Community call-to-action: Detroit Little Libraries Need Help Providing 97 Lil’ Libraries for Schools Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather along with Detroit Little Libraries, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and Community Stakeholders are joining forces to provide students with multiple-reading resources this summer. A special Ribbon Cutting celebrating the District’s Little Free Library Campaign was held at Marcus Garvey Academy on Thursday, July 28. We have a lofty goal to raise funds to ensure that all 97 schools have a Little Free Library with the help of Detroit Little Libraries, the DPS Foundation, individuals and corporations. At the time of this advisory, there are 27 commitments from a variety of organizations, community members and individuals
97 Little Free Libraries Planned For All DPSCD Schools To Kick Off Superintendent’s Summer Reading Challenge
Fun Summer program provides Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Focus Alycia Meriweather, Interim Superintendent, for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), today announced the S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD program. It is a broad community partnership to engage students in active learning programs this summer through a series of large-scale free, fun and engaging learning/back-to-school readiness events scheduled in August. The full schedule is attached, the first two events kick off on Saturday, August 6. “We are extremely excited about our upcoming S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD Back-to-School Readiness Campaign,” said Meriweather. “We know that too often, students tend to fall behind academically over the summer months when they are not actively engaged in learning. In education we call this the summer slide. But we are
Ronald Brown Academy Science Teacher Receives Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Jennifer Edwards, a science teacher at Ronald Brown Academy, has been selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2015-16 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. Edwards will receive a Presidential certificate from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and CEQ Managing Director Christy Goldfuss. An award ceremony will be held at the White House on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to recognize Ms. Edwards as well as additional winners and honorable mentions. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement Ms. Edwards!
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The last day to file the papers necessary to become a candidate for the new school board of the Detroit Public Schools Community District is Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The new seven-member board will be elected in the general election on November 8, 2016 and will take office on January 1, 2017. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills a few weeks ago. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as its necessary support services, including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood learning and much more. In
Public Montessori programs to open in three neighborhoods this fall as part of new DPSCD innovations
ury-old proven focus on educating the whole child now equitable and accessible to all; funds made available through recent state legislation enables implementation after 5 months of planning The first seven new public, tuition free Montessori classrooms will open in Detroit for the start of the 2016-17 school year, Detroit Public Schools Community District Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather announced today. The district has begun taking applications for early childhood (ages 4-6) and early elementary (grades 1-2) multi-age classrooms at Edison Elementary School, 17045 Grand River Ave.; early childhood classrooms at Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien St., and an early childhood classroom at Maybury Elementary School, 4410 Porter St. The early childhood classrooms utilizing the approved Montessori curriculum complement the district’s
Interim Superintendent Meriweather announces back-to-school enrollment campaign, new academic innovations for the upcoming school year, community engagement and extensive summer learning opportunities for the new District New district’s campaign touts new academic programming enhancements/innovations including Montessori programs, building improvements, steps challenge and more! Today Interim Superintendent for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), Alycia Meriweather, announced an enrollment campaign centered on investments in academic innovations for the new school year, such as first-ever Montessori programming and more dual language immersion classes, as well as a robust community engagement call-to-action and extensive free summer learning at major educational venues emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), to ensure students are prepared on the first day of school and
DPS’ Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather’s Academic Advisory Council Presented Phase I of the New District’s Academic Plan that will Serve as the Foundation for the New District
Meriweather issued a call to the community to join the committees in Phase II Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather held a public meeting Wednesday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School along with the District’s 15 committee Academic Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of more than 150 employees, staff, and parents who committed their time to develop recommendations for a long-term pathway forward for the new District. Meriweather also issued a call for the community to join Phase II. Phase II will be the development of the actual plan, which will require input from all stakeholders. Each committee presented in their respective category from curriculum development to wraparound services for students and their families. Some of
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes Presents Balanced FY2017 Budget for New Detroit Public Schools Community District
Proposed budget, based on realistic assumptions, presents fresh start for children and families of Detroit Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes today presented the citizens of Detroit with a proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). It is a balanced budget based on realistic assumptions. Because all projected expenditures will be paid from expected revenues, the budget does not require any new debt. “This honest budget will enable the new district to pay its hard-working staff and its vendors when our obligations to them are due, allowing us to regain the public’s trust and attract and retain the best people to work in our schools,” said Judge Rhodes. “While challenges remain, we are on a
DPS Seniors Receive More Than $164 Million in Student Scholarships and Grants for 2015-16 School Year
More than $75 million of the steadily growing number is fully dedicated to academic subsidies including six prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships valued at $600,000 each! With exams and graduation ceremonies complete, Detroit Public Schools is pleased to announce that its 2,592 graduating seniors, have earned $164,518,555 in student scholarships and grants for the 2015-16 school year. According to the DPS Office of Guidance and Counseling, this amounts to an average of $65,886 per student. The total dollars earned by this year’s graduating class is nearly $50,000 more than that earned by 2014-15 graduates. Students from across the District spent countless hours researching and applying for opportunities to alleviate some of the financial challenges that often hold many back from perusing
In support of Detroit Public Schools’ Annual Literacy Fair, the Office of Enrollment invited all DPS students to express their DPS Love in an essay contest! Participants were asked to show their DPS Love by expressing what Detroit Public Schools (or an individual DPS school) means to them! 2016 “I Love DPS” Winners Academy of the Americas (Winning Essays) Uriel Hernandez Berelim Espinoza Eder Maciel Moriana Segura Ricardo Meza Osvaldo Covarrubias Cass Technical High School (Winning Essay) Kalil Whitehead Chrysler Academy (Winning Essay) Logan Hrabowski Davison Elementary-Middle School (Winning Essay) Ma’Kya Bentley Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern (Winning Essay) Duantile Turner Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School (Winning Essays) Kamaya Bedell Deshawn Davis Aniyah Hutchins Zaire Fuller Chaste Humphal Apollo Andres
Seniors everywhere are wrapping up high school and preparing for college. And though they all persevered to get their diploma, one Detroit student is inspiring a whole new generation of her peers, through her strength. This week, our All Star is an incredible 17-year-old from Martin Luther King Jr. High School who is overcoming so many obstacles and now, she has big dreams for the future. “Humble, humility, sunshine, light, all positivity,” Principal Dr. Deborah Jenkins said to describe student Jana Goodwin… Read the full story!
