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DSO Members Visit Blackwell Pre-K Students

Detroit Public Schools’ Catherine C. Blackwell Institute welcomed guests from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on Tuesday, April 12. The visit was apart of the DSO’s Classroom Concert Series. For more information, visit www.dso.org/classroom

A Dozen DPS Schools Released from Michigan’s 2012 Priority Cohort Schools List

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

DPS students participate in 2015 Future City Competition

Students from Bates Academy, Blackwell Institute, Clippert Academy, Durfee Elementary-Middle School and Henderson Academy participated in the annual Future City Competition, presented by the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), on Monday, January 26 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. According to ESD, Future City is a cross-curricular educational program where students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Over a four-month period, students work as a team with an educator and volunteer mentor to design a virtual city using SimCity software; research and write an essay addressing the contest theme; build a model of their city using recycled materials; write a brief narrative promoting their city; and present their city before a

School of the Week: Catherine C. Blackwell Institute of International Studies, Commerce and Technology

Continuing the family-link generated by African-centered, 21st century learning At Catherine C. Blackwell Institute, students are taught beginning with the earliest grade levels that your character changes the world. A 20-year Detroit Public Schools educator, Blackwell Principal Patricia Hines focuses her curriculum on three basic concepts: culture, 21st century learning, and being able to express oneself artistically. Hines is determined to help her students become dynamic contributors in the multicultural environment in which they live. One of DPS’ premier African-centered schools, Blackwell was named in honor of the late Catherine C. Blackwell. Mrs. Blackwell’s deep passion and long-time advocacy for the African culture carried over to her teachings, resulting in the school keeping her tradition alive by continuing to infuse

DPS You Be the Chemist Challenge winners

Many DPS students across the district participated in the You Be the Chemist competition Tuesday, March 25 at the Michigan Science Center. The You Be the Chemist challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries and laboratory safety. Competitions are exciting events that take place across the country that educate students about the value of science education and the role of chemistry in their everyday lives. DPS winners include: First place – James Yates, Clippert Academy Prize: Kindle Fire Teacher – Kathryn Meloche Prize: $100 to purchase science supplies Second place – Kasia Rivers, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) Prize: Digital camera Teacher – LeAnn Peebles Third place

FM 98 WJLB’s Coco helps jump-start the new school year at Blackwell

Radio personality Coco of FM 98 WJLB gave the students of Catherine C. Blackwell Institute a special shout-out during the first week of school. As more than 60 parents, students and staff members listened to the morning show, Coco stressed to students and parents the importance of good attendance and parental support to ensure students succeed in school and beyond!

NAIAS Education Day Brings Youth, Auto Industry Together

More than 200 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students who participate in activities supported by the PNC Foundation “Grow Up Great” program attended the North American International Auto Show Education Day on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Cobo Center. With the rapidly growing use of wireless technology, smart phones and the Internet, today’s youth are more connected and tech-savvy than ever. The North American International Auto Show focused on the various automotive-related technologies for students at all levels at its annual Education Day event. Now in its eighth year, NAIAS Education Day is a back-to-basics hands-on experience designed to attract students to the vibrancy of today’s automotive industry. NAIAS provides an in-depth auto show experience where students can view approximately 500 new vehicles on

Rodney Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons and PNC Bank Open “Live, Learn and Play” Classroom at Blackwell Institute with Basketball Clinic and School Supply Donation

Rodney Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons, and presenting corporate partner PNC Bank opened a newly renovated literary arts classroom on Thursday, September 20 at Blackwell Institute, a member of the PNC Grow-Up Great Program. The classroom make-over features new computers, freshly painted walls, new furniture and more. Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons and PNC Bank also hosted a fitness clinic, donated school supplies to students and game tickets while Pistons performance groups provided engaging and exciting entertainment for the students during a special assembly. The new classroom marks the Detroit Pistons and PNC Bank’s 28th Live, Learn and Play Center, providing new technology, furniture and a refurbished classroom space. Event attendees included: Mason, Detroit Pistons Announcer; Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons Player; Aaron Smith,