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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.

Western International High School students helping their families this holiday season

Students will deliver 30 holiday food baskets to families in need for Thanksgiving Western International High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets assembled 30 holiday food baskets for families of Western International High School students who do not have food for Thanksgiving. The baskets were delivered on Wednesday, November 25. Principal Angel Garcia expresses that this act of kindness sets a strong humanitarian foundation for the students by allowing them to assist the surrounding community in a time of need. “Often times, while we experience success, we forget to lend a hand to someone who has fallen on hard times, said Garcia. “Not only does it assist in spreading blessings to our less fortunate brothers and sisters but

13 DPS “All A” students received an all-access Office Depot/OfficeMax shopping spree worth $13,000

Students from Cass Tech, DIA, EEVPA, Renaissance and Western selected items such as laptops, tablets, specialty calculators and more in preparation for college  Office Depot/OfficeMax awarded 13 DPS “All A” students with $1,000 Office Depot/OfficeMax gift cards to purchase school supplies in preparation for their freshman year of college on Thursday, June 11. The students, who are all seniors, are recipients of the 2015 Office Depot/OfficeMax Scholarship and are DPS Excellence Awards honorees. The students were acknowledged during a celebratory ceremony immediately before they began an in-store shopping spree. DPS Office Depot/OfficeMax Scholarship recipients from: Cass Technical High School Detroit International Academy for Young Women East English Village Preparatory Academy Renaissance High School Western International Academy Special guests included: Karen P. Ridgeway, DPS Superintendent of Academics

Class A Basketball State Champ Western International High School hosts Celebration Pep Rally

To celebrate the school’s recent victory as the newly-crowned Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A state champions, Western International High School’s boys’ basketball team student athletes and coaches were honored during a special all-school pep assembly on Thursday, April 2, 2015. With a 62-59 final victory Saturday, March 28 against Saginaw Arthur Hill, Western Basketball Coach Derrick McDowell’s team completed a perfect 26-0 season and earned the first state championship in Western’s history. District leaders including Emergency Manager Darnell Earley; Alvin Wood, Assistant Superintendent of Academics; Rodolfo Diaz, Principal of Western International High School; Alvin L. Ward, Sr., Executive Director, DPS Office of Athletics; Derrick McDowell, Coach, Western Boys Basketball Team; Keith Johnson, former Detroit Federation of Teachers President and Western alum; all students/staff of

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

PSL student-athletes reap scholarship rewards on NLI early signing day

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 National Letter of Intent signing day for 2015 college football recruits is Feb. 4, but Wednesday — Nov. 12 — was the first day of the early signing period for all other sports and Detroit Public School League student-athletes were actively in demand. Hard work, perseverance and talent paid off for several PSL student-athletes, who jubilantly accepted college scholarships at school signing ceremonies shared by family, coaches and teammates. The PSL’s 2015 college-bound early signees included Ford’s Joshua Davis (Western Michigan University men’s basketball), Cass Tech’s Simonae Dismuke (Central Michigan University women’s track and field), King’s Janae Williams (Indiana University-Purdue University women’s basketball), Cass Tech’s K’Lynn Willis (Hampton

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,

Western H.S. student Ayo Holloway shares her experience in South Africa

Last summer, Western High School student Ayo Holloway was afforded the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel to Malawi in southern Africa to assist a small community of people in building a school. Click here to read the full story published in El Central Hispanic News! Western H.S. Student Experience in South Africa

Western sophomore runner Juan Flores named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High sophomore Juan Flores has played soccer since he was age 4, but he now gets his kicks out of running. Flores, competing in only his third meet after quitting the Cowboys’ soccer team, ran a steady pace to win the 2012 Detroit Public School League boys’ cross country championship race Monday, Oct. 23 at Belle Isle and has been named the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “I expected to do okay because I had been playing soccer, but I didn’t know I would win,’’ said Flores, who broke from the pack about halfway through the 5,000 meter course and built a comfortable lead to cross

Western High sophomore Romello Ross named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 With two victories in a row after an 0-3 start, Western High’s rebuilding football team is on the move. At the forefront of that progression is sophomore running back Romello Ross, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Without him, we wouldn’t have a running game,’’ coach Andre Harlan said of Ross, who carried the ball 18 times for 202 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, last Friday in the Cowboys’ 20-18 victory against Northwestern. The 5-11, 170-pounder also had an interception from his safety position in the defensive secondary. “He’s a kid who is hungry,’’ Harlan said. “He works hard every day in practice and