The University Liggett School Board of Trustees has confirmed the appointment of Bart Bronk as Liggett’s next Head of School. The announcement follows a six-month national search that culminated with the unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
Tennessee Williams is one of America’s greatest playwrights, and University Liggett School’s nationally acclaimed Liggett Players will perform one of his greatest works, A Streetcar Named Desire, Nov. 2-5.
The Grosse Pointe Woods City Council on Monday unanimously approved a site permit for the construction of the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center building, paving the way for the project to begin as early as this week.
University Liggett School juniors spent the first week of school giving back to the community, developing their leadership skills and working as part of a team at both Cass Community Social Services and Gleaners Food Bank
Two of Michigan’s most storied high school baseball teams will play against each other at Comerica Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in a special game to benefit the Michigan Veterans Foundation and American Heart Association.
Head of School Joseph P. Healey has announced his retirement from University Liggett School, ending an extraordinary 10-year tenure in which he transformed the school’s curriculum, unified two campuses, began an ambitious athletic construction effort, launched an all-school strings program and expanded the school’s regional footprint with the creation of the prestigious Liggett Merit Scholars program.
Retired Rear Adm. Stanley W. Bryant, a 1964 graduate of Grosse Pointe University School, one of of University Liggett School’s predecessor schools, will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award during the school’s Alumni Weekend in May.
Drs. Fikry and Mona Ibrahim, the parents of Tarik Ibrahim M.S., M.D., a 1999 Liggett alumnus, have made a philanthropic contribution to the school’s Sure Foundations fundraising campaign by naming the Upper School Commons after him. This gift honors Tarik by commemorating him and keeping his legacy alive.
During their study of ancient and medieval cultures, students often wonder: “How we know what we know about the past?” Liggett’s sixth-grade archeology dig – an annual tradition for more than 40 years – is a hands-on way to answer that question.
University Liggett School will celebrate the passions and discoveries of its seniors who will present their Academic Research Projects to the public during a three-day Celebration of Research event May 24-26.
University Liggett School will kick off Alumni Weekend with an all-new Golden Knights dinner on Thursday, May 12, and will continue the festivities through Saturday, May 14, with the alumni and friends cocktail reception where alumnus Richard Baron ’60 GPUS will receive the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
University Liggett School will publicly kick off its $50 million Sure Foundations fundraising campaign on Saturday, May 14, on the school’s new athletic fields. During the event, Liggett will honor longtime Coach Muriel E. Brock by naming the girls’ lacrosse and field hockey field in her honor.
University Liggett School’s Perspective magazine won five awards – including two first-place awards -- from the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter during the organization’s annual awards dinner on April 12.
Shelli Elmer was committed to making University Liggett School a better place through her volunteer efforts. For many years, Elmer volunteered at school events such as Homecoming and the Upper School Treasure Hunt, and she worked hard to support the school’s Spring Raffle and Liggett Knight. Her efforts were very much appreciated, and she held leadership roles with the school’s parent associations.
Liggett ninth-grader Bea Bernard never set out to be a champion rower. She certainly never planned to hold three World Records in rowing. In fact, not that long ago, she really didn’t have an interest in rowing at all. She is set to defend her records at this year’s World Indoor Rowing Championships, also known as the CRASH Bs in rowing, on Feb. 27-28 at Boston University.
It’s less than a month until Liggett’s Middle School conferences, and there is a lot to do: Evaluations. Reflections. Presentations and plans for improvement. Only it’s not the teachers doing most of this work – it’s the students.
There was a purple bug in the kindergarten class, and the students couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. The hand washing and hygiene lesson, led by Liggett school nurse Erika Dodd, is part of a new Health World Education program at the school.
Liggett’s first-ever Empty Bowls event on Thursday, Feb. 11, will benefit the homeless through the sale of student-made ceramic bowls that will be filled with soup. The event, open to the public, also will include an art gallery show and music performance.
A semester of independent scholarly research on World War I will come to life on Thursday, Jan. 21, when students in Liggett’s 11th- and 12th-grade World War I class will host a public exhibition to demonstrate their understanding of the war.
