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MAPSA Weekly Update - July 10, 2013
July 10, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Windemere Park Charter Academy Hands Out First Alumni Scholarship
Windemere Park Charter Academy in Lansing handed out is first alumni $1,000 scholarship to 2008 graduate Michael Harding earlier this month.

“I was quite surprised; this is the first scholarship I have received,” said Harding, a Haslett resident. “It is an exciting feeling. WPCA prepared me for high school early on and talked about the change it would be from middle school that helped me know what to expect for the next four years.”

Michael, now a Haslett High School graduate, attended WPCA from sixth through eighth grade. During that time, he excelled at math and was part of a small group of students who attended the Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program at Michigan State University. Michael completed two years of high school math while still at WPCA through the program.

During his time at WPCA and into his high school years, Michael was involved in Boy Scouts — eventually receiving the high honor of Eagle Scout, church youth group, mission trips in Lansing and Chicago and volunteer work at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing’s Maplewood Center. Michael was also a four-year varsity swimmer for Haslett High School, receiving Academic All-American honors.

Windemere Park Charter Academy is authorized by Grand Valley State University and managed by National Heritage Academies. For more on the story, click here.

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

Secure Your Booth in the Event Marketplace at the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference!
Limited booth space available - secure your participation today.
We are inviting MAPSA Marketplace Providers to participate in the event marketplace at the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference on November 4 & 5, 2013 at Detroit's Cobo Center.

We have made some exciting changes to our conference agenda this year, in an effort to help build lasting partnerships between providers and charter school educators. We are thrilled to give you the chance to be a part of the experience! Package options include the opportunity to interact and network with charter school leadership by attending the general sessions as well as the guided networking sessions. In addition, we are encouraging attendees to get the most out of their conference experience by choosing whether they would like to attend sessions, engage in networking, or visit the event marketplace.

We have limited our event marketplace to 100 available booths this year, so make sure to secure your space today! Last year's marketplace sold out 150 booths!

To register for your booth or to find out more about the exciting changes in the event marketplace this year, click here to view our Event Prospectus and Application.

Recognize a Charter School Educator for Their Dedication to Your Students, School, & Community!
We know that you have amazing teachers and administrators at your school, and we want you to share their stories! 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. All finalists will be recognized at the conference taking place on November 4 & 5, 2013 at Detroit's Cobo Center.

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!

West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics is Expanding Again

With enrollment at capacity, the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Spring Lake is expanding again. The school is constructing four new classrooms and a 500-seat theater.

The school, which serves grades K-8, was at capacity last year, and it had waiting lists for every grade level, said Travis Thomsen, the school’s director. Enrollment was about 450 last year, showing nearly a 100-student increase in the last three years.

“We’re so cramped,” Thomsen told the Muskegon Chronicle. “It will be nice to have a little bit of space.”

The expansion, which will cost nearly $3 million, will allow the school to accommodate a third section of second grade. Three sections of kindergarten and first grade already exist. The school added two classrooms last year, and the master plan calls for the addition of another five to six classrooms in four years, Thomsen said. The school would then remain at that size.

For more on the story, click here.

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