School Bell … 4/14/23

HPS in the news
Hamtramck Public Schools (HPS) recently announced that 37 students from the Class of 2023 earned a Michigan Seal of Biliteracy. This recognition is for high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency, verified by the Michigan Department of Education, in English and at least one additional world language. Out of the 37 recipients, 23 speak Bengali, 13 speak Arabic and one speaks Bosnian.
“At Hamtramck Public Schools, our mission is to ensure each student leaves with a sharper mind and a greater love of learning,” said HPS Superintendent Jaleelah Ahmed in a press release. “We are proud of these 37 students for dedicating time and energy to achieve bilingual or multilingual excellence this year.”
HPS waived all fees associated with the ALTA Language Services testing requirements to ensure there were no barriers to students looking to earn a Seal. The evaluation had two parts: listening/speaking and writing. Additionally, students must also demonstrate Intermediate High School proficiency on Michigan Department of Education-approved world language assessments and meet the English Language Requirements for graduation.
“The Seal of Biliteracy requires district, teacher, leadership and familial commitment,” continued Superintendent Ahmed. “Bilingualism and multilingualism are an incredible asset to students and schools and we are so proud of the prevalence of multiple languages, cultures and identities within Hamtramck Public Schools.”
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Congratulations to Hamtramck High School’s DECA chapter for a successful year of development and growth! Six members will attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Florida at the end of April.
DECA is a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high school and college around the world for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Students compete in various projects or scenarios in the field/topic of their choice.
Join us in celebrating Naser Karim, Amy Panczysyzn, and Farisa Zarin for their work on the “Chapter Award”, and Tasmi Chowdhury, Christian Floyd and Syeda Khatun for their work at the school store and wishing them all good luck at ICDC later this month.
Published April 14, 2023

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