Building Beat

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    The Building Beat has been replaced with The Chirp Sheet.


    May 17, 2024
    Another busy and action-packed week at DCS has provided much fodder for this week's Chirp Sheet. This edition includes a tale of the traveling trunk at Davison Middle School, celebrates 30+ seniors who passed their exams to become certified medical assistants and patient care technicians and the moms/aunts/grandmas/special women who were treated at the annual Ma Spa by Hill Elementary kindergarten students just prior to Mother's Day. We also stopped by the DHS/DAE annual Art Show and were simply amazed by the showcase of talent - be sure to check out the video. We also recognize Davison High School's "Best of the Best" CTE student, the May Students of the Month for DHS/DAE, the four vocal music students selected for the State Honors Choir and student athletes who participated in a signing ceremony Wednesday. Also, you will get an update on the Bond work, discover our last Positivity Project character trait for this school year, get the scoop on upcoming DCER programs and no doubt will recognize the featured star in #Flashback Friday.

    May 10, 2024
    Well, it has been another week chock-full of great things happening in our schools. In today's Chirp Sheet, you will see just how busy our students were; from seventh graders releasing salmon into the Black Creek on Monday to all three of our high school choirs earning 1s at the state choral festival. Find out how some fifth graders joined the Great Mail Race and what those industrious students in construction trades are learning about this week. Plus, discover where our American Sign Language classes went on their field trip and what two Davison students were among scholarships at Wednesday's Car Show and Student Skills competition. We also take a look at the fun students and staff had during Decision Week and give a shout out to DMS for placing in this year's Commit to Fit Active Schools Challenge. If you are looking for something to do tonight, don't miss seeing the artwork on display from Davison students at the Flint River Watershed Coalition's first art show in collaboration with DHS. We also included the Musicathon schedule for next Saturday, May 18, so you can get it on your calendar! And, of course, we have our regular features - upcoming programs offered by DCER (there's one for adults!) and #Flashback Friday takes us back to Super Science Day at Siple Elementary in 2014.

    May 3, 2024
    It has been another great week at DCS!! In this Chirp Sheet, you will find all sorts of great stories like:

    • Financial Fair offers lessons in reality for DAE students
    • A chance to dish with new school chef Greg Arnett
    • Two Davison teachers nominated for Golden Apple Award
    • DTV adds more awards to its lineup this week
    • Hill Elementary students prepare garden for butterflies
    • DHS students artists prepare for annual Art Show
    • Gates showcases students' work at Family Art Night
    • Rewards Assembly gets messy for Hahn Principal
    • Hill Elementary hosts April Table of Honor winners
    • HOSA state conference results in repeat trip to nationals for one DHS student
    • Auto Tech program to host 9th annual Car Show
    • Student Services Staff speak at Chamber meeting about PIVOT program and need for more community partners
    • Sophomore varsity football player featured in Sports Illustrated article
    • Construction to begin on more secure entry vestibules
    • Next week's Positivity Project Trait is Purpose
    • Alumni News
    • Enrichment and Recreational Opportunities - Davison Township Parks and Recreation shares May calendar of events
    • #Flashback Friday takes a look at Cottrell School

    April 26, 2024
    What a week for awesome things happening in the District! Congratulations to Davison High School, which has once again been named one of America's Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Kudos also go to our 10 A+B=C students who were honored this week for simply being kindhearted kids who always do the right thing. Some other exciting things that happened included the donation of a 2024 Ford Mustang electric vehicle to the Auto Technology program and Upland Hills Farms visiting kindergarten students on Wednesday. We have two Esports teams advancing to play in the state finals, Hill Elementary announced its fourth marking period safety patrol members and Siple students closed out Neurodiversity Week by scribbling some sweet messages on the sidewalk. Preschoolers from the Cardinal's Nest welcomed a visit by firefighters and Davison High School honored its SVL Teacher and Scholar Athletes of the Year. You will also be treated to videos featuring the sights and sounds from last weekend's performance of Mary Poppins and the March Living Museum held at Central Elementary as well as Farm Day. Of course, you will want to check out #Flashback Friday and get a glance at next week's character trait in the Positivity Project lesson. Just click on the link below to start reading:

