National Life Group and GLP & Associates sponsor all remaining Little Libraries to help Detroit become first city in the US to feature one in every school As part of Detroit Little Libraries’ “97 Schools” project, National Life Group and GLP & Associates will be sponsoring 40 little libraries in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) to complete the goal of ensuring every DPSCD school has access to a Little Free Library. The sponsorship will meet DPSCD’s goal of planting a little library in all 97 Detroit Public Schools and providing all Detroit students with access to free books. Jimmy Pollack, Managing Partner for GLP & Associates, will be announcing details of the sponsorship at a press conference to be
Detroit Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Detroit ‘Little Libraries’ Project Receives Big Boost to Ensure Free Books for Students
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Michigan’s top youth volunteers of 2017. This program year marks The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards’ 22nd year of honoring youth volunteers. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize middle level and high school students for helping people in need, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, or volunteering in other ways. The awards are presented annually on the local, state and national level. Now through November 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the
Students from Ronald Brown Academy enjoyed a field trip to Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Camp Burt Shurly, on Thursday, September 22! For more information about Camp Burt Shurly, visit campburtshurly.org
Linda Bradlin, a teacher at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, was elected to the board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and recently had an article published in the MSTA Newsletter! View the article on page 18: Motivating Mastery Through Badging!
The Detroit School of Arts Theatre Department will present it’s fall play Four Stories, One Stage October 13-14. The play will take place in the DSA Black Box Theatre. Check out the flyer for more details!
For seven weeks over the summer, 40 Detroit Public Schools Community District Schools high school students were hard at work making schools, homes and communities more sustainable in Detroit. The 40 students selected to work on one of five projects that focused on education, food access and justice, energy savings, art activism and renewable power generation. In addition to these projects, students also gained valuable skills in financial literacy, group facilitation and job preparedness. Thanks to partnerships with EcoWorks, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and AmeriCorps, students earned both a living stipend and a $1,200 scholarship for future education expenses.
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 10th grade students celebrated the kicked off of their Skilled Communicators 2016 Project on September 13. For this interdisciplinary project, the essential question students explored was “What causes some individuals to prevail while others fail when facing challenges?” Students will be creating a public service announcement to educate the community about a health condition as they explore answers to the essential question in each of their classes. They will analyze data, study the role of government in addressing health conditions, read and reflect on articles, study body systems, write a report, and then create a video or narrated Powerpoint Presentation for the public service announcement. The kickoff began with a Ted Talk by Angel Lee Duckworth titled,
The Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Athletics is eternally grateful to all vendors and community supporters who were present at the Dale Harvel Helmet Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony took place during halftime at King’s home football game versus Southeastern, on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Mark Twain School for Scholars hosted “Donuts with Dad” on Wednesday, September 14. The event encourages more parent involvement in their child’s academic process at school and at home. Dads and granddads enjoyed donuts with their child. Parents received information on what to expect in the new academic year at Mark Twain. They also received Mark Twain’s Yearly Calendar with details on the upcoming events and activities that they could attend and assist with. The event turned out to be a great success – with nearly 50 parents in attendance! Mark Twain will host “Muffins with Mom” on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Durfee Elementary-Middle School staff and students would like to thank Detroit Vedanta, a local community organization, for donating supplies on Monday, September 12!
As part of a partnership with the Detroit Lions “Meet Up and Eat Up” program, 30 students from Gompers Elementary-Middle School were able to laugh, play and shop with several members of the Detroit Lions football team on Tuesday, September 13. Students were bused to Eastern Market where the Lions joined them and played four square, jump rope and more! From there they had a brief Q & A Session where students asked the players about their favorite fruits and veggies as well as their pre-game meal. All students were given tokens and Double Up Food Bucks from the Fair Food Network to purchase their own produce from Eastern Market. Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader, brought healthy lunches for the students and
The District is also seeking certified teachers who have retired or certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities The new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing an unprecedented period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families city-wide. We are excited to announce that DPSCD will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Thursday, September 8, at Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine. We are also seeking certified teachers, certified teachers who have retired and certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The Teacher Recruitment Fair aims to fill positions for the 2016-2017 school year. There are various opportunities for immediate placement. Interviews will be held on-site and conditional
Check out the colorful produce growing at Drew Farm located on the campus of Charles R. Drew Transition Center! The farm features heirloom tomatoes and carrots, varieties of squash, eggplants, cucumbers and beans. The watermelon will feed over 600 students at Drew on Thursday, September 8 while the rest will be sold at the District’s farmers markets throughout September. Palmer Park Academy 3901 Margareta, Detroit, MI Every Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. Drew Farm (on the campus of Charles R. Drew Transition Center) 9600 Wyoming, Detroit, MI Every Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. Earhart Elementary-Middle 1000 Scotten, Detroit, MI Every Friday from 1 – 3 p.m. Additional Farm/Office of School Nutrition News The next Drew Family Farm Day is Saturday, September 17. In conjunction with
To kick of the new school year, many Detroit Public Schools Community District students from schools across the district participated in a number of exciting activities to get their minds engaged for an exciting new school year! Ms. Goldman and Ms. Jamison’s third grade students at Edison Elementary School participated in a building challenge! Students used scissors, a yard of tape, a yard of string, 20 pieces of spaghetti and one marshmallow to create unique STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) pieces!
