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NAAPID at Night was held on March 12, 2013, 5:30-8:30p at Lincoln High School. Poster contest winners were Maya Sudharsan, Kindergarten, Eberwhite, Blake Paul-McDonald, 2nd grade, Bryant, Amelia Holl, 4th grade, Eberwhite, and Sierra Dailey, 5th grade, Eberwhite.
Student performers were DaVonn Harding, Clemente, performing a monologue from “Julius Ceasar” , which he is playing the role of Mark Antony with the Community High Theatre Guild, March 21, 22, 23, at 7:30p and March 24, 2p. Also, Alexandria Linders, 7th grader from Tappan, performed “Appalachia Waltz” by Mark O’Connor, on the cello, accompanied by her cello teacher, Kasia Bielak-Hoops. Continue reading →
There was a snow day on Feb. 11 this year, which was the day most schools had planned their National African American Parent Involvement Day activities. School have rescheduled their NAAPID celebrations since then.
One of Lakewood Elementary’s NAAPID activities was to read “Each Kindness,” written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Media specialist Eileen Thomas read the book to each grade on Feb. 28.
NAAPID founder Joe Dulin with Carpenter Elementary Principal Charles Davis, Jr.
By Tara Cavanaugh
Joe Dulin thinks that parents are among a school’s most important assets, and he’s put that idea into action.
The retired Ann Arbor educator, who was the principal of Roberto Clemente for 36 years, created National African American Parent Involvement Day in 1995. Now in its 18th year, NAAPID is celebrated in 49 states and even in some other countries around the world.
And NAAPID is still going strong.
Every building in the Ann Arbor Public Schools celebrates NAAPID in some way, whether by talent shows or poster contests, assemblies or with guest speakers.
All schools open their doors to parents, welcoming them to sit in on their child’s classes too.
“NAAPID is not just for black people –– it’s for all people,” Dulin says. “It comes during Black History Month, and I thought it was a tremendous time to introduce it as a project for parents to get into our schools to exchange notes, phone numbers, emails, have conversations and get in touch with the teachers.” Continue reading →
Calvin Ross and Kenneth Mitchell of the French Dukes Drill team on Feb. 12 at Pioneer High School.
By Tara Cavanaugh
The French Dukes drill team, which won dozens of national and state-level championships after its inception in the sixties, visited the school where it all began on Tuesday.
The Dukes performed at Pioneer High School’s celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day. NAAPID is usually marked the first Monday of February, but the performance was moved after the snow day on Monday.
The Dukes performed with just two members, but the audience was still wowed by their talent and precision.
One of the performers was Kenneth Mitchell, whose older brother was a founding member.
“It taught us discipline, built up our self-esteem, gave us something to be proud of and a sense of community,” Mitchell said about his early days with the team. Mitchell is now the Dukes’ executive officer.
“We loved getting together,” Mitchell added. “Everybody had rank, and it was a matter of earning your way up.” He pointed to a pin on his collar. “I’m up to six stripes and a star in the middle. Everyone starts off with one stripe.”
Calvin Ross, who earned his way up to becoming the Dukes’ commander, recalled winning dozens of national and state-level titles. The team went undefeated for 20 years in a row.
Ross and Mitchell are planning a recruitment campaign in the spring or summer.
“We’re trying to drill ourselves out of our positions–– literally!” Mitchell joked, adding that he and Ross are in their early 60s. “We want them to replace us.”
Schools celebrate the life, birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
From AAPSNews Service
Buildings around the Ann Arbor Public Schools celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday of Jan. 17 with activities in classrooms and assemblies for students. Some have already taken place and others are scheduled for the coming week.
Schools and public buildings throughout the country are closed today, Jan 17, in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
Following are some of the events around the district shared with the AAPSNews:
Clague students take multi-week journey
Students and staff at Clague Middle School have celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a multi-week celebration. Starting with a contest in December, it culminates with a display wall the week after their MLK Program. Some of the activities at Clague include:
• Contest: Students depict a theme in an essay, poem, poster, mixed media, or original creation. The school had 53 entries this year. The theme: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?”
Students at Dicken Elementary hear music from Vincent York & Jazzistry, teaching them about the culture and history of jazz music.
• Mini-lesson on character: During Jan. 14 advisory, students received a character trait button to wear and brainstormed ideas of service in “an action plan.” They will have a week to perform the service – details of each student’s plan will be put on a common wall near the school office.
• MLK program: The school’s annual program on Jan. 14 was a collaborative effort of the staff and students. Music students performed, did choral readings and Powerpoints, and awarded the winners of the contest that began in December. Top winners receive a pizza lunch and a trip to the Sphinx concert in Ann Arbor.
Carpenter hosted all-school event honoring Dr. King
The Carpenter Elementary School community honored Martin Luther King Jr. during a Community Meeting on Jan. 10. Students sang “What Can One Little Person Do?” and “He had a Dream” and “He Wanted to Have the Same Freedom” under the direction of Laura Machida. Rebecca Archer’s third-graders read about Dr. King and performed “We Thank You Dr. Martin Luther King, Today and Everyday” and fourth-graders from Kelsey Cook’s, Marilyn Freeman’s and Ramona Sankovich’s classes performed “We Shall Overcome” on their recorders. Principal Ron Collins, reflected on Dr. King’s message and encouraged students to practice the messages of peace and getting along.