    April 19, 2024
    It's another great week to share stories about DCS! In this week's Chirp Sheet, you will read about our successful science fair participants from Central Elementary, awesome artists from DHS and DAE, marvelous mathematicians from Hill Elementary, and our quick-thinking Quiz Bowl members. Find out how you can celebrate Earth Week with our staff and students at our newly recognized top-level Green School at DHS. You will also learn about the Key Club's latest community service project (think crunchy!) and find out what community member shared about his job with preschoolers at the Cardinals' Nest (it's someone you all know!)! Plus, meet our Students of the Month from DHS/DAE, our new Pom Pon coach and get the sneak peek at next week's Positivity Project character trait. Last but not least, there's no excuse to stay stuck inside with all the wonderful classes and programs offered through DCER and Davison Township Parks and Recreation and take a trip back to 1978 when DHS students were presenting "The Sound of Music" for the spring musical.

    April 16, 2024
    Here is a special edition of the Chirp Sheet focusing on all things Spring Musical. Davison High School students present Mary Poppins later this week. Click here to begin reading: 

    April 12, 2024
    Today's Chirp Sheet Is a Special Edition Devoted to Neurodiversity Week, Which We Hope You Join Us in Celebrating As a District Next Week! (Monday Is Crazy Hair or Hat Day!)

    April 5, 2024
    We may have just returned from spring break but there's still a ton of great things happening at DCS! In today's edition of the Chirp Sheet, you will learn that the House of Cards begins competition today at states in their bid to return to the World Championship. Next week, state testing begins and that means an altered scheduled for high school students Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Discover how you can own a piece of DHS history as we prepare to remove the contents of the Maxine Ude Auditorium in order to make room for the next phase of the bond project. Also, find out who stopped by the Cardinal's Nest as preschoolers begin to learn about the people who work in their communities, check out the latest projects from our construction trades students and meet the Students of the Month at Davison Middle School and Thomson Elementary. You will also read about how math students at Davison High School celebrated Pi Day and have an opportunity to watch DTV's latest in-depth video project (and see how the cameras were recently turned around when DTV became the subject of a news story by a local TV station). Don't miss our regular features either: get the low down on next week's Positivity Project character trait, meet some of our newest staff members in Introducing and take a trip back to 1946 in #FlashbackFriday.

    March 22, 2024
    In this week's edition, you will discover how Davison students fared at the Flint Regional Science Fair (spoiler alert - they did very well!) and get the scoop on how you can help the DHS Environmental Club with its goal to plant 100 tree saplings on May 4. You can also vote for one of our high school student graphic artists whose design is in the running for this year's Crim Race T-shirt, discover how you can purchase your reserved (yes, reserved!) seating for this year's annual musical and get the date and details for this year's 9th DHS Auto Show and Student Skills competition (heads up - it's on a Wednesday evening this year). Meet some great students who were selected for the DHS/DAE Students of the Month, DMS Students of the Month and Hahn Heroes. Check out the Key Club's latest community service project and who it will benefit and meet the Shingles champ from the construction trades classes. And since March is Reading Month, of course, you will find a picture of students participating in reading. And last but not least, we take a look back at the Class of 1953.

