Mustang News - April 24th


Packed with info and chock full of personality, the Mustang Morning News is our student-driven school news program, facilitated by our Math and ELA Instructional Coaches, Mr. Waston and Ms. McKenna. Students from both middle and high school write, report, interview, anchor, and video tape each episode. Please click, watch and enjoy!

HFA: SCS Senior Wins National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:33 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 6:50 AM ]

Habacuc Bessiake, a senior at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, has been awarded a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his self-portrait drawing, "For the Greater Good…00:01." Bessiake is the first student from the tuition-free Detroit art & design middle/high school to receive a Scholastic National Gold Medal.

This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the program. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Bessiake and other students from around the country who have won highest honors have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 8. Only one other student attending a school in the city of Detroit won a Scholastic National Gold Medal in visual arts this year.

At the regional level, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies students won a total of 21 awards; Bessiake earned seven of those awards, including a Gold Key Portfolio. His Scholastic National Gold Medal piece is a part of that portfolio, in which he uses self-portraits to explore self-control and the dynamic between anger and calm. “Growing up in a large family with many aggravating younger and older siblings, I learned the importance of self-control pretty fast. Now, as I become closer to adulthood, I still find that the ability to manage and carry oneself is a characteristic of great value,” said Bessiake. “The portfolio series counts down from ‘00:08’ to represent the time bomb in the chest of anger, which causes the conflict of the story. My Scholastic National Gold Medal work is the last piece in the series, which is time-stamped ‘00:01’ and depicts self-restraint and calm.” 

“Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is immensely proud of Habacuc Bessiake, his achievements in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the dedicated teachers who have supported his growth. With looming cuts to the arts, he and his artwork serve as a compelling reminder of the importance of arts education. Art and design can change a child’s life,” said Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D., principal of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies. Bessiake chose the school for its art & design focus. He is currently vice president of the school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the world-class College for Creative Studies in the fall.

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies was founded in 2009 by the College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford Learning Institute with the express dual purpose of providing students with an intense art and design focused experience and equipping them with the academic, social, and creative problem-solving foundation to thrive in post-secondary education and careers of their choice.

 

About the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District

The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District is comprised of two art & design charter schools serving more than 1,200 students -- Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (K-5, opened 2012) and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Middle/High School (6-12, opened 2009). Both are Thompson Educational Foundation 90/90 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, governed by Public School Academies of Detroit, and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit that exists to redesign how we learn. Learn more at www.hfaelementary.org and www.schoolforcreativestudies.org.


MEDIA CONTACT:          

Lisa Kreinbring                                                            

Henry Ford Learning Institute

lisa@hfli.org or 248-259-4066

Open House for Interested Families - April 13

posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:28 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

Curious about Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit's premier art & design middle|high school? Join us on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an Open House. Meet our staff, see our learning environment, and understand how we prepare our students for college, careers, and innovative thinking. HFA: SCS is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in grades 6-11. For more information, please contact Ms. Burris at 313-244-5861 or nburris@hfli.org.

Mustang News - March 20

posted Mar 21, 2017, 11:09 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

Packed with info and chock full of personality, the Mustang Morning News is our student-driven school news program, facilitated by our Math and ELA Instructional Coaches, Mr. Waston and Ms. McKenna. Students from both middle and high school write, report, interview, anchor, and video tape each episode. Please click, watch and enjoy!

Open House for Interested Families - March 21st

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:11 AM by Lisa Kreinbring

Curious about Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit's premier art & design middle|high school? Join us on Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an Open House. Meet our staff, see our learning environment, and understand how we prepare our students for college, careers, and innovative thinking. HFA: SCS is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in grades 6-11. For more information, please contact Ms. Burris at 313-244-5861 or nburris@hfli.org.

Mustang News - Week of March 13

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:55 AM by Lisa Kreinbring


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=215Au4Luh9A&feature=youtu.be

Packed with info and chock full of personality, the Mustang Morning News is our student-driven school news program, facilitated by our Math and ELA Instructional Coaches, Mr. Waston and Ms. McKenna. Students from both middle and high school write, report, interview, anchor, and video tape each episode. Please click the image to the left, watch and enjoy!

School Closed - March 3, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 3:48 PM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 3:50 PM ]

Due to the Boil Water Advisory issued by Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies will remain closed tomorrow - Friday, March 3rd. 

For our 11th grade students, SAT Prep Classes will take place this Saturday, March 4 from 9am-12noon. Parents will be notified should SAT classes need to be rescheduled.

Curious about HFA: SCS? Attend an Open House!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 7:04 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 7:07 AM ]

Please join Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies for an upcoming Open House. Learn about our tuition-free middle | high school, meet our teachers and staff, see our beautiful facility and apply for the 2017-2018 school year.

Who: Interested families with students entering grades 6-11

When:
March 21, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
April 13, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
May 23, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Where: 
Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education
485 W. Milwaukee Ave.
Detroit MI 48202

Free parking is available in the lot at Woodward Ave. and W. Baltimore. Enter the building on W. Baltimore.
We look forward to seeing you. To schedule an information session at your preschool, church, workplace, or social service agency, please contact Ms. Akosua Burris at nburris@hfascs.org or (313) 244-5861.

School Closed - March 2, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 4:30 PM by Lisa Kreinbring

Due to the Boil Water Advisory issued by Detroit's Water and Sewage Department, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies will be closed, tomorrow - Thursday, March 2nd.

HFA: SCS Winter Student Art Exhibition - Feb. 23

posted Feb 6, 2017, 1:24 PM by Lisa Kreinbring

Our Winter Student Art Exhibition will be held on February 23rd from 5-7pm. This annual event features students’ best work from the first semester -- more than 150 pieces in all from students in grades 6-12, including work from the school’s National Art Honor Society members. It's free and open to all who would like to meet some of Detroit’s most talented young artists and creative thinkers and learn more our art & design-focused school. HFA: SCS is located in the CCS A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at 485 W. Milwaukee. Free parking is available in the gated surface lot at Woodward Avenue and Baltimore.

Commissioned Portrait Honors Long-Standing PSAD Board Member

posted Feb 1, 2017, 1:09 PM by Lisa Kreinbring

On January 23, 2017, Mr. Ed Parks was honored for his long-standing contributions to Public School Academies of Detroit (our District's governing school board) with a portrait by our own Isis Earth.

Mr. Parks was the first PSAD board president and continues to serve as a board member. The portrait will hang in a building that is named in his honor.

Isis, an HFA: SCS National Art Honor Society member, was selected for this commission after submitting a preliminary piece of work for consideration and was invited to join the presentation ceremony.

(From L-R: HFA: SCS District Superintendent Nanette Gill, PSAD Board Member Ed Parks, Isis Earth, UPrep Schools CEO Mark Ornstein)

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