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Kajeet: Helping students receive online access to help gain competitive edge in education

Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, recently announced its partnership to deploy Kajeet SmartSpot™ devices to Detroit Public Schools. A total of 450 portable Wi-Fi hotspots, enabling students to have access to essential academic and education resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere, are currently being deployed in eight schools as part of the district’s take-home Netbook program. As one of the country’s largest school districts, Detroit is confronting the same issue as many other schools in safely and affordably connecting students off campus with student-issued devices. Currently, 70 percent of the district’s students do not have Internet access once they leave school. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ offers an affordable and simple option to close the digital divide.

Garvey wins first-ever middle school football championship game

Marcus Garvey Academy played Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School for the first-ever middle school football championship game on Saturday, November 9, at Plymouth Educational Center. The Garvey Hurricanes defeated the Mackenzie Stags with a score of 62 to 18. Garvey will go down in DPS history for being the district’s first-ever middle school football league champion sponsored by the Healthy Kids League. Garvey played seven games and had an undefeated season. The additional teams that participated this season were Mackenzie, University Prep Science and Mathematics Academy, Carstens Elementary-Middle, Highland Park, Bates Academy, Burton International and Plymouth Educational Center. Coach Donald, a retired police officer said the football program brought the best leadership qualities out of the young men. “They showed dedication and commitment to both academics and athletics,” he

WWJ News: Marcus Garvey Students Win Compuware App Challenge, Ride on Thanksgiving Float

Four fifth-grade girls from the Detroit Public Schools’ Marcus Garvey Academy earned first place Wednesday afternoon in the Compuware Mobile AppChallenge — a competition to design the best app idea for concept development by Compuware. Called “The Brainy Bunch,” the team proposed Live Better in Detroit — an app that would combine information on recycling, gardening tips and ideas, Detroit real estate listings, information on building a new home in Detroit, and news content. There’s also an “Advice Page” with expert advice on living in Detroit. Read the full WWJ story: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/10/30/marcus-garvey-students-win-compuware-app-challenge-ride-on-thanksgiving-float/

Compuware Announces Winners of Inaugural Mobile App Challenge at Detroit’s Marcus Garvey Academy

Winning team earns a ride on the Compuware float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq: CPWR), the technology performance company, announced the conclusion of its inaugural Mobile App Challenge conducted at Detroit’s Marcus Garvey Academy. Team Brainy Bunch, comprised of 5th graders Jordan Bell; Candance Montgomery; Desire Taylor; and Gabrielle Taylor; and mentored by Compuware professionals, presented the winning concept to the panel of judges yesterday afternoon at Marcus Garvey. The judging panel consisted of Marcus Garvey Principal James Hearn; Compuware CTO Paul Czarnik; Compuware VP of Strategic Services Bob Kennedy; Detroit Public Schools Data Center, Network & Communications Services Executive Director Mark Bartoski; and Matt Roush, CBS Radio Technology Reporter and Editor of WWJ’s Technology Report. “Every organization

Garvey poets featured on PBS’ News Hour!

Students at Marcus Garvey Academy were featured on the PBS program News Hour. The show’s host Jeffrey Brown reflects with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about visiting the Motor City middle-schoolers. During the segment, Brown discusses the InsideOut writing program that sends professional writers into Detroit’s schools and gives DPS students the opportunity to become published poets! View the PBS News Hour segment: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec13/poetry_10-23.html

DPS celebrates diversity during 2nd Annual “Taste of DPS Multicultural Expo”

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

Garvey All Girls Robotic Team awarded technology grant!

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Academy is pleased to announce the winning accomplishments of Mr. Craig McKee, the school’s robotic team coach.  Mr. McKee, a 14 year veteran mathematics teacher with the Detroit Public Schools District, has been awarded a $500.00 Robotic Fest Grant for 2013.  This grant is provided by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT) to encourage more female students to major in the S.T.E.M. fields of education.  The 15-member Marcus Garvey Robotics Team will compete at the District Robotics Competition to be held on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Suburban Collection Showplace Conference Center in Novi, Michigan. Please visit the MCWT – website: www.mcwt.org. The Foundation tab provides information about the programs for K-12 girls

School of the Week: Marcus Garvey Academy!

Academy’s one-year journey off of state’s improvement list demonstrates power of teacher, staff and parental involvement. Collaborative leadership, a lesson for all Four Detroit Public Schools were removed from the state‘s Persistently Low Achieving (PLA) list this year, three Elementary-Middle Schools-A.L. Holmes, Marcus Garvey Academy and Priest-as well as Western International High School. Each has plans and support in place to ensure continued academic growth. In particular, the story of how Garvey Academy came off the list after just one year is one of leadership, focus on data, school improvement and changing traditional academic models, staff and parent involvement in the process, as well as the school’s overall ability to maintain its focus on educating every child, which, in this

Marcus Garvey Academy Receives Newly Renovated Library from Target and The Heart of America Foundation

Target Corp. and The Heart of America Foundation unveiled a brand new state-of-the-art library and Target Meals for Minds food pantry today, September 28, 2012, at Marcus Garvey Academy. As part of the 2012 Target School Library Makeover program, which includes plans to give more than $12 million to support education, the retailer is unveiling new libraries at a total of 32 in-need elementary schools across the country. In addition, Target will award $15,000 reading grants to two Detroit schools that previously received library makeovers. “The new library and food pantry are amazing gifts for our school and our students,” said James Hearn, principal, Marcus Garvey Academy. “Thanks to Target and The Heart of America Foundation, our students have the resources

Marcus Garvey Academy and Bennett Elementary students take part in Navy Week events with ship tours, obstacle course, mock drills

Students from Marcus Garvey Academy participated in an obstacle course and other activities during the first week of school with representatives and sailors from the U.S. Navy as part of Detroit’s Navy Week events. The program was coordinated through the school’s partnership with Compuware. The students were invited to participate in an afternoon mini boot-camp, featuring mock drills. Also on-hand was the Navy’s Chevy Suburban customized to include a full-scale, state-of-the-art media center featuring a four-unit video game system for school-age children to enjoy. About 50 fourth- and fifth-graders from Bennett Elementary School attended also Navy Week events downtown, Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  Students who are mentored by the Hispanic Police Officers Association boarded the ships and met the crew. The