School of the Week recap: Celebrating the end of the school year!

Take the survey below and tell us which School of the Week feature you liked best!

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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.

WesternFrom 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.

FLICSCreepy 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.

Garvey2Or, 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!

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