Expanding the MLK experience at Lawton and Northside
Julia Gold’s third-grade class at Lawton Elementary School did an all-class project passing on gifts of kindness during the week leading up to MLK Day. The class kept track of these acts by passing a “kindness card” to the student who received the act of kindness. The card was passed along to another student with each new kindness act. At week’s end the class counted how many acts were accumulated and hearts were hung for each.
Also at Lawton Fourth-graders at Lawton Elementary did an MLK musical performance for their school on Friday and first-grade teacher Kerry Krause planned to read “Martin’s Big Words” to her students, have students read a book about MLK from Enchanted Learning together and write about a dream that they have for the world.
Teachers at Northside Elementary School did a variety of classroom activities including A schoolwide assembly on Jan. 12 which included Janice Smith’s kindergarteners singing “Different Means Special,” fourth-graders singing “Something for You” and Susan Ulrey’s and Rebecca Coleman’s first-graders performing at the assembly, among others. Here are some other Northside activities:
• Rose Ann McGarty’s kindergarteners heard “A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. and followed up with worksheets and writing assignments about respect. Fifth-grade reading buddies interviewed the young children and were comparing their lives to MLK’s.
• Evengeline Burgers’ kindergarteners also read aloud to her class and did an interdisciplinary activity reading “The Shape Story,” with the theme “that they can make beautiful things if they all work together.”
• In Sandra Chang’s kindergarten class, students read “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King”, saw a video clip and did a time line paper looking at the events in his life.
• Second-graders in Jennifer Wade’s class had daily discussions of civil rights, equal rights and watched a video about King and created books about his life.
• Fourth-graders in Dianne Baker’s class read and wrote about King’s life, heard the “I Have a Dream” speech, posted bullet points of King accomplishments in the classroom entry and did other activities.
• Media Specialst Jeri Schneider has read King biographies and historical fiction relating to his work and civil rights. Fifth-graders created slides of King quotes that she edited together to use in the all-school assembly.
• ESL teacher Ana Taylor had special stations for students to rotate through including books on tape, writing activities, vocabulary to reinforce what they have learned about King and how his ideas shape and connect with life today.
Friday programs lead up to today’s MLK national holiday
Vincent York & Jazzistry performed at Dicken Elementary to help the school celebrate MLK Day. The school’s Recess Singers (group of first- through fifth-graders who practice at lunch) performed a song about equality to open the event. York also spent time with small groups of students by grade level on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, offering a closer look into the instruments and their history that he uses during the all-school assembly.
Allen Elementary students hosted an all-school assembly with narration by Principal Joan Fitzgibbon and fifth-graders doing a presentation of “I have a Dream” with narration and songs.
Ann Arbor Open @ Mack hosted a MLK Day assembly celebrating the life of Martin Luther King and tying in the theme of bullying. The program pointed out how King was treated as he tried to bring a peaceful change in civil rights and stressed that every student should feel safe, welcome and valued. A theme: “We celebrate Dr. King today and we think about how all of us can become peacemakers. Everyone at Ann Arbor Open is a member of our community.”
All grades at Bryant Elementary School participated in an assembly with poems, songs, skits, choral readings and student artwork highlighting the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At Eberwhite Elementary, the school celebrated MLK Day with an all-school assembly. The school sand three songs grouped by grade level (K-1, 2-3 and 4-5) and a few classes read poems, did a MLK life timeline and shared facts about King and the Civil Rights Movement.
Special invitation from EMU
Several students from Dawn Richberg’s class at Skyline High School were among area students performing at Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 16. The afternoon program featured the EMU Gospel Choir, Harambe Youth Drummers, PURe Dance Ensemble, Tiana Marquez, Primal 1 Ensemble and Inspirational readings by area teens. The event was one of several scheduled by EMU from Jan. 13-18 as part of this year’s “Their Footprints … Our Legacy.”
Thursday, Jan. 20
10:30 a.m. – Abbot Elementary School will host the Bright Star Touring Theatre production of “Struggle for Freedom,” a 45-minute production that honors the Civil Rights movement by celebrating moments of the struggle. The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provides the backdrop to recreated scenes of events such as the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington and the Woolworth sit-ins. Visit www.brightstartheatre.com
Friday, Jan. 21
Stone High School’s Intergroup, led by Shaenu Micou, plans an all-school assembly today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr..