    March 15, 2024

    In today's newsletter you will read about the House of Cards and how the team is preparing for its next competition in Troy March 29-30. Meet the members of the Science Olympiad team as well; they just wrapped up their season and brought home some medals following Regionals. Davison High School is also preparing to induct approximately 75 students into the National Honor Society - find out who made the list. In other news, it's time to register for preschool for next school year as well as sign up for fall youth football and cheer programs offered through DCER. Our Reading Month theme also continues, and this week we highlight the Davison Varsity Football team as players visit several of our schools to participate in reading activities and Family Literacy Nights with our younger Cardinals. In Athletic News, get the details on spring sport tryouts for Davison Middle School student athletes. And don't miss our regular features - get a peek at next week's Positivity Project and take a trip back to 1934 when the Girl Reserves was one of the most popular and outstanding clubs at the high school in our #FllashbackFriday.

    March 8, 2024
    Today's Chirp Sheet includes stories about the DHS Band and Orchestras' big wins last weekend, the outstanding news we received this week that two of our high school students have moved on to become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship award competition and what DCS teachers are up for the Firebirds Foundation Teacher of the Year (and how you can cast your vote for one of them!). You will also meet the winners of the Davison Middle School/Hahn Intermediate Bookmark contest, learn how AP Psychology students celebrated the halfway point of their class and why Construction Trades students are raising the roof. Looking for something to do tonight? You can attend the Boys' Volleyball tournament - proceeds from ticket sales go to the senior class. Plus, check out what some schools are doing to celebrate Reading Month, the latest news in the world of athletics, next week's Positivity Project character trait, upcoming DCER and Davison Township Parks and Recreation events, meet some of our newest staff members and take a trip back to 1992 in #FlashbackFriday. Click on the link below to start reading! 

    March 1, 2023
    Stories today include information about Kindergarten Roundup, next Wednesday's Early Release Day for all students and upcoming Scholastic Book Fairs. Also, learn which Hill Elementary students were celebrated at the February Table of Honor and what student athletes - including powerlifters, wrestlers and bowlers - are competing at state finals  (some are doing that today and tomorrow). Catch a glimpse of the field trip that high school art students recently took to the Flint Institute of Arts and Flint Farmers Market, get enthusiastic about next week's Positivity Project character trait, check out upcoming DCER events and last, but certainly not least, join us as we stroll back to 1966 in #FlashbackFriday. 

    February 16, 2023
    Before you head off to Intersession, take a few minutes to read about the great things happening in our district in this week's Chirp Sheet! 

    February 9, 2024
    This edition of the Chirp Sheet includes Honor Rolls for students in grades K-12, updates on the Valentine's Day card collection at Hill Elementary and what choral students - yes plural!! - will represent Davison in the All-State Choir. Plus, discover what one Gates Elementary student decided to cash in her Cardinal Code tickets for and meet the student athletes who signed letters of intent at a ceremony hosted by our Athletic Department earlier this week. You will also get a heads up on next week's Positivity Project character trait (an emotion normally connected with Valentine's Day!), get the details on registration for the upcoming youth baseball and softball season and find out what February programs are being offered by our friends at Davison Township Parks and Recreation. 

    February 2, 2024
    This has to be one of the biggest Chirp Sheets we've done! There are many awesome things happening in our schools and this is just a small glance! Today, you will learn about the extra special Valentines note that Hill Elementary students received in their quest to collect cards from each of the 50 states. You will also find out who the Hahn Heroes and Davison Middle School Students of the Month are for January, what DTV student learned this week that her story was selected for an Emmy, and what DMS students will be competing at Solo and Ensemble tomorrow. This week also marked the eighth year for the Valentines for Vets card-making project and the first ever Esports tournament at Davison High School. Read how the snowfall that surprised us Tuesday morning provided GSRP students with the perfect opportunity to conduct experiments and how the construction trades class is measuring up with its first ever tape measuring tournament. Meet the two DMS students who competed in the state swim meet, catch up with our alums achieving at the college level, meet six awesome individuals who work with our students, check out the photo of the auditorium work in our Bond Update, learn about the latest class and activities offered through DCER and, seniors - it's time to start applying for local scholarships. Last but certainly not least, our #FridayFlashback takes us back to the 1972-73 school year.