All K-8 schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District have a regularly scheduled early dismissal, which will proceed as normal for the Wednesday schedule.
Extra water will be provided to all schools today due to the heat.
Due to the heat advisory, Clippert Multicultural Honors Academy’s students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.
In addition, the following schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. due to lack of air conditioning at the buildings:
- Cody High School Campus
- Communication and Media Arts
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Detroit Lions Academy
- Osborn High School Campus
- Randolph Vocational High School
- Renaissance High School
- Turning Point Academy
- Western International High School
- East English Village Preparatory High School
- Ludington Magnet Middle School
- Davis/Golightly CTC
The District and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement covering a faculty in excess of 2,900 certified teachers and professional staff. “We are pleased that the summer-long negotiations have resulted in a tentative agreement prior to students returning to school. Detroit Public Schools Community District looks forward to a successful start of the school year as we begin this new chapter in Detroit public education in providing the best educational opportunities we can for our students,” said Transition Manager Steven Rhodes. As is normally the case, the terms of the tentative agreement will remain confidential until after ratification by the parties. Before the agreement becomes effective, the Financial Review Commission must approve it.
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: DPSCD TO BEGIN DISTRIBUTING 33,000 BACKPACKS FILLED WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS
WHAT: Media is invited to take pictures, record video and conduct interviews on the first day of school! We will begin to distribute 33,000 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies to all Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students in grades K-8. The Mike Morse Law Firm launched Project Backpack in 2015 and expanded the effort this year. Media will be permitted inside the school (from 9 to 10 a.m.) and will have access to a classroom setting. Students will line up and receive their backpacks in an exciting ‘welcome back’ event. WHO: DPSCD Transition Manager Judge Steve Rhodes and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, Mike Morse of the Mike Morse Law Firm, parents and students. WHEN: Tuesday, September 6 from 9 to 10 a.m. (Crews
Detroit Public Schools Community District bikers, led by Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, will be crisscrossing Southwest Detroit to spread the word about the new district’s innovations, such as Montessori offerings, blended learning and more, as well as remind families about the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Volunteers will be on hand to offer students bike safety tips and free tune ups, first come, first served! Where: Earhart Elementary-Middle 1000 Scotten Ave, Detroit, MI 48209 When: 10 a.m., Saturday, September 3 (Kickoff)
Detroit Public Schools Community District Commits to Fresh Start: Will Address Absenteeism, Provide Teacher Support, Make Data-Driven Decisions and Use Enhanced Learning Tools
“Our Kids. Our Schools. Our Responsibility” DETROIT – (September 1, 2016) Detroit Public Schools Community District Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather responded to the State School Reform Office’s three-year fresh start announcement by re-enforcing the District’s commitment to becoming the best public school district in Detroit. First steps include focusing on addressing chronic absenteeism, hiring quality certified teachers, providing more intentional academic support within the network structure, and connecting parents and teachers to accurate data about student achievement and enrollment. The new District received the Priority list today from the SSRO in addition to the news that it has three years as a new district to transform its “Progressive Schools.” The District will classify schools that are on the State’s Priority
District-Led Investigation Referred to FBI Leads to Discovery of Major Vendor Kickback Scheme Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Inspector General Bernadette Kakooza has released the District’s annual report which includes details of how an investigation referred to the FBI led to federal charges filed in the Norman Shy kickback scheme. Transition Manager Steven Rhodes reinstated the Office of Inspector General in April 2016 and appointed Bernadette Kakooza who presented Rhodes with an annual report for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. “The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is a critical element for the new District and our commitment to zero tolerance for wrongdoing and misconduct by any individual or organization affiliated with this District. The OIG will serve an active role
Detroit School of Arts Jazz Ensemble: Sunday, September 4 at 12:30 p.m. on the JP Morgan Chase main stage (located at Campus Martius) Detroit Public Schools Community District Showcase: Monday, September 5 beginning at 11:00 a.m., Duke Ellington Jazz Combo, Detroit School of Arts Vocal Jazz and the DPSCD All City Jazz Combo. These performance will be held on the Water Front stage located next to Hart Plaza’s main stage on the River Front. Also, Mr. Willie McAllister will receive the Detroit Jazz Festival Outstanding Jazz Educator’s Award on Monday, September 5. The award will be given at the John Douglass Quartet performance at 1:30 p.m. at the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage (Hart Plaza). Congratulations Mr. Mac!
