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Detroit Public Schools band and orchestra students participated in the Michigan School Band Orchestra Association’s District XV Band and Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 12. The following groups received superior ratings and qualified to perform in the State Band and Orchestra Festival: Duke Ellington K-8 Concert Band, Mr. Sean Patton, Director Cass Tech High School Chamber Strings, Ms. Deanna Burrows, Director DSA Symphony Band, Dr. Sean Penderel, Director King High School Symphony Band, Mr. Ronald Perkins, Director Renaissance High School Chamber Strings, Dr. Jui Chao Wang The State Band and Orchestra Festival will take place the last week in April and the first week of May. Congratulations to these outstanding groups for a job well done. On to States!
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:
The district kicks off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, February 24 for the 22 Application Schools, which range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to robust STEM programs such as Detroit International Academy, home of the Pink Panthers and all-girls robotics team, to language immersion programs, including those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School. The month-long Application Schools period runs from February 24 to March 23. Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere. The Application Schools are as follows: Academy of the Americas (K-8) / Academy of the Americas (9-11) Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School Bates Academy Benjamin
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
Approximately 3,000 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students head to school for the first time on September 22, 2014 as part of DPS’ commitment to expand free high-quality pre-kindergarten. Schools have planned special events to welcome families. About DPS Early Childhood Detroit Public Schools’ pre-kindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education Early Childhood Standards of Quality. To ensure fidelity to the standards, the early childhood programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative approach. The building principal, central staff and program supervisors monitor teaching and learning through the pre-kindergarten classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, student assessments Child Observation Record (COR), and through a formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA). The
Following their Spring Festival, Duke Ellington families enjoyed a pizza party provided by The Detroit College Promise Scholarship Program. The party was awarded to the school for being the top participant in the program — enrolling 100% of their students.