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                                                                                          The Monroe Evening News




                                       Cool Career Cruising
       g r a d u aT E s




                                        By Gina ZieGler
                                        gina@monroenews.com



                                        C
                                             ARLETON — What do
                                             you want to be when
                                             you grow up? This year,
                                        students at Airport’s Wagar
                                        Middle School are explor-
                                        ing careers in detail, find-
DaniEl MaThiS                           ing out what their dream
                                        jobs pay and what classes
                                        they need to prepare.
Eastern Michigan                          All students in the school
                                        have access to Career
University                              Cruising, software pur-
                                        chased by the district to
  Daniel Mathis graduated               help each child learn more
summa cum laude in April                about jobs, job training,
with a bachelor of science              educational preparation
degree in social science from           and where the best jobs are
Eastern Michigan Univer-                located.
sity, Ypsilanti. He minored in            “Using our exploratory
communications.                         classes we are able to
  He served as an intern in             provide each student with
the office of the EMU presi-            information about career
dent.                                   pathways. With this soft-
                                        ware we have additional
  He is the son of Mark and             electronic support that kids
Valynda Mathis of Monroe                enjoy using and can access
and a 2003 graduate of Ida              at home, too,” said Wagar
High School.                            counselor Krista Bree, who
  He recently worked for                works with Kevin Hileman
EMU Campus Life as an ori-              to make sure each student
entation intern. He plans to            in the building is intro-
begin a master’s degree pro-            duced to the new program.
gram at Michigan State Uni-               Students throughout
versity, East Lansing, and is           Michigan have been
employed as a graduate as-              required to develop an Edu-
sistant in the MSU Office of            cational Development Plan.
Admissions.                             Previously those plans
                                                   ,                                                                                                                           — Evening News photos by AMANDA LARAE LARKIN
                                        and documents followed a            Morgan Snyder (left) and Jessica Weiss search for jobs using the Career Cruising system at Wagar Middle School. The program tells
                                        student through school in a         students which careers match their interests, and gives them access to information about salary, working conditions and education
                                        folder. Now, all information        requirements, and even allows them to watch videos of people who work in their field. Morgan’s results told her to search for a career
                                        researched by each child            as a police officer or a professional athlete, while Jessica’s results matched her as a therapist or music producer.
                                        can be saved in an online
                                        account and accessed,
                                        changed and updated as his
                                        or her interests change.
                                          “This program allows
                                        parental input and access
                                        to this important aspect of
                                        career planning that their
                                        children are engaged in at
                                        school,” said Mr. Hileman.
                                          Wagar students are given
                                        assignments that they
                                        can complete by using the           Students in Jim Marlow’s ca-
                                        Career Cruising program.            reer education class at Wagar
                                        The assignments are                 Middle School search for jobs
                                        designed to help students           using the new Career Cruising
                                        focus on career and life            system.
Marissa lee oTTer                       goals; to keep a list of their
                                        extracurricular activi-
                                        ties, awards, special skills        to state and where the pay
                                        and abilities; to document          scale is higher or lower for
Concordia University                    volunteer and work experi-
                                        ences, and to record the
                                                                            a job,” Ms. Bree said.
                                        special classes they have              Through assignments
  Marissa Lee Otter gradu-              taken that pertain directly         that help students learn
ated in December with a                 to career preparation.              more about personal inter-
bachelor of arts degree in                                                  ests, they begin to develop
secondary education from                  The software offers multi-        plans based on the careers
Concordia University Ann,               media experiences for               and schools they have
Arbor.                                  students. They can access           explored. Students can cre-
                                        onscreen interviews with            ate a four-year high school
  She majored in mathemat-              people working in a field of
ics and minored in biology   .                                              plan for classes they want
                                        interest. They are provided         and need, and they have a
She played varsity softball             with direct links between                                              Eleven-year-old Benjamin Schock (left) and 12-year-old Conner Elezi, students in Jim Marlow’s ca-
for four years.                                                             document that shows how
                                        careers and educational             their activities have sup-         reer education class at Wagar Middle School, also search for jobs using the new Career Cruising
  She is the daughter of                programs that support               ported career preparation.         system.
James and Cindy Otter of                those careers.
Carleton. She is a 2002 gradu-                                                “Using this program will
ate of Airport High School.               “Students can search for          help each student develop a       Ms. Bree.                         counseling and to view data       exploring their own inter-
                                        colleges and schools within         complete resume, an over-                                           from the district overall.        ests, abilities and skills as
  She has accepted a position           the state or somewhere else         view of highlights from
at Airport High School teach-                                                                                   Counselors are able to                                            they gain understanding
                                        in the United States. They          several years, following          use the site to pull up in-         “This new program is one        about the world beyond
ing geometry and algebra.               can check out how the job           them from middle school
She also coaches the fresh-                                                                                   formation about individual        more tool that we are using       high school,” said Ms. Bree.
                                        market looks from state             through high school,” said        students to use in specific       to support our students in
man volleyball team.




