The Dragon Newsletter

May 2016

Message from Mr. Adams about Summer Learning Opportunities

Clarkston Elementary families,

Many parents often ask me what their kids can do over the summer to further their learning. Therefore, I asked Phyllis Ness (our District Reading Specialist) to come up with a list of potential summer learning opportunities.

Phyllis provided me with the following information that might help point parents in the right direction. Please note that this is not a complete list of summer opportunities. We can only endorse the camps that are run through our community education program, so any other camps that are listed come strictly from word of mouth from other parents and/or educators.


Brian Adams

Are you looking for fun, educational experiences for your son or daughter while school is out?

Here's a list of Summer Camps and learning opportunities offered throughout Oakland County for young Readers, Writers, Mathematicians, Scientists, Explorers, Dancers, etc.

To access additional information, please click on the links below:


For Young Students (Children entering grades 1-3)

For Older Students (Children entering grades 4-8)


For Young Students (Children entering grades 1-3)

For Older Students (Children entering grades 4-8)

Science/Engineering/Computer Literacy

The Arts (Theater, Music, Dance, etc.)

Celebration of Learning was a FANTASTIC success! Thank you for joining us!

What an AWESOME day we had! Thank you for taking the time to allow the staff and students of CE to share our story of learning with you. It was great watching families ‘press pause’ on busy lives to connect by eating together, creating a mission statement and playing on the playground. Thank you to the PTO for the yummy Kona Ice and the inspirational speaker, Brett Eastburn.

If you still need a frame for your family mission statement, please stop by the office to pick yours up.

Staff Appreciation Week - Thank YOU

Staff appreciation week was May 2 - 6. The Clarkston Elementary staff certainly felt appreciated all week by the kind words and presentation by our CE Dragons. Take a look in the lobby and see all of the emotional bank account deposits to EVERY staff member. Amazing. The yummy treats and breakfast helped to get us through this busy time of year. Thank you for all the efforts of the family donations and the PTO!

CE Youth CAYA recognition award

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) held their annual Youth Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The purpose of this event is to recognize youth who have made contributions to the Clarkston Community in volunteerism, behavior, academic efforts/improvements, and/or citizenship without compensation. This event helps generate a culture that prides itself with contributing and giving back to the community while creating positive behaviors that become natural for students. CAYA has seen wonderful and spectacular acts of kindness in Clarkston students. For this award, students had to be nominated by staff of CCS or an adult who resides within the Clarkston School District. An application was submitted on each individual student indicating specific reasons for their nomination.

This year, Clarkston Elementary is very proud to announce eight students who were nominated for this award. Congratulations to:

Brett Busyn

Cameron Colley

Marin Donnelly

Taylor Henwood

Keira Moore

Drew Olafsson

Brady Vogt

Bellalise Wertz

(Not pictured was Keira Moore & Taylor Henwood)

Sparkle Award

A Sparkle Award recognizes individuals and/or group who support students with IEP's in Clarkston Community Schools. This person or group shows extraordinary service to our students with IEP's. Every nominee is recognized and receives an award at the Special Education Appreciation Evening Ceremony. CE award recipients are Gwen Stewart, Evelyn Wright, Alleena Meeks, Stephanie Commyn, Libby Vargo, Nancy Collins, Becky Newcomb, Megan Pambid and Erin Murray. Thank you for going above and beyond and helping make CE a better place!

Art Show

Each year art teachers chose student"s artwork to be on display at the Board Office. This artwork is on display over a period of time for people to see, with a reception that was held on Thursday, April 21. Congratulation to the following students for having their artwork chosen! Lucy Dubeck, Calista Moore, Reece Maras, Maddix Davila, Elly Ryan, Carsey Collins, Nora Miller, Anna Reineck, David Dubeck, Hayden Williamson, Graham Goodrich, Carly Anderson, Mark Kluska, Caleb Roy, Izzy Giampetroni, Ryan Bushroe, Jack Goodrich, Avery Pummill, Jessica Martin, Mallory White, Brycen Lefief, Parker Hall, Noah Brown, Lucy Mengyan, Emily Ryskamp, Helen McCullough, Jonah Ellis, Bella Brykailo.

Volunteer Appreciation Gathering

Do you volunteer in a classroom? Do you help out with Festival Day, Field Day, parties, dances, field trips or anything else at CE? The staff would like to say "Thank you" for all you do! Please join us on Thursday, May 19 from 6 - 7 pm in the cafe. Please RSVP to the office and babysitting will be provided. 248-623-5100

From the Kitchen

The end of the year is approaching fast. Please remember that all Lunch Accounts must in the positive or have a zero balance by the end of the year. All positive balances will transfer with your student. If you are purchasing a hot lunch please keep in mind that you are not allowed to go negative. You can check your students account at .

Calendar of Events

6 Celebration of Learning Day

2-5 Staff Appreciation Week

12 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser Night

18 Late Start 9:05 am

19 Volunteer Appreciation Gathering 6:00 pm

19 PTO General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm

27 Developmental Day - NO SCHOOL

30 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.