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School of the Week: John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy

When the WorldStrides Heritage National Middle School Festival chose the J.R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy’s Angelic Chorale to perform as the Featured Choir at world-famous Carnegie Hall in 2012, then-Vocal Music Director Annette Anderson predicted the experience would have a lifetime impact on the students. And she was right. Long after the “rousing standing ovation that seemed to last forever” died down and the echo of the applause dissipated, that performance – and all the opportunities that led up to it – continue to impact the students of this pre-K-to-8 academy in northwest Detroit. Consider Carl Shazor, a retired new product development engineer from Ford Motor Co., who no longer has a child attending the school. But Shazor

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

AAA donates $28,000 to Detroit Public Schools “Safe Routes” to help children traveling to school

AAA of Michigan presented a $28,000 check to the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to help expand the district’s volunteer patrol program to keep children safer when traveling to school.  The check was presented to school district leaders at Fisher Magnet Lower Academy, located at 15510 E. State Fair Rd., Detroit today (August 28, 2013). The AAA donation will help fund the “Safe Routes” program in 14 key school zones to ensure the safety and security of children and their families as they walk to and from schools and bus stops.  The money will pay for gas cards for volunteers to drive around schools and reflective safety vests for volunteers on foot patrols. “We are pleased to partner with the Detroit

New Summer School Academy to offer Pre-K Transitions Program, high school recovery credits expanded to students outside the district, weekly field trips, Extended Year Program, social studies and science curriculum to target low MEAP scores and more

Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, Detroit Public Schools today announced bold new goals for its 2013 Summer School Academy to be held June 17-July 26 with programs targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of credit recovery courses and a pre-kindergarten transitions program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten. A K-8 program will be offered with a focus on social studies and science—areas where students received low-ranking MEAP scores—integrated with language arts and mathematics. This program will be mandatory for under-performing students in grades 4-8 at 37 schools. A total of 35 schools that are on the state’s priority list will provide Extended Year programs from June 17-July 12 based on

SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp opens to nearly 300 DPS students

Detroit Public Schools’ students in grades 3-5 are engaging in hands-on learning through a three-week summer camp titled SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids). The camp opened on July 16, 2012 with nearly 300 DPS students and will extend through August 3, 2012 at Bates Academy. Offering the award-winning “A World In Motion” program curriculum, SEEK camp aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life. See the great WXYZ story here: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/dps-students-learn-all-about-engineering-during-summer-camp Roughly 50 collegiate mentors from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), who are undergraduate engineering and/or mathematics students, will provide the instruction. This is the first time in the program’s history that the SEEK Camp has been offered in Detroit. Students will participate in competitions

John R. King’s Angelic Chorale Performs at Carnegie Hall

The John R. King Academic & Performing Arts Academy’s Angelic Chorale traveled to New York March 2-5, 2012 to perform at the world’s most prestigious performing arts stage: Carnegie Hall. The Angelic Chorale was selected by the Heritage World Strides National Middle School Festival to perform as the Featured Choir at Carnegie Hall. The group of 22 students performed four songs: “Night Winds,” by Victor C. Johnson; “We Can Plant a Forest,” by Jim Papoulis & Mike Greenly; “Kyrie,” by Jay Althouse; and “Rockin’ Jerusalem,” by Donald Moore. “We were received by the audience with a rousing standing ovation that seemed to last forever,” said Annette Anderson, Vocal Music Director. “This was an educational experience that will have a lasting

J.R. King Academy kicks offs fundraising, begins practicing for performance at Carnegie Hall as featured middle school choir

The Angelic Chorale Choir from John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy is kicking off fundraising immediately and finalizing its repertoire for its once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall as the National Middle School Choir. On Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m., the Angelic Chorale will a hold a fundraising performance of the Nutcracker and other chorale selections at J.R. King, 15850 Strathmoor. “It’s an outstanding honor and great opportunity for our students to represent middle schools across the nation as the National Middle School Choir at the Festival at Carnegie Hall,” said J.R. King Choir Director Annette Anderson. The 25 students in the choir must raise funds for travel, bus transportation, hotel accommodations, food, and