Restaurant invites                                     Statewide engineers’ group                               Ida, MCISD receive DTE Energy                                  Monroe school board
Pasta Tales from the young                             offers 36 scholarships                                   grants to help improve math                                    to host town meeting
  Olive Garden asks “What is your fa-                                                                             Ida Public Schools and the Monroe County
vorite family activity and what makes                    The Michigan Society of Professional                   Intermediate School District have received                       The Monroe Public Schools
it so special?” as the theme for their                 Engineers (MSPE) is offering 36                          grants totaling $33,000 to improve math skills                 Board of Education will host
12th annual Pasta Tales essay contest                  scholarships to high school seniors who                  among middle school students in a program                      a town meeting for parents at
that began this week.                                  plan to study engineering in college.                    funded by DTE Energy Foundation in a new                       6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Cantrick
  Students in first- through 12th grades                 Applicants must be citizens of the                     competitive Math Enrichment Grant Program.                     Learning Center auditorium
could win a $2,500 savings bond.                       U.S. and full-time Michigan residents.                     Ida Public Schools will receive $10,000 for                  at 1008 Riverview Ave.
  Entries must be submitted online                     A minimum grade point average of 3.0                     a project designed to strengthen math skills                     The focus of the meeting is
or postmarked by Nov. 30. Judging is                   on a 4.0 scale is required from grades 10                using a wireless hand-held response system to                  to inform parents of the lat-
                     ,
based on creativity theme, organiza-                   and 11. An ACT score of 26 is required.                  help teachers quickly evaluate student com-                    est technology in the district.
tion, grammar, punctuation and spell-                  The scholarships are based on merit, not                 prehension.
ing.                                                   financial need.                                            The MCISD will receive $23,000 for profes-                     Technology staff will pres-
  More information is available at                       Deadline for entry is Jan 14. More infor-              sional development helping teachers incorpo-                   ent the new district webpage
www.olivegarden.com/company/com-                       mation is available at www.michiganspe.                  rate technology iinto geometry and measure-                    with a new portal named
munity/pasta_tales.asp.                                org.                                                     ment instruction.                                              “Home Access Center.”



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         Friday, oct. 5             Saturday, oct. 6               sunday, oct. 7                Monday, oct. 8               Tuesday, oct. 9            Wednesday, oct. 10               Thursday, oct. 11
  Buy it cheap: SMCC           Parading: HHS band in         Procession: St. Mary           Tests: Airport, Huron       Meetings: Sterling, Eyler    special day: Sterling         special delivery: Miller
  rummage sale, 9 a.m. to 4    Applefest parade.             holds a rosary procession,     MEAP tests begin.           and Niedermeier PTOs,        Bank Day                      fund-raiser delivery.
  p.m., also Saturday.         so dramatic: St. Anthony      1:30 p.m.                      Meeting: Huron Athletic     6:30 p.m.; Brown PTO, 9      Mass: SMCC homecom-
  haunted Forest: Set          drama on St. Augustine,       Blessing of Pets: St.          Boosters, 7 p.m..           a.m.; Miller PTO, 6 p.m.;    ing Mass, 10 a.m.
  for Sterling Elementary      7 p.m.                        Anthony, 2 p.m.                                            SMCC Athletic Boosters,
  woods, also Saturday.                                      Paper: St. Anthony paper                                   6 p.m.
                                                             drive.
The Monroe Evening News                                                                       Thursday, October 4, 2007                                                                                                                        7B

