parent Support Group Meeting

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:59am


The Ann Arbor Arab American Support Group, A2A2PSG, will be hosting their final meeting of the school year on Sunday, May 21, in the 3rd floor freespace of the downtown library.

The Ann Arbor Arab American Support Group:

  • Promotes the success of all students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) with special attention to students of Arab descent.
  • Partners with AAPS staff to create an environment of respect and appreciation for diverse cultures within and beyond the school community
  • Serves as a liaison between AAPS and students and their families
  • Coordinators of A2A2PSG typically meet in the freespace on the 3rd floor of the downtown AADL, once a month during the school year. You may contact the group at:, or for more information, visit: (this site requires flash). New members are always welcome.

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    Ann Arbor Public Schools 2017 Student Art Exhibit

    Tuesday April 18, 2017: 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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    Real and Surreal: Art Teachers As Artists

    Tuesday January 31, 2017: 9:00am to 9:00pm
    Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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    60th Anniversary of 'New' Ann Arbor High School, April 1956

    Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:07am

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    This week marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the 'New' [| Ann Arbor High School] in April 1956. Old News has published the photos and articles that tell the story from students campaigning for new digs in February, 1953 to the first [|commencement] in June, 1956. Voters had barely [|passed the bond] when the [|earth movers] starting clearing the old Stadium Hills Golf Course to make way for the new high school. There are great shots of the [|construction] and the various [|buildings] that make up the complex. A cornerstone ceremony was held in December, 1954, led by the [|AAHS Marching Band.] By May, 1955, the building was ready for a [|Student Council] inspection and in November, 1995, the School Board sponsored a [|public tour] that brought a [|real crowd] to the site.

    [|Moving-in] started in earnest in February, 1956. On [|March 30th] an army of [|student volunteers] turned out to help AAHS [|staff] to fight the [|mud] and get the school ready for [|opening day,] April 9, 1956. Students filled the [|halls,] tested the [|equipment,] hit the [|books] and had some [|fun] at the not-quite-finished school. Check out the [|lunch room.] While the new school filled up, [|'Old' Ann Arbor High School] at State & Huron [|emptied] out and [|silent hallways] awaited remodeling by the University of Michigan as the [|Frieze Building.]

    The official public tour of the new high school was held on April 15, 1956 and [|thousands turned out.] Guests were [|welcomed] at the door, toured a [|sleek new lobby,] and attended a formal [|dedication.] You can view the original [|Dedication Program] on Old News.

    On June 14, 1956, the first [|Commencement] was held at the new high school, featuring both an [|1891 graduate] and an [|engagement.] Many of the photos we've published on Old News never appeared in the Ann Arbor News so be on the lookout for townies you know.

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    Log On to Brainfuse!

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:34am


    AADL subscribes to a live online tutoring service called "Help Now" by Brainfuse, also known simply as [|
    "Brainfuse"], and is available to anybody accessing it from inside any AADL location, or to cardholders from home or elsewhere.

    There are several facets to Brainfuse that not only help with homework & study skills, but skill building and writing support.

    Users can log on to Brainfuse to access EXPERT help in a variety of ways: live tutoring any time from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM except on Federal Holidays. Simply choose the grade or age level that suits the user’s needs, be it elementary, middle or high school, ESL or even computers and technology.

    SkillSurfer is a learning library that contains thousands of lessons, quizzes, & tests to help users master academic concepts. Check out the STUDY portal and look at [|FLASHBULB], which is a library full of flashcards & self-tests for a huge array of subjects! Go to the COLLABORATE portal to schedule meetings with friends in their private virtual study rooms. There’s a writing lab where users can upload documents to a teacher and have them edit/critique their work within 24 hours. Brainfuse's [| "Send a Question"] gives users the opportunity to ask a question any time of day and get a written response from one of their tutors within one business day.

    Whether you are an English Language Learner, a student of any age or an [|adult] trying to get back into the workforce, Brainfuse may have just the answer to your academic and technical questions.

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    Old News Way Back Day: January 29, 1951

    Tue, 01/26/2016 - 7:15pm


    This month Old News travels back 65 years to [|January 29, 1951] and the [|grand opening] of [|Eberwhite School]. We found a wealth of material on Eberwhite so we've posted over 200 articles and photos all the way back to the original [|land swap] with the University of Michigan, the laying of the [|cornerstone] in 1950, [|construction], and the hundreds of events and milestones throughout the years. Many of the [|photos] we've posted were never published in the Ann Arbor News so we don't have [|names] to go with the [|faces]. We'd love to hear from the [|alumni,] faculty and [|families] of Eberwhite to make the history more complete.

