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MAPSA Weekly Update - August 21, 2013
August 21, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

UPrep Science and Math Elementary Starts School Year in a Beautifully Renovated Building
Detroit’s UPrep Science and Math – which has been operating a successful middle and high school for several years – expanded its offerings this year by opening the new UPrep Science and Math Elementary School. The new school held its first day of classes on Monday.

UPSM Elementary is located in one of the most historic school buildings in Detroit – the former Miller High School (former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was among the graduates of the school). After undergoing an extensive spring and summer of renovation, the new school opened to students this week.

Expanding on the “STEM” concept, UPSM Elementary will feature a “STEAM” curriculum – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, serving students in grades K-5. UPSM Elementary is sharing the building with Detroit’s renowned Mosaic Youth Theatre.

UPrep Science and Math Elementary is authorized by Grand Valley State University and managed by Detroit 90/90.

Students settle in on the first day of classes this week at UPrep Science and Math Elementary in Detroit.

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

Only Two Editions of the Weekly Update Remaining - Look for our New Publication, The MAPSA Connection
MAPSA has decided to say farewell to The Weekly Update publication and we would like to inform you that this will be your second-to-last edition. But don't worry, we are not saying goodbye indefinitely. We are very excited to announce that we will be launching our new publication, The MAPSA Connection, in September!

This new publication will contain information about what is happening in the education and charter community, as well as at MAPSA. We will be sharing best practices, school success stories, quality school initiatives, and all of the important dates and events that you look to MAPSA to keep you informed of.

The MAPSA Connection will be an electronic publication that arrives in your inbox monthly. It is our goal to make this new publication one that truly meets your needs as readers and we want your feedback! Each issue will feature a poll or survey, and it is important to us that you take a quick moment to share your voice.

We look forward to communicating with you in this new format! If you have any questions, as always, please give us a call at 517-374-9167 or email

Save the Date: The MAPSA Conference - November 4 & 5, 2013
Registration for the The 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference will open on September 1, 2013. It is our vision that the conference will help to empower educators to be leaders. Through collaboration with peers, exposure to new opportunities in innovative sessions, motivation and inspiration from keynotes and speakers, connection to quality resources that assist schools; attendees will expand their ability to impact all of Michigan’s children.

We are very excited that we will be featuring 5 speakers and general sessions at this year's event. Similar to “Ted Talks,” we are bringing in 5 experts to discuss hard-hitting and relevant topics in education. Pedro Noguera, Stefanie Rome, Constance Steinkuehler, Mike Lipkin, and Kim Bearden will be presenting during our 2-day event.

Click here for bios and more information.

Don't forget to nominate a charter school educator for 2013 Charter School Administrator or Teacher of the Year. The deadline to submit your nomination is September 1, 2013! Click here to submit your nomination!

Euro Challenge Provides Free Lesson in European Economics for Grades 9-10
History is currently being made in the Euro area, and a free program for grades 9-10 allows students to learn about it. The program - called Euro Challenge - gives students the chance to explore the economic and other issues facing the Euro area, propose solutions, and compete against other teams from across the United States. Student teams select and research one from a range of challenge issues such as the debt crisis in Greece, the challenges to growth in Italy, or the aging population in countries like Germany and present their findings during regional competitions in March. The top teams then compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY in April. Winning teams earn monetary awards and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Now in its eighth year, this great program will help students build analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, communications and team building skills, all relevant to the Common Core.
To register, click here or contact Chelsea Ziobro at 212-421-2700 or for more information.


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