Political cartoons are snapshots of history. They are parodies, of course—caricatures of individuals and the situations into which they are placed—but they’re also important sources for studying American history as the cartoons depict insights and attitudes about the time. Liggett parent Trudy Hung donated a collection of political cartoons created by her grandfather, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Carey Orr, so they can be used in Liggett’s American history classes. They include six Tiny Tribune cartoons from 1917-1919 and 21 political cartoons from other national newspapers spanning 1917 through 1961.
Inspired by the success of the Erie Canal, Michigan Gov. Stevens T. Mason in 1838 initiated the start of an ambitious construction project that would include a 216-mile canal to connect Lake St. Clair with Lake Michigan. Digging began in 1838 near present-day Mount Clemens, but the project was abandoned several years later. Students at University Liggett School are hoping to learn about and share that history.
Lower, Middle and Upper School students will perform favorite holiday classics along with traditional songs from around the world during Liggett’s annual All-School Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Masonic Temple.
Fresh butter, lovingly churned by little hands. Fruit skewers, carefully patterned with melons, pineapple and a grape. And homemade vegetable soup—every carrot, onion and tomato carefully chopped by Liggett’s youngest chefs. Liggett’s prekindergarten students hosted a collaborative progressive dinner in honor of Thanksgiving and the Lower School’s “We Are, We Give” theme.
Renowned researcher Ron Ritchhart of Project Zero, an educational research group from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, will visit Liggett on Nov. 19 to observe and document the work of Liggett’s Lower School Technology Integrator, Michael Medvinsky.
In the classrooms of Middle School English teachers Stevie Stevens and Rob Shade, students are choosing the books they want to read – and getting to know themselves better as readers. Many of the students are self-selecting literature based on their favorite genres and authors, while a few are choosing classics that are typically read in advanced high school classes.
Instructors who start with a narrative or story instead of just the facts can help students better understand a subject, researchers say. A Liggett faculty member who has studied the neuroscience of student engagement has demonstrated how various forms of narratives – including those that incorporate the online presentation tool Prezi – can help students learn.
If children are feeling sad or left out during recess at Liggett, they know just what to do. They go to the Buddy Bench. The colorfully painted bench, adjacent to Liggett’s Lower School playground, is a safe, comfortable spot where students can let others know they are feeling lonely – and where other students can come over to talk, offer a hug or ask their classmate to play.
Liggett alum Matt Corona enjoys keeping tabs on the Knights football team. Corona ’95, who lives out of state, frequently stays in touch with Liggett’s athletics and alumni relations departments through emails and online videos to support the team. While recently watching online footage of the football team, however, something caught his eye – a player wearing the No. 7 jersey. In the mid ‘80s, the No. 7 jersey belonged to sophomore TiJuan Kidd, a star football player who was tragically murdered during the summer of 1987.
Liggett’s innovative 10th-grade U.S. history class, which teaches history through the lens of Detroit and the region, was recognized with a $40,000 grant from Boca Raton, Fla.-based Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools.
Several years ago, when University Liggett School senior Isabelle Sakelaris studied Hieronymus Bosch’s 14th century oil painting The Garden of Earthy Delights, she immediately thought of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. She found the triptych (three-panel painting) fascinating and wanted to learn more.
Eighth-graders at University Liggett School have been learning about the life cycle of salmon in a very hands-on way – by releasing salmon eggs into a tank and raising the salmon until they’re ready to be released into the river.
For her Academic Research Project, University Liggett School senior Jane Ninivaggi spent a year and a half researching militant Islamic extremist groups and their activity on social media. She wanted to prove that extremist groups are capable of creating a recruitment system in the United States by using today’s most powerful tools available to young people: Twitter, Instagram and other social media.
University Liggett School will posthumously honor actress and alumna Julie Harris as the school’s first-ever Arts Hall of Fame recipient during the Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, May 16.
University Liggett School has been designated a Confucius Classroom by China’s Confucius Institute to further support the school’s Chinese language and culture offerings and activities. The partnership was made possible through the Confucius Institute at Wayne State University.
University Liggett School’s Orchestra Program will add upright string bass to the Middle School and Upper School curriculum this fall. Liggett’s Orchestra Program, which begins in third grade, teaches strings from third through 12th grade.
Registration for University Liggett School’s summer programs begins online Monday, Feb. 23, and features all-new sessions such as Minecraft: Computer Programming, Lego camps and a Middle School boys’ lacrosse league.
