Elena Cousino is a journalism major with a broadcast minor at Michigan State University. Her journalistic interests include investigative reporting, community profiles and political reporting. In addition to the Spartan Newsroom, her work can also be found in ASMSU's The Red Cedar Log, the official yearbook of Michigan State University. She hopes to work at a broadcasting platform that values the community and strives to create accurate and meaningful news.
St. Clair County Schools are following a program set in place last month by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called MI Safer Sports Testing, which states students between the ages of 13 and 19 must be tested for the coronavirus weekly to participate in their sport or extracurricular activities, like theater. The testing protocol started April 2.
ST. CLAIR, Mich. – Spencer Hack’s brain went into autopilot as he swam the 100-meter breaststroke on March 13 in the Blue Division meet. When he surfaced at the edge of the pool, he looked up at his time, 1:03.39. He had beaten the St.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – Jason Perrin and Lesley Stauffer, teachers in the East China School District, proposed a new virtual academy for next fall. The program, called the East China Virtual Academy, will be open to K-12 students and will allow users to diversify their schedules based on their own learning needs.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – Deborah Kaufman, a 66-year-old retired resident of St. Clair County, patiently waited in the Kroger pharmacy in early March to receive her first vaccination shot for COVID-19. After a 15-minute wait, she was led into a small private room and given the shot.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – The Young Fives students at Pine River Elementary School, taught by Jodie Guzowski, are known as the Zipper Club.
Following their teacher’s example and learning how to be more independent, the students are now able to zip up their coats by themselves. The Young Fives program does more than just teach children how to zip their coats, according to Pine River Elementary Principal Rachel Card. This first-year program prepares students for kindergarten and allows them to learn basic skills, like the alphabet, writing, reading and counting through hands-on activities and playing.
“Some of the things that we were focused on are developing their independence, building their self-esteem, giving them experiences in problem-solving, both academically and in social situations,” Card said. “There’s also a lot of practice in fine and gross motor skills throughout the day.
The St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency recently installed 24-hour hotspots in school parking lots for students, faculty and staff to use for free. The wireless hotspots allow individuals to drive up in their cars and access the internet with their school credentials.