Pack the stadium with DPSCD pride

Tonight is the night! Head down to Ford Field for the Detroit Public School League’s football championship games. Denby and Central will fight for the Division B title at 4 p.m. and King will take on East English Village for the Division A championship at 7 p.m. These games will determine who will move forward to the state championship game in December.

These teams have worked extremely hard all season to make it to Ford Field. Let’s show our support by packing the stands and cheering on our student-athletes!

Visit to see more on standings, schedules and all things athletics.

DIA struts for breast cancer awareness

Mothers, grandmothers, and women from the community gathered for Detroit International Academy for Young Women’s Ninth Annual Hat Strut for Breast Cancer Awareness. Dr. Lisa Newman, Director of the Breast Cancer Oncology Program at Henry Ford Health System, provided tips on how to detect breast cancer and take precautions. After the ceremony, K-12 students took a strut around the block in their handmade hats to show their support.
“The Hat Strut is a powerful event for women of all ages to spread awareness of breast cancer,” said DIA senior, Tiairah Ward. “We host this event every year and every year I take away something new. As an African American woman, I know I am more at risk. I learned from survivors who were my age when they were diagnosed with breast cancer. That is why I am taking the pledge to take control of my own health.”

Miss Michigan engages students in STEAM education

Miss Michigan Heather Kendrick spent the day at Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science. Miss Kendrick, whose platform issue is “Keeping Arts in Education: Advocating STEAM,” played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the violin as students painted rainbows in their art class.

First grade student Jamari Minor was excited to say, “violins can play all types of music. Miss Michigan even played a Lady Gaga song!”

Thank you, Miss Kendrick for teaching our students about the importance of STEAM education.


Nominate a DPSCD teacher for Teacher of the Year

The Michigan Department of Education needs your help to identify the next Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). We know there are amazing, dedicated teachers in DPSCD – nominate one today!  Nominations will be accepted through October 20. To be eligible, a teacher must:

  • Have a valid Michigan teaching certificate
  • Have at least five successful years of teaching experience in Michigan
  • Be involved in the direct education of students

Fill out this nomination form and visit for more information

Thurgood Marshall has the Spirit of Detroit!

In honor of outstanding dedication to the literary development of her students, Thurgood Marshall Principal Sharon Lee received the Spirit of Detroit Award from Detroit City Council Member George Cushingberry. The Spirit of Detroit Award is dedicated to an individual for outstanding achievement to the citizens of Detroit. In addition, 8th grade student Victoria Wilson was recognized for her achievement of ranking in the 98th percentile of reading scores. Congratulations Principal Lee and Victoria Wilson!

Catherine C. Blackwell Institute is closed today due to a power outage.

Game on! Semi-finals begin tonight

The Detroit Public School League football semi-finals will take place tonight and tomorrow at DCP @ Northwestern High School. Get out and cheer for our student athletes as they compete for a spot in the championship games at Ford Field on Friday, October 20 at 4 and 7 p.m.


Friday, October 13:

Saturday, October 14:

Amended 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

At their regular October meeting, the Board of Education approved an amended version of the Assessment Calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. The Assessment Calendar is strategically developed to ensure all local, state, and national assessments are aligned and administered in a manner that supports and prioritizes classroom instruction.

For more information and to see a full list of academic, assessment and event calendars, visit

DPSCD to host two teacher recruitment fairs in October


WHAT: Detroit Public Schools Community District is recruiting certified teachers to fill open positions for the current school year. DPSCD will host Teacher Recruitment Fairs on October 12 and October 26 at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.


Applications are being accepted for all teaching positions, but there is a critical need for teachers in the following areas:


  • Elementary/Middle
  • Mathematics
  • Science/Integrated Science
  • Special Education


On-the-spot conditional offers may be provided to certified teacher candidates. Candidates who are interested in employment are encouraged to visit and complete an online application. This event is for new applicants only. Teachers already employed by the district do not need to attend.


Applicants who are interested in teaching but do not possess current Michigan certification can apply for a substitute teaching position at


DPSCD is also hiring retirees in Special Education, Science, and Mathematics.


WHEN:                 Thursday, October 12, 2017 and Thursday, October 26, 2017

5 – 7 p.m.


WHERE:               Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine

571 Mack Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

Branding Focus Group Meetings & Survey

Detroit Public Schools Community District wants your input as we build a new brand that reflects our commitment to educating and empowering our students, and aligns with our strategic plan. DPSCD is hosting focus group meetings and distributing an online survey to gather feedback from families, students, faculty, alumni, and business and community partners. A brand does not provide excellent instruction in the classroom or raise student achievement; however, it should reflect the hard work by all who dedicate their lives every day to improving the children of Detroit through public education.

Key Links & Documents
Take the online survey:
Register to attend a focus group meeting:
Documents: Community Branding Meeting Flyer 2017, Community Branding Meeting Flyer 2017 – Additional Dates

Meeting Schedule
Monday, 10/9 – Families, Parents, Students & Alumni – Acad.of Americas ES/MS @ 6pm
Tuesday, 10/10 – DPSCD Employees – The Fisher Building, 10th Floor @ 9am
Tuesday, 10/10 – DPSCD Employees – The Fisher Building, 10th Floor @ 11am
Tuesday, 10/10 – DPSCD Employees – The Fisher Building, 10th Floor @ 1pm
Wednesday, 10/11 – Families, Parents, Students & Alumni – Brenda Scott Academy @ 6pm
Thursday, 10/12 – Families, Parents, Students & Alumni – Henry Ford HS @ 6pm
Saturday, 10/14 – Families, Parents, Students & Alumni – Martin Luther King HS @ 9am
Thursday, 10/19 – DPSCD Employees – The Fisher Building, 10th Floor @ 9am
Thursday, 10/19 – DPSCD Employees – The Fisher Building, 10th Floor @ 11am
Tuesday, 10/24 – Families, Parents, Students & Alumni – Mumford HS @ 6pm

* Each meeting should last approximately 1 hour

Please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing for more information, questions about accessibility or to request accommodations during a focus group meeting: 313.873.3494 |