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Results of Air Quality Tests at Spain and Four Other Schools Show Only Low Levels of Mold and No Black Mold Present

Water Quality Test at Spain also confirms no lead or bacteria detected  Detroit Public Schools, in conjunction with the inspection of school buildings by the City of Detroit, has engaged a third party, certified environmental consulting firm to address concerns of air quality. The results of the first of these tests, conducted at Spain Elementary-Middle School, Dossin Elementary-Middle School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, A.L. Holmes Elementary School and the Osborn High School Campus have confirmed low levels of mold at these schools. The tests also confirmed that no black mold is present at any of the five schools. The report from ATC Group Services LLC (ATC) for Spain, which was tested on February 6, 2016, said that air

District 10 Michigan History Day Competition

The Detroit Public Schools Office of Social Studies proudly presents the “District 10 Michigan History Day Competition!” The event will take place on Saturday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum located at 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48202. Grades 4-12: Exhibit, Performance, Documentary, Webpage and Essay         Participating DPS schools include: Bunche Preparatory Academy Cass Technical High School Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern Douglass Academy for Young Men Durfee Elementary-Middle School Gompers Elementary-Middle School Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Spain Elementary-Middle School Thirkell Elementary-Middle School Please contact the Office of Social Studies for information on participating in the MHD event at marsha.lewis@detroitk12.org.

4th Annual Social Studies Olympiad

The Detroit Public Schools Office of Social Studies is proud to present the 4th Annual Social Studies Olympiad. The event took place on Saturday, February 27 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, Detroit, 48207. The State Competition will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 King. 2016 Social Studies Olympiad Results: First Place Winners Quiz Bowl: Senior Division, Cass Technical High School Quiz Bowl: Intermediate Division, FLICS Posters: Intermediate Division, Spain Elementary-Middle School Puppets: Intermediate Division, Gompers Elementary-Middle School Rap:  Intermediate Division, Spain Elementary-Middle School Poetry: Intermediate Division, Bunche Preparatory Academy Take A Stand: Intermediate Division, Spain Elementary-Middle School Please contact the DPS Office of Social Studies for information on participating in the Social Studies Olympiad, at 313-873-1795.

DPS kicks off Application Period Wednesday, February 24 for 22 Application Schools

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

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

School of the Week: Spain Elementary-Middle School

Early in 2014, the non-profit Aspen Institute and Detroit Symphony Orchestra were looking for a performing arts-focused Detroit school to hold an Arts Strike, which is defined as an event in which celebrated artists engage educators and students, and other to share the unique power of the arts to empower, enrich and educate. The choice was obvious: Spain Elementary-Middle School, which has worked closely with the Symphony, is near Orchestra Hall and has been offering students a comprehensive performing arts curriculum combined with top-notch academics for more than 40 years. The Arts Strike on April 4, 2014 brought legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program Damian Woetzel

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

Bosch Supports STEM Education with $35,000 in grants to Detroit Public Schools

Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) program funds 25 classroom projects By 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be an estimated 274,000 jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Michigan. The concern that Bosch and others have is: Will the next-generation workforce be ready to move into these jobs? To demonstrate its commitment to helping prepare students for these jobs, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) recently announced $35,000 in grants to Detroit Public Schools. These grants include awards to 26 Detroit Public Schools teachers, representing 25 projects, as part of its Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) grant program. These grants will support teachers who have developed an innovative curriculum that promotes STEM

Spain students participate in ACES!

Spain Elementary-Middle School participated in ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) where Physical Education teacher Gloria Celina and the staff brought together the entire school for physical activity. ACES is a Michigan Fitness Foundation campaign to encourage children to become more physically fit. This year Michigan had more than 1,000 schools exercising together on May 1, making Michigan the most active ACES state in the country. The Dynamic Vision Dance group, directed by Angela Blocker, started the event with a very high energy dance routine. Next, the students prepared their muscles for the day with an assortment of stretching exercises followed by running in place and lots of jumping jacks! Spain offers Physical Education classes to students and is committed to initiatives such

Students at Spain show their act of kindness for children in need

The children and their parents in prekindergarten class No. 142 at Spain Elementary-Middle School participated in a community service project showcasing their act of kindness. The students collected 67 pillow cases which were sewn into dresses and pants that were donated to the “Little Dresses for Africa,” a program that helps clothe children in need of school attire in Africa. Before donating the dresses, Spain students put on a fashion show to showcase to fellow students, parents and staff at Spain what they made from the pillow cases and what would be done with them. The children and their parents were very proud and felt great about completing an Act of Kindness for children in need of school clothes.