DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti Unveils New 3 Year Strategic Plan

Strategic plan to serve as the blueprint for the district’s transformation work. DETROIT – October 26, 2017 – The Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti announced the unveiling of the Board approved new three-year strategic plan today at a news conference focused on five priorities: outstanding achievement, transformative culture, whole child commitment, exceptional talent and responsible stewardship. The plan includes the District’s new mission, vision, core values and priorities. “Our strategic plan will guide the District’s work over the next three years to achieve our ultimate goal of providing a high-quality education for every student we serve,” said Superintendent Vitti. “With this plan, we are making a commitment to our families, students, leaders and teachers to improve

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Social studies and technology play role in mystery Skype session

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy’s students went around the globe during a mystery Skype session to fuse their knowledge of the world and technology. Social studies teacher, Mr. Estes, technology coordinator, Ms. Davis, and ELA teacher, Ms. Terry, worked together to provide their sixth grade class with a memorable experience. Ms. Davis set up a mystery Skype meeting where the students would have to use their language and social studies skills to guess where the other class lived. The sixth graders prepared questions to assist in guessing the location. “We researched some questions to see if our country matched their descriptions,” says student Shyla Jenkins. “We found that they also celebrate Christmas but they call soccer ‘football’. But overall, we knew

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Reading levels soar at Mackenzie

With the new Michigan early literacy law taking effect, students at Mackenzie Elementary School are advancing in a major way. Michigan Reading Corp is tutoring students in grades K-3 students, the goal is to help students read at or above grade level. Students receive 20 minutes of one-on-one targeted tutoring every day. Za’Miya Anderson, a first grade student, has surpassed the fluency target since beginning the program in September and nearing the second grade target. “Za’Miya has displayed major improvements by reading Imagine IT! Decodable books with the class and at home with her parents,” says Zenicker Kinney, first grade teacher. “Mackenzie students have exceeded the winter reading target limits already!”

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Application period now open for Detroit College Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation will accept applications for the Detroit College Promise beginning Friday, November 17. This scholarship provides a one-time financial scholarship for DPSCD high school students planning to attend a Michigan college or university. Visit dpsfdn.org to apply today! Requirements and deadlines: Students must attend a school within the Detroit Public Schools Community District for grades 9-12 Earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher Must submit online the listed requirements by the following deadlines: February 9, 2018: ID and transcript April 20, 2018: A) Scholarship acceptance and Authorization to Release Records form B) Student Aid Report (SAR) after completion of FAFSA C) College/university acceptance letter *Note: Steps 2 and 3 are the next steps ONLY for

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The science behind salmon in the classroom

For the third year, Munger Elementary-Middle School welcomed the delivery of 140 salmon eggs. The Salmon in the Classroom program, led by Michigan DNR, gives students the opportunity to watch the salmon cycle unfold over a seven-month timeframe. Students are responsible for keeping data on water quality, development of the salmon and maintaining the tank. In May 2018, students will release the salmon into the Clinton River. “This educational program not only shows students the importance of raising healthy fish, but maintaining the water quality of our Great Lakes,” says Ellen Hoyer, science teacher at Munger.

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The Parade Company brings winning student’s design to life during 26th annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

New Float, “The Snowing Mountains,” Inspired by Detroit 7 th Grader to Debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van DETROIT – (November 15, 2017) – The Parade Company and Skillman Foundation today announced the winner of the 26 th Annual Skillman Foundation’s Float Design Contest for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Seventh grade student, Yuliana Ortiz, from Clippert Academy, was joined by her family, teachers and school administrators today as she saw her winning design, “The Snowing Mountains,” transform into a larger-than-life float. The float, which features a snow-covered house on a hill, kids ice skating, snowmen and trees, will be led by Ortiz and her family during America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The

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