The District is also seeking certified teachers who have retired or certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities The new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing an unprecedented period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families city-wide. We are excited to announce that DPSCD will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, August 31, at Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine. We are also seeking certified teachers, certified teachers who have retired and certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The Teacher Recruitment Fair is being held in preparation for Opening of Schools and aims to fill positions for the upcoming 2016-2017 school
Detroit Public Schools corrects health and safety violations in its buildings, 92% of Detroit Public School buildings are now up to city code
87 of 95 school buildings have received Certificates of Compliance Water in all DPSCD school buildings has been screened and meets Detroit Health Dept. and EPA standards for lead safety. 8 schools to undergo required roof and other repairs starting this fall DETROIT – When school began last year, not a single Detroit Public School building was in compliance with Detroit health and safety codes. Today – just one week before the start of the new school year – 92% of all the district’s school buildings are in full compliance. Over the past eight months, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has worked closely with City health and safety inspectors to bring its schools up to code. DPSCD
All 97 DPSCD schools open Saturday for tours, activities and enrollment opportunities! What: DPSCD Open House Day! Enrollment, school tours, staff meet and greet and fun planned activities When: Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: DPSCD locations district-wide Detroit Public Schools Community District will open its school buildings district-wide on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help parents prepare for the first day of school. Several schools have special activities planned for families. Witness a fly-in by the first African American pilot to fly around the world and much more! Learn more about how all students in grades K-8 will receive free supply-filled backpacks during the first week of school! All DPSCD seniors are
DPSCD Interim Superintendent will announce the District’s Flying Classroom program this Saturday with Helicopter Fly-in
Saturday, August 27 is the District’s annual All Schools Open House WHO: Detroit Public Schools Community District Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, Students attending Ann Arbor Trail and Fisher Upper and Captain Barrington Irving, President, Experience Aviation, Inc. will announce the District’s Flying Classroom program. WHAT: Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather will join Captain Barrington Irving, a pilot, educator and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, to announce the Flying Classroom Program that will launch at 17 DPSCD locations during the 2016-2017 school year. Interim Superintendent Meriweather will join Captain Irving on a special Fly-in to launch the program, at Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School on Saturday, August 27 during the District’s All Schools Open House Day! Captain Irving will Fly-in and land at two DPSCD locations and
Detroit Public Schools Community District Extends Hours for STEAMy Summer Event at the Wayne County Aquatic Center
Summer Back-to-School Enrollment Initiative Centered on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) will hold its fourth STEAMy Summer family event at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 20, 2016, including extended hours! The event will offer hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities with a special computer coding course which will engage both students and parents. This event includes a free entry for DPSCD families on a first come first served basis, at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center. A limited supply of free school supplies will be distributed at the event. Southwest Solutions and the Detroit Police Department will also be on site. In addition, a number of DPSCD schools will be at the Center with enrollment
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes to Kick off DPSCD Teacher Recruitment Fair, aimed at filling hundreds of open positions for 2016-17 school year
The District is also seeking certified teachers who have retired or certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing an unprecedented period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families city-wide. We are excited to update our announcement that DPSCD will host a Teacher Career Fair on August 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine. Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes will kick-off the fair with a welcome. UPDATE: We are also seeking certified teachers, certified teachers who have retired and certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The
Going back to school is an exciting time for both parents and students after a long and hot summer. Detroit Public Schools Community District is preparing to receive all of our 47,000 students back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Did you know Detroit Public Schools Community District is a Brand New District? 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 in June 2016. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as with its necessary support services, including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood
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Detroit Public Schools Community District Continues Naming Campaign WHO: On July 1, 2016 the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) was born. The new name, Detroit Public Schools Community District is the legal name that is used for legal documents and conducting all business transactions. However, DPSCD is not the marketing name. For example, Detroit Public Schools was the marketing name for our former legal name, The School District of the City of Detroit. It still exists. However, due to the education reform bill that passed in June, DPS holds all of the past debt and it doesn’t have any students. WHAT: It is very important that employees, parents, students and the community have an opportunity to name our new District.
Detroit Public Schools Community District volunteers spent the day stuffing 33,000 backpacks with brand new school supplies on Friday, August 12. The backpacks will be provided to DPSCD students in grades K-8. Volunteers included employees of the Mike Morse Law Firm, Meijer, DPSCD staff and members of the community. Thank you to all who volunteered!
Students of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (a grant funded by the Michigan Department of Education) recently enjoyed Youth Day at Camp Burt Shurly. Students participated in STEM activities including Ice Cream Science and Jet Toy Cars. They also enjoyed the Nature Center and activates such as fishing, a climbing wall, archery, swimming, Ga-Ga Ball, a pontoon boat ride, Pitball, basketball, soccer or kickball. It was a wonderful outdoor experience in support of students’ academic, social, and physical growth.
Emma Howland-Bolton, a teacher at Clipert Academy, traveled to the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts for the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) workshop July 28-29. The program was developed at the museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL). Ms. Bolton was also one of two recipients to receive the “Cisco Systems Inc. 2016 Elementary Teacher Scholarship!” The scholarship includes: Registration for a two-day professional development workshop at the Museum of Science, Boston EiE curricular materials for a the unit of choice, including: teacher guide, 24 storybooks and materials kit for a classroom of 30 students Funds to pay for travel costs to attend the workshop Registration for a one-hour online professional development follow-up session (exclusive to Cisco scholarship recipients) “It was an awesome
Detroit Public Schools Community District Teachers Diana Koss, Laura Speegle and Zakiya Jackson are attending the Academy of Natural Resources (ANR) North at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains, August 7-12. Koss, Speegle and Jackson were three of 13 teachers from around the state that were chosen to participate in the pilot program for ANR North!
