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The Michigan Chronicle along with Talmer Bank is holding the First Annual S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m., at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Michigan Chronicle will award 25 scholarships to Detroit High School seniors. DPS finalists include: Cass Technical High School Alana Crawford Lisbeth Garcia-Leon Raheida Khalique Terria Davis Alyson Grigsby Jonae’ Maxey Krishana Castro Daria Bailey Shahera Khandaker Chyna Ross Kiryn Swain Lori Goodwin Kala Coston Detroit International Academy for Young Women Papia Aziz Detroit School of Arts Ejiro Enajero Renaissance High School Leonard Rowe Paige Sims Akia Hewitt Western International High School Lucy Arias Congratulations finalists!
Event to showcase student talent integrated among various disciplines including arts, fashion, music, dance, designs, films, photography and more! The Annual MIDTOWN CAR SHOW™ presented by Detroit School of Arts (DSA) will take place April 29 – 30. The event, which was launched in 2013 and inspired by Visual Arts Teacher John Wood, promotes Detroit’s automotive industry past, present and future, and relevant student educational projects related to the automotive industry. MIDTOWN CAR SHOW™ uses progressive concepts to showcase student talent with various creative disciplines: art, fashion, music, dance, designs, films, photography, social media, entrepreneurial, etc. to work with professionals in the automotive capitol. This educational, informative and high-energy event includes both urban and suburban, primary and secondary schools, as
Detroit Public Schools band and orchestra students participated in the Michigan School Band Orchestra Association’s District XV Band and Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 12. The following groups received superior ratings and qualified to perform in the State Band and Orchestra Festival: Duke Ellington K-8 Concert Band, Mr. Sean Patton, Director Cass Tech High School Chamber Strings, Ms. Deanna Burrows, Director DSA Symphony Band, Dr. Sean Penderel, Director King High School Symphony Band, Mr. Ronald Perkins, Director Renaissance High School Chamber Strings, Dr. Jui Chao Wang The State Band and Orchestra Festival will take place the last week in April and the first week of May. Congratulations to these outstanding groups for a job well done. On to States!
DPS students continue to close gap with statewide peers and are now only 2.4 percent away from the state average; gap was more than 17 percent in 2008 Detroit Public Schools’ high school graduation rate increased six percentage points for 2015, bringing the rate to 77.35 percent, the highest rate in a decade. DPS students also continued to close the gap with their statewide peers and now are only 2.4 percent away from the state average. DPS students beat the state’s rate of increase by more than five percentage points. The District’s dropout rate also decreased by nearly 7 percent to 11.47 percent. (Note: Based on cohort graduation rates and cohort dropout rates calculated for all schools in the State
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
Ivana Butler of Detroit School of Arts was selected as the winner of a $10,000 Interlochen Scholarship. First Place Winner: Ivana Butler Senior at Detroit School of Arts Soprano soloist Winning selection: Se tu m’ami, se sospiri (Italian) written by Giovanni Pergolesi Teacher: Connie Malabed Accompanist: Mr. Albert Duncan Second Place Winner: Joshua Cooper Senior at Renaissance High School Piano soloist Composition Title: Revolutionary Etude Composer: Frederick Chopin Teacher: Ronald Malabed More about the Interlochen Summer Programs The world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists in grades 3 through 12, Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. Each summer, 2,500 students come to Interlochen to train intensively with renowned
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is bringing to Detroit, celebrity author Dr. Ian Smithas seen on the Emmy winning daytime talk show, The Doctors and VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club. Dr. Ian Smith is also author of the Number 1 New York Times Bestseller Shred: The Revolutionary Diet and Super Shred: The Big Results Diet. Join WFM at the Detroit School of Arts on Monday, February 8 as Dr. Ian kicks off the annual Detox Challenge. The event will take place in DSA’s auditorium, at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for registered guest. Advanced registration is required and can be made by contacting Angela.Jordan@wholefoods.com. Admission is free and complimentary valet will be available.
DPS High Schools offer Detroit 8th grade students career path options from medical to musical and more
New High School Open House Series tailored for 8th grade students
Detroit Public Schools launched this month a NEW initiative to ensure Detroit 8th grade students can explore the District’s High Schools before the spring Enrollment period to allow parents/guardians and their children to make the best decision possible for their High School of choice. All Detroit 8th grade students graduating in June 2016 are welcome to attend these fun and engaging events.
Chrysler Elementary and Detroit School of Arts awarded grants for music programs by Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox
Chrysler Elementary School and Detroit School of Arts are among 16 schools nationwide to receive $3,000 grants awarded by the Give a Note Foundation through a donation made by 21st Century Fox. Representatives from both Give a Note and Fox, including Roop Raj and Amy Andrews, visited both schools on Thursday, October 1 for a special ceremony with performances by student ensembles. This past June, at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Assembly, Give a Note Foundation board member Beth Slusher along with Fox 5 DC anchor Lauren DeMarco for 21st Century Fox, announced the schools receiving the 2015 grants. The funds are used to help teachers boost their music programs and reach more students with quality music
Top-performing students from Cass Tech, DIA, DSA, EEVPA and King receive full-ride scholarships covering their college expenses through graduate school Seven Detroit Public Schools seniors – two more than the previous year — are among only 1,000 recipients nationwide who will receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award. They include a student from East English Village Preparatory Academy who will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama as she pays a special visit to the city of Detroit in celebration of the nation-wide College Signing Day. The highly-regarded Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a full-ride scholarship covering all college expenses including tuition, housing, books and supplies through graduate school to use at any college or university of their choice.