University Liggett School 12th-grader Anthony Garvey of Clinton Township has been awarded the highly competitive Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full-tuition and housing scholarship to attend the University of Michigan this fall.
At University Liggett School, an interest or curiosity often will lead to an in-depth learning experience – and that’s true at every grade level, including prekindergarten. In the PreK3 class, the students’ collective interest in garbage trucks has led to a three-phase project on garbage and recycling.
It started as a class assignment on how to measure the properties of an ecosystem. It ended as an in-depth research project that will improve the water quality and ecosystem of one of the area’s top history attractions. University Liggett School’s environmental science class spent the semester gathering data at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House that will be used to improve the water quality at the historic home.
At University Liggett School, you just never know where an idea or interest will take you. For a group of kindergarten students, their collective interest in books took them to the Upper School, where they worked with the yearbook class to see how books are made and to try their hand at designing their own.
In many U.S. history courses, the War of 1812 doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s often treated as a footnote as students hurtle from the American Revolution toward the next chapter about the Civil War. But that’s not the case at University Liggett School, which this year introduced an entirely new way to teach the nation’s history.
University Liggett School is accepting applications for the Liggett Merit Scholars program, a highly selective, merit-based scholarship that covers tuition for grades nine through 12. Eighth-graders who are interested in attending Liggett next year on a scholarship must submit application materials by Jan. 10.
It all started with an interest in paper airplanes. One of the students in University Liggett School’s Pre-K4 class shared how much he enjoys making paper airplanes. The prekindergarteners were curious -- they wanted to learn how to make paper airplanes, too. Those collective curiosities led to a student-initiated, three-phase classroom project about airplanes and flight.
University Liggett School’s opening reception for Detroit artist Clinton Snider last week was different from the other openings that regularly are held in the school’s art gallery. While last Friday’s opening drew an impressive crowd from the community, it also brought in a group of Liggett 11th- and 12th-graders who wrote stories inspired by Snider’s artwork.
While most schools begin U.S. history class with the well-worn stories of European explorers who settled along the Eastern seaboard and the native tribes they encountered there, students at University Liggett School ventured to Michigan’s Thumb last week to investigate Michigan’s own native peoples — first hand.
University Liggett School alumni H. Richard Fruehauf Jr., DUS ’48, and Janet Fruehauf, Liggett ’50, have made a $1 million gift to support the school’s Sure Foundations capital campaign. In recognition of their gift, the gymnasium in the school’s new state-of-the-art athletics complex will be named in their honor.
On a bright, balmy Monday, University Liggett 12th-grader JT Mestdagh set sail on Lake St. Clair with two experienced boaters and one of his teachers. The reason: to demonstrate the maneuverability, comfort and safety features of a pod-driven boat.
University Liggett School fourth-graders took the school’s forward-focused Curriculum for Understanding to a historic level -– literally. They wrote, produced and directed their own play, called “The Road to Independence,” to explore and learn more about the American Revolution.
In 1919, Major League Baseball was involved in its most notorious scandal ever – eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of colluding with gamblers to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Liggett's baseball literature class is playing a role in attempting to rewrite the scandal's history.
University Liggett 12th-grader Caitlin deRuiter spent an entire year researching the factors that would determine the success of the fledgling National Women’s Soccer League. This week, her expertise and in-depth understanding of the league was showcased in an article that ran in both the print and online editions of The Seattle Times.
In a quiet room off the physics lab at University Liggett School, Tommy Fair is at the forefront of technology. He’s researching pattern-recognition control for prosthetics – a technology that is so new, it isn’t yet used by doctors
University Liggett School has been named “Best in Business” by WJR-AM radio and Huntington National Bank as part of the bank’s spotlight on organizations that are redefining business practices in the community.
NASA Astronaut and U.S Naval Commander Christopher J. Cassidy will visit University Liggett School on Monday, April 7, for a full day of activities that range from working with students on space-related projects to sharing his personal experiences in space.
University Liggett School will kick off its annual Spring Raffle on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with prizes that include a 2-year lease on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited, courtesy of Ray Laethem Motor Village.
University Liggett School announced today a gift of $4.25 million from John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation. It is the largest single gift in the school’s 134-year history and will be committed to the creation of a new state-of-the-art athletics facility, a long-time school goal.