Congratulations to Kalamazoo Public Schools and Kalamazoo Central! President Barack Obama will be speaking at the commencement ceremony. More information is available here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement
It’s your turn to weigh in on the six Race to the Top Commencement Challenge finalists! Starting at 8 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 26th through 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, April 29, 2010, you will have an opportunity to review and rate a three-minute video and short essay from each of the six high school finalists and give each one a ranking of 1-5. Vote TODAY to help bring the President of the United States to Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo Public Schools publishes the award winning Excelsior monthly magazine sharing commentary from the superintendent, stories from schools and programs, important and interesting information within the district, as well as achievements of the students. The December issue was just released. Below are some of the archived issues from recent months:
What if there were a simple way to provide students with the books, technology, and supplies that they need to learn? What if people from all walks of life could connect directly with public schools, learn about specific classroom needs, and choose how to help? Donor's Choose makes this possible.
Currently, this great service seems to be underused. As the Kalamazoo region becomes even more educational-oriented, I suspect that more educators and philanthropists will partner together working towards helping our students in our communities. Currently, there are 141 projects in Michigan.
Here's how it works...
Donor's Choose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.