Carstens, Fisher Lower and Fisher Upper are without power and will be closed today, Monday, June 17.
Winner of Fourth Annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest — Mr. Illya Tolbert, an Art teacher at Harms Elementary School!
DETROIT, June 12, 2013 – The Detroit Goodfellows announced today the winner of the fourth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Mr. Illya Tolbert, an Art teacher at Harms Elementary School!
Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised Tolbert at a school assembly with the news and presented him with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, he will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall.
The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by Detroit Public School students in grades 3 through 8 who designated their favorite teachers by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less. There were the most entries ever received this year with over 800 submissions. Tolbert received 18 nominations.
This year two 10-year-old Harms Elementary students, third grader Yazmine Cirne and fifth grader Melody Rose Andino, have been acknowledged with winning entries.
Yazmine Cirne’s entry says “My teacher is so special because he teaches art. Mr. Tolbert is so special because he smells like fresh almonds. He is creative which I like about him. He is very smart in art. I also appreciate Mr. Tolbert because he spends all his money to buy art supplies to make some clay masks and other projects. Another thing that makes Mr. Tolbert so special to me is that he is not mean to me when I mess up in class. That’s why Mr. Tolbert is so special to me!!! (plus a smiley face)”
Melody Rose Andino’s entry says “My favorite teacher is Mr. Tolbert. He is very creative. His paintings are better than the Mona Lisa. His jokes are very funny. He also works very hard to make everyone smile. He also solves all your problems to make you happy.”
Tolbert has been with Detroit Public Schools at Harms Elementary for 14 years. The art teacher and his wife, who is also a teacher at Harms, are residents of Detroit.
The Detroit Goodfellows sponsors the Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest to show its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Detroit Public School administrators, teachers and support staff who, each year, work so diligently to identify students in need of its holiday gift packages. The 99-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”
Founded in 1914, the Detroit Goodfellows is the original and oldest Goodfellow organization and is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group. It also sponsors an emergency dental program for children, awards scholarships through Wayne State University, provides free shoes to children in need and helps send hundreds of needy children to camp each summer.
For more information about the Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest or the Detroit Goodfellow organization, please contact Sari Klok-Schneider at (586) 775-6139 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.detroitgoodfellows.org.
Cass Tech students collaborated with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity-Sigma Delta Lambda Chapter to raise funding for tornado victims in Oklahoma. The money was donated to the American Red Cross.
Congratulations Matthew Johnson, Ludington Magnet Middle School eighth-grader, on being selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
Matthew Johnson, 13, is an eighth-grade student at Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle School. While most middle-school students are focused on where they will attend high school in the fall, Matthew is more consumed with where he’ll attend graduate school.
Matthew is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. With the help of his counselor, he applied for the scholarship in the fall of 2011 and was named as a recipient in September 2012.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. [source: www.jkcf.org]
Jack Kent Cooke scholars receive financial support throughout high school and college, and will also provide financial support for their scholars to receive a master’s degree.
As a perk to the program, each scholar is assigned an Educational Advisor, who is instrumental in helping the student to select the appropriate high school courses.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will also pay for its scholars to attend programs during the summer. Matthew has received a scholarship to attend the Explo Summer Program from July 21 – August 10, 2013 at Wellesley University in Boston, Massachusetts. As part of this program, Matthew will take engineering courses, engage in recreational activities such as fencing and archery, as well as attend 2-3 recreational trips.
He has been accepted to attend Renaissance High School in the fall of 2013. Having maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the seventh and eighth grades, Matthew is a member of the National Junior Beta Club and plays the trumpet in the school band.
Matthew recently celebrated another tremendous accomplishment. Through his in-school DAPCEP course, Matthew submitted a project to the Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. His project, entitled “Reactions to Different Sizes,” was entered into the Junior Chemistry Division and won a Grand Award at the recent Science Fair Awards Recognition Ceremony May 23, 2013 at the Detroit Athletic Club.
Matthew was one of nine middle school students of over 1,500 entries to receive this honor.
Neinas Elementary School will have an early dismissal due to a power outage. Students will be released once parents are contacted.
UPDATE: Clippert Academy, Maybury Elementary and Emerson Elementary-Middle are closed today Tuesday, June 11.
Detroit Public Schools distributes first-ever “Salt of the Earth” and “Golden Shovel” Awards to partners of school nutrition efforts
The awards program was held at Nichols Elementary where special guest Sen. Debbie Stabenow also joined with students to formally launch a new school garden collaborative at their school site
Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition handed out its first-ever “Salt of the Earth” and “Golden Shovel” awards to partners of the district’s healthy school nutrition efforts and Detroit School Garden Collaborative.
The awards ceremony, held at Nichols Elementary, included a visit by special guest U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, who joined with Nichols students to formally launch a new school garden collaborative at their school.
The garden is part of an innovative new education program at Detroit Public Schools called the Detroit School Garden Collaborative, which is creating gardens at 46 schools throughout the district. The new garden will provide Nichols’ students with a hands-on agricultural learning experience where they can plant a variety of vegetables that will be used in the cafeteria for school lunches. Each of the gardening locations will feature raised beds, compost bins, rainwater collection equipment, gravel walkways and a Farm to School Learning Center.
Betti Wiggins, Executive Director in the Office of School Nutrition said: “We are so proud of our efforts to improve the health and well-being of our students by offering every child a free nutritious breakfast and lunch daily so that they can fully concentrate on academics and not on hunger. Our expanding garden program, where students make connections through our science curriculum and their lives through their school gardens, provides an important bridge between learning and health for our students, while also bringing fresh garden foods right to their cafeteria tables.”