    January 26, 2024
    In today's edition, you can check out photos of students and staff dressing up in Lions gear (all the photos will be posted on Facebook later this afternoon), get the details on next week's Snowcoming activities and take a trip back to 1962 to view the Dedication Ceremony program for the new high school (the current Davison Middle School) in #FridayFlashback. It was a great week for news out of the Athletic Department as well, with two student athletes being recognized in big ways. You can also find out more about the Dance Team's upcoming dance clinic, get a peek at next week's Positivity Project character trait and meet some of our newest staff members who have joined the DCS team this school year.

    January 19, 2024
    This week's Chirp Sheet includes news from around the District including the January Students of the Month at Davison High School and Davison Alternative Education, information about how families can receive free books and fifth graders can enter a poster contest through the Michigan State Police. Also, learn what Hill Student Council members purchased with their first fundraiser and discover how one high school teacher used a simple game as a team building activity in her classroom. Plus, ponder over next week's Positivity Project character trait and take a trip back to 1946 for #FridayFlashback

    January 12, 2024
    Happy Friday! The link to this week's Chirp Sheet can be found below. This edition includes information about some important upcoming events such as the College Funding and FAFSA Assistance Night at Davison High School and the Challenging Academic Potential (CAP) informational meeting about the district's gifted program. You will also meet the Davison Middle School Students of the Month for December, find out how you can accessorize your Crocs and support the HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter at the same time, get a preview of next week's Positivity Project character trait and take a peek at next week's final exams schedule for Davison High School students. Last but not least, our #FridayFlashback takes you back to 1992.

    January 5, 2024
    It was a short week but there's still great things going on in the District. Here is this week's Chirp Sheet! Happy New Year.

    December 20
    In this edition, you will meet our A+B=C award winners, the December students of the Month at Davison High School and Davison Alternative Education, and learn about Nissan's recent visit to Auto Technology students, what HOSA students competed at regionals and meet the Hill Elementary fourth grader who learned she was the winner in a holiday card design contest by the Davison City Police Department. Plus, find out what performances were given during the second annual Reader's Theater at Central Elementary, who represented DCS at Merry Tuba Christmas, how the Quiz Bowl teams (yes, teams!) fared this season and what gingerbread houses won the annual decorating contest at Gates Elementary. Wait - there's more! Thomson students sent snowflakes and an inspiring message, the Key Club wrapped up a successful Santa Paws campaign and a DHS alum was the featured artist at the Holiday Pops event. Last but certainly not least, we leave you with a picture of Superintendent Lobban continuing the tradition of reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to preschoolers.

    December 8, 2023
    In this week's Chirp Sheet, discover how Davison Middle School instrumental music students showed up in force at last weekend's Solo and Ensemble Festival, find out who was named to the Table of Honor at Hill Elementary and as Super Stars at Central Elementary for the month of November and then read about the Davison High School Key Club's latest "pet project." You will also find articles about what some teachers did for professional development on last week's Early Release Day, how many pairs of socks Mr. Robert Schleicher's class at Central collected for its Socktober project and find out where the DCER Actors Playhouse took its show on the road. Also, if you are looking for some fun activities to spend time with families and friends, be sure to check out the upcoming events offered by Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation and our friends at the Davison Township Parks and Recreation. Last but certainly not least, check out our regular features - Positivity Project - to get a jump on next week's character trait and #Friday Flashback, which pays tribute to the Drama Club from the 1983-84 school year.

    December 1, 2023
    Learn who was just elected to the Student Council at Hill Elementary and then go back to 1986-87 to see who served on the high school Student Council in this week's #FridayFlashback.Also, meet our new DHS Wrestling Coach, Drew Dixon, find out next week's Positivity Project character trait  and get the latest update on the DHS ESports teams. 

