Bennett Elementary School



2111 Mullane Street, Detroit MI, 48209-1529

Phone: (313) 849-3585 • Fax: (313) 849-1169

Principal: Josette Buendia

About Us

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Dedicated to reaching every student academically and building life-long learners.  We believe that teaching goes beyond the classroom and into the real world.  

Bennett – esta dedica a alcanzar a todos los estudiantes académicamente contrayendo estudiantes que aprendan de por vida  y la construcción de aprendices de por vida.  Creemos que la enseñanza va mas allá del salón de clases y en el mundo real.   

Bennett Elementary, a neighborhood Prek-5 school located in a residential neighborhood in vibrant Southwest Detroit, offers a rigorous elementary curriculum that infuses 21st Century technology in all core subjects.

Our highly dedicated staff prepares its students extensively for the next level of learning beyond elementary school. Bennett has consistently met and exceeded AYP each year since 2001.

01_BennettElementaryMiddle_07Bennett’s many community and university partnerships and abundant extra-curricular activities create an enriching academic environment for all students to explore interests beyond the traditional classroom and to engage students in higher thinking processes.

The wide array of extra-curricular activities include choir, soccer, basketball, photography and instrumental and vocal music.  Partnerships with the University of Michigan and the InsideOut Literacy Arts Project ensure a well-rounded and engaging learning experience.

Bennett also offers a state-approved preschool program to fully prepare students for kindergarten. The program incorporates child-directed learning to foster a love of learning but also uses structured lessons that include pre-writing and foundations in math, science and social studies.

Our teachers and staff, many of whom are fluent in Spanish, pride themselves in superb customer service and creating a welcoming atmosphere for parents and students. We offer dozens of parenting workshops in its own warm and inviting Parent Resource Center.

School of the Week: Bennett Elementary School

Posted on January 21, 2014

Picture this… Four elementary school girls gripping karaoke microphones, singing their hearts out to one of their favorite pop star’s— Selena Gomez—hit songs. Watching their performance, it looks like the girls are in the comfort of their own home, or maybe at a friend’s house, but surprisingly these students are in their school cafeteria.

Lunchtime at Bennett Elementary School is not your average “lunch hour” according to Principal Josette Buendia. Bennett’s lunchtime is infused with singing, laughter and support from classmates and staff much like the culture of the school.

As students enjoy a deliciously balanced lunch, provided by the Office of School Nutrition, they are able to take part in a daily lunchtime karaoke session open to all. Students transform into confident performers with encouraging cheers and back-up from the rest of their classmates who are attentively engaged in each performance.

“Look at what’s happening during lunch,” said Principal Buendia, as she pointed into the cafeteria. “Students are engaged in their peers’ performance; they are cheering and encouraging them! This lunchtime activity is ultimately allowing students to leave lunch with a positive mindset, and when they return back to class, they are re-energized and ready for the second half of their school day.”

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School Awards include/ Premios a la escuela incluyen

  • Skillman Foundation Award
  • Good Apple Award
  • DPS  List of Top 10 MEAP Improvement gains
  • Consistently meeting AYP

La escuela primaria Bennett, una escuela de Prekinder-5to grado del barrio que es localizada en un barrio residencial en el vibrante Suroeste de Detroit, ofrece un plan de estudios de primaria riguroso que infunde la tecnología del siglo 21 en todas las materias básicas.

Nuestro personal es altamente dedicado a preparar ampliamente a sus estudiantes para el siguiente nivel de aprendizaje más allá de la escuela primaria.  Bennett ha cumplido sistemáticamente y supero AYP cada año desde 2001.

Muchas de las comunidades de la escuela Bennett y asociaciones universitarias y abundantes actividades extracurriculares crean un ambiente de enriquecimiento académico para todos los estudiantes a explorar intereses más allá de la clase tradicional y para involucrar a los estudiantes en los procesos de pensamiento superior

La amplia variedad de actividades extra-curriculares incluyen coro, fútbol, baloncesto, fotografía y la música instrumental y vocal. Las alianzas con la Universidad de Michigan y el Proyecto Arts Literacy InsideOut asegurar una experiencia de aprendizaje muy completo y atractivo.

