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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
Marcus Garvey Academy celebrated National Fire Prevention Month on Tuesday, October 27 with author Carol Butler, and retired firefighter Genois Wilson Brabson. Butler read her book “Genois Wilson, Firefighter, She Dared to be First”, the life story of Genois Wilson Brabson, the first woman firefighter in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana and in the country. Students were engaged in activities and learned about fire safety with firefighter Lieutenant Theresa Hassle. Butler also donated 70 copies of her book to DPS elementary schools.
Marcus Garvey Academy hosts annual “Career Day” with nearly 60 professionals including Detroit Police Chief James Craig and a broadcast of Live in the D
Marcus Garvey Academy hosted its annual “Career Day” on Friday, March 27. The annual Career Day is designed to expose students to a variety of careers led by top professionals in their fields. This event also allows students to gain first-hand knowledge into the many opportunities available. Detroit Police Chief James Craig attended the event representing the Detroit Police and Fire Departments, and students had the opportunity to explore a helicopter and fire truck on site. Guests were also greeted with live entertainment by Saxophonist Duane Parham and there was a live broadcast from WDIV Reporter Brandon Roux for a Live in the D segment in Garvey’s library! Additionally, nearly 60 professionals, ranging from doctors to entrepreneurs, visited Garvey for the
DPS Go Green Challenge Mid-Year Celebration – 47 DPS schools earn $7,050 for their green projects – DPS Recycling Program expansion announced
More than 300 Detroit Public Schools students, teachers, and parents attended the DPS Go Green Challenge Mid-Year Celebration at Cass Technical High School on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The event celebrated the work of 47 DPS schools that have earned a total of $7,050 for their work so far in making their schools, homes and communities greener and more sustainable. The DPS Go Green Challenge is a year-long competition for schools focused on project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning activities in sustainability. The school’s “Green Teams” compete in five phases throughout the academic year in the areas of Recycling, Energy/Water Conservation, Gardening and Nutrition. Up to 30 points are available for activities such as patrolling your school for energy
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
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited Marcus Garvey Academy on Friday, October 24, to help students shop for winter must-haves during Operation School Bell. Over 750 Detroit Public Schools’ students in grades K-5 received new clothing, coats, hygiene items, school supplies, backpacks, shoe vouchers and more. According to the DPS Office of School Social Work Service, Operation School Bell is a free event organized by the DPS Homeless Unit, in collaboration with the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan. For several years the Michigan Association of School Social Workers, the Detroit School Social Workers Association and the Assistance League have distributed free clothes, supplies and food to students in need. Over 2,000 students have been served in the past 10 years.
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
Congratulations to students from Carver S.T.E.M. Academy, Fisher Magnet Upper, Clark Preparatory Academy, Davison Elementary-Middle School, Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy and Marcus Garvey Academy for being named runner-up and finalists in the 2014 “Do the Write Thing” Challenge, on Friday, April 25. A special student recognition ceremony will be held Saturday, May 31. The challenge is presented by the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The “Do the Write Thing” challenge is an engaging opportunity that gives students the chance to take part in classroom conversations discussing the impact that violence has on their lives. In written form, students are able to express what they have seen to be some of the causes of youth violence as well as solutions to help
KarLee Graves, a third-grader at Marcus Garvey Academy, and Jose Pelcastre-Herman, a fourth-grader at Bennett Elementary will receive prizes for winning the 2014 African American World History Pacesetters contest. Graves will receive 20 new books and a stuffed animal as her reading buddy and Pelcastre-Herman will receive a Kindle eReader. The purpose of this activity is to increase and assess students’ knowledge of the contributions made by African American pacesetters through the reading of biographies, autobiographies and African American Literature. The outcome will be students’ increased knowledge of African American contributions to the world and improved reading comprehension of informational text and narrative text.
The Future City Special Awards Competition was held on Monday, January 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace. DPS award recipients included: Best Communication System Award Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers, Detroit Section Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Team 2 Best Use of Materials Award Sponsored by ASM International, Detroit Chapter Priest Elementary-Middle School Most Holistic Approach CH2M HILL Bates Academy Sustaining Our Future Award Sponsored by Golder Associates Inc. Clippert Academy, Team 1 Special Recognition Award Sponsored by The Engineering Society of Detroit Clippert Academy, Team 2 Clippert Academy, Team 3 Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Team 1 Marcus Garvey Academy