ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts

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In March, 2011 you get just one shot at the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). One of the MME components is the ACT Plus Writing Test. During the test you have 30 minutes to read a question, think, and then organize and write a short essay. Intimidating? Yes, but Kaplan instructors will provide you a road map for getting ready to write a dynamic response.

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips | Wednesday, January 12 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch | Grades 9-12

Thinkfinity.org: Free Online Resources for Educators

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Who develops the resources?

Led by Verizon, Thinkfinity brings together a diverse group of content partners, including ARTSEDGE of the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, EconEdLink from the Council for Economic Education, Illuminations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Literacy Network from the National Center for Family Literacy and ProLiteracy.

These participants contribute lesson plans, games, interactive activities, and skill-building activities for collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical-thinking for Pre-K through adult learners. These resources are aligned to state and national standards.

In Michigan, the Thinkfinity State Education partner is the Michigan Department of Education.

What resources are available?

Straight Talk About Sending Your Kid to College

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Need Funding for College?

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Want a college education but don’t know how you’ll pay for it? Get the funding scoop from University of Michigan Foundation and Grants Librarian Karen Downing and colleague, Jennifer Bonnet. They will show you how to develop a strategy and introduce a variety of Web resources and several key Internet tools, including the Foundation Center and the Foundation Directory Online.

Find Funding for a College Education | Wednesday, October 20 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Pittsfield

AADL's College Night

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Finding the right college and getting admitted is easily a multi-year project for teens and their parents. Make the process easier by listening to advice from some local experts. College application experts John Boshoven, Community High’s premier college prep counselor, and Debbie Merion, founder of Essay Coaching will be joined by performance coach Geraldine Markel at this event for parents and teens. Seating will be limited, so arrive early.

College Night | Tuesday, September 28 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room| Grade 9-Adult

Literacy Series -- Nature Literacy

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Naturalistic Intelligence is the most recently identified of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. A rather under-appreciated form of intelligence in our technological modern world, Naturalistic Intelligence consists of the ability to recognize patterns, relationships and categories in nature, essentially, the ability to “read” nature and be “nature literate.”

Today, we tend to live farther and farther from nature, although research suggests that access to nature, and even dirt itself may be vital to human health and happiness. Few would argue that nature is essential to human survival -- and we need nature literate people to give us more balanced ways of living on earth.

So what can you do to foster nature literacy? Here are some easy (and fun!) suggestions:

1. Visit a natural history museum: U of M’s Exhibit Museum of Natural History is a great local resource – and guess what? We have a Museum Adventure Pass!

2. Go on a nature walk: Ann Arbor has many excellent parks available for this purpose – Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum for example. And look! We have a Museum Adventure Pass for them. Also, if you act fast, you can take a hike at Greenview Park with us on September 13th.

3. Feed the birds: What better way to observe wildlife than in the comfort of your own backyard? Check out The Bird Lover's Ultimate How-To Guide for some bird feeding and watching tips. To see more birds, and other types of wildlife, too, check out the Howell Nature Center. Oh yeah, and we have a Museum Adventure Pass for them, too.

4. Read about famous naturalists: Like Jane Goodall, George Washington Carver, Rachel Carson, John Muir and Charles Darwin, to name a few.

5. Explore nature yourself!
Try these books for tips:
Hands on Nature
Sharing Nature With Children
Teaching Kids to Love the Earth

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

A library card is one of the most important cards you can carry in your wallet and September is the month to celebrate it! The library offers a multitude of educational, fun, and interesting resources and is filled with staff who are eager and willing to help you use them. Never had a library card? Has it been a while since you've last visited us? That's ok! There's always time to come in and discover all that we have to offer. Do you already have a library card? Take some time to see just what is possible here and you may learn something new.

So, just what can you do with an AADL library card?

*Check out some art. Are you only living in town for a short period of time and don't want to constantly move your favorite pieces of art? Or simply can't make up your mind about the decor in your living room? The AADL has a large selection of art prints available for check-out to bring a little life to your home.

*Start a book club. The library offers Book Clubs to Go, which include 10 copies of a selected book and author information, discussion questions, and tips for starting a book club.

*Can't find the book you want at the AADL? You can request an inter-library loan and if another library in Michigan (or even in another state!) has the book available for request, we will bring it to the AADL for you to borrow.

*Want to know how much energy one of your appliances is using? We have energy meters available for check out!

*If English isn't your first language or you want to immerse yourself in a foreign language, check out our large selection of world language offerings.

*You can visit local museums by checking out a Museum Adventure Pass.

*You can also check out a book, a CD, a DVD, or Blu-Ray.

Interested in getting a library card? Just bring in a photo ID, proof of residence, and desire to learn and have fun to any one of our locations.

If you are not eligible for a card, you still have access to our free wireless, public internet stations, all of our events, and computer classes. And, as always, please feel free to speak to any library employee you see or call (734) 327-4200 if you have any questions about what the library can do for you.

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Extended ESL Class Registration

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Education has extended registration for ESL classes. Enrollments will be accepted through Monday, August 30th. Students must be 19 years old and have a passport with a visa, a green card or a Social Security card. ESL classes start Tuesday, Sept. 7, and run every weekday, Monday through Friday. There are no night ESL classes. You do not have to live in the Ann Arbor Public Schools district to take classes. Those interested in registration should call 997-1250 or visit the AAPS ESL website.

Back to Schools

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If you're wondering what going back to school looked like around here decades ago, here's the original Ann Arbor High School, circa 1894; its ruins (from a fire), 1904; and the "new" Ann Arbor High School, rebuilt in 1907.

There's also the old Fourth Ward School, built in 1867 on Division St, which was replaced by the building that eventually became Community High School. And here are the students at the Fifth Ward school, c. 1880.

There's also the old University School of Music from 1894...and the Di Gregorio Driving School in 1974.

Registration for fall GED and ESL classes

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Registration for the Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Education programs, including GED preparation and English as a Second Language classes, is taking place in the weeks before school begins.

Those interested in Adult Education classes do not have to live in the Ann Arbor Public Schools district to take classes. Registration takes place in Room 206 at Stone High School.

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