1:30 p.m. – “Sadie’s Spectacular Saturday,” Burns Park Elementary Auditorium. A character-ed production with imaginative costumes that make this play a favorite among young audiences while teaching good judgment, kindness, friendship and respect. Visit www.brightstartheatre.com
2:30 p.m. – “Struggle for Freedom,” Burns Park Elementary Auditorium. Bright Star Touring Theatre, a professional touring theatre company performed this production that celebrates the life and work and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the context of the American Civil Rights movement. The theme: One person can change the world. Visit www.brightstartheatre.com
Friday, Jan. 28
2:30 p.m. – Each Bach Elementary School student will have a chance to recite a poem and sing songs that honor Dr. King’s memory in this culminating assembly. The focus will be on peace, getting along with one another, positive conflict resolution and building friendships.
NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day)
This Washtenaw County NAAPID program is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 14 at Saline High School Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Students from throughout Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor, participate in this event, which is scheduled each year for the second Monday in February. A poster contest is under way with the deadline scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Information about the contest can be found by downloading a PDF here. This year’s event theme: “Parent Involvement 365 = Student Success.”
Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School was host to the seventh annual “NAAPID at Night” event on Feb. 8 celebrating the skills of countywide African-American students.
NAAPID 2010 High School Poster Contest winner entry; designed by Skyline student Johnnette Johnston. The poster, among six other winning entrees, will be used to promote next year's NAAPID event. (Photos: Carlina Duan)
The event featured the annual student talent show; which showcased the art, music, dance, and performance works from students from all of Washtenaw County school districts.
NAAPID, or National African American Parent Involvement Day, was founded in 1995 to urge African-American parents to celebrate the success of their children in education, and to highlight the achievement gap of African-American students in the nation.
“NAAPID is a national call of action to get all parents in general – and African-American parents in particular – to be more involved in their children’s education,” said Event Chairwoman Shoshana DeMaria. “NAAPID was really designed to address the serious achievement gap that faces African Americans, but realistically, all cultures could fall through the cracks.”
NAAPID allows parents to accompany their children to class during the second Monday every February during which Black History Month in celebrated. NAAPID has grown to 47 states and internationally as well – flourishing around the globe in countries such as Japan, Canada, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
According to DeMaria, this year marked the 15th anniversary since the organization was created.
“NAAPID at Night,” however, has more recent roots, according to NAAPID Committee Member Danah Greer. “NAAPID at Night was founded six years ago for parents who couldn’t be at NAAPID [with their children] during the day because of work or other commitments. So, they come at night.” Greer said. “The whole event is countywide, with students coming from as far away as Milan to participate.”
DeMaria adds, “Our committee welcomed this opportunity. ‘NAAPID at Night’ was designed as a response to parents who did not have the flexibility to leave work during the days to visit their children in school.”
This year, “NAAPID at Night” included participants from Ann Arbor Public Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Milan Area Schools, Saline Area Schools, Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools.
The Skyline High School cafeteria blossomed into an area abuzz with the mingling of parents, students, and staff members. Reception music was performed by the Skyline High String Quartet and refreshments were served by student volunteers.
Joi, a Scarlett Middle School student, has been participating in NAAPID every year since the first grade. She said “NAAPID is fun because you get to meet new people and see the performances – and the performances are usually really cool. I’m most excited tonight to see the different performances in the show – especially step dance, that’s my favorite.”
Meanwhile, other guests explored the featured NAAPID poster contest winners. The poster contest, held annually, was an effort made by the NAAPID committee to create more student involvement in the organization. “Students have to be involved in all aspects – totally involved – in NAAPID,” DeMaria said. “We thought, ‘what should we include in NAAPID at Night’ to present all student talent?’ And, the poster contest was born, open to all schools.”
The poster contest was established, in part, to promote awareness of NAAPID, as the winning posters will be used to advertise the “NAAPID at Night 2011″ event. Entries from all Washtenaw school districts were considered by age division – from kindergarten to high school; with six winners in total.
Winners received educational savings bonds of values up to $200.
Skyline High School students served as ushers for the event, and nearly all displayed their excitement of the show. “I really didn’t expect so many people to be here tonight. I think it’s really cool so many people showed up,” said Skyline freshman Kaavya Puttagunta. “They have good food, and the show was really great. The variety of talent was amazing.”
Performers in the talent show this year included student tap dancers, modern dancers, poets, choir and band members, vocalists, and guitarists. The age range of the talent show included elementary students to high school students.
Additionally, closing remarks were made by Joseph Dulin, the founder of NAAPID.
DeMaria reflects on this year’s event as having been “beautifully done. It was a huge success,” she said. “The setting was right. Skyline is architecturally designed for that type of event and everyone was happy to be there.”
As for “NAAPID at Night 2011,” DeMaria expresses hopes for even more student involvement.
“I am trying to reinforce student participation at some level for NAAPID,” she said. “I would love to see student participation on the board, on the planning committee.”
If established, student participation would consist of two or more high school student representatives from each school. DeMaria would also like to “incorporate two additional schools to the “NAAPID at Night” event,” she says, “Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester and Whitmore Lake have not yet been a part of NAAPID, so I would love to see them join. I have no doubt that next year two of the four or maybe all four of these schools will be participating.”
The 2011 event will be hosted by Saline High School.
Carlina Duan is the News Editor of The Optimist, Pioneer High School’s student newspaper. She also reports and writes for the AAPSNews.