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The focus on students’ abilities starts early, continues every day, at Diann Banks Williamson Educational Center Outdoors, the first snow flurries of the season and a cold westerly wind combine to make the large, shared high school campus even chillier in the emerging daylight at 7:50 a.m. But indoors, 10 Diann Banks Williamson Educational Center swim team members are already in the warm, Olympic size pool. Under the direction of Coach Kenneth Dudley, they are training for the Special Olympics, as they do for 55 minutes at the start of each day. Everything seems to start buzzing early for the ninety-two, 14- to 19-year-old Moderate Cognitive Impaired, Severe Cognitive Impaired, and Severe Multiple Impaired students who will complete the program
Kettering West Wing students to relocate Wednesday to improved facility prior to transferring to newly-built location this summer
Students attending Kettering West Wing will transfer to an improved educational setting inside Jerry L. White School on Wednesday prior to making a final move to a brand new facility in summer 2013. The move was necessitated by damage to the roof of their current facility caused by heavy snowfall. There will be no program changes for the 105 students, who also will be provided door-to-door transportation to Jerry L. White through the remainder of the year. Bus pickup and drop off times will change, and parents have been notified. The district is providing all parents with an opportunity to ride with their students to the new setting to see their classrooms. All necessary curriculum and other materials have been moved to
Congratulations DPS’ Bates, Cass Tech, Chrysler, Harms, Kettering West Wing and Ludington Magnet – among the Michigan Department of Education’s “Beating the Odds” Schools Added Today to the List of Reward Schools for 2011-2012
MDE released this year’s list of “Beating the Odds” (BTO) schools for 2011-12. According to MDE, based on traditional risk factors to student achievement, BTO schools either outperform their expected ranking or outperform similarly-situated schools. What’s really exciting is that these schools will also now be deemed Reward Schools as well! In August 2012, 286 schools in Michigan were recognized as Reward Schools for high-performance or high progress in terms of student achievement. According to today’s announcement by MDE, the Reward School designation is part of Michigan’s comprehensive, new accountability system authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to being publicly recognized for their achievement, Reward Schools
Kettering West Wing continues to participate in the UNICEF trick or treat program, which has been a rewarding project for several years running, said Principal Drexell Claytor. Kettering West Wing students participate in community service through the national effort. UNICEF also provides an educational component for the classroom. As part of the program, students also view a video to gain insight of the need and understand their overall purposeful and meaningful contribution to the UNICEF foundation. Students at Kettering West Wing have contributed over $600.00. “We appreciate the ongoing support of families and staff as we dedicate ourselves again to achieve our goal and strive to push beyond our set goal,” Principal Claytor said.