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MAPSA Weekly Update - May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Former President George W. Bush Pays a Visit to West Michigan Aviation Academy
The students at West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids got the unforgettable experience last week of getting to spend the day with a former Commander in Chief. Former President George W. Bush spent time at the school on Wednesday, May 15, meeting with students and getting the inside scoop on their innovative, aviation-focused school.

In the evening, Bush then spoke at a fundraiser for the school.

The former president came away impressed with his visit, telling the crowd, “What matters is high standards and academic rigor in a way that encourages students. It’s important because it hopefully provides kids with the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.”

West Michigan Aviation Academy is authorized by Bay Mills Community College.

For more on President Bush’s visit, see the story here.


Shown here, Former President George W. Bush, center, poses with students and staff at West Michigan Aviation Academy.

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

MAPSA's New Parent Engagement Website Launches with Success - Be Sure Your School is Featured!

MAPSA's Parent Engagement website, which was launched on May 6, is proving to be an amazing success. With over 2,000 visitors in the past two weeks, it is evident that many parents are finding choicesineducation.com to be a valuable resource for researching educational options for their child.

The Parent Engagement website is an enhanced benefit that is now included with MAPSA membership. Your school has been given a profile on the new site which will be replacing our current website's "School Search" feature. The website will also offer many exciting and enhanced features, such as allowing parents to search by focus area, grade levels served, location, enrollment etc. The website is designed to be simple and user-friendly, and will also feature a mobile version.

The goal of the new site is to educate parents and drive interest in charter schools, ultimately resulting in increased enrollment for you, our member schools!

Be sure to submit your complete profile to ensure you are providing parents with valuable information about your school. Please contact Candace Embry at cembry@charterschools.org to find out how.

Northpointe Academy Students Record Original Hip-Hop Song and Video

Some musically inclined students from Northpointe Academy in Highland Park hit the studio recently to record an original hip-hop tune. The students then followed that up by turning the song into a video.

The group and the song are both called "Beasts of the Beat." The nine members of the hip-hop group are in grades 4-8, and music teacher Joe Vercellino says they're committed to producing music that is "relevant, authentic and creative - striving for excellence in hip-hop with honor and integrity." The group rehearses every morning before school.

The nine members of the group are Amari Hudson, Anthony Powell, Brian Sneed, Christopher Bibb, Deshawn Blair, Diego Brooks, Dwight Banks, Gianni Sneed and Keon Snadon.

For a look at the "Beasts of the Beat" video, click here.

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Praises Michigan’s Charter Schools

Millions of Wall Street Journal readers were treated to this headline in their newspaper over the weekend: “What Michigan’s Charter Schools Can Teach the Country.”

The headline appeared atop an op-ed written by Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In his column, Van Beek praised Michigan’s charter schools for their outstanding performance, citing research that shows charter school students learn at a faster pace, particularly in math and English.

Van Beek also praised Michigan’s system of charter school authorizing, oversight and accountability, saying, “If states want to create a healthy charter-school sector to boost outcomes for students, the Michigan experience offers valuable lessons.”

For the complete op-ed, click here.

 

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