OctOber 4, 2007
Gina Ziegler, editor
The Monroe Evening News
Cool Career Cruising
g r a d u aT E s
By Gina ZieGler
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
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.”
s c h o o l c a l e n d a r / To submit an item, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Monroe Evening News Thursday, October 4, 2007 7B
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-
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-
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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