Durfee Elementary-Middle School offers a traditional curriculum enhanced with modern technology and outreach programs to help students excel in core academic subject areas. Our curriculum is aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework, and the subject areas taught are: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The Academic progress of the students is assessed by the MEAP, Benchmark, Accelerated Reading and Math, Renaissance Learning and DIBLES (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills).
School of the Week: Durfee Elementary-Middle School
Posted on November 25, 2013
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Each morning during the daily school announcements at Durfee Elementary-Middle School, fifth-grader Blair Bell reads the poem “Attitude” by Charles Swindoll. The quiet 11-year-old with long pigtails may come off as shy at first glance. But as soon as the camera is rolling, and she is cued to speak, Blair sits up straight, clears her throat and reads in her best broadcast voice.
Led by six members of the Durfee News Team, the daily announcements set the tone for students and staff members each day to have a positive, productive day based on their attitudes. Of course, Principal Ricardo Martin could read the poem daily himself to students and staff, but he feels the daily messages have more meaning coming from a student’s voice.
“We want our kids to have a sense of ownership,” Martin says. “Ownership starts with their attitudes. We need them to know that their behavior, attendance and course performance dictates their ability to achieve at any level. If they can learn this early in life, they’ll be able to handle any challenge that comes their way with a positive, optimistic attitude.”
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After-School/Extended Day 21st Century Program provide small group tutoring for two hours after school, Computer Lab in which computer classes are taught throughout the school day and are available for student research, Apple Computers on a cart and six carts of Netbooks which house 30 Netbooks per cart available on each floor, Reading and Math Support Labs that support reading and math development in grades 1 – 8, Corrective Reading Program, Conflict Resolution Program which equips students with interpersonal, problem solving and technical skills that enable them to be self-directed lifelong learners and responsible citizens, DAPCEP, Career Day, Science Fair, Academic Games, Partnerships with Sam’s Club and Walmart, Volunteer Business Corps, Sports Programs, LSCO Parent Group.
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.
Within our technology-rich environment, the classroom instruction also includes the use of overhead projector, video and DVD players and the computer, and cameras are used to assist with teacher and student presentations and displays. Computers are used to practice, remediate and research information.
Sam’s Club, which donated $10,000 to Durfee School, engaged stores nationwide to make over the school library and more as part of the DPS Volunteer Business Corps