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MAPSA Weekly Update - June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Taylor International Academy Group Makes Trip to Poland
The "International" in the school's name came into focus this week, as a group of students, staff and board members from Taylor International Academy in Southfield left for a trip to Poland. The group of eight students, three teachers and two board members departed on May 30.

“What a great opportunity for our TIA students to travel and learn," said Board President Tom West. "Their future is truly a global one. Our plan to be international is moving from thoughts and dreams to reality.”

The travelers arrived in Krakow, Poland, where they studied the historic architecture of the city. The trip also focuses on the history of World War II, with a visit to the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. The students will also visit the academy’s sister school, named Zespół Szkół w Librantowej (ZSL). The students have been building a year-long relationship with the students abroad through video chat. The two schools will spend three days interacting and studying with one another.
This trip is intended to be the first of many. Taylor International Academy plans to stay connected with its international sister school after the trip with hopes of hosting a trip to America for the students of ZSL, and participating in academic competitions between the two schools.

Taylor International Academy is authorized by Central Michigan University and managed by the Hanley Harper Group.

Shown here, the group from Taylor International Academy gathers for a group photo before departing for Poland.

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

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year!
The Michigan Charter School Administrator & Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year are awarded each year at MAPSA’s Annual Conference to quality educators making an impact in their school.

Nominating a teacher or administratior is easy - simply tell us in 1,000 words or less, why you feel your nominee should be the 2013 Charter School Teacher of the Year or the 2013 Charter School Administrator of the Year. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 1, 2013.

Click here to learn more or submit your nominations today!

Be sure to save the date for the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference, which will be held on November 4 & 5, 2013 at Detroit's Cobo Hall. More details coming soon!

Holly Academy is Winner of Staples Pallet Giveaway!
Staples, one of MAPSA's Cooperative Purchasing Providers, offered a special promotion during the month of April. Any MAPSA member school that purchased at least $150 in supplies through the program was entered in a drawing to win a pallet of school supplies worth $1,000. Holly Academy, located in Holly, MI was the winner of the prize drawing, held earlier this month!

The Staples Advantage program offers MAPSA members discounted pricing that you would not have access to as an individual school or even a small group of schools. Here are just a few primary areas where Staples can help your school save.

  • Office Solutions - school supplies (paper, pencils, pens, crayons, etc.)
  • Facility Solutions - cleaning supplies, janitorial supplies
  • Technology Solutions - computers & printers, audio visual needs
  • Print Solutions - print and copy services (handouts, mailers, posters, etc.)
  • Promotional Products Solutions - clothing items, water bottles, hats
  • Furniture Solutions - classroom tables & chairs, display cases, classroom storage

To place an order through the Staples Program with MAPSA, visit if you have a current account. To set up a new account, email Roberta Delo at

FlexTech High School Hosts Project-Based Learning “Un-Conference”
Interested in learning more about how you can integrate project-based learning (PBL) into your curriculum? FlexTech High School in Brighton is hosting a Project-Based Learning "Un-Conference" on July 9-11, and the event is open to schools throughout Michigan.

The event is designed for schools that are currently using PBL, and those that are interested in learning more about it. The "Un-Conference" will feature a keynote address by Jenifer Fox, one of the country's foremost experts on 21st century learning. For more about her, click here.

For more information and to register for the PBL "Un-Conference," click here.

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