Bennett también ofrece un programa preescolar aprobado por el estado para terminar de preparar a los estudiantes para kindergarten. El programa incorpora dirigida al niño aprender a fomentar el amor por el aprendizaje, pero también utiliza lecciones estructuradas que incluyen pre-escritura y fundamentos de matemáticas, ciencias y estudios sociales.

Nuestros profesores y personal, muchos de los cuales hablan español, se enorgullecen de excelente servicio al cliente y la creación de un ambiente acogedor para los padres y estudiantes. Ofrecemos docenas de talleres para padres en su propio Centro de Recursos para Padres cálido y acogedor.

Outstanding Graduation Pathways: Door-step transportation to the award-winning Clippert Academy magnet middle school and Family Nights at Western International Academy

01_BennettElementaryMiddle_08Bennett’s staff believes that every child should be able to envision their path to high school, college and careers from the moment they set foot in our building.

Our students have a high rate of academic success, with many of our graduating fifth grade students continuing to excel at an award-winning application magnet Middle School – nearby Clippert Academy. Siblings of students who attend Bennett have an outstanding opportunity to take a FREE shuttle bus daily to the renowned Clippert Academy for grades 6, 7 and 8. The shuttle stops here every morning to pick up students and returns here after Clippert’s day ends.

Students also have a direct link to graduation through field trips and family nights at Western International High School, allowing them to experience the outstanding opportunities that await them in high school and solidify the vision of their path to graduation. Western High has received a $28.3 million renovation and includes upgrades to classrooms, a new swimming pool, black box theater and more!

To encourage students to connect what they are learning to real life and beyond, Bennett has many career building opportunities. Fourth grade students market, advertise, and create items for a business venture to collect money for a charity organization (the Michigan Humane Society), and we routinely connect service to learning and show students how they can better their world.

At Bennett, we also partner with many universities, take children and their parents to visit the university campuses, and instill the plan for post-secondary education.

Caminos destacados a graduación: transporte puerta a paso para la galardonada escuela media Clippert Academia y noches de familia en la Academia Internacional de Western

El personal de Bennett cree que todo niño debe ser capaz de imaginar su camino a la escuela secundaria, la universidad y las carreras desde el momento en que ponen un pie en nuestro edificio.

Nuestros estudiantes tienen un alto índice académico, con muchos de nuestros estudiantes graduados del quinto grado continuos para sobresalir en una galardonada Escuela – cercana Academia Clippert. Los hermanos de los estudiantes que asisten a Bennett tienen una excelente oportunidad para tomar un autobús gratuito todos los días a la famosa Academia Clippert para los grados 6, 7 y 8. El servicio de transporte se detiene aquí cada mañana para recoger a los estudiantes y vuelve aquí después de que termine el día en Clippert.

Los estudiantes también tienen una relación directa con la graduación a través de visitas de campo y las noches de la familia en la Escuela Secundaria Western International, que les permite experimentar las excelentes oportunidades que les esperan en la escuela secundaria y solidificar la visión de su camino a la graduación. High Occidental ha recibido una renovación $ 28.3 millones e incluye mejoras a las aulas, una nueva piscina, teatro y mucho más!

Para animar a los estudiantes a conectar lo que están aprendiendo con la vida real y más allá, Bennett tiene muchas oportunidades de creación de la carrera. Los estudiantes de cuarto grado, publicidad, y crear elementos para un negocio para recaudar dinero para una organización de caridad (la Sociedad Protectora de Animales de Michigan), y de manera rutinaria conectar el servicio a los estudiantes de aprendizaje y muestra cómo pueden mejorar su mundo.

