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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

DPS increases number of seniors awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships

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.

School of the Week: Detroit School of Arts

“It’s a place like no other.” That’s the refrain heard over and over by the students and staff at the Detroit School of Arts, a nationally renowned high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum and is located in the heart of the cultural center just steps from the Detroit Symphony’s Orchestra Hall. Indeed, the magic of DSA starts the moment that guests walk through the doors of the dynamic metal/glass/brick front entrance, where an animated and friendly security officer greets some guests with a faux Shakespearean accent. Such bursts of theatrical creativity or spontaneous song by students in the halls and cafeteria are all part of the atmosphere of this unique high school that offers

Detroit School of Arts hosts panel discussion with international filmmakers and actors on maintaining a career in the arts

DSA will also have two student-produced films featured in the Detroit Voices portion of the Cinetopia International Film Festival Detroit School of Arts students engaged in a one-on-one discussion with international filmmakers and actors from the Cinetopia International Film Festival on Thursday, June 5. The film industry pros included Tommy Oliver, writer and director of the movie 1982, acclaimed actress Pei-Pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), writer/director Blake Robbins and others who shared tips with the students on how to maintain a career in the arts. The panel discussion was part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival. DSA will have two student-produced films featured in the Detroit Voices portion of the film festival. Detroit Voices Screenings: Saturday, June 7, 2014

DPS students take part in “24th Annual Equity Within the Classroom Conference” at the University of Michigan

Students from Detroit School of Arts, Cass Technical High School, M.L. King High School, Renaissance High School and Western International High School attended the 24th Annual Equity Within the Classroom Conference at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor March 30-April 1, 2014. Several students led workshop sessions, attended by leaders in higher education, to provide the students’ perspective on increasing equity in the classroom at all grade levels. Michigan’s 15 public universities, the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program), and several other local universities and colleges collaborated to sponsor the event. A group of DSA students, along with their teacher, presented a workshop titled, “Building Partnerships in Detroit by Animating Shakespeare.” Participants included: John Wood,

DPS Fine Arts achievements

Detroit Public Schools and the Office of Fine Arts congratulates the following schools, directors, ensembles and students for being selected to perform in the 2014 Michigan Youth Arts Festival on May 8 and 10 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  Being selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival is one of the highest honors a high school student can achieve. These individual students and/or ensembles were rated as one of the top performances in the state. The Cass Tech Dance Workshop was selected for the Opening Night Gala Performance, Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. as well as for the Dance Showcase Concert, Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. The Renaissance Dance Workshop was selected for the Dance Showcase

DSA students animated project juried into Croatian Film Festival

Several of Detroit School of Arts’ Animated Shakespeare Project videos have been juried into an international film festival in Croatia, the “VAFI 5 Junior.” According to AWN.com (Animation World Network) Croatia’s International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin has issued a call for submissions to the “VAFI 5 Junior,” the 2014 edition of the festival. The VAFI 5 Junior competition is an international film festival for animated films made by children and youth. VAFI Junior will be judged by adults and is composed of three categories: MINI, MIDI and MAXI. Out of 237 submissions, 112 films were selected, with DSA being amongst the chosen films. This year’s VAFI will be held from April 22-27, 2014. The VAFI Junior projections

DSA receives top ratings at the 2014 MSBOA Festival

The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District XV Festival was held at Spain Elementary-Middle School on Saturday, March 15. Middle and high school bands and orchestras performed at the festival for adjudication (judging process) and for ratings. All of the groups had to perform state required pieces from the MSBOA basic music list and were also required to sight-read.  The Detroit School of Arts Wind Symphony performed the highest level of symphonic music (AA), sight-read the highest level of symphonic band literature (AA), and was the only high school band in Detroit Public Schools to receive the highest performance rating possible which was an overall Superior Rating (1st Division).  Only bands and orchestras with an overall Superior Rating (1st Division) are

DPS students place at the state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition

Cass Technological High School senior Matthew Webb and Detroit School of Arts 10th grader Ejiro Enajero both placed at the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition Friday, March 14. Webb took home the first-place award and Enajero took fourth. According to PoetryOutLoud.org, Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages young adults to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Students compete starting at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to

DSA students win Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to students from the Detroit School of Arts for placing at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, one of the most prestigious competitions for teens in the U.S. Students Sierra Dillard, Robert Lynch and Donovan Martin were awarded with top prizes in the film and animation category. Read the full story: Detroit School of Arts Students Win Big.