New Cabinet Member Will Provide Transformative Executive-Level Leadership and Guide DPSCD Effort to Identify, Recruit and Retain Talented Teachers and Staff Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes has selected James Baker as the new Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources for the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Baker most recently served as the Superintendent of the Huron Valley Schools in Highland, Michigan. He holds a MA degree in Education Leadership from Wayne State University and has more than 17 years of experience as a central office administrator. Baker is scheduled to begin work with DPSCD on August 22, 2016. “The district needs a strong leader to help identify and support the best, most qualified talent possible. Jim has a robust background
The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center hosted Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) for a kickoff S.T.E.A.M.y Summer enrollment event on Saturday, August 6. The DNR Center, located at 1801 Atwater St, offered free admission to DPSCD families, friends and staff. The DPSCD community gained the opportunity to experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators, an interactive waterfall and fishing boat, a walkable trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile, and so much more! DPSCD had representatives from Maybury, A.L. Holmes, Bunche, Nichols, Davison and FLICS. The representatives from each of the schools allowed current and prospective DPSCD families to learn more about the newDPSCD and the opportunities granted to its students. There were also representatives from some
Two Detroit Public Schools Community District instructors took part in a Materials Science workshop sponsored by ASM (American Society for Metals) International and the University of Michigan, July 18-22. Wanda Bryant and James Skorna spent the week learning about metals, ceramics, glass, plastics and composites. They also participated in laboratory experiments and demonstrations surrounding those topics. With their newly gained knowledge they hope to return to their classrooms and involve students in the growing world of Materials Science. A special ‘thanks’ goes out to the Detroit chapter of ASM International for their continuing support of educational programs throughout the region. About ASM International ASM International was founded in 1913 as the American Society for Metals. Today, ASM is the world’s
Detroit Public Schools Community District has completed charter contract amendments that will recognize two recent academy name changes. The boards of Timbuktu Academy and MacDowell Preparatory Academy voted to change their names in keeping with revamped missions and visions. Timbuktu Academy, which offers an African-Centered education, was formerly known as Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology. Timbuktu is managed by Magnum Education, a non-profit education management company. MacDowell Preparatory Academy was formerly known as and International Preparatory Academy – MacDowell Campus. In addition to a new name, the academy has new management, effective July 1, 2016. The school is now managed by American Promise Schools, a non-profit management company that operates three other schools in Detroit.
The boards of New Paradigm Glazer and New Paradigm Loving academies have merged, creating one school that is now known as New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy. The merger, which became effective in July 2015, will allow both academies to continue to operate in their current locations. Both school sites will continue to be managed by New Paradigm for Education, a non-profit management company that has operated Glazer and Loving for the last five years. The merged board consists of members of the former Glazer board, the former Loving board and one new board member. Together they will work to oversee all aspects of New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy. Detroit Public Schools Community District reauthorized New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy for five years, beginning July
Detroit Public Schools Community District Highlights Camp Burt Shurly at Appreciation and Awareness Event
WHAT: Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) will host an appreciation event at the District’s 240-acre Camp Burt Shurly for current and potential donors. According to Camp Burt Shurly supporter, Mark Shrupp, “The goal of the event is to introduce the camp to a number of potential donors and others within the philanthropic and business community and share with them the ideas we have about improving and expanding the camp.” “Additionally, we want to show our extreme gratitude to those who have donated over $200,000 in cash and nearly $100,000 in in-kind donations thus far,” he added. A formal capital campaign will begin in the fall to advance improvements to cabins and the main lodge and expand the camp operations to the spring and fall months. Currently, the
97 Little Free Libraries Planned For All DPSCD Schools To Kick Off Superintendent’s Summer Reading Challenge
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
Congratulations to our Team Detroit Youth Travel Baseball athletes for representing Detroit at the Piper Davis International Inner City Classic in Birmingham, Alabama on July 10. Several HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) coaches were present for the purpose of looking to offer scholarships. Nine athletes were offered and three were DPSCD students: Daniel Little- Renaissance High School, offered by Alcorn State University Jonathan Darby- Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, offered by Wiley College George Osborn- Southfield High School, offered by Stillman College The team competed well in the tournament but fell short losing 5-2 to a team from Puerto Rico. Way to go Team Detroit and Coach Norman Taylor!
