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Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy will be close today, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 as a result of a DTE Energy power outage.

DPS District-Wide Spelling Bee Winners

The Detroit Public Schools District-Wide Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, March 1, at Renaissance High School. 2016 Spelling Bee winners include: Elementary Bee (a.m.) Syleena McPherson #20: Winner (Golightly Educational Center/4th grade) Ivana Green #9: Runner-Up (Cooke Elementary/5th grade) Middle School Bee (p.m.) Kevin Howard #15: Winner (Golightly Educational Center/8th grade) Cornelius Crawley #30: Runner-Up (Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy/8th grade) For more information, please contact the DPS Office of Literacy at 313-873-4992. Photography by: Harold Harris

Sampson Academy wins Salmon in the Classroom grant

Fourth-grade teacher Ellen Hoyer and her “28 ambitious, excited science students,” as she affectionately describes them, are the recipients of a $1,500 grant titled, “Salmon in the Classroom” from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The $1,500 gift will be donated by the Metro-West Steelheaders to provide 200 salmon fry in October 2016 to raise the fish for seven months as part of an educational science program. Hoyer’s fourth-grade class is annually involved with the Great Lakes Educational Program, where the director Steve Stewart has welcomed the students to deposit the salmonines into the Detroit River for their final journey home. “We are thrilled for this new adventure and look forward to raising our fry!” exclaimed Hoyer.

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

Detroit Native Big Sean serves as Celebrity Principal for the Day in Recognition of Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge Winner, Bates Academy

View photos from the event below! Recording artist and Detroit native Big Sean returned to his hometown on Thursday, June 12 to act as “Principal for the Day” at Bates Academy, an Excellent Schools Detroit “Top K-8 Recommended School.” Competing against thousands of students from 37 Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) middle and high schools, Bates won the Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge this spring, which is a partnership of Viacom, Get Schooled and Detroit Public Schools. MTV’s Sway and DJ Fingers of FM 98 WJLB joined Big Sean to host an all-school assembly celebrating the school’s victory. More than half of all participating schools posted attendance increases during the challenge. Durfee Elementary-Middle School students, who saw their attendance jump a

“Do the Write Thing” Challenge finalists

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

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.

Sampson Academy receives visit from WDIV Local 4 Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey

Set your DVR: Tune in to the WDIV Local 4 Morning Show on Sunday, July 14 where Humphrey will highlight Sampson students during his segment! As part of the Extended School Year, Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy has designed a curriculum focused on weather that includes reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Kim Newell, an Instructional Specialist at the school, contacted WDIV Local 4 Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey to visit Sampson on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Humphrey spent part of the afternoon with students presenting weather information.  He asked the students questions about storms, regions in the United States where specific storms occur and weather tools used by meteorologists to predict the weather. “We were both extremely proud and pleased that our students were very knowledgeable in their

School of the Week: Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy

Amidst change, it takes a team to make Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy a daily, consistent positive educational setting for students and families Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy in the 2012-2013 school year stands out as a learning and supportive environment with remarkable stability and teamwork within Detroit Public Schools. That’s a remarkable sign for a school that’s been the center of transition for a number of years. The students and families, as well as the teaching staff, have come from many directions on their journeys which have led them to Sampson Academy. Detroit Public Schools educators with many years of experience are in most cases new to Sampson within the past two years. Students have followed both the route of transition due to

Sampson hosts first annual “I Wanna Read” Camp

The students at Sampson Academy recently attended a special event held at their school called “Camp Wanna Read.”  The Camp was the idea of Sampson’s Reading Recovery teacher, Patti Garbacik which was designed to encourage students to get excited about reading. Each year, Mrs. Garbacik sets up tents in the school media center and displays a variety of donated books. Students then select books that they would like to read, go into the tents and read the books with other classmates. Additionally, the students get to take the books home to keep after the camp. Books this year were donated by Central Middle School in Plymouth and Girl Scout Troop No. 41874 from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. Books