Happiest of Holidays: December recap

The last two weeks have been filled with holiday merriment in our schools, far reaching into the community.
 We Are Ypsi is a collaborative effort between YCS and Eastern Michigan University working hard to bring arts and culture into our children’s lives. Openings with visual art, music, dance, performance and more are held at Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti with a monthly theme. The most recent one highlighted Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA) Family Night.

Daniel and Wroxy (below) are students at New Tech that have participated in Bright Futures, the after-school enrichment program, in the photography club. With hard work and exceptional understanding of lighting, they’ve been “promoted” to teachers for the middle schoolers at WIMA. Congrats and Great Job, Daniel and Wroxy!

There will be more We Are Ypsi events through the school year and we’ll share that schedule of events soon.

Here’s Perry Early Learning Center’s holiday concert. Truly too adorable for words!

Estabrook Learning Communitys holiday concert included percussion and recorder performances, choreographed dances and matching hats.

Our talented STEMM teacher Scott Heister was recently recognized during the Mentor2Youth’s The Magnificent Seven: An Honorary Gala for his extraordinary vision and accomplishments. Other honorees included Mary Jo Callan, Davide Rutledge, Pastor Jerry Hatter, Tom Harrison, Yvonne Dulin, and Dr. Ronald Woods. Congratulations, Mr. Heister!

And finally, the high school band, jazz band and choir wowed us last night with rousing melodies and incredible skillfulness. Jazz standards like Jump, Jive n’ Wail, holiday classics and even Star Wars made their way into the program. It was such a treat and a full house, standing room only. Thumbs up to Mr. Collins and Mr. Riccinto for a beautiful program. All the adults were so proud!

When you return from winter break, this blog will have moved to a different platform. We’re being very cognizant as a school district about how to best portray the wonderful things happening in our schools daily and we believe there’s a better way to do it, so we’re starting from scratch with a much more intuitive and glossy-looking site.

This holiday season and impending New Year is always a time of reflection. We think of the memorable moments we’ve shared with our students, the times they’ve surprised us or taught us a valuable lesson. We’re constantly striving to be better, to serve our families in more efficient, meaningful ways and we appreciate the journey you’ve been on with us this year. Thank you to all our hard-working teachers, staff and parents that contribute their time, love and passion to the greater good.
 We wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful and safe New Year! #YCSfamily

Originally published at ycschools.blogspot.com on December 23, 2015.

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