The emergency loan will ensure 26-pay to teachers and startup costs for new district Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes signed off on documents today to close the $150 million emergency loan approved by the state’s Emergency Loan Board and supported by the Michigan Department of Treasury. “I’d like to thank the Emergency Loan Board Members and the Michigan Department of Treasury for promptly approving and closing the loan today. Today’s closing is another significant step in the direction of returning Detroit Public Schools Community District to local control,” said Judge Rhodes. “These funds will ensure that teachers are paid, transition costs are covered and our three startup priorities are addressed. Our three priorities to ensure a quality education include critical
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016 SCHOOLS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 11 AM No School Names 1 Academy of the Americas 2 Bates 3 Blackwell 4 Bunche 5 Brewer 6 Carver 7 Clippert 8 Cody Small Schools 9 Communication Media Arts 10 Cooke 11 Davison 12 Detroit International Academy 13 Detroit Lions Academy 14 Dixon 15 Dossin 16 Durfee 17 Edison 18 Gardner 19 Garvey 21 Holmes, A.L. 22 Ludington 23 Mason 24 Mann 25 Marshall 26 Maybury 27 Nichols 28 Osborn Small Schools 29 Palmer Park Preparatory 30 Pasteur 31 Robeson/Malcolm X 32 Wayne 33 Western International 34 Wright, Charles 35 Vernor @ Ludington
Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Vision Male Ensemble from the Detroit School of Arts has been invited to participate in the Ihlombe! South Africa Chorale Festival July 21 through July 30, 2016. As a part of the festival, the young men will perform in Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, and Cape Town. Vision is an all-male ensemble who perform a variety of genres of music from Motown to gospel to classical! The opportunity to perform in the South African festival would give them the opportunity to develop a global view of what the world can offer them and what they can give back to the world. Congratulations Vision and BEST OF LUCK in South Africa!
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
New Detroit Public Schools Community District Leaders Unveil Major Summer Back-to-School Readiness Initiative Centered on STEAM
New District’s Enrollment campaign touts new academic programming enhancements/innovations including Montessori programs, building improvements and more! When: Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Where: Michigan Science Center, Toyota Engineering Theater 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202 Note: Limited parking for media available in the front lot on John R Who: Judge Steven Rhodes, Transition Manager, Detroit Public Schools Community District and Alycia Meriweather, Interim Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District Partner representatives from: The Michigan Science Center The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center Councilman Gabe Leland, City of Detroit Wayne County Family Aquatic Center Detroit Children’s Museum The Detroit Health Department HAP Office Depot
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) instructors participated in a Crime Scene Investigation workshop hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) July 11-15. During the workshop, 15 instructors studied Forensic Science which is also a part of DPSCD’s S.T.E.M. curriculum. The workshop topics included: Blood work Fingerprinting Forensic glass analysis Vehicle accident investigation and more! Using their newly gained knowledge and experience, they were able to process and solve a crime scene and figured out “who did it!” Special thanks go out to LTU for hosting this wonderful week of learning!
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!
The Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) Detroit Summer Melt Initiative alleviates barriers to college enrollment by providing one-on-one coaching and counseling to support students and families with completing the critical college-going steps that often contribute to Summer Melt. The DCAN Approach: Summer Melt Centers: We will work with our community and college partners to provide students and families the opportunity to drop in to a Summer Melt center to get one-on-one coaching and counseling to complete the critical college-going steps. Mobile Support: We will deploy trained staff to provide one-on-one coaching, counseling, and workshops at relevant summer events and programs for college intending students. Resource Support for Current Providers: We will provide the Bridget2College system and workshops as FREE resources to
Three Detroit Public Schools Community District teachers are participating in the 2016 Academy of Natural Resources (ANR) camp July 10-15 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Ellen Hoyer is taking the Forests, Fields, and Fins class while Dave Boye, Zakiya Jackson, and Diana Koss take the Environmental Education Certification class. There are approximately 60 teachers from all over the state taking in attendance. The classes are taught by the staff of the DNR and are sponsored in part by Safari Club International! For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr
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
Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Office of School Nutrition presents the Palmer Park Preparatory Academy Community Market! The market is held at Palmer Park every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. until September. A special market will be held on Wednesday, July 20, including: FREE Dental Cleanings for Children by Smile Programs Mobile Dentist! Green Living Science- Learn how to Recycle in Detroit! University of Detroit Mercy Athletics Department Info Booth! Marygrove College Admissions Information Booth! Resource Family Recruitment for Prospective Foster Families! Ms. Helene Denny’s Baked Goods Sale! Fresh 101 Smoothies! Healing Herb Garden Herbs Sale! Also, Deon Hamilton will be the special guest speaker at the July 20 market, at 5:00 p.m. Mr. Hamilton, Natural Health Educator and University
Join the DPS Foundation, DPSCD staff, alumni, and friends as we learn more about the Foundation, its work and how DPSCD stakeholders can get involved in giving back to Detroit Public Schools Community District students! When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where: Detroit Future City, 2990 West Grand Blvd #2, Detroit, 48202 Tickets are available at: www.eventbrite.com/e/dpsf-summer-social-get-involved-get-engaged-give-back-tickets-26334418956. For more information about the DPS Foundation, visit www.dpsfdn.org.