      homecoming
        R oya lt y
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Play not suitable
                                                                            Showing off their project                                                                                                    for kids, official says
                                                                                                                                                                                                           MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It
                                                                                                                                                                                                         was supposed to be a two-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         hour Shakespearean comedy
                                                                                                                                                                                                         show attended by 700 sixth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         through 12th-graders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           But it was not to be.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           About 40 minutes into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         touring company’s perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         mance of “The Complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Works of William Shake-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         speare (Abridged),” a Higley
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Unified School District offi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         cial halted the show Monday   .
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “We stopped the show be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         cause we feel that this was
                                                                                                                                                                                                         inappropriate,” said Tara
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kissane, the district’s direc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tor of visual and perform-
Senior Joe Koszykowski was                                                                                                                                                                               ing arts. She declined to give
crowned Huron High School                                                                                                                                                                                specifics but said “there was
homecoming king Friday. He                                                                                                                                                                               inappropriate language and
is the son of Ray and Barb Ko-                                                                                                                                                                           the content was very sugges-
szykowski of New Boston.                                                                                                                                                                                 tive.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I just thought it was over
                                                                                                                                                                                                         some of our kids’ heads and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         it wasn’t appropriate for our
                                                                                                                                                                                                         kids,” Kissane said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s a matter of interpreta-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion, but they’re surely not
                                                                                                                                                                                                         seeing anything on that stage
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that they’re not seeing on
                                                                                                                                                                                                         television,” Paul Bartz, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                                                                                                         producer, said Tuesday “You
                                                                                                                                                                                                         might liken it to a ‘Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Night Live’ sketch on Shake-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         speare.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bartz said his own middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                         school-aged children saw
                                                                                                                                                                        – Courtesy photo                 a video of the original off-
                                       A group of Monroe Road Elementary students went to Lansing recently to show State Rep. Kathy Angerer, D-Dundee, a collabora-                                      Broadway production in
                                                                                                                                                                                                         class, and as a parent he had
                                       tion project they were working on with a school in Columbia. Teacher Cheryl Lykowski and her counterpart in South America hold                                    no problem with it.
                                       regular chats and are working with the fifth-grade classrooms in the two countries. For the project, Global Explorers, the students
Amy Dickinson, a senior, was                                                                                                                                                                               The play is a comedy com-
                                       are exchanging podcasts. “it’s been a fantastic experience,” Mrs. Lykowski said. Pictured with Rep. Angerer (from left) are Marley                                pilation of all William Shake-
crowned Huron High School              Brereton, Taylor Potrzebowski, Wesley Gensler, Grant Harper and Mrs. Lykowski.                                                                                    speare’s works.
homecoming queen at Friday’s
game. She is the daughter of
Patty Sparks of New Boston. The
school for Mr. Koszykowski and
Miss Dickinson was misidentified
in photo captions in Saturday’s
Monroe Evening News.                 Parents seek support in specialized playgroups
                                     By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON                                                                                         t i p s f o R sta Rt i n g                         Center in San Diego help
                                     For The Associated Press                                                                                          a gRoup                                            new moms and dads make
         g R a d u at e                                                                                                                                                                                   friends, says organizer
                                       When Anna Dasbach’s                                                                                                n Use the Internet to find and                  Judy Nemzer. Initially, they
                                     daughter was a toddler, she                                                                                       connect with local people. For                     bond over questions like
                                     joined a playgroup for chil-                                                                                                                                         breast-feeding, teething and
                                     dren adopted from China                                                                                           example, www.meetup.com
                                                                                                                                                       connects people with common                        childrearing. Eventually,
                                     because she wanted AnMei                                                                                                                                             members start socializing
                                     to meet other girls from her                                                                                      interests.                                         with their spouses.
                                     homeland. The other moms                                                                                             n Find places where parents                       “There’s a lot of getting
                                     became a great support to                                                                                         in a similar situation might go.                   together with the dads,”
                                     Dasbach, too, as the Santa
