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MAPSA Weekly Update - July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013
Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

FlexTech High School Student Works to Bring Teen Center to Brighton
A student at FlexTech High School in Brighton has been spending the summer working to bring a teen center to his community. Scott Mixer, 14, is using a lot of the lessons he learned during his freshman year at FlexTech (a blended-learning school with a project-based focus).

Scott is fundraising for his new non-profit organization with the hope of bringing a teen center to downtown Brighton.

With the vision of creating a collaborative workspace for teens, The Colab, short for collaboration, will be a welcoming spot for students in the community.

Right now there's just no real good place to go for students," Mixer told Brighton Patch. "Brighton is a great city, but we want a place just for students."

To help raise funds for his project, Scott received approval from the City of Brighton for a peddler's permit to start Colab Coffee, a mobile coffee cart that will be placed in front of various business locations during community events.

Scott also started a Facebook page to provide updates on the project. You'll find the page here.

For more on Scott's project, see the story here.

FlexTech High School student Scott Mixer (right, with two FlexTech classmates) is using his coffee stand in downtown Brighton to raise money for a teen center in town.

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


Register for the 'Exploring Higher-Level Thinking' Workshop & Learn How Asking Better Questions Can Lead to Greater Student Achievement
We invite you to join Cynthia Millinger, Founder and CEO of Charter School Essentials and Charter School Startup, at the 'Exploring Higher-Level Thinking Workshop' on August 21, 2013. This training will provide participants with tools and techniques to implement higher-level questioning and inquiry-based discussions and learn how to ensure students are the ones doing the cognitively demanding work in the classroom.

A student is more likely to retain information delivered to them when they have asked for it. This training is designed to help you teach your students how to use this technique to gain a better understanding and a deeper learning.

Event Details:
August 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Detroit Downtown Courtyard Marriott (333 Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226).
$150 Registration Fee

Click here to register today!


Secure Your Booth at the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference
Why Participate?
We have created an excellent opportunity for you to interact with the charter community on every facet. From unique networking opportunities, to providing hands-on demonstrations, you will walk away from the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference with stronger relationships then ever before.

Featuring: The Valedictorian Package
The exhibit hall will be closed on Monday of the conference, but we invite you to be an active attendee and participate in the day’s unique agenda, filled with ample opportunity to build partnerships. Our Valedictorian Package provides you with the following benefits in addition to those found in the Salutatorian Package:

  • Two Registrations to participate in Monday’s general sessions and guided networking opportunities
  • Participation in the Marketplace Attendee Passport

Only those providers that select the Valedictorian Package will participate in Monday’s events. The exhibit hall, located in Cobo Center’s Grand Ball Room, will be open on Tuesday, providing you the opportunity to invite your new connections to your booth to feel, touch, see your product!

Click here to learn more, view our event prospectus and to register today!


Want to Keep Up With the Latest Developments in Michigan’s Charter Schools? Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter
If you’re on social media, you’ll want to make sure you “Like” MAPSA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We’ll show you news stories, TV and radio links, opinion pieces, videos, photos and more about Michigan’s charter school community. We’ll also provide information about MAPSA’s programs, services and upcoming events.

Social media is one of the best ways to keep in touch with Michigan’s charter school community, so make sure you Like and Follow us today – and encourage your friends to do the same!

You’ll find us on Facebook at On Twitter, we’re @MICharters.


Marketplace Spotlight: Hertz Funrniture features special offers for MAPSA Members
Hertz Furniture understands charter schools and their needs. We offer everything MAPSA member schools need from 150+ vendors, with a complimentary 25-year warranty. Hertz also offers MAPSA member schools special benefits like large discounts based on order volume, free layout, design and planning services on all projects, and flexible pricing terms for qualified charter schools. To place an order, or for more information, please contact Bea Singer, your local client relationship manager at (800) 526-4677 ext. 1135 or at Make sure to mention that you are a MAPSA member!

If you’d like your business or organization to be featured in the Marketplace Spotlight, contact Heather Risner at 517-999-4421 or

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