Friday, September 16, 2011 marked the launch of the ABTE Parent University: a grassroots outreach program aimed at teaching English-language skills to parents who are not proficient in English. Several academy parents attended the introductory session. The Parent University will be offered each Friday from 3:30 - 4:30 P.M. Translators for both Arabic and Spanish languages were on hand to facilitate instruction. Interested parents may still sign up at the school office. Future sessions will be differntiated to meet the needs of parents who are at various proficiency levels. Thank you to Mrs. Frazier, Mrs. Paden, Mrs. Barada, and Mrs. Peppers for organizing and conducting these classes.
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary School was pleased and honored to play host to Greg Mullenholz and Tracy Van Deusen, Teaching Fellows (present and past) with the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is currently on a bus tour of the Great Lakes region. The theme of the trip is “Education and The Economy: Investing in our Future” and he is visiting sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. The Teaching Ambassador Fellows are part of this four-day journey and are meeting with teachers to gain their perspectives on education: it is teachers who are poised to help the Secretary and his staff make the best decisions for teachers and students everywhere.
Mr. Mullenholz and Ms. Van Deusen listened to points of pride that the staff of ABTE have with their school, their most pressing concerns and worries, and what they would say to Secretary Duncan if given the chance. Both were impressed by the staff and what they have been able to accomplish over the last several years. Said Mr. Mullenholz: "I might not be from Michigan, but my understanding of letter grades tells me that an 'A' School must be doing things right".
Thank you to Dr. Merritt for providing an opportunity for the Teaching Ambassador Fellows to meet with the ABTE staff, and for the entire staff for being both open and honest with their comments, views, and ideas!
Thank you to the ABTE parents who came in and completed the Final Registration for their children on September 1, 2011 -- during weather that was more typical for early summer than Back To School. In all, over 310 students were registered for the 2011-12 school year. Completing registration on time allows the teachers and the school to prepare for the new school year. Welcome Back! to all the previous students and parents, and Welcome! to all those new to ABTE this year: we're looking forward to a year of "Academic Success For All!"
Parents completing the enrollment informing during Parent Orientation and Final Registration.