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Western students named Best of Young Detroit

Congratulations to the Western International VIBE Dream Team for making Michigan Chronicle’s “Best of Young Detroit” by promoting unity and diversity. The Dream Team, part of the Future Project, created a Unity Mural at Western, displaying portraits of the best examples of humanity. A few of the historical figures represented are civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, champion of education and women Rosa Parks, and American Civil Rights Movement activist Malcolm X. But that’s not all, the VIBE Dream Team is just getting started! They will also begin a courtyard beautification project to display positivity throughout Southwest Detroit. See the Michigan Chronicle article here. “Wonderful presentations of diversity like this contribute to building a healthy climate

Get creative at the Detroit Public Library

Do you know a middle school student interested in art? Share this news: The Detroit Public Library – Redford Branch will host free art classes every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The workshops, hosted by College for Creative Studies, will help students prepare their personal art portfolio and encourage them to apply to Detroit’s high school art programs. For more information, call the Redford Branch at 313-481-1820. Visit detroitpubliclibrary.org/calendar for a full list of fun, family events!  

Robots in the real world

The students at Cooke STEM Academy are learning to work together to build and program robots! The Cooke robotics team, consisting of students in grades 3-6, uses the Lego Mindstorm kit and iPad coding program to assemble and program the machines under the direction of a community volunteer and Bosch engineer. Students are developing critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering skills as they build, manipulate and troubleshoot their team robots. “They also have discussions and video lessons about real world usage of robotics such as Amazon’s packing and shipping process and how robots can impact productivity,” said Karlyn Singleton GNA for Cooke STEM. “The team is excited about their first year entry in the DPSCD sponsored robotics competitions.”

Every school day counts – and good attendance pays off

Attendance counts at Priest Elementary-Middle School and the students understand how their attendance can impact their learning. Thanks to the concentrated efforts of the Community in School Leaders and the PBIS Team, 90 students in grades 2-5 with perfect attendance during the month of October were able to go to a University of Detroit women’s basketball game at Calihan Hall. “The students had a blast and were encouraged to continue their perfect attendance in the future,” says Priest Teacher Amber Lawson. “Students with consistent attendance are more likely to be successful academically.”

Munger Leads When Munger Reads Early Childhood and Early Literacy Program Pilot to Kick off in January 2018

New Hybrid Literacy Program is a collaboration of local, regional and state-wide partners and resources – more than $20,000 donated to start program. DETROIT – December 19, 2017 – Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Munger Elementary-Middle School and community partners are launching a pilot program for families and students to address early childhood challenges with resources ranging from prenatal care to critical developmental tools for children ages 0 to 3, and preschoolers through third grade – with an ultimate goal of increasing literacy proficiency. “This is a great opportunity to provide professional development for teachers and support services team members to increase reading comprehension and proficiency. This program is for families and students, we are certain to unlock students’ full

Fisher Lower Magnet receives a literacy lounge makeover

The students at Fisher Magnet Lower Academy will enjoy more than 650 new books in their renovated Literacy Lounge! The Detroit Pistons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Chassix donated books, bookshelves and murals to create a fun, relaxing, learning environment for our students. The students welcomed player Reggie Jackson with cheers and pom-poms and followed him into the lounge for the official grand opening celebration and story time. Thank you to our partners for creating this literacy space for our students to learn!

Bus takes students shopping to fulfill wish lists

More than 300 DPSCD students were picked up from their homes Saturday by ABC Student Transportation and were transported to Walmart in Livonia to participate in the 2017 Holiday Shopping Experience. Each student was assigned a personal shopper to take them through the store and purchase $100 worth of items from their wish lists. More than 150 volunteers participated on this special day and students expressed their gratitude for this special event.  The DPSCD Office of Student Transportation would like to thank ABC Student Transportation for their generosity and giving back to the students of DPSCD!

Coding continues at Gompers

Students at Gompers Elementary-Middle School participated in the QSTEM program through a partnership with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and Quicken Loans last month. The middle school students engaged in exciting, hands-on educational technology programming including coding software and constructing hardware. Educational activities outside of the classroom allow students to see first-hand the opportunities that stem from excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “This program inspired students to pursue further education and experience STEM career paths,” said Deana Kolomjec, Good News Ambassador for Gompers.

Love and kindness is a universal trait

John R. King and Performing Arts Academy students were eager to experience The Ned Show Assembly, a presentation about cultural differences and acceptance of others.  The assembly theme, kindness and acceptance, taught students how to get along with people of all backgrounds, who may dress or speak differently or have disabilities. They learned people are all the same when it comes to internal feelings. “Kindness is the adventure everyone needs in their daily lives,” says Wendell Sherley, counselor at John R. King. “This one-hour presentation has broadened our students’ expectations.”

Robots in the real world

The students at Cooke STEM Academy are learning to work together to build and program robots! The Cooke robotics team, consisting of students in grades 3-6, uses the Lego Mindstorm kit and iPad coding program to assemble and program the machines under the direction of a community volunteer and Bosch engineer. Students are developing critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering skills as they build, manipulate and troubleshoot their team robots. “They also have discussions and video lessons about real world usage of robotics such as Amazon’s packing and shipping process and how robots can impact productivity,” said Karlyn Singleton GNA for Cooke STEM. “The team is excited about their first year entry in the DPSCD sponsored robotics competitions.”