Detroit Public Schools Community District to hold Teacher Career Fair targeting critical needs areas: Secondary Mathematics, Science, Special Education, Early Childhood, World Languages and Bilingual instruction

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing a historical period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families in Metro Detroit.

In an effort to recruit talented educators at all grade levels, Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a Teacher Career Fair on December 8, 2016 at:

Ben Carson School of Medicine
571 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 494-1805
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This event is for new applicants only. Teachers already employed by the district do not need to attend.

The new candidates will build upon the district’s current talent acquisition pool. The Teacher Career Fair is being held in preparation for the second semester and aims to fill current and projected vacant positions for the remainder of the 2016 – 2017 school year and upcoming 2017 – 2018 school year. There are a number of opportunities for immediate placement. Interviews will be held on-site and conditional offers provided to qualified candidates.

Applications are being accepted for ALL teaching positions. However, there is a critical need in Secondary Mathematics and Science, Special Education, Early Childhood, World Languages and Bilingual instruction.

Candidates interested in a teaching position with DPSCD are encouraged to visit and complete an online application for the appropriate job posting in preparation for the upcoming Teacher Career Fair. Applicants may also call DPSCD Human Resources directly at 313-873-6897 for more details


Detroit Public Schools Community District Celebrates Historic Football Teams MHSAA State Championships with World-Class Parade

In partnership with the Parade Company, DPSCD will celebrate our MHSAA Division 1 and 2 Champions with a world-class parade Monday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. Join us in your spirit team wear as we march down Woodward with the winning teams, school marching bands and Interim Superintendent Meriweather along with “Mason” from the Mason in the Morning Show on 105.9 KISS.

The parade will step off at Grand Circus Park at 1:30p.m. and march down Woodward culminating in a rally at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit. Come out and celebrate the Championship teams, Athletic Director Alvin Ward, Cass Tech’s Coach Wilcher and King’s Coach Spencer, along with proud DPSCD staff and students.

Cass Technical High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Sr. High School’s football teams won dual State Championships capturing the MHSAA Division 1 and Division 2 titles. This is the first time in state history that Division 1 and 2 winners hail from the same school district. In recognition of this historical event, DPSCD, in partnership with the Parade Company will celebrate these unprecedented wins with a parade.

The march will feature especially designed “pillar” floats highlighting the district’s new academic plan and the five pillars – Literacy, Career Pathways, Innovation, Family and Community and Wrap-around Services.

All staff is invited to wear team colors Monday to support our champions – Cass (Green and White); King (Black and Gold) – or a combination of the colors.

Detroit Public Schools Community District Partners with Microsoft to Expose Hundreds of Children to Coding 

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Office of Charter Schools in partnership with Microsoft will introduce more than 350 elementary and middle school students to computer science as part of the global Hour of Code initiative. The event coincides with Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2016.

Almost all charter schools authorized by DPSCD will participate in the activity. A total of 12 schools will use Skype to take part in a one-hour code session taught by a Microsoft developer on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.

In addition, 25 students from Hamilton Academy were selected to visit the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Southfield, MI. These 25 students were winners of a DPSCD-sponsored essay contest, and will receive a personalized hour of code session immediately following the Skype session. While at MTC, the students will also get a tour of the center, giving them exposure to some of the new, cutting-edge trends in the technology space.

Schools participating in the Skype session include: David Ellis Academy; GEE Edmonson Academy; GEE White Academy; MacDowell Preparatory Academy; Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center; New Paradigm Glazer Academy; New Paradigm Loving Academy; Pathways Academy; Ross-Hill Academy; Rutherford Winans Academy, Timbuktu Academy and Escuela Avancemos! Academy.

Technology professionals from General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, STEM Girl, Wayne County Community College District and other organizations will visit all the schools to speak with students about careers in technology, engineering and design.

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

Fisher Magnet Upper Academy is closed due to a power outage.

Brewer Elementary-Middle School is closing early today due to a power outage.

Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science was awarded a $1,500 Walmart Community Grant

DPSCD Parent Liaison, Victoria Boston-McNeely and the Carstens Academy family applied for this charitable Walmart Community grant back in September. On November 14, 2016 Carstens Academy received notice that they were awarded this prestigious award.

