Renaissance DECA team takes third place at state event

Renaissance High School’s DECA team secured third place at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 22-27 in Nashville, TN. Juniors Jasmine Jordan, Jordan Robinson and Catera Chambers competed in the “Leadership and Teamwork” state event. Congratulations RHS DECA!

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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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DPS’ Munger Elementary-Middle School Celebrates Autism Awareness Month by Showcasing Art Gallery In Memory of Mary Fussell, ASD Art Teacher

In conjunction with Autism Awareness Month and in memory of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Art Therapist Mary Fussell, Munger Elementary-Middle School is sponsoring an Autism Awareness Month Art Gallery on Thursday, April 28. The gallery will highlight the artistic talent of the students in Munger’s ASD program. Each classroom in the ASD program submitted a project of their choosing to display at this gallery showing. The projects will range from large group projects where all of the students contribute or individual projects that are put on one singular display board. Also in honor of Autism Awareness Month, the suggested colors for the display boards are blue and white. Parents, teachers, students and administrators are welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Sarah Jardine at

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More than 6,000 DPS students participated at the Detroit Shell Eco-marathon Americas April 22-24

Shell Oil in partnership with Detroit Public Schools facilitated transportation and lunch for over 6,600 students at the 2016 Detroit Shell Eco-marathon Americas April 22-24 at Cobo Center. Over 6,000 students from the general DPS population participated and another 600 DPS charter school students. This is a world class globally recognized science fair. DPS students had a fun-filled STEM experience at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Cobo Center. They received a hands-on, up-close-and-personal opportunity to learn where energy comes from in the Maker Zone, how it affects us in our daily lives, and what Michigan-area companies, along with Shell and the student teams competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas mileage challenge, are doing to help make our energy future brighter. Shell Eco-marathon entered into DPS classrooms with their e-curriculum and paper

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Detroit School of Arts Hosts Third Annual MIDTOWN CAR SHOW™ 

Event to showcase student talent integrated among various disciplines including arts, fashion, music, dance, designs, films, photography and more! The Annual MIDTOWN CAR SHOW™ presented by Detroit School of Arts (DSA) will take place April 29 – 30. The event, which was launched in 2013 and inspired by Visual Arts Teacher John Wood, promotes Detroit’s automotive industry past, present and future, and relevant student educational projects related to the automotive industry. MIDTOWN CAR SHOW™ uses progressive concepts to showcase student talent with various creative disciplines: art, fashion, music, dance, designs, films, photography, social media, entrepreneurial, etc. to work with professionals in the automotive capitol. This educational, informative and high-energy event includes both urban and suburban, primary and secondary schools, as

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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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See our GREAT students and the fantastic learning opportunities happening in DPS!

See It! Believe It! Share It!

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Cody Campus Celebrates National EMS Week!

Medicine and Community Health (MCH) at Cody, in partnership with Detroit Mayor Duggan’s office, local EMS and firefighters, and the American Heart Association is hosting a school and community event during National EMS Week to celebrate first responders. Participants will learn hands-only CPR from MCH students and the AHA, meet EMS teams and learn tips to keep themselves and their families safe, participate in healthy cooking demos, and have a chance to have their home water quality tested by MCH students, among other fun and educational events.  The event will be open to Detroit Public Schools’ students only from 9-11 a.m. and to the entire community from 4-6 p.m. MCH will pay for buses for groups of DPS eighth graders that would like to

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Frederick Douglass Students Nominated for Emmy Awards

Four Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men students as well as one alumni are among the nominees for the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) High School production awards. The award ceremony will be held on April 30, 2016 at Detroit Public Television. Nominees include: Drake Glover Deon Butler Kamar Graves Vincent Wilks Bruce Johnson For more information, visit

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Drew Transition Center receives Magformers kits for Autism program

Representatives from Magformers, a toy manufacturer located in Plymouth, Michigan and toy of the year nominee, visited Charles Drew Transition Center on Wednesday, April 27. The representatives presented the center with Magformers kits to be used by Drew’s Autistic students! This partnership stems from Drew’s participation in a luncheon held at the Henry in March 2016 where Drew Principal Robert Avedisian and Horticulture Teacher Michael Craig were guests of honor. At the event, Drew was recognized as a premier work skills program and part of the amazing Detroit Public Schools. Some of the proceeds of the event were also donated to Drew Center. Congratulations Drew students and staff!

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Neinas students learn about lemurs and receive a Skype session from Madagascar!

Students at Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy were excited to learn exciting facts about lemurs from Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Francine Dolins, on Wednesday, April 20. The students were excited to learn more interesting fun facts about lemurs! Students also enjoyed a Skype session with one of Ms. Dolins’ colleagues in Madagascar! The students were able to ask questions and were extremely engaged during the Skype session. After Skype, the students were broken into four stations to learn more about the lemur’s adaptations (use of thumbs, jumping ability, camouflage and sense of smell).  The conversation was rich between the students inferring and making cross curricular connections, it was a great day to be an educator! A warm thank you to all of the people

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JROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Fun Run

the Detroit Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) is celebrating 100 years of service and leadership at the 2016 5K Fun Run on Saturday, April 23. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Belle Isle Park. Register here:

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