Thursday, May 2, 2013
Composer Volker Blumenthaler and lyricist Alexander Gruber will visit from Germany to speak about their inspiration and hear "My Name is Anne Frank" performed in its entirety for the first time May 7 at Berkley High School.
The Berkley School District and Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills are proud to announce that the Berkley High School orchestra and choir will perform the American premiere of My Name is Anne Frank, a cantata written in commemoration of the life of Anne Frank, on May 7. Starting at 7 p.m. at the BHS Auditorium located at 2325 Catalpa, the performance is the world premiere of the composer Volker Blumenthaler's complete and original orchestration. The program features solos by Hazzan Daniel Gross (of Adat Shalom Synagogue) and Cantor Penny Steyer (of Temple Shir Shalom). [Read: BHS to Present U.S. Premiere of Cantata Based Anne Frank's Life] This is a big moment for music education in the state of Michigan. …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"I'm ready to play. I'm ready to compete with others – bigger, badder people out there. I'm just ready to take 'em down one by one," says the senior, who signed Monday as a corner back with the Division III school.
Berkley High School varsity football player Adam Kopitz on Monday signed his National Letter of Intent to play with Concordia University Chicago. The senior will play corner back for the Division III school under coach Randy Awrey and said he plans to study sports management. [Stay tuned to Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch to find out which other Berkley High School athletes signed a National Letter of Intent!] "My journey? Just thinking I wouldn't be able to play college football because of size demeanor and everything ... Now, I just feel on top of the world," Kopitz said. "I'm ready to play. I'm ready to compete with others – bigger, badder people out there. I'm just ready to take 'em down one by one." Kopitz said he has played football …
The Destination Imagination team from Pattengill Elementary was recognized for its “reBoot Detroit" project.
Pattengill Elementary School's Destination Imagination team recently took sixth place at the Destination Imagination State Finals competition. The team qualified for the state tournament - which took place on April 20 - after placing first in their regional tournament, according to the school district's most recent newsletter. Destination Imagination is an extracurricular activity in which students work in teams to develop creative solutions to complex challenges, according to the Michigan Creativity Association. Teams present solutions at sanctioned tournaments, where they display creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork skills that they have developed as a team. Pattengill team members include: Through their "reBoot Detroit" project, …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Find out which buildings were recognized Wednesday morning during a ceremony at the Oakland Schools campus in Waterford.
Five schools in the Berkley School District were among 173 throughout Oakland County recognized Wednesday for earning the Michigan Green School designation. Representatives from the schools gathered Wednesday morning at Oakland Schools in Waterford to receive an official Michigan Green School flag and a certificate signed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie L. Markavitch. Schools must complete at least 10 of 20 "green" activities to earn the designation. Activities range from paper recycling to garden projects to the use of renewable energy. Schools that complete more than 10 activities may be eligible for "Emerald" or "Evergreen" status. The top Michigan Green Schools in Oakland County…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Reproductions of five masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be displayed this summer throughout the city.
Reproductions of five artworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be displayed this summer throughout Huntington Woods as part of the fourth annual Inside|Out program. The city is among 25 Metro area communities, including Berkley, that will feature Inside|Out outdoor art installations this year. [Stay tuned to find out which artworks and locations have been chosen for the Inside|Out exhibit in Berkley!] Huntington Woods Public Library Director Anne Hage, who applied for the program on behalf of the city, said the DIA has approved the following installation sites and works of art. "The installation dates are not confirmed, but the works go up the last two weeks of June, with the goal of having everything up by July Fourth" Hage said. …
Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch says she is troubled by education budgets coming out of Lansing.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Guest blogger Susan Knoppow of Wow Writing Workshop shares her wisdom with students who have received the news they didn't get into the school of their choice.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The school came in at No. 9 in Michigan on The Washington Post's 2013 list.
The Washington Post recently ranked Berkley High School at No. 9 in Michigan on its 2013 America's Most Challenging High Schools list. The school's state ranking was up from No. 21 in 2012 and No. 13 in 2011. Nationally, Berkley High School ranked at No. 954, up from 1,448 in 2012 and 1,072 in 2011. "America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year," The Washington Post says. The ranking included the following statistics about Berkley High School. "We're pleased to be ranked among the …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
If you missed the show, find out when the Berkley School District's middle and high school bands will perform this spring.
Friday, April 12, 2013
College acceptance letters are in – tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Berkley seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college, starting a new job or becoming an empty nester, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here, too. Just click "Upload Photos and Videos." Congratulations, Class of 2013!