Due to extreme heat and humidity conditions, the following schools will close by 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (except those having field trips as indicated): Academy of the Americas, Bates, Blackwell, Bunche, Carver, Clippert, Cody, Communication Media Arts High School, Cooke, Davis Aerospace, Davison, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit Lions Academy, Dixon, Dossin, Durfee, Edison, Garvey, Gardner, Harms, A.L. Holmes, Ludington, Mason, Mann, Thurgood Marshall, Maybury, Neinas, Nichols, Noble, Osborn, Palmer Park, Pasteur, Robeson/Malcolm X, Wayne, Western International High School and Charles Wright. The Office of School Nutrition will assist all schools with regular distributions of water in the classrooms, provide bottled water for field trips, and allow students to take bottled water as they depart for the day. Please be safe and call the Help Desk at 313-576-0100 for assistance.
July 1 marked the first official day of our new district, which has been freed from debt obligations, allowing us to receive our full per pupil allocation as well as some funding for transition costs. That is the good news! For clarity, the new District’s legal name is Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), and from this point forward all official communications will reflect that name. In the upcoming weeks will be seeking input from the public regarding our new common/marketing name. The planning timeline for this process is being finalized and will be communicated by the end of the summer. Currently, we know that we want to receive feedback from all of our stakeholders, including our students who will return to school this fall. In
Due to extreme heat and humidity conditions, the following schools will close by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016: Academy of the Americas, Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates, Blackwell, Brewer, Bunche, Carleton, Carstens, Carver, Chrysler, Clippert, Cody, Communication Media Arts, Cooke, Davis Aerospace @ Golightly Vocational, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Detroit Lions Academy, Dixon, Dossin, Durfee, Edison, FLICS, Gardner, Garvey, Gompers, Harms, A.L. Holmes, Ludington, Mason, Mann, Mark Twain, Marshall, Maybury, Neinas, Nichols, Noble, Osborn, Palmer Park Preparatory, Pasteur, Pulaski, Robeson/Malcolm X, Sampson, Thirkell, Turning Point, Wayne, Charles Wright
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) will launch a series of monthly Family Farm Days beginning in July. For a small fee, families will be able to tour Drew Farm, learn how to plant and harvest their own food, make smoothies (nutrition lesson), and take home fresh Detroit grown produce. Lunch will be provided. “The primary objective is to engage the community (DPSCD family and school neighborhoods) by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPSCD staff and students on DPSCD grounds,” said DPSCD Office of School Nutrition Executive Director Betti Wiggins. “Family Farm Days provides complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts and programming opportunities) to encourage
Phase II of the General Motors You Make A Difference Program concluded on Friday, July 1. The program, in partnership with General Motors (GM) and the Center for Creative Studies (CCS), included 18 Detroit Public Schools Community District students from the follow schools: Cass Technical High School Christopher Hendricks Diamond Long Da’Rel McMillian Justin Stovall Malik Stroughter Teachers: Natalie Barmore and Kimberely Harden Detroit School of Arts Alona Austin Teacher: Sheryl Heading East English Village Preparatory High School Xavier Dixon Lauren James Alquien Owens Teachers Megan Moorman and Sherry McKinnon Ludington Middle Honors Middle School Amare Bradley Freya Davis Brajon Elly Cameron Mann Brooklynn Ward Teacher: Beverly Watson Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Miranda Kyle Briyanna Marshall Justice Sheely
Eric Minus, a Renaissance High School 2016 graduate, received the Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust scholarship. Minus is the first student from DPS to receive this award. The Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust was established to provide educational opportunities for youth. For more information, visit www.robertaleonardtrust.org
A group of U. S. Veterans and volunteers called The Mission Continues spent June 28-29 at Priest Elementary-Middle School to enhance the campus. Ms. Valdez Tilton made the connection for school and community and the projects will include the following: Installing sod, new goal posts, picnic benches and tables for the soccer field (Kirkwood Lumley corner of the campus) Installing picnic tables and benches on the Casper St. side of the campus Resurfacing the Casper St. area to include hopscotch and four square games Adding new mulch to the play scape Installing “sun sails” by the picnic tables and benches near the soccer field Adding a kick ball field on the Kirkwood Casper corner of the campus
Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather to Host Public Meeting Revealing Phase I of Academic Advisory Council
Meeting to provide recommendations submitted by AAC Committees and Central Office Academic Team What: Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather will host a public meeting to reveal Phase I of the District’s Academic Advisory Council (AAC). The meeting will review the recommendations submitted by the AAC committees and Central Office Academic Team. The District seeks to gain input and feedback from parents, the community, and other key stakeholders in conjunction to the public meeting. Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School 3200 E Lafayette St. Detroit, MI 48207 (Meeting to take place in the King Center) When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:00-6:00 p.m. Who: Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather DPS Educators and Staff
Don’t miss Family Farm Day on Saturday, July 9! The event is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Drew Farm on DPS’ Charles R. Drew Transition Center campus, 9600 Wyoming (corner of Wyoming and Chicago). Activities to include: Drew Farm Tour Learn how to plant and harvest your own food Nutrition lesson (make your own smoothies!) Take home fresh Detroit grown produce! Lunch provided! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 313-651-3457 to register.
