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The freezing winter air and a chest cold did not stop Principal Melissa Villarreal from standing at her post, holding open the front door of Roberto Clemente Academy on a recent morning, greeting every student and parent who walked passed her. She fluidly switched from English to Spanish, answering parents’ questions about the lunch menu that day, an attendance campaign the district recently held, or any other quick item that was on someone’s mind about their child. One friendly greeting in Spanish went to her cousin, whose grandchild attends Clemente. But the banter and answers were equally welcoming and sincere to those she doesn’t know because Villarreal believes in creating a welcoming culture and climate with everyone in her school
Roberto Clemente Academy and Edison Elementary School hosted the “Jump with Jill” show on Wednesday, May 28. The Nationally-acclaimed rock and roll nutrition show created by registered Dietitian and Musician Jill Jayne, was on a state-wide tour of 35 Michigan elementary schools March 17-June 4. Featured schools also received “Jump with Jill” educational materials including a copy of the Get Me Goin’ music video produced in Jenison, MI, that was released for National School Breakfast Week March 3-7, 2014.
Expo held at four school sites; Attendees learned about the various cultures of DPS including Latino/Latina, Bangladeshi, Hmong, African, African-American and Middle Eastern Students, parents and residents from across the district were invited to attend the second annual Taste of DPS Multicultural Expo on August 23, 2013 where attendees enjoyed foods, sights and sounds from the varying cultures representing Detroit Public Schools including Latino/Latina, Bangladeshi, Hmong, African, African-American and Middle Eastern. During the expo, guests experienced international cultures, received exciting gifts from community partners, and had the opportunity to eat lunch at each school. Menu offerings included: “Hopping John” black-eyed peas, representing the African-American culture; Red Beans, representing Latino culture; Spicy Red Beans, representing the East Indian culture; and Fasolia, a kidney bean
Michigan students in kindergarten through sixth grade were invited to present drawings of their favorite Yak’s Corner book character and tell why it was their favorite. The contest was sponsored by Yak’s Corner, the weekly news magazine for grades K-6 produced by Michigan K.I.D.S., and the Detroit Newspapers in Education nonprofit for the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. Congratulations to the following 2012-2013 Yak’s Corner favorite book character contest winners and honorable mention students: 5th place winner and kindergarten student Courtney Gentry-Plair, Bow Elementary Honorable Mention and first grade student Gloria Gonzalez, Roberto Clemente Learning Academy Honorable Mention and third grade student Josie Williams, Eman Hamilton Academy Honorable Mention and fifth grade student Judith Gonzalez, Roberto Clemente Learning
Students and staff from Roberto Clemente Academy present dogs from DPS’ K-9 unit with bullet proof vests
Students and staff of Roberto Clemente Academy on Monday, July 26 presented Tazer and Nitro, two dogs from Detroit Public Schools’ K-9 unit, with a state-of-the-art bullet proof vest as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts to improve safety in the district. The school community, spearheaded by former Principal Helena Lazo, raised about $680 to purchase the vest after listening to a presentation by Officer John Greene and meeting Nitro at a career day at the school and inquiring about how often the dogs are hurt in the line of duty. The presentation took place at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, at the school, located at 1551 Beard. Earlier this year, Detroit Public Schools Police Department officers John Greene and