    There was plenty of other local news reported on the 29th. Fire destroyed the [|Riverside Bar and Bowling Alley] in Ypsilanti. The Ann Arbor Public Schools announced the first annual [|Bands In Review] program featuring bands from [|Ann Arbor High School] and [|Slauson] and [|Tappan] Junior Highs. On the sports front, Dave Dingman dominated the [|All-City Skating Meet] at Burns Park. The University of Michigan opened its track season with a meet that featured a mysterious [|missing lap] in a medley relay. While the Kiwanis [|thanked] city residents for their generous support of the fundraising Rummage Sale, an Ann Arbor News [|editorial] wondered why the citizens of Washtenaw county were failing to support the Polio Drive. [|Weddings] and [|births] were announced, [|plays] produced and [|movies] promoted. [|Television] replaced radio as the mainstay of home entertainment with shows like Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Milton Berle and Studio One. Our favorite advertisement of the day was the Modern Appliance Co. display ad for the amazing [|Spindrier] that featured several ladies dancing, celebrating and hugging the appliance.

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    Nature and Nurture: Art Teachers as Artists

    Tuesday February 2, 2016: 9:00am to 9:00pm
    Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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    Livin' On The Line ~ The Community High School Line-Up Debacle of 1996

    Fri, 12/11/2015 - 7:12pm


    It seemed like a good idea in January,1996: To deal with overwhelming demand for placements at [|Community High School], AAPS would hold a [|lottery] for the first 50 slots and then the rest could wait in line [|"for a few days"] before the April 1st sign-up date. Except the line started at 8:45 a.m. on [|Sunday, March 17th] when Tappan Middle School student [|Maisie Wilhelm] lined up outside the Balas Building. And they came, and they came and they came, with [|tents], and [|cook stations] and [|couches] and [|campfires]. Parents set up [|temporary homes] in vans, [|temporary offices] in tents, and a Line-Up [|headquarters]. Hopeful middle-schoolers played [|Hacky Sack] (remember Hacky Sack?), [|strummed guitars] (of course), and [|exhibited] almost-Community High cool.

    This being Michigan and March, a late-winter [|storm] hit Ann Arbor on March 20. By March 27, the Ann Arbor News had seen enough of frozen kids and sacrificing parents and called for an [|end] to the Line-Up in favor of an all-lottery system. Apparently the situation got so tense a Community High School student had to remind News readers it was the AAPS and not the [|students who lined up] who caused the Line-Up debacle at Balas. April 1, 1996 finally arrived and a [|cold and wrapped-up] Maisie was officially [|welcomed] by Community High School dean [|Judy Hamilton Conger.] And by April 2, Superintendent John O. Simpson had read enough [|Letters to the Editor], seen enough images of [|tents] and announced that AAPS would move to a [|lottery system] for filling slots at all three alternative schools. And thus ended another chapter in the colorful history of Community High.

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    It’s National Waffle Day!

    Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:11pm

    [img_assist|nid=322480|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Today just happens to be National Waffle Day, so let’s talk about breakfast. Breakfast is also good for lunch or dinner, and with good purpose – breakfast foods are delicious and wonderful! Waffles, toast, fried potatoes, piles of bacon, eggs any way you like it – the list goes on.

    Here are a few all-star breakfasty books featuring waffles and beyond to wake you up and fuel your day at any time:

    [b:1266719|Crepes, waffles, and pancakes!: Over 100 recipes for hearty meals, light snacks, and delicious desserts]

    [b:1336534|Vegan brunch: homestyle recipes worth waking up for-- from asparagus omelets to pumpkin pancakes]

    [b:1202697|The big book of breakfast: Serious comfort food for any time of the day]

    [b:1432334|Breakfast for dinner: Recipes for frittata florentine, huevos rancheros, sunny-side-up burgers, and more!]

    What's your favorite breakfast food, and when's the best time to eat breakfast?!

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    Public Event

    ArborWiki Blogwarts

    Tuesday July 28, 2015: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Downtown Library: Training Center