Detroit Public Schools to host Teacher Recruitment Fair, aimed at filling hundreds of open positions for 2016-17 school year

To help recruit talented educators across all grade levels and content areas to positions for the coming school year, Detroit Public Schools will host “DPS Day,” a Teacher Recruitment Fair, on Tuesday, May 24 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School. During this unique recruiting opportunity, job candidates will have the opportunity to participate in on-site interviews, and the District will also make conditional offers to qualified candidates. The teaching positions being recruited during the teacher fair will also build upon the district’s current talent acquisition pool. Applications are being accepted for all teaching areas. However, there is a critical need in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Mathematics, Secondary Science and World Language. As a result of retirements, separations and new program offerings, DPS anticipates 250-350 teacher openings for

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Enter the “I Love DPS” Essay Contest!

In support of Detroit Public Schools’ Third Annual Literacy Fair, the Office of Enrollment is calling all DPS students to express their DPS Love in an essay contest! Show your DPS Love by expressing what Detroit Public Schools means to you or what your individual school means to you. We want to hear how and why Detroit Public Schools has impacted or made a difference in your life. Tell us why you love your school! Be creative and passionate! I Love DPS Essay Contest Details! Essays must be submitted to your Language Arts/English teachers by May 20, 2016. Schools should email selected essays to by May 27, 2016. If submitting handwritten essays, please scan and email. Any questions, please

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Maybury Principal Kathleen Keenmon receives Spirit of Detroit Award

Maybury Principal Kathleen Keenmon received the Spirit of Detroit Award on Tuesday, May 10. Principal Keenmon was honored with the award by Detroit City Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López. Read Principal Keenmon’s story: Maybury’s Kathleen Keenmon commended for good citizenship

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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

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A special Thank You to all our teachers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Although we celebrate you today, we thank you each and every day!

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Crain Communications and MSU High School Journalism Program Documentary

Check out the documentary featuring Detroit Public Schools student journalists in the Crain Communications and Michigan State University High School Journalism Program. The film was directed by Emmy Award winning film maker, Stephen McGhee for Steven McGhee films and Crain Communications Detroit. Detroit high school students finding their voice – Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Program  

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22 DPS High Schools To Cast Vote In City-wide Mock Elections

Detroit Department of Elections representatives team up with DPS student council and government members to engage students in the importance of exercising their right to vote In efforts to engage young individuals about the importance of participating in city and nation-wide elections, Detroit Public Schools in conjunction with the Detroit Department of Elections will host a city-wide Mock Election providing voting polls at 22 DPS high schools on Thursday, May 19. Beginning at 8 a.m., DPS high school students will receive the opportunity to cast their vote on who they feel the next president of the United States should be, and two issues they feel passionate about within their schools (which were crafted by the students). This real-life opportunity was

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Principal Bobbie Posey-Milner Honored at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Gompers Elementary-Middle School Principal Bobbie Posey-Milner was honored at the 79th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition. Principal Milner was selected as the 2016 Detroit Public Schools Office of Fine Arts/Data Visual Arts Administrator of the Year! Principal Milner received the award due to her continued dedication to make a difference in the life of visual arts students, in school and in the community around Gompers. The event was held at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Additionally, Gompers students’ artwork, displayed currently at the DIA, received 1st place award at the exhibit! Guests can visit the DIA and see the students’ art currently on display until June 5, 2016. Special thanks to the Office of Fine Arts for selected Principal Milner for this great honor. Story and photos

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Cody MCH’s American Heart Association Metro Detroit Heart Walk Challenge

Medicine and Community Health (MCH) Academy at Cody would like to challenge all Detroit Public Schools to walk in the American Heart Association’s Metro Detroit Heart Walk, on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wear your school colors to show your school pride! Fundraising is optional. For more information about the event, visit If you accept MCH’s challenge, e-mail with your school’s name and the number of students you are expecting to participate.

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Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather’s Welcome Back Message

Greetings DPS Family,

I want to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back from spring break, and to share Alyicia's daffodils for websome thoughts about how this new season relates to Detroit Public Schools and our important work at hand. Please read more or click here to listen.

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Greenfield Union Multicultural Event

Students and staff at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School hosted a Multicultural Event on Friday, May 20. The event was a huge success that allowed students to learn and acknowledge the contributions and relevance of all mankind. The students, staff, and visitors dressed in native attire while enjoying native foods from specific regions. Student-lead stations were also in place to discuss the significance of the chosen cultures. Visitors from the Arab-American and Chaldean Council were in attendance in addition to Leaders from Network 2 and the Office of Enrollment. Special thanks to the Detroit Children’s Museum and all staff and families that provided cultural materials for the event.

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School Beautification Project at Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy

Meemic Insurance Company of Auburn Hills, with a crew of 50 employee volunteers, visited Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and worked hard to revive the school’s front yard landscape, along with transforming an old storage room into a beautiful teachers’ lounge! The volunteers, including the CEO of Meemic, worked diligently from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to make the school’s beautification project possible and the PRMX students and faculty are truly grateful!  

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Priest Multicultural Night

Priest Elementary-Middle School held its Multicultural Night on May 11, 2016. This event is one of four family nights that Priest hosts annually. Students and teachers prepared displays and activities for their countries. Participants collected stamps on a “passport” as they toured the many cultures displayed. Jamaica served tropical punch, Ireland served shortbread, and Canada held hockey tournaments! Iraq and Yemen provide henna art on hands! The Detroit Children’s Museum provided many artifacts for this event. Wednesday, May 25 Priest will host a Family Science Night and display students’ science projects for an upcoming Science Fair. These Family Nights are roaring success every year!

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Ben Carson High School Announced as one of six Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Competition Winners

National Competition Encourages Greater Student Interest in STEM While Providing High-Tech Skills For Success Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine (BCHSM) is excited to announce their selection as one of the six winners in this year’s Lenovo Scholars Network Mobile App Competition. The competition originated to encourage greater interest among underserved high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects while providing them with high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century. Our National Academy Foundation (NAF) students, once again, participated in the national competition and spent months designing, coding, developing, and testing their mobile apps. Steps to Success, the app that one of the school’s teams created, features games and activities that support the development of

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Congratulations Michigan Chronicle S.W.A.G. Scholarship Finalists

The Michigan Chronicle along with Talmer Bank is holding the First Annual S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m., at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Michigan Chronicle will award 25 scholarships to Detroit High School seniors. DPS finalists include: Cass Technical High School Alana Crawford Lisbeth Garcia-Leon Raheida Khalique Terria Davis Alyson Grigsby Jonae’ Maxey Krishana Castro Daria Bailey Shahera Khandaker Chyna Ross Kiryn Swain Lori Goodwin Kala Coston Detroit International Academy for Young Women Papia Aziz Detroit School of Arts Ejiro Enajero Renaissance High School Leonard Rowe Paige Sims Akia Hewitt Western International High School Lucy Arias Congratulations finalists!

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