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Detroit Public School Palmer Park Preparatory Academy’s Pre-K class taught by Anita Ross welcomed special visitors on Monday, November 30. As a thank you to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for welcoming the students and their parents at an installment of their Educational Concert Series in October, the youth presented the DSO’s Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill, Principal Timpanist Jeremy Epp and “Detroit Performs” Host D.J. Oliver with a special painting created by the students, as well as a performance including their homemade rain sticks.
During the visit, Merrill, Epp and Oliver demonstrated various instruments, brought an art project to make with the students, lead a music and movement activity and answer questions from the children.
Teacher, Anita Ross’ class attended the series, which introduces metropolitan Detroit youth to the orchestra, due to a grant that allowed the teachers to purchase tickets for $1 per person. While there, students had the opportunity to learn about different families of instruments in the orchestra. Ms. Ross plans on bringing the children to additional installments of the Series this winter.
An anonymous donor through The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy recently partnered with Detroit Public Schools to offer the “Teen Trendsetter” program. At 12 schools, 150 DPS teens mentor one student each through a hands-on, reading program allowing teens to mentor elementary students in grades first through third. The first, second and third graders have an opportunity to take part in a program that supports them as they read through the sciences, resulting in improved reading skills, an interest in science, higher reading scores and confident learning. Meanwhile, teens receive the opportunity to spend one-on-one time reading each week with their young mentees and bonding over books. DPS locations include: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School Carstens Elementary-Middle School at Remus Robinson
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
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, recently announced its partnership to deploy Kajeet SmartSpot™ devices to Detroit Public Schools. A total of 450 portable Wi-Fi hotspots, enabling students to have access to essential academic and education resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere, are currently being deployed in eight schools as part of the district’s take-home Netbook program. As one of the country’s largest school districts, Detroit is confronting the same issue as many other schools in safely and affordably connecting students off campus with student-issued devices. Currently, 70 percent of the district’s students do not have Internet access once they leave school. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ offers an affordable and simple option to close the digital divide.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and schools across the district are going PINK! Several schools are getting involved by hosting events to not only make breast cancer awareness an educational forum for students, but also to put on display the urgency in making the community aware of the need for early detection, self-examination and annual mammograms. DPS Goes PINK School Events: Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette St., Detroit 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013-Breast Cancer Information Rally The King DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Chapter will host a Breast Cancer Rally that will feature cancer survivors, a representative from Karmanos Cancer Institute and performances from the MLK Dance Group, Choir and Band. *** Detroit
Teachers and staff at Palmer Park Preparatory Academy have recently rolled out a school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. On Friday, April 19, students attended a PBIS rally. At the rally, students were greeted by a guest MC, and energized by the P3A cheerleaders. An overview of the PBIS program was presented by the PBIS chairperson, Ms. Gardner-Street, followed by student-organized entertainment. Principal Bessie Harris outlined the incentive program to tell students how they can acquire “Harris Bucks.” Students who earned “Harris Bucks” during the rally were escorted to the school’s “Lion’s Den” to shop. The underlying theme of PBIS is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.
School of the Week: Palmer Park Preparatory Academy: FLASH! New Prep school opens in northwest Detroit
School-of-the-Week transformed, reorganized Palmer Park Academy changes climate and culture, and lives Can a school uniform transform a school? The display case in the commons area between the early elementary and middle school wings of this school in the well-maintained University District is the third stop on the tour that Principal Bessie Harris guides. But the Dress for Success ethic and plaid uniform program displayed behind that glass case, and its impact on Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, was clearly evident among the boys and girls in the classrooms of fifth grade teachers Gwendolyn Williams and Charles Donlon visited earlier. The fifth graders are disciplined and serious. The rigorous, precise atmosphere as Donlon runs his 25 students through multiplication tables in