Adams High School - Highlander Yearbook (Rochester Hills, MI)

 - Class of 1979

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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 faculty. 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 years ago. 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 experience. Medical Secretary was a popular course again this year. Mr. Fliss taught the laboratory work. while Mrs. Schmitz enlightened students on business skills. 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 services. 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 staff. 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 Adams. So ended another year of English. Adams. noted for its exceptional English Department. had far more classes to offer than most high school programs. 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 English students. The variety of I0-week and semester courses made choosing English classes interesting and easy. 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 country. 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 enrolled. 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. ,,....1 . 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 available. 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 for many. 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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