Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 7, 2010

Education in Brief: 12/07/2010


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Students can make PSAs for contest

GRAND RAPIDS — The early deadline for a film festival for students is Jan. 14.

Registration for the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival is $5; from Jan. 15-Feb. 11, registration is $10. More than $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Contestants should submit a 30-second public service announcement "promoting positive choices in character education, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity."

For more information, go to

CHS hosts Super Science Saturday

Traverse City — Traverse City Central High School will host an open house for families to explore science-related themes through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

"Super Science Saturday" will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Central High School cafeteria, 1150 Milliken Dr. Highlights include making art with a giant pendulum or a giant spiral graph, driving an underwater robot, creating an animated video, making slime and more. Participants also can see a magic show, view science videos and shop at the Super Science Toy Store.

A suggested donation of $5 per person of $20 per family will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Central High School Robotics Team.

WSH Choir stages Madrigal 'Feaste'

Traverse City — The West Senior High School Choir invites the community to its Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste.

The royal holiday banquet as it might have occurred in Renaissance England in the 16th Century will be hosted at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 10-12, in the WSH Commons, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. It will include entertainment, seasonal music and a six-course meal featuring Cornish game hen.

The event is one of two annual fundraisers that contribute to the EuroChorale, the school's internationally renowned touring choir.Tickets are $30 per person. Call the WSH box office, 933-7509.

Dancers perform 'Hansel and Gretel'

TRAVERSE CITY — "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented at the Traverse City Central High School Auditorium Thursday, Dec. 16.

The fairy tale will be performed by dancers from Ballet Etc., accompanied by the TC Central Philharmonic Orchestra.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the TC Central box office, 933-3573, or e-mail Ticket price is by donation. The school is located at 1150 Milliken Dr.

TC debaters compete in Illinois

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central Debate Team recently competed at one of the largest debate competitions in the country.

The 30th annual Glenbrooks (Ill.) Speech and Debate Tournament featured 2,000 competitors from 235 schools in 35 states. The three-day tournament was held Nov. 19-22.

Hanna Casperson and Clara Trippe, both Central debaters, advanced to the quarterfinal round, making them one of the top novice teams in the country. Hanna received the Speaker #7 award; Clara received the Speaker #5 award.

For more information about the Central debate team, call coach Carol Roehrich, 933-3518.

Pathfinder arts and craft show Saturday

TRAVERSE CITY — An arts and craft show will be held at The Pathfinder School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

The show will feature homemade arts and crafts including stained glass, wearable art, beach glass jewelry, felted wool items, homemade soup mixes, maple syrup, wooden chests and more.

Lunch, popcorn, cookies and gift-wrapping services will be available.

The school is located at 11930 S. West Bay Shore Drive; the show will be in the gym. For more information, call 995-3800.

St. Mary concerts are this week

LAKE LEELANAU — St. Mary School will host a middle school and high school band and choral concert tonight, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

The concert will be held in the school's gymnasium.

The Elementary Christmas Concert, featuring students in preschool through fifth grade, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, also in the gymnasium.

For more information, call 256-9670, ext. 503.

Registration under way at NMC

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration for community and continuing education classes at Northwestern Michigan College is under way.

The college offers more than 250 classes on topics ranging from computers to fitness, business to art. There will be a Festival of Foods in February, Health and Fitness Day in March and LIFE Academy classes for people 55 and older.

Classes begin continuously, December through March. To receive a schedule, call 995-1700, or go to

Earthworks musicians perform

KALKASKA — Earthworks Music Collective musicians will perform at the Kalkaska High School Auditorium Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The concert is part of the SEEDS After-School program and will feature Rachael Davis, Dominic John Davis of Steppin' In It, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine and Luke Winslow-King.

Admission is $5. There will be fresh-baked brick oven pizzas for sale. The concert is scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m.; for more information, call 357-6896.

Students collecting coins for Ethiopia

TRAVERSE CITY — Students at TCAPS' Montessori at Glenn Loomis are collecting coins to help the Run Across Ethiopia.

The drive will last through Dec. 20. The students are collecting coins in their recycled milk cartons. They're hoping to raise at least part of the $1,000 it takes to feed schoolchildren in Ethiopia for a year.

Several local runners will start running across Ethiopia, a 400-kilometer, 12-day journey, on Jan. 8. The fundraising goal for the group is $100,000 to build new schools.

Donations can be made at TCAPS' Montessori at Glenn Loomis's front office. Call Jen Tank, 995-0829, for more information, or go to