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One of the most creative ways students
vented their energies this year, was through the
different aspects of the Art Department. From
ceramic pots to still-life paintings. Mrs. Jensen. Mr.
Spitzer. and Mrs. Montgomery guided art students
to create to their best abilities. Mrs. Stiebe did an
excellent job filling in for Mrs. Montgomery until
January. Through the uses of imagination and
constructive ability. students were given the
opportunity to develop their own proiect and work
in a more informal manner than the conventional
IQXS books and tests necessary for other classes.
Adams' own "Music Man". Mr. Simmons, once
again offered musically inclined students the
opportunity to ioin one or more of his highly
successful band classes. Concert Band. Symphony
Band. Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band. all
performed excellently in their concerts. lt was
obvious that all the band classes, including the Jazz
Band conducted by Mr. Goldsworthy. put in many
hours of hard work and diligent practice. Mr.
Simmons and Mr. Goldsworthy. and all of the bands
deserved much respect.
The Board of Education met twice a month to
discuss major issues concerning Adams. and all of
the other Rochester schools. Because the millage
was not passed last summer. they were forced to
make cuts in the budget. and cut out many
extra curricular activities. Mrs. Monks. the
president. and the other members worked hard to
make as few curriculum cuts as possible. and 'to
keep the school system something to be proud of.
The building administration of I978-l979 had
two new members. Mr. Jack Comstock. came from
Phoenix, Arizona. In very short time, he proved
himself to be well-liked by both students and
Dr. .lerry Freeman was also a new administra-
tor this year. although he taught English here the
year before. He received his doctorate just the
previous summer and Adams was honored to have
him as vice-principal.
Mr. Keith Griffin was a teacher at West Junior
High. and came to Adams as vice-principal two
The Business Department had one of the most
well-rounded curriculums at Adams this year. The
business classes trained a student for entry into
the business world, and also provided on the job
Medical Secretary was a popular course again
this year. Mr. Fliss taught the laboratory work.
while Mrs. Schmitz enlightened students on
Cofop was another sought after class.
Students worked part of the school day in some
sort of office, while earning school credit for it,
Besides these courses. typing, speedwriting,
and a host of others were offered.
Every day when we got to school. it was
sparkling clean. The floors were swept. the rooms
were straightened, and the blackboards were
cleaned. By eleven a.in., most of the students were
ravenously hungry. They went to the cafeteria and
ate. But did anyone stop to think how the cafeteria
food got there? The custodians and cooks were
here early. to get the school ready for the students.
These devoted people worked hard and long during
the school year. and we owe them a lot for their
Guiding us through another successful year at
Adams High School. were the counselors. Mr.
Parks. Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Bogard. and Mr. Kemp
worked hard all year in helping students with their
problems. careers. schedules and other activities.
Mr, Dunn did part--time counseling at the semester
break this year. adding to the already efficient
A few activities that they were a part of were:
College Night. scheduling, assemblies, testing. and
of course parent teacher conferences! What would
we have done without them? They were a very
important part of our accomplishments here at
So ended another year of English. Adams.
noted for its exceptional English Department. had
far more classes to offer than most high school
Among the newer English classes was Project
Advance. initiated last year by Mrs. Mallon. This
class. taught on a college level, was worth six
credits at colleges and universities nation wide.
Such a class was a great opportunity for serious
The variety of I0-week and semester courses
made choosing English classes interesting and
Here at Adams High School. foreign language
was a big challenge. There were four different
languages to choose from this year. These
included: French. German. Spanish. and Russian.
ln the past four years the Language
Department has come a long way. The foreign
language staff included. Mrs. Snow, Mrs. Linlz. Mr.
Pazevic. Mrs. Nash. and Mrs. Bickleman.
Not only did students learn to speak the
language, but they also learned the culture of the
The teachers made the work fun by having extra
activities, like singing and dancing.
Whether it was cake decorating or designing
your own clothes, the Home Economics Depart-
ment offered students a chance to express their
creative talents. But Home Ec. wasn't just cooking
and sewing. the economic survival class. taught by
Mrs. Long. showed students how to manage on
their own. The child development class was a two
hour block which ran its own nursery.
Highland House once again, had another
successful year under the supervision of Mrs. Fisk.
A competent and hardworking staff was a major
factor in the Highland House success.
