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School of the Week: Thirkell Elementary School, where building robots and small cities provides a creative learning experience

If you haven’t met Cassidy the Robot yet, you should make it a priority to stop by Thirkell Elementary School to see how students are learning about geometric shapes The hand-made robot—standing about seven feet tall—was created by students with the help of Art Teacher Linda Rice, and is made entirely of “I’m In” lawn signs. Rice’s vision for the robot was to make learning about geometric shapes fun for fourth- and fifth-graders in preparation for the MEAP test. “I believe that if you combine art with any subject, it makes for a greater learning experience because it’s fun for the students,” Rice said. “We do so many crazy things in our classroom with art projects that the students can

Thirkell teachers spread Holiday Cheer with Door Decorating Contest

Thirkell Elementary School teachers are engaged in a little friendly competition with holiday cheer in mind! The teachers and their students are taking part in a Holiday Door Decorating Contest. One winner from each floor will be selected by the Thirkell LSCO (Local School Community Organization) during a Holiday Party on December 20, 2012. The winning classrooms will be treated to a Pizza Party!

Thirkell students take part in Mock Election

Students at Thirkell Elementary School enjoyed a Mock Election on Monday, voting on key issues including the Presidential Election and a unique ballot proposal to host activities on Fridays at the school. Thirkell’s rendition of Proposal 1 asked students in grades 3-5 to vote Yes or No on having activities during the last hour of school on Fridays including academic games, arts and crafts, choir, chess, checkers and more. Students in grades PreK-5 voted on the Presidential Election. A total of 91% of the 3rd through 5th graders participating in the election voted yes for Proposal 1 and 9% voted no. Due to the election results, the activities will begin during the second semester of the school year. As to

SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp opens to nearly 300 DPS students

Detroit Public Schools’ students in grades 3-5 are engaging in hands-on learning through a three-week summer camp titled SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids). The camp opened on July 16, 2012 with nearly 300 DPS students and will extend through August 3, 2012 at Bates Academy. Offering the award-winning “A World In Motion” program curriculum, SEEK camp aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life. See the great WXYZ story here: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/dps-students-learn-all-about-engineering-during-summer-camp Roughly 50 collegiate mentors from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), who are undergraduate engineering and/or mathematics students, will provide the instruction. This is the first time in the program’s history that the SEEK Camp has been offered in Detroit. Students will participate in competitions