Friday, November 30, 2012
Wylie Elementary student Haila Moazami organized a "hats for the hurricane" fundraiser on Nov. 16.
While many residents along the eastern shore are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, students at Dexter Community Schools are heeding the call for assistance. Wylie Elementary School recently collected $1,000 in change from students to donate to the American Red Cross' disaster relief fund. The donation was spearheaded by third grade student Haila Moazami, who organized a "Hats for the Hurricane" fundraiser on Nov. 16 and 19. In exchange for wearing a hat to school, students contributed money to the fund. "I just really wanted to help (the hurricane victims)," Haila said. "You would want someone to help you if you were in that situation wouldn't you?" Haila's mother, Stephanie Moazami, said she was impressed with her daughter's interest…
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Dexter elementary school celebrated the 56th day of school with a special dance on Nov. 23.
Hundreds of screaming children filled the gymnasium at Wylie Elementary School to celebrate the school's 56th day of classes in grand fashion with a 1950s sock hop. Principal Mary Cooper said the sock hop was conceived three years ago as a fun way to promote health and fitness. "We're trying to keep bodies healthy because healthy bodies mean healthy minds," Cooper said.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Students in the third and fourth grades participate in a 1-mile fun run in Dexter every November.
Blustery winds and cold temperatures couldn't detour hundreds of students at Wylie Elementary School in Dexter from participating in the school's annual Turkey Trot fun run on Thursday. Now in it's 36th year, the 1-mile sprint emphasizes the importance of physical fitness and promotes health among students, Walt Keppler, physical education instructor at Wylie said. "The kids are not competing with anyone but themselves. Some kids take it seriously and want to be the first to cross the finish line. Other students are more relaxed and walk the track at their own pace," Keppler said. "It doesn't matter if you finish first or last. Everyone sets their own pace and finds what works for them." The Turkey Trot was established by former principal …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The awards honor local businesses and non-profit organizations who provide exceptional leadership in environmental protection during National Pollution Prevention Week.
DEXTER — Four environmental excellence awards were given out by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners at its Oct. 3 meeting. The awards are presented annually to businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate positive environmental management practices in three areas: waste reduction and recycling, water quality protection, and pollution prevention initiatives and compliance. This year, the overall winner for environmental excellence was the Village of Dexter. The winners were chosen by the county’s environmental health division and the office of the water resources commissioner. The award recipients in the individual categories include: • Waste Reduction and Recycling – Wylie Elementary School • Water Quality Protection – …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A Dexter swim meet was relocated to the Ann Arbor Country Club after parents reported smelling a strong odor of chlorine in the air.
Firefighters evacuated Wylie Community Pool on Saturday after a pool pump malfunctioned, releasing too much chlorine. According to Ann Arbor.com, families attending a swim meet at the school reported smelling a strong odor of chlorine about 9:15 a.m. Firefighters evacuated about 50 to 75 people, and the swim meet was moved to the Ann Arbor Country Club. Four members of the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team were called in to help secure the school and ventilate the chlorine from the air in the building. No injuries were reported.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Thirty-four girls from Wylie Elementary School helped raise money for the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund through pledges for the Girls on the Run 5K.
Dexter Relief Fund organizers received a welcomed surprise on Thursday, when 34 third and fourth grade students from Wylie Elementary School's Girls on the Run program presented a $1,623 check to help families affected by the March 15 tornado. Founded in North Carolina in 1996, Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit that teaches girls about positive reinforcement, leadership and self-esteem. And to run at their own pace to stay healthy. "It's a great program that teaches young girls that it's ok to be yourself," Dexter coach Mara Greatorex said. "We talk about bullying, gossip, peer pressure, healthy nutrition, and how to make an impact in the community." To that end, Greatorex said Girls on the Run isn’t just about training and running …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Zingerman's Roadhouse Chef Alex Young partners with fourth grade students to teach youths how to cook nutritious meals.
Hundreds of screaming children filled the cafeteria at Wylie Elementary School in Dexter to cheer on their fellow classmates Friday during an "Iron Chef: Wylie" challenge. Modeling the event after The Food Network's popular television show, Iron Chef America, the cafeteria at Wylie was transformed into a veritable "kitchen stadium." The TV show pits two chefs against each other in a culinary competition requiring the chefs to complete a four-course meal within one hour while integrating a secret ingredient predetermined by the show's host in each dish. For the elementary school competition, Zingerman's Roadhouse Chef Alex Young tweaked the setup, serving as the competition's only chef while working with three teams of fourth grade students…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Washtenaw County Sheriff is investigating the cause of the lockdown after receiving a call of 'shots fired' near the Walkabout Creek apartment complex.
Dexter Community Schools issued a lockdown for its six schools on Tuesday following a report of "shots fired" near the Walkabout Creek apartment complex off of Dan Hoey Road. The report came in at 2:45 p.m., according to Sgt. Beth Gieske, of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. According to a telephone alert issued by Superintendent Mary Marshall, building teachers reported "suspicious noises" emanating from the apartment complex, which is located near Bates and Wylie elementary schools. "There were several unidentified noises that caused us to issue a lockdown in order to give the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office time to investigate," Marshall said. "When you don't know, it's better to err on the side of locking down (the schools)." At…
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The parent-teacher organization in Dexter has become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Wylie Elementary School parent-teacher organization in Dexter has become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Established in 2003, the award was created to give recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over a one-year peiod. As a certifying organization for the award, Wylie PTT is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the awards. The volunteer hours do not need to be performed at Wylie Elementary or in the Dexter Community School District. This …