Ilitch Holdings Cass Technical High School recently announced a new internship program where CT students will have the opportunity to work at Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars, Olympia Entertainment and more! Full story: Ilitch Holdings and Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School Announce New Internship Program
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes and State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo to Host Joint Public Meeting
Meeting to provide details on the District’s FY17 budget and an update on recent DPS legislation
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes and State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo will host a joint public meeting to provide the residents of Detroit with a legislative update, as well as give details on the FY17 budget for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District. Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather will also provide an academic update.
Renaissance High School
6565 Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes
Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather
State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo
State Representative LaTanya Garrett
State Representative Brian Banks
Under the leadership of Pasteur Elementary School’s Science Instructional Specialist Tracy King students were able to use science inquiry while conducting scientific investigations in preparation for the 2016 SEFMD (Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit). Students received five gold (1st place ribbons) and five blue (2nd place ribbons) at this metropolitan science fair. This accomplishment is monumental because it is rare that students at an elementary level compete in the SEFMD and place at such a high ranking during their first submission to the metropolitan science fair The educational achievement truly “took a village” teachers assisted students as they conducted primary science investigations while being guided and mentored along the way using the scientific method. The students were instructed
Joseph Smith, a recent graduate of Renaissance High School, has been invited to attend the 2016 Breakthrough Series in Cary, North Carolina, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB) and USA Baseball. MLB will cover Joseph’s travel and lodging expenses for the event which will take place June 27-July 1. Joseph will have the opportunity to showcase his baseball skills and talents before MLB scouts and college baseball recruits from across the country. In addition, Joseph was accepted into the School of Engineering at Western Michigan University, and will begin studying civil engineering this fall. Joseph was also selected as a summer intern with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s TRAC (Transportation and Civil Engineering) program. Congratulations Joseph!
Taylor Ephriam was selected to lead more than 3,200 students this 2016-2017 school year. After participating in numerous evaluations, test and interviews with a plethora of Army faculty; Taylor beat the competition with demonstrated leadership abilities, academic performance, maturity and commitment to the JROTC program at Communication and Media Arts High School. Taylor serves as the highest ranked student position for the school district. The responsibilities encompass briefing visiting dignitaries, camp operations, and tourism of training areas. She will also serve as the host commander for graduation ceremonies. Junior, Vennye Ephriam, executive officer and sister of Taylor states “Commander Ephriam has done a phenomenal job of bearing the odds with the appointment of this position which makes history for CMA. Further, 1st SGT.
The middle school/old building at Emerson Elementary School is closed Friday, June 17, 2016. This means that there will be no class tomorrow in the old school building for any students. The elementary school/new building will, however, remain open and classes will be held for students in grades PK through 5. All Staff from the middle/old school building must still report.
The middle school/old building at Emerson Elementary School will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, June 17, 2016. This means that there will be no class tomorrow in the old school building for any students. The elementary school/new building will, however, remain open and classes will be held for students in grades PK through 5. All Staff from the middle/old school building must still report.
Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition to Launch student led Farmer’s Markets this summer
The two farm stands will provide fresh produce grown by DPS staff and students Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) will launch two farmer’s markets this June. The grand opening will be held at Earhart Elementary-Middle School featuring a brief assembly in the school’s auditorium with remarks by OSN’s Executive Director, Betti Wiggins before the market officially opens.According to Wiggins, “The primary objective is to engage the community (DPS family and school neighborhoods) by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPS staff and students on DPS grounds and providing complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts, and programming opportunities) to encourage healthy eating at school and students’ households.”All
The middle school/old building at Emerson Elementary School is closed today Thursday, June 16, 2016. This means that there will be no class today in the old school building for any students. The elementary school/new building will remain open and classes will be held for students in grades PK through 5. All Staff from the middle/old school building must still report.
Mark Twain School for Scholars had its First Annual Daddy and Daughter Princess Ball on Monday, June 13. The school had over 40 fathers participating with their princesses. The event was absolutely Amazing!
The middle school/old building at Emerson Elementary School will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, 2016. This means that there will be no class today in the old school building for any students. The elementary school/new building will remain open and classes will be held for students in grades PK through 5. All Staff from the middle/old school building must still report.
2015-2016 Fall Sports PSL Division One Football Champions: Martin Luther King High School PSL Division Two Football Champions: Northwestern High School PSL Junior Varisty Football Champions: Cass Technical High School MHSAA Division Two Champions: Martin Luther King High School PSL Boys Cross Country: Cass Technical High School PSL Girls Cross Country: Renaissance High School PSL Girls Volleyball: Renaissance High School PSL Girls Swim: Cass Technical High School 2015-2016 Winter Sports PSL Class A Girls Basketball Champions: Martin Luther King High School PSL Class A Boys Basketball Champions: East English Village Preparatory Academy MHSAA Class B Boys Basketball Champions: Henry Ford High School 2015-2016 Spring Sports PSL Baseball Champions: Western International High School PSL Softball Champions: Renaissance High School
Due to a building problem, the middle school/old building at Emerson Elementary School will be closed tomorrow. This means that there will be no class today in the old school building for any students. The elementary school/new building will remain open and classes will be held for students in grades PK through 4. All Staff, including those from the middle/old school building, must still report.
