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School of the Week: Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” ~ Amelia Earhart To claim the name of the first-ever female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School provides a multicultural and historically-rich curriculum to its students and serves as a modern day artifact to its community. Take for example the airplane propeller anchored right in the front of the new $22.2 million LEED Silver Certified state-of-the-art building. That’s not just any propeller, it came from one of Amelia Earhart’s original planes! Students are reminded daily as they enter the school doors the significance of their school and that they are already geared up for a future of success. The motto at Earhart is a school “Where the

School of the Week Special Feature: ALL Schools for celebrating STEM on Open Doors Day!

The amazing creativity and boundless enthusiasm of Detroit Public Schools’ staff, students, partners and volunteers were on full display on Saturday, April 18 as schools across the city celebrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) during DPS’ first-ever STEM-themed Open Doors Day! Visiting families also had a unique opportunity to visit the Detroit Children’s Museum free of charge. The activities were part of the district’s “See It Believe It Week,” in which parents and their children who have not yet selected a school, as well as currently enrolled families, were invited to tour any DPS school after-school on Wednesday, April 15 or take part in STEM events on Saturday. The STEM-themed Open Doors Day, held in conjunction with the district’s Office of

School of the Week: Wayne Elementary School

Upholding a traditional PreK-5 structure while providing a world-class education Take the commitment… The Wayne Commitment! I respect myself and others too, I respect the best in all I do! I will keep my school clean and safe, Come every day and not be late! I am here to learn all I can, to try my best and be all I am! ~Written by Wayne Elementary Student Council When you enter the doors at Wayne Elementary School, you enter what is known as “Rockets territory.” But what does that mean? It simply implies that you are now among a talented group of rising young academic stars. At Wayne Elementary School, Principal Pamela Askew says that she and her staff take

Spelling bee abuzz in Detroit Public Schools

Written by Oakland University student Paige Brockway for the OU News Bureau “Can I get a definition please?” That question was on the tip of 82 students’ tongues as they participated in Detroit Public Schools’ 2014-2015 Inaugural District-Wide Spelling Bee on March 26. The competition was hosted by the Office of Literacy and took place in Renaissance High School’s auditorium. This is the first districtwide spelling bee in a number of years, but Detroit Public Schools intends to make it an annual tradition. Spellers in the fourth and fifth grade battled it out in the elementary category, while students in sixth through eighth grade competed in the middle school category. The audience was full of proud parents and the district’s

School of the Week: Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School

Upholding a community legacy and family namesake Shirita Hightower remembers visiting the former Mackenzie High School as a child back in the 1970s. She spent long hours onsite at the school building that originally occupied the corner lot of West Chicago and Wyoming Ave. with her mother, a 41-year educator at the original Mackenzie. Hightower recalls being in awe – even as a child – of the dedication and passion that her mother possessed as a teacher who rose through the ranks to become Assistant Principal of Mackenzie High and principal at several schools. “I got to see my mother working day in and day out for the betterment of children,” says Hightower. “And I was inspired by just her

School of the Week: Adult Education- East Campus

This service-oriented school nurtures not only the educational success of its adult students, but scores of their children across DPS It’s a family affair. The teaching and learning that takes place by the instructors and adults in the GED and Adult Basic Education programs at DPS’ Adult Education Center East impact not only those participants, but also the more than 200 Detroit Public Schools K-12 students whose parents and grandparents are enrolled here. Many of the adult learners are doing it for their kids. David Alexander is at the Center every day, all year. “I’m serious about completing this. I have grandkids and they can mouth off a lot about what they don’t want to do.” Through his studies and

School of the Week: East English Village Preparatory Academy

Welcome to the “The Ville!” What does a future CEO, Ivy League graduate and youth mentor have in common? They all currently attend East English Village Preparatory Academy High School, and Principal Patricia Murray wants all to know that at The Ville, they are creating history! Opening its doors in 2012, the $46.3 million facility, better known as “The Ville” amongst its students, was originally the merger of three former high school populations to create what is now a nearly 1,600 student building proudly representing the city’s eastside. The school, which has a strong focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), has four academic wings including eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, a performing arts wing, and

School of the Week: Detroit School of Arts

“It’s a place like no other.” That’s the refrain heard over and over by the students and staff at the Detroit School of Arts, a nationally renowned high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum and is located in the heart of the cultural center just steps from the Detroit Symphony’s Orchestra Hall. Indeed, the magic of DSA starts the moment that guests walk through the doors of the dynamic metal/glass/brick front entrance, where an animated and friendly security officer greets some guests with a faux Shakespearean accent. Such bursts of theatrical creativity or spontaneous song by students in the halls and cafeteria are all part of the atmosphere of this unique high school that offers

DPS Graduation rates are up 6.5 percentage points over last year and 11 percentage points since 2010-11

Detroit Public Schools’ Graduation Rate increased 6.5 percentage points from 2013 to 2014 – to 71 percent, outpacing the improvement by the state of Michigan as a whole and helping to close the gap with peer districts. The district’s graduation rate is up more than 11 percentage points since 2011. “This 6.5 percentage point gain in our graduation rate — and our 11 percentage point gain since 2010-11 — shows that our academic plan is working, particularly at the high school level, closing the gap with the state as a whole, which improved 1.62 percent.” said Karen Ridgeway, DPS Superintendent of Academics, adding that the DPS dropout rate also fell from 22.64 to 18.31. Ridgeway credited ongoing and new initiatives

School of the Week: Roberto Clemente Academy

The freezing winter air and a chest cold did not stop Principal Melissa Villarreal from standing at her post, holding open the front door of Roberto Clemente Academy on a recent morning, greeting every student and parent who walked passed her. She fluidly switched from English to Spanish, answering parents’ questions about the lunch menu that day, an attendance campaign the district recently held, or any other quick item that was on someone’s mind about their child. One friendly greeting in Spanish went to her cousin, whose grandchild attends Clemente. But the banter and answers were equally welcoming and sincere to those she doesn’t know because Villarreal believes in creating a welcoming culture and climate with everyone in her school