Chandler Woods staff is proud to be supporting eight-year-old Johnny Teis through their Jeans Days For A Purpose (JDFAP) during the month of February. Johnny was a Chandler Woods student—along with his brother and sister—until his family moved to Arkansas about a year ago. Shortly after moving, Johnny was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After months of treatment that kept his tumor from growing, his December MRI showed that the tumor is growing again. Johnny has been given less than six months to live, but that is not stopping his family and friends across the nation from showing him how much he is loved and supported. Staff members will be wearing special “Johnny’s Team” t-shirts with their jeans on the three Fridays of the month. They will also be taking a group photo and video to send to Johnny and his family. Friday, Feb. 4’s moral focus assembly will focus on “Johnny the Brave,” showing the students a video of the courage of one little boy who has touched our lives forever. He is Johnny the Brave—what a great model for the month of Courage. It will also be the school’s first day of JDFAP for him. On JDFAP, students and staff pay money to wear jeans and donate the cash to a cause. Friends of the Teis family have made and posted an amazing video of Johnny. Check it out online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4oqb1LE4Ks.
Last Saturday night was Rockford’s Homecoming and these local Freshman girls (all Chandler Woods graduates) decided to “Go Local.” The group of girls had a local photographer, Dusty Brown Photography of Rockford take pictures of them on a local place in Rockford and then dine at Reds on the River in downtown Rockford before going to their dance. All the girls are local girls and wanted to support the local buisness people in Rockford! Is that a little “Local” or what?
Chandler Woods Charter Academy is competing in the Science Olympiad state tournament for the first time. Over 500 high school and middle school/junior high teams competed at the Science Olympiad regional competitions during February and March, and 96 advanced to the 27th Michigan State Finals to be held Saturday, May 2 on the Michigan State University campus. The MSU campus will be host to 46 competitive events in various locations. Some events are Robo-Cross, Crave the Wave, Science Crime Busters and Forensics (CSI-type events), and a variety of events in between. Team shirts, medals and trophies are all part of the discovery hoopla. State champions and runners-up will go on to the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Augusta State University in Georgia on May 15 and 16. These young people, their coaches and teachers represent a strong dedication to science education and have worked hard all year to meet the competition of their peers and win.