La escuela Bennett, que también se asocia con muchas universidades, llevar a los niños y a sus padres a visitar los campos universitarios, e inculcar el plan para la educación post-secundaria.

Extra-Curricular Activities to Build the Whole Child

Bennett believes in providing a wealth of activities to ensure students have a well-rounded school experience that goes beyond academics. We have a full-size gym with a new wood floor, basketball hoops, padding, and new lighting, and we offer a great range of athletic supplies including basketballs, soccer balls, floor hockey sticks, jump ropes, volley ball nets, hula hoops, and more!

01_BennettElementaryMiddle_04We also have many extra-curricular offerings, including:

  • All students (Kindergarten through grade 5) attend computer classes twice weekly with a certified teacher.
  • Photography through the University of Michigan  for 5th grade
  • RADZ art program for 1st grade
  • Instrumental Music with University of Michigan partnership for 5th grade
  • Vocal Music with Trinity Saint Marks Church partnership for 4th and 5th grade
  • FREE tutoring (After school tutoring, including Bilingual tutoring)
  • College Partnerships with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Madonna University, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University
  • FREE healthy breakfasts and lunch
  • Soccer and Basketball with Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • Academic Games
  • Choir
  • Girl Scouts
  • Various Field trips within the Detroit area
  • Annual School-wide trip to Greenfield Village
  • Digital storytelling, including use of Promethean and SmartBoards (interactive whiteboards), Elmos, computers, learning websites, AlphaSmarts, internet, interactive learning programs, Web 2.0 tools, document cameras, voice-over IP headphones, digital collaboration learning environments (WIKIs, Blogs)
  • Playworks
  • Camp Storer, an annual 3-day trip,  for 5th grade

Actividades Extra-Curriculares para construir un alumno completo

Bennett cree en proporcionar una gran cantidad de actividades para asegurar que los estudiantes tengan una experiencia escolar integral que va más allá de lo académico. Contamos con un gimnasio de tamaño completo con un nuevo piso de madera, canastas de baloncesto, alcochonado y nueva iluminación, y ofrecemos una gran variedad de materiales deportivos incluyendo pelotas de baloncesto, balones de fútbol, palos de hockey de piso, cuerdas para saltar, redes de volley ball, aros de hula , y mucho más!

 

También tenemos muchas ofertas extra-curriculares, incluyendo:

  • Todos los estudiantes (Kinder hasta el grado 5) asisten a clases de computación dos veces por semana con un maestro certificado.
  • Fotografía por la Universidad de Michigan para el quinto grado
  • Narración digital, incluyendo el uso de Promethean y SmartBoards (pizarras interactivas), Elmos, ordenadores, sitios web de aprendizaje, AlphaSmarts, internet, programas interactivos de aprendizaje, herramientas de la Web 2.0, cámaras de documentos, voz en off auriculares IP, entornos de aprendizaje de colaboración digitales (wikis, blogs )
  • RADZ art program for 1st grade
  • Música Instrumental con la Universidad de Michigan de la asociación para el 5to grado
  • Música Vocal con la Iglesia Trinidad de San Marcos de cuarto y quinto grado
  • Tutoría GRATIS (tutoría después de la escuela, incluyendo tutoría bilingüe)
  • Asociaciones universitarios con la Universidad de Michigan-Ann Arbor, Universidad Madonna, de la Universidad del Este de Michigan y la Universidad Estatal Wayne
  • Saludables desayunos y almuerzos GRATIS
  • Fútbol y baloncesto con la Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • Playworks
  • Juegos Académicos
  • Coro 
  • Girl Scouts
  • Varios paseos en el área de Detroit
  • Paseo anual a  Greenfield Village
  • Campamento Storer, paseo anual de 3 días  para los estudiantes de 5to Grado

Experienced, Dedicated, Caring Staff

Bennett’s wonderful and dedicated teaching staff, which were individually selected and hired to work at the school, are highly-qualified and dedicated to ensuring each child reaches his or her potential. Many are bilingual.

