Shining a Spotlight on Alternative Learning

Mike in front of his wall of MAAP STARS.

Walking into the classroom of Mike Myers-Schleif, social studies teacher at McKinley-ALC,  you’re greeted with a bright welcoming smile. His classroom is decorated with historical figures such as Nelson Mandela. However, two walls are decorated with photos of students. One wall consists of students that have graduated and have kept in touch with him throughout … Read more






People Are Now Calling Me an Artist

Paige Philippi

McKinley-ALC Principal Al Johnson loves to tell the story of how he discovered Paige Philippi as an artist in his midst. “I’m big on holding students accountable for their actions,” Johnson begins. I’ve got about 26 or so cameras that monitor our schools, but I also have a camera that monitors our bus stop. Students, … Read more






Overhaulin’: Tech Style

Forbes cutting the front fender.

This version of “Overhaulin’” won’t be finished in the crunched time period of a one-hour episode on TV. Instead, the overhauling of a 1951 Ford truck will be done over the course of three years. Technical High School’s newly formed Auto Club will be reducing the old ’51 truck to nothing but the frame before … Read more






Making a Difference One Day at a Time

Nasro Shire

In the early morning hours at North Junior High School, you’ll find Nasro Shire sporting her blaze orange hall monitor vest. She wears it proudly while assisting and directing kids to class. Shire is the kind of student that believes in making an impact on her surroundings. “School is fun, a lot of kids don’t think so, … Read more






Kindergarten Enrollment: You May Not Be Ready, but Your Child Is

Enrolling in kindergarten.

It’s that time of year again! Parents of soon-to-be kindergartners may start biting their nails with anxiety about getting their child enrolled in kindergarten. Although walking through the door at the Welcome Center may seem nerve-wracking, parents can rest assured that the Welcome Center staff are experts! Kindergarten enrollment is under way at District 742. The staff at the … Read more