The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

DCG Fall 2015 Initiatives

Mr.Croley's English I class will conduct "Teacher Odyssey" Interviews to be featured on the podcast show "Students United: Mobile Minds Flipping Society" on the Michigan Business Network. .http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/author/students-united-mobile-minds-flipping-society These "teacher tales" will focus on taking an in depth look at how teachers got to where they are today. Related thematic elements found in the Odyssey will be explored (Ex: self-sacrifice, courage, heroism, leadership, acceptance, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles/adversities).

Students from the Yearbook staff will be attending the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) Conference on Oct. 21 at the Lansing Center.http://mipamsu.org/events/2015-fall-conference/ This event sponsored by the Michigan State University School of Journalism annually hosts over 2,000 students from around the state Michigan and offers workshops in areas of Journalism, Video Production, and Yearbook Design.

The Pride Alliance group will be working with students from the Gay/Straight Alliance at Bath High School. Activities will include a Poetry Slam, SHARE stories, a viewing of everydayPeople https://everydaypeoplefilm.wordpress.com/ and other documentary films, and a field trip to Saugatuck-Douglas this spring.

The DeWitt Creativity Group (DCG) http://dewittcreativitygroup.org/about will be presenting at the Day of Conversation on Oct. 21st http://edtechspecialists.com/edtech-news/edtech-specialists-three-days-of-conversations/ This event brings together educational leaders throughout the region and from around the state to discuss important issues in K12 education. DeWitt Public Schools will co-host the event along with the educational consulting group EdTech Specialist from Traverse City. Five teachers and approximately 12 students from the high school will be participating in the opening segment as well as in important dialogue discussions throughout the day.Although there have been many similar conversations around the state this is the first Day of Conversation that will included the "student voice" component

Three DeWitt High School teachers (Jason LaFay, Ed DeLaCruz, and Jeff Croley) were featured in an inspirational Teacher Video entitled "Reignite the Profession" A Call for Change -(For a brief article and link to see the video go to the following link)-https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reigniting-teaching-profession-positivity-jeff-croley?trk=prof-post The video includes a sensory montage along with teacher interviews from 12 educators from numerous districts across the state. The video was used as a conversation starter by six school districts during professional development training activities in early September.

The Windmill is up at the high school. A special thanks goes out to the students of the DeWitt Creativity Group, along with the DeWitt Foundation, DeWittt Charter Township, Great Lakes Renewable Energy, Michigan Energy Options, and Brion Dickens for their efforts in bringing this unique educational tool to DeWitt.

The DCG and Michigan Space Program will collaborate in supporting HS Science teachers Brian Byars and Ed DeLaCruz in working with Peter Lawrie and Orion's Quest http://www.orionsquest.org/2015/index.phpto have students design and carry out space experiments for the International Space Station

The DCG and Michigan Space Program https://twitter.com/MichiganSpacewill screen Mars Rising on Wednesday, Oct. 8th at 7:00 p.m. in "The Idea hive" (Room 420) at the high school. This is to celebrate World Space Week

The DeWitt Creativity Group (DCG) donated $500 worth of equipment to a female STEM team who will begin working on a solar panel iPhone charger.

The DCG is working with HS French teacher Katie Skalski to help create a French speaking community in the Lansing area. They will be working with the Windsor-Essex Multicultural Council http://www.themcc.com/ in Ontario, Canada.

The DCG will be taking a group of nearly 30 students on a field trip to the nationally recognized "Art Prize" event in Grand Rapids on Oct. 9th. This unique celebration of creativity is embraced by the city transforming many spaces into weekly showcases of art and innovation.

High School teachers Jeff Croley and Jason LaFay have been ask to present at the Michigan Department of Education's Innovative Schools State Conference. They are the only presenters who have been granted permission to include students as part of their presentation. Last year Jeff and Jason presented at numerous conferences including the School Improvement Conference, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Conference, the Creative Educators Summit, and the Innovative Schools Conference.

They were also invited to present at last year's first ever Governor's Education and Economics Summit in Detroit http://www.ges2.org/ where they along with four students from DHS played to a standing room only crowd which consisted of numerous state leaders in economic development and education including State Superintendent of Schools, Mike Flanagan.

The DCG will host a Student Panel Discussion with Fashion Designer Jonathan Arias from Runway Lansing http://www.runwaylansing.com/ on October 23rd. Jonathan will talk about starting a business, promoting fashion attire, and marketing.

Michigan Teacher of the Year, Rick Joseph will visit DHS Oct. 6th. He will visit "The Idea Hive" attend a DCG meeting, have lunch with DCG Co-Founders Jason LaFay and Jeff Croley to discuss future collaborations, and share insights and ideas with numerous teachers during a 45 minute in depth conversation about teaching and changes in education. In the afternoon, Rick will tour "Project Based" and "Student Centered" classrooms. He will conclude his day by participating in a 60 minute student discussion panel about the state of education, student engagement, and the importance of having the student voice represented in creating cultures of learning.

DeWitt Theater Department "Act As If..," alumnus Chad Sutton has recently been cast as the principle role of Father in the touring company of the new musical Alvin and the Chipmunks. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/detail/alvin-and-the-chipmunks-live-on-stage The show will travel to over 50 cities and perform over 80 shows stopping at the Fox Theater in Detroit Oct. 30th.

The creative team for this new musical featuring songs from Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera also includes Tony Award winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry. Ironically Chad played the father in both DeWitt's High School Musical and The Shadow Box. He also played attorney Billy Flynn in DeWitt High School's nationally recognized musical Chicago and starred in numerous original DHS "Act As If..," sketch comedies. He trained at the famed Second City Training Center in Chicago as well as Western Michigan University.

2015 graduate Geoffry Croley was recently named as one of the 12 new fighters to make the Boxing Team at the University of Michigan. Over 100 student athletes were hoping to make the cut this year however only 12 slots were available to fill the 25 man roaster. U of M's Boxing Team won Nationals in 2014. .

The HS Student Government members worked hard to bring DeWitt Public Schools and the DeWitt community another successful Homecoming Week which consisted of Spirit Week, Homecoming Court, Fall Sports Parade, and the Homecoming Dance.

Adam Zarzyski, the Hardware/Software Technology Manager at DeWitt Public Schools was honored at the Homecoming football game where he delivered the ceremonial game ball. He was honored because of his amazing service and ongoing dedication to DeWitt Public Schools. Adam oversees 1200 computers as well as networks and servers and continues to be a major player in contributing to the success of the district.


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Jeff Croley - Director of Theater -- Co-Founder of the DeWitt Creativity Group
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