Clippert Academy won first place in both age groups for the district in soccer on Saturday, June 11. Clippert U14 (blue team) was undefeated (9-0) and beat Mousumee in the championship game 5-3. Clippert U19 (red team) had only one defeat (8-1) and beat Royal Bengal in penalties in the championship game 6-5. Congratulations Clippert athletes!
Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy students and the school’s community partner from the University of Michigan-Dearborn recently gave a presentation at Eastern Michigan University on the work they have collaboratively done in regards to the school’s vision for the land across the street. This event is the SEMIS (Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition) Community Forum where schools and partners in the coalition come and present their work on place based education. This group is funded through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI). Student leaders presented at the forum to guests including, EMU College of Education Dean, Micheal Sayler. Sayler was in attendance with other community members, stakeholders, partners, as well as teachers and students of other schools, public, private and charter. There were nearly 200 people in attendance.
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 to 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. will award 15 DPS “All A” students with $1,000 Office Depot gift cards to purchase school supplies in preparation for their freshman year of college. The students, who are all seniors, are recipients of the 2016 Office Depot and OfficeMax Scholarship program and are DPS Excellence Awards honorees. The students will be acknowledged during a celebratory ceremony immediately before they begin an in-store shopping spree, during which they must spend the entire gift card. When & Where: 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16,
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) believes that the four languages and their cultures they study have to be celebrated. To this end, each language and its culture prepare a festival where students perform in the foreign language and share a variety of aspects from the cultures. With this in mind, FLICS staff, students and parents enjoy multiple cultural festivals! The Japanese section held their festival on May 27, Spanish on June 3, Chinese on June 8, and the French section was held on June 10. During the festivals, language clubs from FLICS set up tables in the hallways and shared information and artifacts from the diverse cultures. Vendors also attended and provided unique cultural artifacts and food attendees could purchase. FLICS’ K-8 program aims at producing students
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
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, as part of its celebratory 50th Anniversary year, invited high school teachers and educators to join an educational program entitled “Discovering Japan in the 21st Century: Reconciliation with the Past.” The program, sponsored by the US-Japan Foundation and supported by the Japanese Consulate-General in Detroit, presented cultural and informational training sessions that culminated in a 10-day study tour of Japan, May 14-24! Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology College Transitions Advisor Andrea Jackson was invited to attend the tour of Japan by Wayne State University’s Center of Peace and Conflict Studies. Only 10 educators across Michigan were invited to take part in this opportunity, with only two DPS staff. Andrea Jackson and Renee Paczkowskia, a Japanese
Western Green Team in El Central! As a part of their Capstone Project the Green Team at Western International High School hosted a school-wide art contest. The art contest was open to all the students in the school. To enter the contest, students had to create an art project (any form of art) out of all recycled material. The winners received gift cards; 1st place $50, 2nd place $25, and 3rd place $15. Art Contest Winner, Kelly Palacios, created a magazine holder out of recycled magazines. She was featured in the local newspaper El Central! El Central Article Final Awards It was wonderful to celebrate with so many teams last week at the DPS Go Green Challenge Final Awards Celebration. For those that could not attend, we were happy to
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), a K-8 program, is one of the only public immersion programs in the state, offering partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. The school’s language program is a K-12 language program in one of the above four languages, with seamless continuation at the high school level. This makes FLICS’ language program one of the only K-12 language continua in four languages in the country!
The launch party for Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine’s 10th grade anthology book will be on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 48223. Throughout second semester, students in Ms. Waite’s 10th grade English class have been exploring the idea of freedom. They analyzed various texts (a novel, short stories, poems, songs, articles, documentaries and photographs) to gain a deeper understanding of the word freedom. Students then voiced their opinions on freedom through texts of their own that have now been published in an anthology that will be sold in Pages Bookshop in Detroit. Ms. Waite, her students, and this project have been featured on Fox2, ABC, CW50, and 105.9 FM, check out the links below!
Dance educator and director Denise Allen sponsored “The Movement” at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School on June 3. This annual performance showcased the dance department from beginner dancers to dance workshop members. The dance exhibit showcased talents acquired throughout the school year. This event gives not only students and families an opportunity to see what is being done in the fine arts department but also the community.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ After-School Program hosted its Second Annual Parent and Student Leadership Symposium June 4-5. This year’s theme, Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Preparing our Students for a Global Market, embodies our vision that our students are off to great places – college, careers, and travel. It was an action-packed, fun-filled weekend of activities. The kick off session opened with a greeting from Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, a performance from students at Dossin Elementary-Middle School, and a reading of excerpts from Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Roslyn Ruffin, Deputy Network Leader of Instruction. The reading was followed by “College Night” hosted by 107.5 radio personality “Paigion” where parents and students viewed a Greek Show with
The Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and Detroit Public Schools launched President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative in the City of Detroit. This initiative is a call to action for children to experience the great outdoors in urban areas. Through a partnership with the National Park Service and the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition the Every Kid in a Park event was held Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3 at Historic Fort Wayne targeting 2,000 fourth grade students. Every Kid in a Park is designed to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, serve as living classrooms