Thurgood Marshall Elementary is a small school that focuses not only on the child, but the whole family. We take great pride in establishing positive relationships.
Our school climate promotes a “village” mentality. As a small close knit community, we believe that we are all stakeholders when it comes to the education and well being of each and every student. We pride ourselves on involving the outside communities that have committed to change through education and donating supplies to support our programs.
Each classroom is equipped with highly qualified staff members who utilize the latest technology available such as Netbooks, Smart Boards and Neo-Boards.
Our staff is collaboratively committed to teaching students beyond expectations by pushing for extraordinary results. The ability to make a difference is imperative. It is our expectation that students will have productive business orientated attitudes that will lead to an experience of life-long learning.
School of the Week: Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School
Posted on October 14, 2013
Family-Centered, Neighborhood School
When you walk through the halls of Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School, you may be greeted by any student with a firm hand shake, exquisite eye contact and a well-mannered “Hello.” There is no running, and every student is always where they are supposed to be.
Principal Sharon Lee and her staff are strict, but students have come to respect the structured rigor they face on a daily basis and are appreciative of the tough-love.
“The teachers help here by staying on students because that’s what we need,” said seventh-grader Jayrionte Thomas.
Staff members at Thurgood have adopted the mentality of ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ The small close-knit school feels more like a family where all staff members are stakeholders when it comes to the education and well-being of every student.
While practicing a combination of 21st Century learning mixed with a bit of “old-school teaching,” Principal Lee prides her school on being a family-centered community that captures the essence of a high-quality neighborhood school.
Students are educated by highly certified, award-winning teachers with the use of the latest technology such as Netbooks, Smart Boards and Neo Boards. Community partners also have a vested role in educating students by offering mentorship opportunities and field trips to help ensure students learn outside of the classroom.
Pride in establishing positive relationships is evident at Thurgood. Aside from strong community partnerships, Thurgood administrators place equal focus on collaborating with parents to help students succeed.
Educating the ‘whole child’ and the ‘whole family’
Thurgood has an open-door policy where parents are welcome and encouraged to come into the classroom to observe what students are being taught so they can continue to educate students at home.
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After-School Tutoring/Extended Day Program, 21st Century After-School Program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Academic Games, Project Seed, DAPCEP, Summer Learning Academy, Chess, Girl Scouts, Universal Breakfast & Lunch, RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), Science Club, Cheerleading, Student Government, Basketball, Play Works, Special Olympics, Volunteer Reading and Business Corps, Project Unified, Church/Civic Group Mentors, Dad’s Club, Girl’s Talk Club, Boy’s Talk Club, Mother & Son Dance, Father & Daughter Dance, Monthly Educational Trips
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
About the Principal
Sharon Lee comes to Detroit Public Schools via working in Management at Ford Motor Company and Ameritech. She has more than 12 years of experience as a DPS administrator.
Principal Lee plays an enormous role by helping parents support their children emotionally as well as academically. She speaks with students daily about what is learned. Ms. Lee’s expertise is also in the Sciences where she was a Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering (DAPCEP) teacher, curriculum writer, and administrator. Her educational goal is to provide a strong academic base for her students and parental support for all families.
To become an open, globally competitive learning environment where students are proficient or exceed academic standards set forth by the District, State & National Departments of Education.
The philosophy of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School is to provide & enhance the intellectual, physical & social development of our students. We believe in providing an educational environment that is caring, trusting, challenging, healthy & safe. We have high expectations for our students & hold ourselves accountable for improving the knowledge & attitudes that are necessary for success.
The Name We Honor
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall led the civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka to a successful hearing at the United States Supreme Court in 1954. He became the court’s first African-American justice 13 years later. Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967, where he served for 24 years before he retired in 1991.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade: White shirt/blouse with a collar and black or navy pants/skirt.
4th Grade: Yellow shirt/blouse and khaki pants/skirt.
5th Grade: Light blue shirt/blouse and khaki pants/skirt.
6th Grade: black shirt and khaki pants/skirt.
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