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Pi Day at Burton

Kindergarten students from Burton International Academy celebrated Pi Day on Friday, March 14. With the help of two fifth-grade students, the kindergarten students traced circumferences (circles) and diameters (horizontal lines) in the air with their hands to help understand the terms. Next the kindergartners traced plates, drew the diameter on the circle, and measured their circumferences with yarn. Students measured their diameters with the yarn, which should have been three and a little bit of extra yarn = 3.14. Finally, the students colored the symbol for Pi and colored a portion of the numerical value of Pi. At the end of the lesson, the participants were also able to enjoy a delicious slice of pie!   ~Submitted by Demetria Hoskins,

24th Annual Detroit Branch NAACP art/essay contest winners

Many DPS students placed in the annual Detroit Branch NAACP Art and Essay Contest. The contest is a wonderful opportunity for elementary through high school students to showcase their artistic talents. A reception will be held Friday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  The 2014 winners include: Elementary School Essay 1st Place                A’Liyah Higgins                5th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS) 2nd Place               Devin Powell                      5th Grade             Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy 3rd Place               Jamareia May                    5th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS)  Middle School Essay 1st Place                Kyrah Kimbro                     7th Grade             David Ellis Academy 2nd Place               Ariana Wingfield               7th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS) 3rd Place               Brenda

School of the Week: Burton International Academy

Infusing multiculturalism into young minds to educate the next generation of global achievers One of Burton International Academy Principal John Wilson’s favorite quotes is: “It takes teamwork to make the dream work!” With a mixture of top-notch teachers and a variety of ethnic and multicultural offerings, Burton International Academy prides itself on encouraging and preparing all students from diverse backgrounds to compete in a global society. Nestled between historic Corktown and the bustling Midtown cultural district, Burton is an application school serving Pre-K to grade 8. To support the rich ethnic, racial and cultural heritage of his students, Principal Wilson and his staff tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of all students through offerings such as the popular Social

DPS You Be the Chemist Challenge winners

Many DPS students across the district participated in the You Be the Chemist competition Tuesday, March 25 at the Michigan Science Center. The You Be the Chemist challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries and laboratory safety. Competitions are exciting events that take place across the country that educate students about the value of science education and the role of chemistry in their everyday lives. DPS winners include: First place – James Yates, Clippert Academy Prize: Kindle Fire Teacher – Kathryn Meloche Prize: $100 to purchase science supplies Second place – Kasia Rivers, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) Prize: Digital camera Teacher – LeAnn Peebles Third place

Burton students receive free books from First Book

Excited kindergarten students from Burton International Academy showcase their free books received from First Book, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) on Wednesday, February 12. About First Book First Book was founded by Kyle Zimmer and two friends in 1992 to create an organization dedicated to providing new books to children in need. Since its start date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million new books in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and Canada. Source: firstbook.org

Burton students highlighted at the MLK Wayne State Program

Wayne State University hosted a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebratory event at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Friday, January 17 featuring Burton International Academy students. The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Mae Jemison, who served for six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first African American woman to go into space. Also, because WSU has adopted the Burton International Academy Middle School wing, with a particular emphasis on the graduating 8th grade students, a short film was shown portraying a day in the life of one of Burton’s own 7th grade students. Other performances were featured and lunch was provided for all attendees.

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank and Detroit Public Schools host Fifth Gear/Grow Up Great Panel Discussion on Belle Isle

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank, Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation hosted a special panel discussion on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 on the impact of the PNC Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great programs and opportunities for students in racing. The panel discussion was held in the Pit Lane of the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The event also included a demonstration of the activities DPS students will participate in at the Grand Prix Education Day on Thursday, May 30. Speakers for the panel discussion included: Bud Denker, Chairman, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Boyd Pethel, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, PNC Bank Ursula Kelley-Wash, PNC Grow Up Great Supervisor, Detroit

DPS students shine like stars at the SAE World Congress 3-Day

DPS students were amongst many of the winners at the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress 3-Day A World In Motion International Fuel Cell Competition held April 16-18 at Cobo Center. The Motorized Toy Cars Competition was held Monday, April 16, where students from Burton International Academy competed against students from many private schools. The female team was recognized for its perseverance by one of SAE’s track judges. Their determination paid off, winning two third-place bronze medals for the Obstacle Course and Speed events. The Jet Toy Competition was held Tuesday, April 17, and DPS students enjoyed the great opportunity of competing and meeting other students from schools around the Detroit Metropolitan area. On Wednesday, April 18, the sun shined brightly on DPS students during the Fuel

NAIAS Education Day Brings Youth, Auto Industry Together

More than 200 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students who participate in activities supported by the PNC Foundation “Grow Up Great” program attended the North American International Auto Show Education Day on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Cobo Center. With the rapidly growing use of wireless technology, smart phones and the Internet, today’s youth are more connected and tech-savvy than ever. The North American International Auto Show focused on the various automotive-related technologies for students at all levels at its annual Education Day event. Now in its eighth year, NAIAS Education Day is a back-to-basics hands-on experience designed to attract students to the vibrancy of today’s automotive industry. NAIAS provides an in-depth auto show experience where students can view approximately 500 new vehicles on

Congratulations to Burton International Academy on recent grant awards

Burton International Academy was recently awarded a $750 grant through the Let’s Play Initiative from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! The grant funding was used to replenish wood chips on the school’s playground in October. Ms. Dana Smith’s 7th grade class, teachers and parent volunteers helped to spread the chips on the playground. A National Partner of KaBOOM!, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to the organization as part of the company’s Let’s Play initiative. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group designed to get kids active nationwide. Together through Let’s Play, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an