                                                                                                                                                       Hang fliers at the pediatrician’s                  Nemzer says.
                                     Cruz, Calif., mom navigated
                                     life as an adoptive mother.                                                                                       office, gym or health food store.                    For Shauna Herman, of
                                                                                                                                                       Advertise in church bulletins or                   Post Falls, Idaho, her 2-year-
                                       She remembers talking
                                                                                                                                                       newsletters. Attend events at the                  old son’s get-togethers with
                                     with them about sleepless
                                                                                                                                                       park or library that are focused                   other children with food
                                     nights and stares from
                                                                                                                                                                                                          allergies allow her to relax
                                     strangers.                                                                                                        on your interests.                                 with friends. As a parent of
                                       “It was a help to know that                                                                                        n E-mail members of your                        a child with life-threaten-
                                     other families were going                                                    — AP photo by StePhAnie OberlAnder
                                                                                                                                                       neighborhood association,                          ing food allergies, she must
                                     through it,” says Dasbach,          RaeAnna Casady (rear left) of Virginia Beach, Va., chats with Mag-                                                               be vigilant about potential
                                                                                                                                                       professional list serve or wine
                                     47, who still arranges play         gie Abernathy of Norfolk, Va., as Casady’s son, Carter, 2, (front left)                                                          dangers.
                                     dates for 5-year-old AnMei                                                                                        club seeking potential playgroup
                                                                         and Abernathy’s son, Anthony Hill, 2, play together as part of a              members.                                             “We all seem to take the
                                     with other Chinese girls.           working mother’s playgroup.                                                                                                      same precautions,” she
DARiN J. MEiSNER                       Playgroups, long a loose                                                                                                                                           says.
                                     fellowship of stay-at-home
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The women pack safe
Eastern Michigan                     moms, are becoming more
                                     specialized as parents with
                                                                         board,” says Jonathan Po-
                                                                         chyly, a child psychologist at
                                                                                                             than a playgroup,” the Vir-
                                                                                                             ginia Beach, Va., resident
                                                                                                                                                       someone because her kid is
                                                                                                                                                       my kid’s friend.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          snacks and wipe down the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tables at the park before
University                           particular interests look for
                                     friends and support.
                                                                         Children’s Memorial Hospi-
                                                                         tal in Chicago. “It is helpful
                                                                                                             says. “I wanted to get ‘mom
                                                                                                             friends’ more than friends
                                                                                                                                                         It’s natural for moms to
                                                                                                                                                       look for other women with
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the children eat. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                          swap advice about eating
                                       Relationships and play            to know you’re not the only         for the kids.”                            similar beliefs and experi-                        in restaurants, explaining
  Darin J. Meisner graduated         dates are forming on the                                                                                          ences, says Karen Deerwest-
in April with a bachelor of                                              person who struggled with             The group, which has                                                                       allergies to their children
                                     basis of food allergies, reli-      this.”                              gone to the zoo, the beach                er, a parent educator and                          and preventing allergic
science degree in technology         gious beliefs and parenting                                                                                       early childhood specialist in
management from Eastern                                                    Jeannette Zell started            and a farm, recently held its                                                                reactions.
                                     styles.                             a playgroup for working             first moms night out. The                 Pompano Beach, Fla.
Michigan University Ypsi-
                      ,                                                                                                                                                                                     Herman’s son, Rylee, is
lanti.                                 The Internet has helped           mothers because she needed          women met at a restaurant                   “People are looking for                          allergic to milk, nuts, eggs
                                     facilitate niche playgroups.        weekend play dates for her          without their children.                   relationships that are com-                        and other foods. She’s over-
  His major was in geograph-         Many groups develop Web                                                                                           fortable and nurturing for
ic information systems.                                                  children, 4-month-old Dylan           “It’s fun to meet someone                                                                  heard older boys talking
                                     sites to promote themselves         and 18-month-old Austin.            where you can talk about                  the whole family — not just                        about their allergies.
  He is the son of Dan and           and their events, and use e-        But she also wanted to                                                        the children,” she says.
Alison Meisner of Temper-                                                                                    something other than your                                                                      “The kids feel (the stress)
                                     mail to share information.          mingle with other moms              kids,” the 39-year-old says.                The Shalom Baby play-
ance and a 2001 graduate of                                                                                                                                                                               as much as the parents,” she
                                       “Some parents benefit             who juggle kids and jobs.           “I wouldn’t really under-                 groups at the Lawrence                             says. “It’s important for the
Mason High School, Erie.             from having a sounding                                                                                            Family Jewish Community
                                                                           “I wanted it to be more           stand just hanging out with                                                                  kids to have that outlet.”



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