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MAPSA Weekly Update - November 14, 2012
November 14, 2012

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Warrendale Charter Academy Student’s Parade Float Design Comes to Life
A gifted, young charter school artist from Detroit witnessed her drawing come to life this week as The Parade Company unveiled the winning float in the 21st annual Skillman Foundation float design contest. The float will be featured in this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

Warrendale Charter Academy eighth-grader Robin Ryce was the grand-prize winning artist. Ryce, an honorable mention winner last year, saw her drawing, called “Color Art Studio,” transformed into a float. Her design features children hard at work in a vibrant art studio working on various creations. The talented student will accompany her float along the parade route on Thanksgiving morning to celebrate with the thousands of parade-goers during the 86th America’s Thanksgiving Parade.

For the first time, a runner-up was also selected – another charter school student. Seventh-grader Naomi Cook of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies was named runner-up for her drawing, “Calling All Artists-Art Park.” Her vibrant drawing, as well as those of the five honorable mention winners, was incorporated into the design of the parade float, on the artists’ canvasses and around the skirt.

“For 21 years it has been a privilege to honor these exceptionally talented and creative Detroit students during this annual contest,” Carol Goss, Skillman Foundation President & CEO, said in a press release. “We look forward to Thanksgiving morning, when we will all gather to celebrate these students, teachers and families as a community.”

Warrendale Charter Academy is authorized by Grand Valley State University and managed by National Heritage Academies.

For more on the story, including photos of Robin and her float, click here.

Please submit any announcements, news or event information for MAPSA's "Good Things Happening in Our Schools" feature to Buddy Moorehouse at

Help Us Improve Your Annual Conference!
Thank you to those who joined us last week at the 15th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference! Please help us improve the annual conference by completing our overall conference survey. All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Staples gift card or an iPad 3.Two winners will be chosen, one teacher and one school leader. Deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

Please click
here to complete individual session surveys.

Your feedback can help us make our annual conference better! We strive to use survey results each year to improve and make sure MAPSA's Annual Conference is two days of professional development that will make you an even better educator.

Save the date for the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference on November 4 & 5, 2013. Contact MAPSA at or 517.374.9167 with any questions.

Attention, School Leaders: Help Us Plan for the Most Effective Professional Development
MAPSA’s goal is to advance quality education through choice and innovation. A big part of that mission involves providing our member schools with the most effective professional development. Along those lines, we’re asking every charter school leader in the state to take this short School Quality Survey, asking you what your top priorities are.

The survey itself will take no more than five minutes to fill out, and it will be a huge help for our professional development team.

You’ll find the survey here.

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