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Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at high academic levels. DPS offers educational advantages to students and parents/guardians across the system and reforms throughout the district’s schools. Those include:

  • $138 million in student grants and scholarships
  • Art/Music enrichment for every elementary-middle school student
  • High Quality Pre-Kindergarten
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Free healthy breakfast and  lunch for every child
  • Eight different world languages offered across the district
  • New Parent University and abundant parent programs
  • Safety initiatives with more community volunteers
  • Netbooks for every student in grades 6–12 and take-home Netbooks for grades 8–12
  • A new Career Academy, and high schools focusing on science and medicine, the arts and aviation

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Fall K-8 sports programs kick off Sept. 22 to build healthy bodies & minds for district’s youngest learners

Includes NEW city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit PAL

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools’ K-8 Sports League will kick off September 22 with six athletic programs for the fall season aimed at building healthy bodies for the district’s youngest learners and developing self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.

DPS’ Fall sports lineup includes the new city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). The range of K-8 Fall sports include: Girls Basketball (grades 7-8); Co-Ed Basketball (grades 3-4); Co-Ed Soccer (grades K-5); Flag Football (grades K-2); Boys Tackle Football (grades 6-8) and Co-Ed Golf (grades K-5).

Registration for each sport is now open and has been extended until Thursday, September 25. Parents must verify that the sports program of their interest is offered at their child’s school. Registration forms must also be completed at the child’s school.

Duggan announced the new citywide elementary school soccer league in partnership with Detroit PAL on September 4. “Goal Detroit” soccer will take place every Saturday until the Fall. It includes 700 students from 44 different teams including more than 20 DPS teams. Opening day is Saturday, Sept. 27 and the season will run through November 1. Weekly games will be played at Coleman Young Park, Farewell Park, Patton Park and Milan Park.

The K-8 Youth Sports League was launched in 2013 as part of the district’s new five-year Strategic Plan, which added programs such as more arts and music and youth sports at the elementary-middle school level. Roughly 2,500 students participated in last year’s K-8 athletic programs.

Edward Tomlin, Director of Elementary-Middle School Athletics for DPS hopes to double that number this year.

“The No.1 reason that students play sports is to have fun, but there are so many other benefits that students and parents sometimes don’t realize,” Tomlin said. “We would like to increase our participation numbers because we know that students who play sports are healthier and more active in school in all subject areas. Participating in sports at an early age also helps students to learn life lessons such as the importance of teamwork, leadership skills, persistence, drive and overall self-esteem building.”

The start date for Girls Middle School Basketball (30 teams district-wide), K-5 Soccer (20 teams district-wide) and Co-Ed Basketball (20 teams district-wide) is September 27. Middle School Tackle Football (seven teams district-wide) and K-2 Flag Football will begin the week of September 22.

Golf is a district-wide program that will provide an introduction to the sport and individual instruction at the K-5 level through a Fall Golf Clinic with Hollywood Golf Institute. Registration is now open at each school and will also extend through Thursday, September 25. The start date for the program will be announced in late September.

Open Enrollment is ongoing across ALL Detroit Public Schools. Parents interested in registering their students for the new K-8 Sports League programs who are not currently enrolled in DPS should enroll today!

For more details, visit detroitk12.org/enroll or call 313.240.4DPS (4377).

Still time for students enrolled in DPS to get free new Detroit Public Library cards or have prior fees waived

Innovative initiative allows sign-ups at any Library branch, also at new Academic Family Nights across DPS

There is still time for students to take part in the Library Card Campaign by Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Library as part of DPS’ Everything Literacy! Initiative.

Newly launched during a summer 2014 literacy drive and now running through Sept. 30, 2014, the program is open to all DPS students who do not have library cards and will be offered to parents attending new Academic/Family nights starting this week across DPS.

Download the Library Card Flyer & Application

All Detroit Public Schools students who do not have library cards are invited to apply for and receive new library cards from the Detroit Public Library. DPS students may apply for and receive new library cards, and have fees waived on current cards. Fines will only be waived on student cards, not on parent cards. Students who do not have proof of residency in Detroit or parental signature will receive restricted library cards and may check out up to two books at a time.

Students and their families can visit any Detroit Public Library location to sign up.

DPS’ Everything Literacy! Initiative, organized by the district’s Office of Literacy, includes a number of strategies focusing on literacy. To combat the “Summer Learning Slide,” the learning loss that happens when children are not engaged in reading during pivotal out-of-school time,

DPS partnered with the Detroit Public Library, LitWorld and others and sponsored events including LitCamp, free book giveaways, online reading quizzes, and Literacy-themed open houses at all elementary and middle schools in the district.