The Nichols school garden kicked off this year following the addition of 6 raised garden beds and the launch of a school garden club led by teacher Barbara Lothery. The club is credited with raising awareness among students about the importance of urban gardening and healthy eating. And students reportedly are so eager to participate that they stay late after school and check on the garden during weekends and non-school days.
“The Indian Village Men’s Gardening club was so impressed with the Nichols program that they purchased 6 additional raised beds from the collaborative to expand the school garden,” said Zaundra Wimberley, Farm to School Manager for the Detroit School Garden Collaborative. The Office of School Nutrition also supports the program through a dedicated garden attendant, Bree Hietala, who works in conjunction with Ms. Lothery to provide hands-on student education, cooking demonstrations and testings and general education about careers in agriculture.
During the event, Senator Stabenow toured the garden with students. She also helped announce the winners of the Golden Shovel Awards to honor local organizations for supporting the Garden Collaborative.
Chairwoman Stabenow said: “All children should have access to healthy fruits and vegetables during the school day. Everyone is a winner with this innovative Garden Collaborative, as cafeterias gain a supply of fresh produce and students have an opportunity to learn about farming by doing it themselves. I will continue leading the effort to increase access to Michigan-grown food choices for children and families, which will support our local farmers and help boost Michigan agriculture.”
The Gold Shovel Award winners were:
- Eastern Market Corporation
- The Home Depot
- Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield Greenhouse
The Salt of the Earth Award recipients were:
- Barbara James Norman, Edible Wow
- Statewide Disaster Restoration
- MIG East
- Tooles Contracting Group
- Detroit Contracting Inc.
- U.S. Foods
- Domino’s Pizza
- Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
- Indian Village Men’s Garden Club
Detroit School Garden Collaborative Appreciation Award recipients were:
- United Way of Southeastern Michigan
- MSU Product Center
- MSU Extension
- The Greening of Detroit
- East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Take the survey below and tell us which School of the Week feature you liked best!
The school year is quickly coming to an end, but before we leave for the summer, we’d like to recap our amazing School of the Week features from the 2012-2013 academic year.
The idea for this new campaign originated in September of 2012 as the DPS Communications Team thought of creative ways to showcase and highlight the many Great Things Happening at OUR Detroit Public Schools!
It was decided that each and every week—based on a nomination from YOU— we would travel to a different school to interview the principal, teachers, staff members, students, parents, and sometimes even community members, to learn just what makes our schools SO special.
And every Monday since, DPS staff members have enjoyed a full feature story, a photo gallery and a special video showcasing each awesome school.
During every single visit, something new and exciting was showcased about our wonderful schools.
From Western International High School—where generations of alumni have proudly returned to teach at the school where they once sat as students, to Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody, where a sea of freshly pressed white lab coats fill the hallways with students who are being trained to become doctors in high school.
We’ve stumbled over bushy-tailed, pink-eyed bunny rabbits and yellow corn snakes at Ronald Brown Academy as teachers strive to bring science to life.
Creepy crawlers aren’t your thing? Then visit Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School to learn how to write words in Japanese script. FLICS is one of the ONLY public immersion programs in the state, offering dual-language learning in French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese starting in kindergarten!
And you can’t forget those yummy, nutritious “Stop-Light Salads” at Drew Transition Center where special-needs students grow vegetables in the school’s Hoop House, then cook them in the cafeteria for a healthy lunch.
Or, recall the pride shared by educators at Marcus Garvey Academy, which moved from the state’s Persistently Low Achieving list to being named one of the TOP 20 K-8 schools in the entire city by Excellent Schools Detroit based on MEAP score gains.
Although each school showcased their unique program offerings to keep students engaged, all seemed to have one thing in common: a close-knit, family-like atmosphere where teachers and staff members at every single site said the one thing they love MOST about their school is the people they work with everyday.
In the words of a Gardner Elementary School parent who is originally from Lebanon, DPS school buildings are more like a second home where everyone treats you like family.
Now we want to hear from YOU!
Visit our School of the Week webpage and revisit all of the School of the Week features.
Then take a brief School of the Week Survey to tell us which School of the Week feature you LOVED the best!
The winning school will be unveiled on June 17th. We look forward to hearing from you!
DPS is issuing a call for qualified summer school teachers for the 2013 Detroit Public Schools Summer School Academy
Detroit Public Schools is issuing a call for qualified summer school teachers in the core content areas of homeroom, math, science, social studies and English Language Arts.
Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, the 2013 Detroit Public Schools Summer School Academy will be held June 18-July 26 with programs targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of Credit Recovery courses and a Pre-Kindergarten Transitions Program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten.
“We must think of creative new methods to help our students succeed, both academically and socially,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “In areas where we see students lacking, we have to get them on track to catch up with their peers and ensure they’re prepared for graduation and post-secondary options. And not only will we work harder and smarter to better educate the students that we have, we must grow the district and open our Summer Programs to prospective students as well.”
Teachers will work 4.5 hours per day. Teachers report June 17, 2013. Students report on June 18. The salary range is $32.50 hourly.
Interested applicants must apply to the summer school job posting online at www.detroitk12.org under the Business/Careers section of the DPS homepage to have their name added to the eligibility pool for consideration.
Applicants must possess and provide proof of valid Michigan Teaching Certificate or Michigan Temporary Teaching Authorization (T2EA) with an endorsement in K-5 ALL SUBJECTS or K-8 SELF CONTAINED; and possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or an equivalent agency.