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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
Work It Out celebrates 10 years of its research verified, yoga-based curriculum with an opportunity to witness a class in action In celebration of its 10th anniversary and longstanding relationship with Detroit Public Schools, Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) showcased one of its classes on Tuesday, November 17 at Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science. Work It Out, established in 2005, seeks to combat childhood obesity through the use of yoga and nutrition education. Students in elementary schools learn what it takes to keep their bodies healthy and happy. This partnership was established by DKWIO Chief Executive Officer Tom Anderson and Executive Director Trish Dewald, both of whom were recently appointed to their Work It Out leadership roles. Detroit
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
Ranked No. 1 elementary school in the city of Detroit by Excellent Schools Detroit! What does it take to be the No. 1 ranked elementary school in the largest city in the state of Michigan? According to the chart-topping staff, students and administrators of Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science, it takes phenomenal leadership, creative ideas and holding all stakeholders accountable for the unique role they play within the school community. “Everyone plays a role in making this school the best that it can possibly be,” said Principal Kimberly Davis. “Being ranked the number one school in the city is like a payoff for all the hard work we begin implementing at the very beginning of each school year.”
DPS students at Edison Elementary School and Charles Wright Academy are learning to channel their inner artists through Art Road, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing art back into schools. Founder Carol Hofgartner is on a mission to give back to the community by providing access to art in DPS. For the past eight years, Hofgartner and a team of volunteers have provided weekly art courses each Friday at Edison and Charles Wright. Sponsors such as Mercedes Benz Financial Services and volunteers from Wayne State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art provide hands-on creative arts projects including painting, drawing, sculpting and more to give students the opportunity to experience many forms of art. In January 2014, Art Road will expand
More than 50 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Sciences on September 7, 2012 from Toyoda Gosei North America Corporation. Principal Kimberly Davis and her students were very excited to accept the donation. The backpacks were distributed as an incentive for students with great attendance. “We appreciate this opportunity to give back to our community and work with Detroit Public Schools,” said Lisa Owens, PHR, Corporate Planning Senior Specialist, and Community Relations/External Affairs with Toyoda Gosei North America Corp.
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