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MAPSA Weekly Update - Final Edition
August 28, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology Holds a Star-Studded Back-to-School Rally
The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology welcomed staff and students back in a big way on Aug. 17 – with a performance by the R&B boy group Mindless Behavior at the school's "Back to School Rally."

"This is actually our 15th year holding the rally and to be able to bring one of the top R&B groups in the country right now to be a part of it is just amazing," said Marvin Sapp, a pastor and gospel singer who founded the charter school. "I wanted to do something different for our community and set a fire under our young people.''

Last fall, Sapp opened his performing and fine arts school, the Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology, located at 600 Burton St. SE. The charter school is expanding this fall from sixth through eighth grade to pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. The plan is to add a grade each year through 12th grade.

The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology is authorized by Lake Superior State University.

For the complete story, click here.

This is the Final Edition of the Weekly Update; Look for the Exciting New MAPSA Connection Publication Next Week!
You’re looking at a historic publication – the final edition of the Weekly Update. But don’t worry – you’ll continue to get all the news and information you need from MAPSA, in an even better format!

After reviewing the needs of our members and other stakeholders, MAPSA decided to launch an exciting new publication – the MAPSA Connection. The first edition will be hitting your inbox next Wednesday, Sept. 4, and we can’t wait for you to get your first look at it.

You’ll receive the MAPSA Connection on the first Wednesday of every month, and it’ll be an online publication filled with best practices; news about charter schools that are doing exciting and innovative things; the latest information and updates on MAPSA’s events (including the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference, coming up Nov. 4-5); legislative updates that affect charter schools; information about our Marketplace Providers; videos, polls, links to valuable resources – and much more.

The new publication will also be available on our website (charterschools.org), as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

So, farewell to the Weekly Update!

Recognize an Educator - Submit your Nomination for the 2013 Michigan Charter School Teacher or Admin of the Year
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. Nominating a teacher or administrator 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. Click here to submit your nomination!

Remember to save the date for The 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference (November 4 & 5) - Registration will open on September 1, 2013! Click here for speaker bios and more information

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