DPS school news briefs

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Duffield Elementary to host Parent Resource Center for the summer

Due to renovations this summer, the Parent Resource Center at Marcus Garvey Academy will be housed at Duffield Elementary, 2715 Macomb. The center is one of seven the district operates as part of its Parent and Community Engagement 2.0 initiative, which aims to raise student achievement by helping parents to become more involved in their children’s education.

The centers are comfortable community gathering spaces equipped with multiple computers as well as phones, sofas, TVs, small libraries, play areas for children and more. The centers offer expert-led workshops, child care, GED support, job training, support groups and more. The summer hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DPS graduate bequeaths entire estate to Detroit International Academy

Fourteen graduating seniors at Detroit International Academy this year are benefitting from a $230,000 gift from David M. Kennedy, who willed his entire estate to the school. Mr. Kennedy had no surviving relatives and no ties to Detroit International Academy. He was an alumnus of Northern High School, which was located in the building that currently houses DIA.

Students received the awards during the Kennedy Awards Banquet this week. Seniors graduating with a grade point average of 3.5 or above will receive $3,000 and varying amounts were awarded in the following categories: Character, Leadership, Service, Athletics and a Principal’s Award. About $50,000 was awarded.

Advanced Placement program at Renaissance gets national spotlight

Renaissance High School is featured in this month’s edition of AP Central, the College Board’s publication that spotlights schools providing increased access to the Advanced Placement Program among traditionally underserved students.

The school was spotlighted for its unique approach to the Advanced Placement program, which gives students a chance to earn college credits while in high school. The school treats honors classes as preparation for AP courses and aligns curricula by having 11th- and 12th-grade teachers volunteer to lead ninth-grade classes.

The efforts earned Renaissance the distinction of being the public school with the largest number of African-American students scoring a 3 or higher in AP English Literature in the nation last year.

Principal Gail Russell-Jones credits the success to one thing: “There is no magic pill, just hard work and continued learning for all,” she said.

Carstens accepting applicants for Summer Parent University

Carstens Summer Parent University is being held in the Parent Center Room 201 at Carstens Elementary, 2592 Coplin. The program, which will be held from 8-11 a.m. every Monday through July 25, will teach parents aspects of academic mastery through the 14 steps of collaborative and progressive learning.

Participants will receive a catered breakfast and light lunch, T-shirts and tote bags. There will be door prizes and giveaways, along with gift certificates. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony in which participants will receive a plaque and diploma.

Participants may register on site as walk-ins. For information, call the school, (313) 852-8072 or send e-mail to abby.phelps@detroitk12.org.

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