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Program held in preparation for National Sleep Awareness Week March 6-12 Local nonprofit organization, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., hosted a R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Education Program at Dixon Educational Learning Academy on Tuesday, February 22. Dixon’s 325 K-5 students learned why getting a good night’s sleep is essential for their success in school and how creating good, lifelong sleep habits will positively impact their health and well-being. Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Educators teach children how to create a proper bedtime routine and go over the number of hours of sleep they need to get every night. Additionally, each child will receive a sleep kit containing a sleeping bag or fleece blanket, a Sweet Dreamzzz night shirt, toothbrush and toothpaste and a reading book.
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
Volunteers from AmeriCorps and Dixon Educational Learning Academy’s Green Team recently began their “Spring Cleaning” by planting and sprucing up the school grounds. The team planting flowers and vegetables and painted tires for outside planters, raked up grass clippings and cleaned. They even planted seedlings and other plants!
Students celebrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Day at Dixon Educational Learning Academy on Tuesday, May 19. Detroit Lions players, Meteorologist and WDIV Local 4 Reporter Andrew Humphrey, Tata Technologies as well as guests from Ford Motor Company, Wayne State Medical School, instructors and students from Cody’s Detroit Institute of Technology, and even a few volunteer NFL moms visited Dixon to speak to the eighth graders about careers in the STEM field. Students from Cody demonstrated their robotic cars built by students studying engineering. They also gave away prizes, t-shirts, and lab coats. Cody students are hoping that some of the Dixon eighth graders will choose to pursue a STEM related path at Cody DIT. Also at Dixon, the STEM Youth Literacy
Dixon Educational Learning Academy held its 5th Annual school-wide 5k Walk on Friday, May 8. This annual event is organized by the school’s Physical Education teacher in an effort to foster better health initiatives and provide exercise to the entire school community. Once students and staff complete the 5k walk around Rouge Park, they return to the school to participate in a day of outdoor sports activities and enjoy a healthy outdoor lunch. Food was served by CeJai’s and included grilled items, low fat chips, fruit, and ice cold water.
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
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
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
More than 100 girls, family members and staff from Dixon Educational Learning Academy are set to enjoy a fun-filled overnight stay in Dundee, Michigan at a splash park and hotel, with proceeds fully covered by donations from partners like Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, the Department of Human Services, Dixon staff and others. The “Girls Lock-In for Dixon” event, which typically happens at the school in the gymnasium and has included games, workshops, movies, mini-manicures, crafts and so much more, is not new and is not an anomaly for this school community which considers itself a family. Indeed, long before DPS launched a program where 21 schools will serve as Community Schools, open longer days and offering services for
Detroit Public Schools and the Office of Literacy on Monday, March 3, 2014 kicked off hundreds of reading and literacy activities, events and contests to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” Pulaski Elementary-Middle School held its first annual Preschool Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast in Mrs. M.Thompson-Cook’s class to celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY as well as the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Students were served “green” scrambled eggs, turkey or ham, and juice. Principal Desheil Echols even tried a test-taste! The day also consisted of a story read-aloud of “Green Eggs and Ham,” literacy games, cross-curricular activities, arts and crafts, and Dr. Seuss learning stations. Also there to join in the fun were Teacher Mrs. Noel Sauer (with the Dr. Seuss bow tie and hat), Associate Teacher Mrs. S. DeShields, Noon-Hour-Aide Ms. E. Hall, Associate Teacher