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Farley Hill Elementary School in Pinckney hosted our annual PTO Fall Festival on October 3. Families enjoyed cider and donuts while participating in a good old-fashioned square dance with caller, Mr. Dave Smith. A local farmer, Mr. Keith Chambers, provided hay wagon rides, circling our beautiful school property during a spectacular sun set.

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Last year Mr. Tom McPhee approached 4th grade teachers, Beth Molnar and Catherine Potoff about developing some Good Pet Guardian lesson plans to address the American Strays project for his World Animal Awareness Society (http://www.wa2s.org/american-strays.html). Catherine Potoff and Beth Molnar created 8 lesson plans that piloted with their 4th grade team. The lesson plans encompassed: the history of the dog, human and canine companionship, how the economy works, how community issues affect community and animals, problems afflicting stray dogs in a large city, canine count and neighborhood dog survey, a stray dog's perspective, and what to do if you see a stray dog. The culminating field trip was to the Huron Valley Humane Society where they made donations, created bandanas for the dogs and toured the facility. Students also donated all of our stray dog perspective writing pieces and art work to WA2S to use as incentives for donations to the American Stray Project in the Detroit Public Schools. The lessons were very well received by the students and parents.They touched on many Common Core Standards, as well as the teaching of Humane
Education.

Click below to see the video.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/live-in-the-d/live-in-the-d-helping-stray-dogs-in-detroit/29579130

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Students in Catherine Potoff and Beth Molnar's fourth grade classroom participated in a very special 911 Day of Service Grant.  Students worked in conjunction with an organization called, “Stiggy's Dogs”. Stiggy's Dogs is a group founded to support veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Stiggy's Dogs acquires its service dogs from the Livingston County Animal Shelter and then trains them to work with a veteran.

Students had Stiggy's Dogs come to visit and share their stories of animal and human companionship as well as the training process that is involved with the transformation from shelter to service dog.  Then, the children employed their artistic skills to create individualized fanny packs and coordinating bandanas to give to the veteran and dog teams currently in training. The kids used a patriotic theme for their decorations and then wrote thank you letters to veterans for their support in defending our country.

Lastly, Detroit Public Television came to film our classroom presentation of supplies to Stiggy's Dogs.  Our team is going to be featured in an upcoming episode of “Detroit Performs” on November 11th as part of a special Veteran's Day  edition focusing in on the impact that art can make in the lives of veterans throughout the community.

The children truly enjoyed their experience and learned significantly about the importance of giving to one's community.

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On Friday, October 24, 2014 at Cleary University in Howell, high school robotics teacher, Sean Hickman and high school principal, Dr. Jim Darga represented Pinckney Community Schools by receiving an award for Outstanding Program in which Pinckney's nationally acclaimed robotics program was honored by the Livingston County Workforce Development Council as part of the Michigan Works! initiative. The ceremony included many business and political leaders from around the county and state, including State Representatives Bill Rogers and Cindy Denby. It is another proud moment for the Pinckney school district and both Dr. Darga and Sean Hickman for their vision and leadership in providing this valuable opportunity for students in Pinckney.

DC

Thank you to Shalom church for a $700 donation from Sunday collection to the upcoming 8th grade DC trip!  Student scholarships have been distributed and there are still requests coming in.  We are reaching out to our community, churches and local businesses who would like to contribute to this trip and to providing our students with an wonderful educational opportunity.  If you are interested in making a contribution please contact Lori Scott at lscott@pinckneypirates.org.

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Our science class planted sprouted acorns to learn the scientific process of writing a question, researching information about how oak trees grow, and writing a hypothesis based on changing the kind of light each plant would receive while growing. Students will continue to measure and chart their plant's growth into the spring, and hope to get permission to plant their oak saplings somewhere on school grounds.

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Choose to Lead students in Mrs. Harris' 4th and 6th hour class have officially kick started their semester with their first service-learning project! In tribute of September 11 the students came up with I WILL statements. The statements created by the students contained promises and commitments in how they plan on bettering their community, as well as how they plan to be of service to others. Although two separate classes, the students were still able to collaborate ideas to create an outstanding video and were nothing short of leaders. Along with Mrs. Harris' class, classes all over Pinckney will be partaking in 9/11 tributes in remembrance of the lives lost that day and those who rose to service.