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Congratulations DPS Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit Finalists!

The 59th Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (SEFMD) was held on March 9, 2016 at Cobo Center. 1,149 students from 110 schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties competed at SEFMD, one of the longest running and largest science fairs in the world. The Senior Grand Award winners will compete at the state Science Fair on Saturday, April 9 at Kettering University in Flint, and at the International Science Fair May 8-13 in Phoenix, Arizona. 2016 Senior Division ISEF Finalists Darrell Tubbs Project: Investigation of Nanoparticle Size to Optimize SERS Substrates for Aerosol Par Category: Earth and Environmental Sciences School: Cass Technical High School, Senior Teacher: Sonya Ross 2016 Junior Division Kailah Collins Project: How Much Do You Use? Category:

DPS students participate in Barbara Bush Foundation “Teen Trendsetters” program

An anonymous donor through The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy recently partnered with Detroit Public Schools to offer the “Teen Trendsetter” program. At 12 schools, 150 DPS teens mentor one student each through a hands-on, reading program allowing teens to mentor elementary students in grades first through third. The first, second and third graders have an opportunity to take part in a program that supports them as they read through the sciences, resulting in improved reading skills, an interest in science, higher reading scores and confident learning. Meanwhile, teens receive the opportunity to spend one-on-one time reading each week with their young mentees and bonding over books. DPS locations include: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School Carstens Elementary-Middle School at Remus Robinson

Torii & Katrina Hunter Launch Innovative Program to Benefit Detroit Public Schools Students

Tigers star provides proven character-building program to students Heart of a Champion, a program designed to elevate the lives of 7,500 students in 39 Detroit Public Schools launched Sept. 23 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy with a high-energy kick-off event including Katrina Hunter, wife of the Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, school district officials and city dignitaries. Through their charitable effort, The Torii Hunter Project, the Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder and his wife are funding the program for the school district. Heart of a Champion is a character-building program that is proven to reduce dropout rates and increase student performance and graduation rates among students in 26 states. “We are excited to bring a program to Detroit that has been proven

“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

School of the Week: Fisher Magnet Upper Academy

After trying her hand at the flute, Fisher Magnet Upper Academy fifth-grader Lovely Rogers was excited to test her skills at the clarinet as part of her school’s new music program. But Rogers, 10, is not content with learning just two instruments. She already has her eye on the saxophone, which Fisher Upper students can select as their chosen instrument in their later grades, and she’s thankful that music is being offered again at her school and in elementary and middle schools throughout DPS as one of the district’s Strategic Initiatives. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to learn a talent,” said Rogers, who plans to be a lawyer. Music classes are just one of the many programs Fisher Upper