A 34 composite on the ACT and full ride to Harvard, three Gates Millennium finalist, 12 Scholastic Art awards and a major in Medical Illustration and $925,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Cass Tech’s Senior Scholars. Detroit Public Schools was established in 1842, now in 2016 DPS isn’t nearly the system it was years ago. Even though the district is facing appalling conditions, it is still able to produce future leaders of tomorrow… READ THE FULL STORY! Written by: Kiryn Swain and Alyson Grigsby, Dialogue Detroit
15 DPS “All A” Students Awarded for Academic Achievements with All-Access Shopping Spree at Office Depot in Oak Park Valued at $15,000
Students from Ben Carson, Cass Tech, DIA, Osborn MST, Renaissance and Western select items such as laptops, tablets, specialty calculators, etc. in preparation for college with individual $1,000 gift cards donated by Office Depot Office Depot, Inc. awarded 15 DPS “All A” students with $1,000 Office Depot gift cards on Thursday, June 16, to purchase school supplies in preparation for their freshman year of college. The recent graduates are recipients of the 2016 Office Depot and OfficeMax Scholarship program and also DPS Excellence Awards honorees. The students were acknowledged during a celebratory ceremony immediately before they began an in-store shopping spree. DPS Office Depot and OfficeMax Scholarship recipients from: Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine Alexis Barker, University
MIKE MORSE LAW FIRM PARTNERS WITH DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE BACKPACKS TO STUDENTS IN GRADES K-8 FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Mike Morse is expanding the backpack program to provide more backpacks and supplies for more students Today the Mike Morse Law Firm announced a bigger and better partnership with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to include backpacks filled with school supplies for students from grades K-8. Mike Morse has been working with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to ensure students are ready for the first day of school. “Given the hardships many Detroit residents face, it’s important that students have the proper school supplies to begin the year winning,” said Mike Morse, Mike Morse Law Firm. “The disadvantages these students face by going to school without proper supplies can be devastating, affecting their self-worth, self-image, confidence, attitude, behavior and willingness to
Detroit Goodfellows Seventh Annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest Winner is Theresa McCants of Fisher Magnet Lower Academy
The Detroit Goodfellows announced today the winner of the seventh annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Theresa McCants, a fourth grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools’ Fisher Magnet Lower Academy! Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised McCants in her classroom with the news and presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by Detroit Public School students in grades 3 through 8 who designated their favorite teachers by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less. This year, nominations from two 9-year-old, fourth-grade students at
Detroit Public Schools Middle School Track Championship was held Saturday, June 4 at Renaissance High School. Middle school teams from across the district took the track, but Bunche Preparatory Academy took home the back-to-back championship title for boys and girls! Congratulations athletes and special shout out to Coach Plonka who does a wonderful job at getting his Bunche athletes out to participate! Participating boys teams included: Bunche Preparatory Academy J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Thirkell Elementary-Middle John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy Ludington Magnet Middle School Participating girls teams included: Bunche Preparatory Academy Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy Thirkell Elementary-Middle J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Burton International Academy Ludington Magnet-Middle School Also held at Renaissance was the Elementary-Middle School Baseball Championship games! Burton beat Schulze
Below is a statement from DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes on the passage, yesterday, by the Michigan Legislature of education reform legislation. “The Michigan Legislature has moved forward with the creation of a new, debt-free school district that will be governed by a school board that the people of Detroit will elect. Our leadership, staff, educators, parents, community stakeholders, and the newly elected school board will continue the work necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the new district. We are especially excited about the opportunity to provide more resources for the education of our children, and about offering new academic programs for our students, such as the first public Montessori/Open School program in Detroit, enhanced blended
DPS Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather implements Academic Advisory Council to develop new Academic Plan More than 100 DPS staff members respond to Interim Superintendent’s call to action to create a data-driven long-term academic plan Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather today announced the implementation of an Academic Advisory Council that will steer the development of a long-term Academic Plan for DPS students. The council consists of approximately 120 DPS staff members, including the academic division at Central Office, educators, principals, and other school-based staff throughout the District’s 97 schools. “Our current Academic Plan sunsets June 30, 2016, and we are designing our new vision and plan in a transparent and collaborative manner through the Academic Advisory Council (AAC). Now
New Montessori, more STEAM, Honors, Language Immersion schools and programs planned in Detroit Public Schools
Program innovations selected from those submitted by educators in the second year of the District academic proposal solicitation process Detroit Public Schools Interim General Superintendent Alycia Meriweather announced today that innovative programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) will expand, and the first public Montessori schools in Detroit will open as a result of proposals selected from 36 school initiatives developed by teams of DPS principals, teachers and educators. The dozen innovations announced today include an Arabic Dual Language Immersion and Technology Academy, an expanded Academy of Blended Learning, accelerated academic programs and smaller high school learning communities. “Detroit Public Schools teachers, principals and educators are not only focused on their ongoing passion to educate Detroit schoolchildren, but