Found a good book? Looked for some
information? The library had it all, with the help of
Mrs. Green. and Mrs. Johnston. They worked hard
all day, keeping the library orderly and running
smoothly. Encyclopedias, non-fiction, and
reference material. were many of the books that
aided studgtgts with their homework, and if they
couldn't find' what they were looking for, the
librarians were always glad to assist. Another
helpful person in connection with the library. was
Mrs. Sharp. She was the lady who scheduled and
organized movies, tapes and videos, for our use.
Math was considered a challenge, especially in
Mr. Pasbjerg's class. Ask any calculus student what
a challenge was, and you'll be sure to hear a good
descriptive word for this difficult course.
For many, the sophomore year was filled with
Geometry, and those good old proofs. Then came
Algebra Two, and story problems. Mr. Steven
Tummpser. our student teacher in Mrs. Delauney's
room. had a true knack for those. The math courses
at Adams were certainly challenging, but then, so
were the teachers!!
The Northeast Oakland Vocational Education
Center, or NEOVEC, once again provided an
opportunity for students to learn a technical skill
not offered at Adams. Courses new to NEOVEC
included. extended day welding. health occupa-
tions, and marine utility vehicle repair. The food
service program. which catered meals to senior
citizens, received a new addition. increasing the
size of its restaurant five times. Besides teaching
technical skills, NEOVEC's student support
services and iob placement program added up to
an excellent year for the ninety Adams students
This year at Adams. the physical education
staff got their classes more than semi-tough! They
got their classes in shape and had fun doing it.
The staff members included: Mr. Seernan. Mr.
Neidswiecki. Mrs. Sicora. and Miss Guillame. One
new teacher ioined the staff - Ms. Craven. She
taught last year for the last semester.
This area offered a numerous amount of
classes, anywhere from weight conditioning. water
dynamics. to the regular sports, like tennis,
volleyball, etc .... The gym classes were larger
this year than they have ever been. The teachers
have done a great iob.
Adams students were proud to know that they
had such a diverse science program this year.
Biology was the only required course, but many
students took advantage of the tremendous
variety of classes offered. Students could have
taken Physiology, Pathology, Entomology. or
perhaps Astronomy. besides the many others
The science staff was bolstered with the
addition of two new Biology teachersi Mr.
Rustowicz, and Mr. Zelmanski.
One of the most important. but least
recognized parts of our school. were the
counseling. attendance, and main office
secretaries. They formed a tie between the
administrators and the student body.
Among the many duties of the secretaries
weret running the switchboard. keeping the many
records straight. administering first-aid, making
appointments, mailing and receiving college
information, and answering the telephones.
One of the many things that Adams students
had to be thankful for this year, was the complex
equipment essential to construction of projects in
the Shop classes. Wood Shop, Metal Shop. Rough
Carpentry, and Drafting were popular components
of our industrial arts program. Mr. Orchard. Mr.
Lawrence. and Mr. Schmidt played an important
role in introducing interested students to the many
ways they could. take an idea on paper and turn it
into a reality. The three teachers did an excellent
job through their constructive criticism. and
support, which helped provide an educational year
Social Science was one of the larger
departments at Adams. This years social science
required courses brought the Juniors more
knowledge of America, through American History
l. ll, and lll. The Seniors were more informed of how
the U.S. Government operated. through the
courses Government l, and ll. The Seniors also held
their annual political convention.
Along with the required classes. the Social
Science Department had many classes for students
interested in other aspects of history.
There was. Russian History, History of World Wars.
Psychology, and many, many others.
The faculty of the department did an
outstanding iob this year.
The Adams High Vocal Music Department
took on new dimensions this year with the arrival
of Mr. Timothy Lentz as director. Also joining the
Concert Choir was the new Treble Show Choir.
Among both choirs activities last year werea the
Thanksgiving. Christmas. Winter, and Spring
concerts, and participation in the District Choral
Festival, the spring musical, and the graduation
ceremonies. The i978-79 school year will be
remembered as a rewarding and fulfilling one. not
only by Mr. Lentz and all the band choirs, but by
everyone fortunate enough to hear them.
The work study program at Adams was
designed to continue the education of students
who prefer jobs to a full class schedule. Mr.
Summerhayes served as head of the program. The
students attended classes from eight a.m., to noon.
studying subieets geared to the individual students
level. Every other marking period, the students
were required to work full-time. Not only did the
studenfs enroll in the work study program
continue their education and gain job experience.
they also earned pay for their efforts.
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