More than half of the teachers have taught at Bennett for at least 5 years and maintain excellence in their classrooms. Teachers incorporate various activities into the classroom such as independent study, collaborative workshops, project based learning and technological activities that are beyond the district’s textbook curriculum.

Showing their dedication daily, Bennett’s teachers arrive early and stay late. Teachers spend their lunch period with students, and meet with parents during their preparation periods. All teachers provide incentives in their classrooms which engage students to perform their best academically and behaviorally.  Our teachers give the utmost respect and time for all of our students.

Personal, Dedicado y Con Experiencia

El profesorado maravilloso y dedicado de la escuela Bennett quienes fueron contratados para trabajar en la escuela son altamente calificados y dedicados a que cada alumno alcance su potencial. Muchos de ellos son bilingües.

Más de la mitad de los maestros han estado enseñando en Bennett por al menos 5 años y mantiene la excelencia en sus aulas.  Los maestros incorporan varias actividades dentro del salón, tal como estudio independiente, talleres colaborativos, aprendizaje basado en proyectos, y actividades tecnológicas que sobrepasen el curricular de libros de texto del distrito. 

Mostrando su dedicación diariamente, los maestros de Bennett llegan temprano y se quedan tarde.  Los maestros almuerzan con los estudiantes, y se reúnen con los padres durante sus periodos de preparación.  Todos los maestros proporcionan incentivos en sus aulas que anima a los estudiantes a realizarse mejor académicamente y en su compartimiento. 

Free breakfast and lunch for every child

Bennett serves a healthy, FREE breakfast and lunch to every child through the Office of School Nutrition. That includes healthy fruits and vegetable through the district’s Farm to School Program. We believe healthy bodies help to make a healthy child!

Desayuno y Almuerzo gratis para cada estudiante

Bennett proporciona desayuno y almuerzos saludables a cada estudiante atreves de la oficina de Nutrición Escolar.  Esto incluye frutas y vegetales saludables, por parte del programa “De la granja a la escuela.” Nosotros creemos que cuerpos sanos hacen niños sanos. 

Partnerships

Bennett has an abundance of partnerships to help students learn and grown. Those include partnerships with Madonna University’s “Career Dreaming” program and with University of Michigan’s Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop (MPOW) where the focus is on careers in the arts and music industry. Gleaners Community Food Bank also supports our families.

Asociaciones

Bennett tiene una abundancia de asociaciones que ayudan a los estudiantes aprender y crecer.  Estos incluyen asociación con el programa “soñando una carrera” de la Universidad de Madonna y el taller Michigan Performance Outreach por parte de la Universidad de Michigan que se enfoca en carreras en la industria de arte y música.  Gleaners Community Food Bank también apoya a nuestras familias. 

Parent and Family Engagement Matter to Us

DPSpix 239We also have an investment in our parents and families because we know that students excel when parents are more engaged in their children’s learning.

Some parent offerings include:

  • Zangle Gradebook is a program which allows parents to monitor grades, homework and communicate with the teacher(s).
  • Health and wellness activities for parents, including Cooking Matters, exercise/fitness classes, weight reduction, home visits,
  • Parent volunteerism opportunities including classes by parents who teach students dances/songs of their cultural heritage.
  • A vibrant parent organization.   Meetings take place each month, generally at 8:30 a.m. for 2 hours.  Reminders are sent to parents, agendas are presented and followed.  Breakfast is served, meetings are held in English and Spanish, and sign-in sheets are maintained in the school office.

Parent Resource Center: A Parent Space just for you!

Bennett has a colorful, welcoming Parent Resource Center housed next to the school office.  Parents have access to computers, support in creating resumes, employment search, tax preparation assistance, parenting classes, and special guest speakers from community and government agencies.

Participación de padres y familias nos importa

Nosotros también invertimos en nuestros padres y familias porque sabemos que los estudiantes sobresalen más cuando los padres están involucrados con el aprendizaje de sus niños.