School of the Week: Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science

Ranked No. 1 elementary school in the city of Detroit by Excellent Schools Detroit!

What does it take to be the No. 1 ranked elementary school in the largest city in the state of Michigan? According to the chart-topping staff, students and administrators of Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science, it takes phenomenal leadership, creative ideas and holding all stakeholders accountable for the unique role they play within the school community.

“Everyone plays a role in making this school the best that it can possibly be,” said Principal Kimberly Davis. “Being ranked the number one school in the city is like a payoff for all the hard work we begin implementing at the very beginning of each school year.”

What’s their secret?

Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science, offering grades Pre-K-4, has been honored as one of the Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD) top performing schools for two consecutive years. In early September 2014, Charles Wright was named the highest-rated elementary school in the City of Detroit. DPS’ Renaissance High School ranks No. 1 for grades 9-12.

A total of 28 Detroit Public Schools were ranked as top-recommended schools at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels by ESD based on a grade system that takes into account how students perform on standardized tests, how much they’re learning over the course of the school year, annual improvement rates, and from feedback provided by community reviewers who observed each school’s environment and culture during a site visit.

According to Excellent Schools Detroit, “these schools will help students learn what they need to know and will allow students adequate opportunities to succeed in college and work.”

The top-rated Charles Wright offers a technology-rich learning environment where students thrive academically and showcase increases on the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) annually.

The school’s technology-driven learning environment prepares young scholars to perform at their best by equipping them with 21st Century learning tools. Charles Wright has two computer laps and each classroom boasts at least six computers. Students and staff have access to an Apple laptop cart, digital document readers, NEO 2 devices and SMARTBoards.

“Technology is the way to go, and it is a very important factor in our society. Students need to know how to utilize these tools to function effectively in their futures,” Principal Davis said.

Even more important than being tech-savvy, Charles Wright is data-savvy as well. Data is a critical component to how Charles Wright was able to capture the top spot amongst the city’s elementary schools, Davis said. Success For All Reading Instructor Tracey Jones said it is important for not only staff members to know their data, but students too.

“My favorite word is data,” Jones said, “and we are always looking for new trends in the data. Everyone is active in capturing and understanding data, especially our students. The students need to be held accountable for their school’s numbers – attendance, grades, and scores – just as much as anyone because it is their work and they should want to take ownership. It is really fantastic to watch them own their work.”

Charles Wright community members consider themselves “action researchers” in which all stakeholders take responsibility in creating new ideas, intervene on any arising problems and come up with action plans.

“It is really important to stay up to date and on topic because knowing these things will be important later in life,” said fourth-grader Taylor Williams.

Williams describes Charles Wright as a family-oriented school that is like her second home. She explained that being ranked as an ESD school is very important because it brings more people and attention to the great things happening at the school.

“Our curriculum is always operating in a continuum. No matter what position you hold here – student, parent or staff – your role is vital,” Davis added. “It is a very humbling experience to be along on this journey to the top. I am proud to be a part of this amazing school.”

What’s next?

“We continue to work,” said Principal Davis. Aside from maintaining the number one ranking, providing a 21st Century education, and instilling the importance of data and accountability, Davis still runs a multifaceted program which offers drama, science and math clubs, a performing arts program, art, a safety program, writing fairs and more.

“We do what we do because we believe in our school and our students, and we are able to do this because Principal Davis supports us,” said Jones.

The challenge is up for grabs!

Davis challenges any and everyone who wants to experience top-rated teaching and learning in a state-of-the-art building to visit Charles Wright Academy for grades Pre-K-4! For students transitioning to grade 5, Ludington Magnet Middle School – located at 19501 Berg Rd. adjacent to Charles Wright – offers a rigorous Honors School for grades 5-8. The program allows students to be engaged in project-based learning with a curriculum that will prepare them for advanced placement, college, and future careers.

Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation dedicates a new 21st Century Learning Center at Detroit Lions Academy

The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation revealed a new 21st Century computer lab and learning center called the “Project Phoenix Learning Center” at Detroit Lions Academy Friday, September 12. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the school with current Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell, his wife Cheryl and current Detroit Lions players.

The new 21st Century Learning Center at Detroit Lions Academy marks the sixth Project Phoenix Learning Center of the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation in the United States and the first in Michigan. The learning center includes 20 new computers with Promethean ActivBoards, ActivSlate, ActivExpressions, network printers, Internet accessibility and specialized interactive instructional software.

About the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation

According to Jarrod Grant, CEO and Principle Educator at Learning, Technology & Leadership, the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation seeks to enhance selected community centers, public schools, charter schools and other educational facilities by creating 21st Century learning centers for children in under served communities. These 21st Century learning labs are providing needed high-level technology access to bridge home and school.



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