Administrative Offices: 785 Riverside Ave., Suite 1
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: (517) 263-2115
Español: (517) 417-6277
Fax: (517) 265-5381



Dear APS Community,

Parents of current 8th grade students, incoming 9th graders, will have the opportunity to learn about scheduling for classes as they start high school and plan for Dual Enrollment, IB Courses and Vo-TECH Courses later in their high school careers.  Please attend this important session tonight (February 14th) at the Adrian High School Center for Performing Arts starting at 6 PM.

I am proud to announce the Adrian High School College Network and IB Programme.  This vast set of options for 9th and 10th grade students will allow parents the opportunity to map out a solid honors track for our 9th and 10th grade students which will include honor courses and dual enrollment options.  Current 8th and 9th grade parents can learn more about these options on the following dates:

            February 21st            6pm – 7pm                AHS Media Center

            March 15th                 6pm – 7pm                AHS Media Center

            March 20th                 10am – 11am            AHS Room B100

Announcing the Class of 2030!!!  Kindergarten Registration will be starting soon.  Is someone in your family or someone in your neighborhood planning to enter Kindergarten this fall???  Kindergarten registration process will start with an overview of Kindergarten Curriculum and early registration on March 9th at 6:30 at AHS in room B100

Registration at the buildings will take place from 5:30 to 7:00pm on the following dates:

            April 18 – Lincoln

            April 19 – Michener

            April 25 – Prairie

            April 26 – Alexander

The Mackinaw Center for Public Policy ranked Adrian High School as the 8th top gainer in academic performance in Michigan with the recent release of the Michigan Public High School Context and Performance (CAP) Report.  This is a school level assessment of academic performance based on a four year average of state standardized test scores. The report card is unique because it takes into account at-risk factors when measuring school performance.

Of the 519 schools that were compared from both 2012 and 2016:

In 2012 Adrian High School was ranked at 21.19%

In 2016 Adrian High School was ranked at 76.11%

The dramatic gain of 54.91% is evidence of the commitment of the entire APS community on a solid academic program for our students. 

Using only this year's 639 High Schools measures, Adrian High School Ranks 160th out of 639 Michigan High Schools earning a Grade of a B using the matrix of the report. Adrian was the second highest ranked district in the county.

The full report can be viewed at https://www.mackinac.org/archives/2017/s2017-01.pdf

At last night’s Board of Education meeting the retirement of Deb Risner, principal of Michener Elementary was announced.  Mrs. Risner has served in a variety of roles across the district from elementary to high school and as both a teacher and administrator.  The search process will begin March 1st with the interviews and selection process to conclude by mid-April.

The Board of Education also came one step closer to officially naming the AHS court yard after AHS Alumni and former AHS biology Teacher Joe Pullen.  The support from the APS community for this dedication has been extremely positive.  The recommendation will go for final approval at the February 27th Board of Education meeting. The associated improvements within the courtyard align with Joe’s passion for outdoor learning experiences.

Just as a reminder, the Maples Blues Blast will take place on February 25th at Adrian College’s Tobias Room starting at 6:00pm.  Please contact the Adrian Schools Educational Foundation for Tickets at 517-263-9111 before Friday morning for tickets.

Have a great weekend and as always, Go MAPLES!!!

Bob Behnke



Below is a summary of a few APS related news items.

APS Board of Education Topics:


Adrian Bowlers among County’s Best:


Proactive Drug Dog Search at Adrian High School:









Many exciting activities are taking place around Adrian Public Schools.  As we prepare for the Holiday and Christmas Season, I would like you invite you to attend one of the many opportunities to hear and see our students perform.  Below is the schedule of upcoming events across the District.

AHS Band & Orchestra Dec.12 7:30 p.m.

AMS 5/6 Choir Concert Dec. 14 5th grad= 6 p.m., 6th grade= 7 p.m.

AMS 7/8 Band & Orchestra Concert Dec.13 7:00 p.m.

AMS 7/8 Choir Concert Dec.15 7:00 p.m.

AHS Winter Choral Showcase: All Choirs Dec 17 4:30 p.m.

Balladier Holiday Elementary Tour All Day Dec 19

​AHS Holiday Music Assembly: Band/Orchestra/Choir​ Dec 21

Please take an opportunity to join us this weekend at the Performing Arts Center to watch the High School Play "All in the Timing," a collection of six one-act plays directed by Erin Yuen and Devyn Bice, at the Julianne and George Argyros Performing Arts Center at Adrian High School.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.


Adrian Public Schools in the News:


Adrian High School to Perform “All in the Timing”



Adrian High School Alumni Joe Dapprick serving at Pearl Harbor



Adrian High School Boys Basketball Team Wins Home Opener



Lincoln Elementary Student helps Homeless



First Reading of Maple Stadium Concessions Building Roof Bid




At the Monday Board of Education Meeting, a group of AHS students, alumni, and the Adrian Schools Education Foundation made a presentation to assist with the upgrade to the AHS Courtyard for use as an educational space.  One of the aspects of this proposal is to name the courtyard in honor of AHS 1955 graduate and 1964 to 1989 AHS Biology Teacher Joe Pullen.  

See the recent news coverage from The Daily Telegram:


Monday's meeting was the start of a two month window, as defined by Board Policy, where the community has an opportiunty to provide input into the indended naming of the courtyard in honor of Mr. Pullen.  Community members are encouraged to contact Superintendent Behnke at bbehnke@adrian.k12.mi.us to provide input on this recommendation.  The recommendation on the naming will go before the Board of Education in February.



Dear Adrian Public Schools Community:

Please see the links below to stories about Adrian Public Schools Cops and Kindergartener’s Program, recognition of APS Cross Country Runner Jack Schafer, Recognition of APS Volleyball Player Ryleigh Jacobs and Coach Kerry Watkins, and an update on the courtyard at Adrian High School.

 Adrian Daily Telegram









This week’s stories are great examples of the solid teaching, programming, and strong performance of APS student athletes and coaches that we are proud to have represent AHS and show their Maple Pride. 

Please share these links with friends and family.

Go Maples!!!



Dear Adrian Public Schools Community:

Please see the links below to stories about progress on the APS Bond Projects, a new Spanish Language Phone line for the District, and a new Diversity Club starting at Adrian High School.

 Adrian Daily Telegram



These stories are great examples of how the District listened to the community and took action to improve services for students, parents,