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

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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

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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

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“I Love DPS” Essay Contest Winners

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

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WXYZ All Star: Jana Goodwin inspires a whole new generation of her peers!

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!

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Cass Tech seniors reap benefits of education provided by DPS

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

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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

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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

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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

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Congratulations Elementary-Middle School Track and Baseball Championship Winners!

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

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Statement by DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes on Passage of Education Reform Legislation

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

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DPS Academic Advisory Council to create new long-term academic plan

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

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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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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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Ilitch Holdings Announce New Internship Program With Cass Tech

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

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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.

Where:
Renaissance High School
6565 Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235

When:
Thursday, June 23, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Who:
Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes
Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather
State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo
State Representative LaTanya Garrett
State Representative Brian Banks

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DAPCEP Excellence at Pasteur Elementary School

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

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RHS Joseph Smith Receives MLB/USA Baseball Invite

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!

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CMA’s 1st Corp Commander Leads District’s JROTC Corps of Cadets

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.

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