    November 22, 2023
    Let's talk turkey - it's a short week and that means a special Thanksgiving-themed edition of the Chirp Sheet. Our DCS staff members share reasons why they are thankful and students and staff across the district have also taken part in holiday-inspired happenings. Plus, you will also read about Davison Alternative Education's first career fair, check out the sweetest pictures from Central Elementary's Grammies and Grampies in Pajammies Day and meet the November Students of the Month for Davison High School and Davison Alternative Education. There's the regular features, too - #Flashback Friday renamed to #Wayback Wednesday due to the short week and a Hill Elementary student's ninja turkey was selected for this week's "Writing on the Wall."

    November 17, 2023
    We had some extra good news this week as we learned that our Elementary buildings, along with Hahn Intermediate and Davison Middle School have now also been named among the Best Schools in 2024 by U.S. News  & World Report. Also, discover what students and staff did to celebrate World Kindness Day and what our littlest Cardinals did to show their support to the Varsity Football team as they had to the semi finals this weekend. Our annual Cool to Care campaign kicked off this week; find out what each school building will be doing to raise money and how you can help. Wait, there's more! You won't be able to "shake it off" when you find out what inspired the theme for the winning entry in the Davison High School Art Department's first scarecrow contest and the AltPACas are honing their leadership skills once again at Davison Alternative Education. Plus, this was the week for Turkey Slop and a Siple teacher learned she was nominated for an award. Check out our new feature "If Walls Could Talk" featuring projects by students hanging in school hallways (this week at Hill Elementary) and last, but certainly not least, our #FlashbackFriday is a tribute to our hard-working Food Services staff. 

    November 10, 2023
    Today's Chirp Sheet has a Veteran's Day vibe - including stories about how veterans visited many of our schools this week, whether it was to teach fourth graders about flag history and etiquette or to have lunch with their Hahn student. A new feature - Student Spotlight - focuses on three Davison Alternative Education students who attend the Jr. ROTC class at the Genesee Career Institute. Be sure to catch up on other great news going on in the District, including Athletic updates about our football, cross country and girls' swim teams and, last but certainly not least, check out the photo of the week for our #FridayFlashback.

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    June 20, 2023

    May 23, 2023

    May 10 - Special Music Edition

    April 19, 2023 - Special Edition DHS Annual Musical

    April 3, 2023

    March 20, 2023

    March - Reading Month

    March 2, 2023 Building Beat

    January 24, 2023 - All About Auto

    January 10, 2023

    December - Positivity Project

    October 2022

    September 30, 2022

    Homecoming 2022

    August 2022


    April 29 - Special Musical Edition

    April 28, 2022

    April 12, 2022

    March 10,  2022

    March 1, 2022

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    January 26, 2022

    November 19, 2021

    November 11, 2021

    October 18, 2021

    October 8, 2021

    September 23, 2021 - Homecoming Preview

    August 19, 2021

    August 9, 2021

    August 2, 2021

    July 26 Back to School Edition



    March 6, 2020

    February 13, 2020

    February 8, 2020

    Homecoming Preview

    August 15, 2019



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    April 25, 2019

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    February 15, 2019

    December 20, 2018

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    March 23, 2018

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    October 2017 Homecoming Preview

    August 2017 Back to School



    March 22, 2017

    December 13, 2016

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    May 5, 2016

    April 22, 2016

    March 29, 2016 State Supt. Whiston Visit Special Edition

    March 24, 2016

    March 18, 2016

    March 11, 2016

    March 4, 2016

    December 17, 2015

    November 2015 Veteran's Day Special Edition

    October 2, 2015

    September 2015 - Homecoming Special Edition

    August 2015 - Back to School Special Edition



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    September 26, 2014 (Pre-Homecoming Special Edition)

    September 22, 2014

    September 12, 2014

    September 5, 2014


    January 8 Special Edition

    December 20, 2013

    December 6, 2013

    November 8, 2013

    November 1, 2013

    Halloween Video

    Homecoming Special Edition


    May 24, 2013

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    November 21, 2012

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