Volume 2 | February 2021
A Message From Our CEO

“For me, education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.” - Carter G. Woodson

February is traditionally designated for the celebration of African American history. At U Prep Schools we celebrate African American history and Black Excellence, every day. Although throughout our network, this month students will highlight the accomplishments of prominent leaders in the black community, and engage in school-wide celebrations, our teaching staff will also lead our scholars in discussions that allow them to realize their own prominence and excellence. As it is our custom at U Prep, through cultural responsiveness we engage, motivate, support and expand the intellectual capacity of our students. It is through this lens that we cultivate the leader within for every child. Join us in celebrating Black History and Excellence, every day!

Earlier this month, you received a letter outlining our plans for returning to voluntary in-person learning. As mentioned, we are embarking on a three-phased plan to ensure our buildings and the crew is ready, so the voluntary and limited transition back into the classroom is a comfortable and positive experience for our scholars and their families in mid-April. Please look for the details regarding your school's reopening to come from your School Director in March. Should you have any questions in the interim, please reach out to your school’s leadership, directly. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate this slow but steady transition.

We are also happy to announce the launch of Open Enrollment - the time of year when your family and friends have the opportunity to join our crew! Below you will find dates for upcoming Virtual Open Houses at each of our districts, and instructions on how your community of loved ones can apply for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to welcoming them to the U Prep Crew!

Yours in Community,
Danielle Jackson, CEO
Detroit 90/90 - U Prep Schools
The U - Teaching and Learning
During a National Crisis
January was a news-filled and eventful month for the entire country. The insurrection events at the nation's Capitol, the threat of a 2nd impeachment of former President Trump, and the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden, and the first African American woman, Vice President Kamala Harris. The country was abuzz with talks of ethics, race, and gender.

At U Prep, we realize the importance of engaging our students in discussions surrounding topics affecting our nation. Our goal is to guide our scholars to effect change, not only within themselves but also in the community at large. Click the link below to learn how our Social Studies teachers allowed students to voice their perspectives and reaction to the current events.
Technology Enhancements:
Blocksi Education Everywhere at U Prep
Our scholars are online more than ever due to virtual learning. To ensure their safety in the digital space, we have exciting technology enhancements currently in place at U Prep. We are excited to announce the addition of the Blocksi Manager Education Everywhere system to our digital tools. This software program allows parents, school administrators, and teachers to monitor their students' activities, which helps prevent cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and online predators.

Blocksi Manager Education Everywhere also provides an AI-powered tool, called Student Safety, that allows school administrators, principals, and parents to detect harmful behavior on any student’s Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, or YouTube accounts.

This technology is currently active for the entire U Prep Network. Teachers and parents can immediately access the Student Safety or Content filtering functions for student accounts. This program helps us provide security, protection, and support to our scholars while they operate on virtual platforms.
U Prep Partners with Africa-America Institute
University Prep Schools is pleased to announce a partnership with the Africa-America Institute (AAI) in a project aimed at transforming the student educational experience.

This partnership will allow our scholars to take part in increased academic rigor, while professional development will be offered to teachers and leaders.

Click below to learn more about this partnership and its benefits.
What is CRE? How Are We Doing
This Work Currently at U Prep?
"University Prep Schools provides a culturally responsive educational experience for scholars that builds academic competence, habits of work and scholarship, and self-actualization, empowering them to accomplish their post-secondary plans, as well as becoming socially and civically engaged as change agents for themselves and their community."

At U Prep Schools, Cultural Responsiveness is not a practice; it informs our practice and allows us to make better choices for eliciting, engaging, motivating, supporting, and expanding all students' intellectual capacity. Culturally Responsive methods and practices examine instructional philosophy and practice critically, both acknowledging and searching for the presence of historical forms of oppression embedded in curriculum, instruction, policy, and approaches to teacher-student relationships.

Through the execution of Restorative Practices, students are provided a safe space to resolve conflict. They are equipped with techniques and best practices to ensure that all person-to-person interactions are respectful and productive, contributing to the development of school culture.

Our executive leadership, school leaders, and teaching staff network-wide are invested in this work. The implementation of curriculum enhancements, teacher development, and ongoing staff training will ensure that we prioritize creating a more culturally responsive and improved educational experience for every U Prep scholar.
Open Enrollment Is in Full Swing!
Do you have friends or family who are in search of a school community to call home? We would love to welcome them as part of the U Prep family.

Open Enrollment is currently available. Please invite them to visit our website under “admissions” to obtain information about our upcoming Virtual Open House dates or submit an enrollment application. For more information, email admissions@uprepschools.com.
Upcoming Open House Dates
U Prep Art & Design Middle School 
Thursday, February 25

UPAD Middle School 
Thursday, February 25

UPA High School 
Friday, February 26

U Prep Art & Design Elementary
Wednesday, March 3

UPA Elementary - Mark Murray Campus
Wednesday, March 3

UPSM Elementary
Tuesday, March 16

UPA Elementary - Ellen Thompson Campus
Thursday, March 18

U Prep Art & Design High School 
Tuesday, March 23

UPSM Middle School 
Thursday, March 25

UPA Middle School
Tuesday, March 30
Celebrating Black History Month
Many events and projects are happening at U Prep in celebration of Black History Month. Each school will be uniquely celebrating Black Excellence.

These activities are meant to help scholars learn about the historical figures and change-makers that came before them, encouraging our scholars to view themselves through the lens of Black historical achievement and Black community accomplishments.
U Prep Alum Honored with Black
Detroiters Making History Recognition
U Prep is always proud to highlight the positive impact that our alumni make in the community.

Two alum have recently been given a prestigious honor by the Skillman Foundation, making this year's 20 Black Detroiters Making History list.

Congratulations to Jeremiah Steen and Jalyn Baity! They work diligently and are dedicated mentors to youth in the City of Detroit.

Click below to see the full list of Detroit honorees.
Mr. Jalyn Baity
Mr. Jeremiah Steen
U Prep Birthdays and Anniversaries
We have several birthdays and U Prep anniversaries in March! Click the links below to wish happy birthday or happy anniversary to our Crew members who are celebrating.
Rep the Prep in 2021!
Start the new year with a new style! Did you know you can customize your U Prep merch in different styles and colors? There are several options for all three of the U Prep networks, in hoodies, jackets, and tees.

DEAL ALERT: U Prep Merch is 20% off your order of $85+ with the PROMO CODE: FEB21. Valid through the end of February.
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