Algunos ofrecimientos que tenemos para los padres incluye:

  • Zangle Gradebook que es un programa que permite a los padres monitorear las calificaciones, tareas, y permite comunicarse con los maestros.
  • Actividades para la salud y bienestar de los padres, incluyendo cooking matters, clases de ejercicio, de cómo perder peso, y visitas al hogar.
  • Oportunidades para que los padres sean voluntarios, incluyendo clases por parte de los padres que enseñan a los estudiantes bailes o canciones de su herencia cultural. .
  • Tenemos una organización de padres vibrante.  Las juntas se llevan a cabo cada mes, generalmente a las 8:30 a.m. por dos horas.  Recordatorios son mandados a los padres, la agenda es presentada y seguida.  Desayuno es servido, las juntas son en ingles y español, y las hojas de firmar se mantienen en la oficina.

¡Un centro de padres justo para ti!

Bennett tiene un colorido y acogedor centro de recursos para los padres al lado de la oficina.  Los padres tienen acceso a computadoras, apoyo para crear un resumen de trabajo, buscar empleo, ayuda para preparar  sus impuestos, clases de padres, y a veces tenemos invitados de la comunidad y de agencias estatales.

21st Century Learning in an historic site

Bennett is located in a residential neighborhood that is easily accessible to our students, staff and parents. Our bright, airy classrooms can accommodate the latest in technology, and we have a state of the art computer lab where our students receive excellent technological skills to compete in a global marketplace. Our building is also fully wireless, and we are constantly evolving our technology program. Teachers regularly attend technology-based Professional Development to ensure they are keeping the children current in their technological skill acquisition.

We also believe in providing a well-maintained building that all students are encouraged to care for. Building Improvements include bright interior painting, a new fire safety system, new public address system, new lighting, full central air-conditioning, upgraded heating/ventilation, wireless technology, a remodeled computer lab, upgraded playground, and an audio-visual upgrade in our auditorium with sound system and video projector.

Bennett Elementary also is benefiting from major upgrades to sidewalks and crosswalks to improve its Safe Routes to School, thanks to a federal grant.

DSC_0188The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)  in October 2011 announced that seven Michigan schools in four counties would receive federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants averaging approximately $148,000 per school. The grants will pay for safety improvements and education programs aimed at encouraging students to travel safely between home and school.

Bennett Elementary School,in partnership with MDOT and the city of Detroit, will  have  sidewalks and crosswalks installed on Mandale, Lawndale, Whittaker, Senator and Mullane streets, and will implement pedestrian safety education and “Walking School Bus” programs. The project budget is $426,375.

Federal SRTS funding enables schools to make infrastructure improvements and offer educational activities and safety campaigns that encourage students to walk and bicycle safely between home and school. MDOT and the Michigan Fitness Foundation partner to work with schools, neighborhoods, students, teachers, parents, school transportation directors and local law enforcement agencies, according to MDOT.

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

We offer a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years of age by November 1. Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality. For more info, go to detroitk12.org/preK

Pre-kínder de alta calidad

Ofrecemos una experiencia de aprendizaje de alta calidad por estudiantes con necesidades especiales y estudiantes de educación general que tienen 4 años para el primero de noviembre. El currículo de los salones de Pre-Kínder de Las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit esta alienada con los estándares nacionales de aprendizaje temprano y los estándares de calidad de aprendizaje temprano del consejero de educación del estado de Michigan.
Por más información vaya a detroitk12.org/preK

Uniform Requirements

Navy blue, black or khaki pants, skirts or jumpers.  Solid color golf-style shirts with defined collar.  Shirts may be light blue, white, navy blue, pale yellow, pink.  Students may wear white button up shirts or blouses. Students may wear Bennett school spirit shirts any day in lieu of uniform shirts. Shoes should be black.

 

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Mon–Thur 8:15 AM 3:25 PM 11:30 AM
Friday 8:15 AM 2:35 PM
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