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DPSCD Destination Imagination Winners will compete in Global Competition

We are pleased to announce the grand success of our Destination Imagination teams! For the first time ever, DPSCD has students who will attend the Destination Imagination Global Competition, later next month. This problem-solving competition is comprised of the brightest young minds from 48 states, Canada, and 20 countries with more than 17,000 participants! Neinas, under the direction of Dyan Wardwell and a student from Cass, under the leadership of parent volunteer, Doris Strong, both qualified for the Global Competition. They competed against more than 200 teams, from across the state of Michigan to gain this honor. Here’s how the teams finished: Neinas Academy: 2nd Place, Improv Challenge EL [Global Finalist] Unmasked (including student from Cass Tech): 2nd Place, Project

7 Detroit Public Schools honored by Mackinac Center as Top 100 schools in the state

8 DPS schools receive “A Grade” and Davison Elementary-Middle School makes the cut for top 10 best schools in the state The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently released a new report card ranking seven Detroit Public Schools in the Top 100 best schools in the state. The Mackinac Center’s generated Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card reviewed 2,246 elementary and middle schools, taking student poverty level into account in order to better examine school performance, and is based on four years of student test scores. The CAP report card is an “apples-to-apples” comparison for parents and policymakers. View the full Mackinac Context and Performance Report Card, at www.mackinac.org/22171 This year marks the second consecutive year DPS’ Davison Elementary-Middle School has secured a spot in the “Top 10”

DPS kicks off Application Period Wednesday, February 24 for 22 Application Schools

The district kicks off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, February 24 for the 22 Application Schools, which range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to robust STEM programs such as Detroit International Academy, home of the Pink Panthers and all-girls robotics team, to language immersion programs, including those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School. The month-long Application Schools period runs from February 24 to March 23. Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere. The Application Schools are as follows: Academy of the Americas (K-8) / Academy of the Americas (9-11) Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School Bates Academy Benjamin

A Dozen DPS Schools Released from Michigan’s 2012 Priority Cohort Schools List

Schools no longer on the State’s bottom five percent list Detroit Public Schools is pleased to announce that 12 of its schools have been released from the State of Michigan’s 2012 Priority Cohort Schools Status List. This signals that the state’s School Reform/Redesign Office recognizes the hard work being done by each school’s leadership and teaching staff, and their focus on data-driven decisions which are positively impacting the outcome of student achievement. The District was notified in a letter from SRO Chief Natasha Baker earlier this month. The 12 schools that have been acknowledged for their improvements are: Blackwell Institute Burton International Academy Carleton Elementary School Carver STEM Academy Dixon Educational Learning Academy Dossin Elementary-Middle School Mann Learning Community Neinas

Congratulations to our District-Wide Spelling Bee winners

The Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Literacy hosted the Inaugural District-Wide Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 26 at Renaissance High School. The top winners received a trophy and an iPad mini, sponsored by the DPS Foundation. Elementary winners: 1st place- Dakota Dorsey, 5th grade, Chrysler Elementary School Runner up- Mekhai Walker, 4th grade, Burton International Academy Middle School winners: 2nd place- Asia Noble, 8th grade, Dossin Elementary-Middle School Runner up- Kevin Howard, 7th grade, Golightly Education Center “We are proud of all of our spelling bee participants,” said the DPS Office of Literacy team. “To all of the Spelling Bee Coordinators and Instructional Specialists we thank you for all of your hard work and going above and beyond to conduct building-wide

Six Detroit Public Schools ranked as Academic State Champs by Bridge Magazine

In February 2015, Bridge Magazine announced its first-ever rankings for thousands of Michigan schools as the 2014 Academic State Champs. More than 3,200 schools (traditional public schools and charters) were judged on state and national test scores over three years, with student income levels factored in for each school. Four DPS elementary schools and three middle schools were ranked on the list of Bridge Magazine’s Academic State Champs: Elementary Schools Thirkell Elementary-Middle School* Chrylser Elementary School Davison Elementary-Middle School* Dixon Educational Learning Academy *Ranked among the Top 10 Michigan Elementary Schools Middle Schools Davison Elementary-Middle School* Burton International Academy Clippert Academy *Ranked among the Top 10 Michigan Middle Schools Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center, a DPS-authorized charter school, was

Burton International Academy claims top prize in Get Schooled Attendance Challenge with a 3.5% increase

17 middle and high schools across Detroit Public Schools participated in the latest Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge aimed to boost school attendance DETROIT (January 28, 2015) — Burton International Academy has been named champion of the latest Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge, earning a $1,000 prize for boosting its attendance by 3.5% and a celebration event at the school. Burton International Academy students enjoyed a dance party on Wednesday, Jan. 28 hosted by a Get Schooled DJ and received a $1,000 check. Students were surprised to learn that a portion of the award funding will be used for new uniforms for Burton International Academy’s dance team, supporting fine and performing arts at the middle school. The remaining funds will purchase

More than 7,000 students’ classrooms grow brighter as DPS adds high quality, energy-efficient LED lighting to 11 school buildings

District to enhance learning and realize hundreds of thousands in annual savings: 60% reduction in classroom lighting energy utilization and the elimination of maintenance cost. Detroit Public Schools is adding new, energy-efficient LED lighting to 11 school buildings, which will not only provide a cost-savings to the district but will enhance the educational environment for more than 7,000 students by making classrooms brighter. “The key benefit to the project is improvement in our classrooms, where teachers and students will spend their academic day in brighter settings that are more conducive to learning and academic achievement,” said DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “The LED technology also utilizes approximately 60% less electricity, lasts more than twice as long as our previous lighting

Burton International Academy awarded grant funding for new “Elementary in Engineering” program

Meemic Insurance Company helped to kick off a new engineering program at Burton International Academy this week thanks to an $850 donation to the school. Meemic representative Randy Cagwin presented a check to Dr. John Wilson, principal of Burton, and Kindergarten Teacher Demetria Hoskins on Wednesday, September 24. The check was awarded to Wilson and Hoskins in response to a grant proposal submitted to Meemic, an insurance company that provides corporate support exclusively to members of the educational community, and will be used toward funding a new program titled, “Elementary in Engineering.” This program will be offered to students in grades K-5 and aims to expose students to a variety of careers in the engineering field. The program involves students taking an

Torii & Katrina Hunter Launch Innovative Program to Benefit Detroit Public Schools Students

Tigers star provides proven character-building program to students Heart of a Champion, a program designed to elevate the lives of 7,500 students in 39 Detroit Public Schools launched Sept. 23 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy with a high-energy kick-off event including Katrina Hunter, wife of the Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, school district officials and city dignitaries. Through their charitable effort, The Torii Hunter Project, the Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder and his wife are funding the program for the school district. Heart of a Champion is a character-building program that is proven to reduce dropout rates and increase student performance and graduation rates among students in 26 states. “We are excited to bring a program to Detroit that has been proven