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Clippert Academy students competed and took home five trophies at the SeaPerch Competition on Saturday, April 16. SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students built their ROVs following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Results included: 1st Place- Challenge Course (7th graders) 3rd Place Poster Presentation (6th graders) 3rd Place Challenge Course (6th graders) 3rd Place Obstacle Course (6th graders) Overall Champion Middle School (6th graders) Congratulations Clippert!
Detroit Public Schools’ students participated in the 5th Annual SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International Motorized Toy Car Competition April, 12-13 at Cobo Center. SAE International 2016 JetToy Competition Results April 12: 15° Ramp Competition: 1st place: Team 24, Bates Academy 3rd place: Team 19, Munger Elementary-Middle School 30° Ramp Competition: 3rd place: Team 31, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School Speed: 1st place: Team 24, Bates Academy 3rd place: Team 21, Munger Elementary-Middle School SAE International 2016 JetToy Competition Results April 13: Distance competition: 3rd place: Team 105, Munger Elementary-Middle School Distance with weight: 3rd place: Team 64, Emerson Elementary-Middle School Accuracy: 2nd place: Team 105, Munger Elementary-Middle School 3rd place: Team 104, Munger Elementary-Middle School Participating DPS teams included: JetToy Competition A.L.
Check out Detroit HUB’s feature on Clippert Academy working with Living Arts! Living Arts is a non-profit organization that engages Detroit youth, teachers and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, literary and media arts. Link: Fifth graders at Clippert Academy, senior citizens bridge the generations to share thoughts about Latino immigration, heritage, lives in Detroit
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”
Many DPS students across the district participated in the You Be the Chemist competition on Thursday, March 4 at Renaissance High School. The event was sponsored by PVS Nolwood-a Detroit company. 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: 1st Place: Canitera Rhodes, Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School Teacher: Ms. Penelope Johnson 2nd Place: Mannah Rucker, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies Teacher: Ms. LeAnne Peebles 3rd Place: Ryan Embry, A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School Teacher: Ms. Donna Holtz
Clippert Academy, which is now accepting Applications, held its annual Multicultural Ethnic Luncheon on Feb. 3. In attendance were educational leaders, school personnel, business leaders, surrounding community, and residents who joined together for the annual event to strengthen relationships with the school and showcase the diversity and academic achievement of this high-performing academy. Students were asked to bring various ethnic foods, dress in their native clothing and participate in a variety of festive activities. Classrooms and hallways were decorated with elaborate ethnic themes from around the world. To learn more about how to apply to Clippert Academy, go to detroitk12.org/enroll. Seats are limited. The Application Period ends March 23. DPS Application for Application Schools (Spanish)
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
Congratulations to Harms Elementary School fourth grader Veronica Gonzalez, who was a top finalist in the annual Bookstock writing contest. This year’s topic was “Who is your favorite book character?” Veronica won a trophy and a cash prize for her submission.
Congratulations to the DPS students who participated in the 2015 “A World in Motion” Competition on Thursday, April 23 at Cobo Center. 2015 Fuel Cell Competition category award winners include: Third Place: Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Accuracy Third Place: Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Endurance Third Place: Clippert Academy, Speed Second Place: Emerson Elementary-Middle School, Accuracy Second Place: Munger Elementary-Middle School, Speed Grand Champion: Emerson Elementary-Middle School
Activities to emphasize the importance of reading Detroit Public Schools and the Office of Literacy kicked off hundreds of reading and literacy activities to celebrate “March is Reading Month” on Monday, March 2. Ronald Brown Academy Principal Georgina Tait started the month-long reading initiative by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the pre-kindergarten students. After the reading, the Pre-K students returned to their individual classrooms to eat a specially-prepared breakfast of green eggs and ham! View the story, at www.clickondetroit.com/news/education/detroit-schools-celebrate-reading-month/31569954 At Carver S.T.E.M. Academy everyone was asked to Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)! Instructional Specialist Tricia Barnes coordinated the event and was happy to see all of the young scholars, from ages 4-13, use their active