The grant will enable Carstens Academy to significantly help its students and community.  One of the areas Carstens Academy will be helping its students will be by providing uniforms, coats, gloves, hats and boots for the upcoming Winter season.  Carstens Academy will also use the grant to improve the buildings culture and climate.  Lastly, Carstens Academy will also use some of the remaining funds on activities that will encourage academic and individual growth for the school and community.

Carstens Academy is extremely appreciative for this generous monetary token from Walmart and looks forward to the positive impact that it will have on the students and community! – submitted by Carstens staff –

DPSCD is home to the MHSAA Division I and II Champions

king-championship-gameFriday–MHSAA Division 2 Champs are crowned our Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School!

Friday, November 25, 2016 was lights out at Ford Field as our King Crusaders delivered a shutout (18-0) and captured the Division 2 title and trophy. Congratulations King Crusaders!

cass-tech-champion-photo-2Then on Saturday—Cass Tech High School Technicians Won the MHSAA Division 1 Title!

The Cass Technicians crushed Catholic Central 49-20 on Saturday, November 26, 2016 to capture the Division 1 title and trophy.

NOTE: This weekend’s victories contribute to three championships for each team (Cass in 2011, 2012, 2016 & King in 2007, 2015, 2016) and both have also won back-to-back championships (Cass in seasons 2011-2012, and now King in seasons 2015-2016).

Superintendent Meriweather said, “Hats off to the Crusaders and Technicians who also left their mark in history by becoming the first two DPSL football teams to win separate MHSAA divisional championships during the same season. We are planning a special celebration for our champions, so stay tuned!” 

Kettering High School Site to Become Food Business Park

DETROIT (November 22, 2016) – Detroit Public Schools Community District announces plans to repurpose its former Kettering High School Site as a world class academic center and food business park that will catalyze public-private partnerships for DPSCD student and adult education and food and agriculture economic development. The District’s Office of School Nutrition originated the plan to support the expanding Detroit agriculture industry by creating a place for food processing, storage, product development and marketing.

Named the Kettering Food Enterprise Center (KFEC), plans for the 27-acre site include indoor and outdoor produce production and food products created at the site to be sold and incorporated into the District’s school nutrition program, and sold to other institutional outlets and additional customers. The development of KFEC will be implemented to provide DPSCD students with opportunities to obtain valuable expanded classrooms, stackable credentials, internships and paid job opportunities in the areas of culinary arts, urban farming, operations management, environmental stewardship and other food production, distribution and management related careers. The District views KFEC as integral to the promotion and development of its food, agricultural, natural resources and other associated scientific and business career clusters and pathways.

Repurposing of the former school buildings will occur after significant planning and community outreach. The Center will be operated by a newly created non-profit entity known as the Food Enterprise Development Corporation, whose board will include District representation as well as community members, food industry representatives and economic development experts.

Today’s announcement includes the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI) which seeks feedback and letters of interest from all persons and entities that are interested in participating in the development or operations of the Kettering Food Enterprise Center, including innovative academic opportunities for DPSCD students. The RFI will also seek input from members of the public about KFEC and what elements it should include. A copy of the RFI, as well as a proposed Business Plan and a Feasibility Study, can be downloaded at the District’s website or emailed upon request.

There will be an Informational Meeting about the KFEC on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 4-6 pm at the District’s Office of School Nutrition, located at 2001 W. Warren Avenue, Detroit. The meeting will include a presentation of the plan and the development options, lite refreshments and a question and answer session. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to download the RFI, Business Plan and Feasibility Study and respond to requested questions.

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), a new public school district for the Detroit community, was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills in June 2016. DPSCD operates 97 schools, with necessary support services, including school nutrition, transportation, special education and early childhood learning. DPSCD is focused on providing new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Information about DPSCD and its Office of School Nutrition can be obtained at

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Harms Hawks Lego Robotics Team wins!

harms-robotics-teamThe Harms Hawks Lego Robotics Team competed against 23 teams at The Michigan Science Center on Saturday, November 12th.  Congratulations to the Hawks for earning first place for Best Presentation of their Dog Alert App.  The Harms Hawks team comprised of 4th and 5th graders placed 3rd overall against teams with 7th and 8th grade players.  How sweet is that!  The Hawks will compete again at the State Finals on Saturday December 17th.

Coaches Mr. Kevin Barker and Mrs. Rebecca Barker did a great job preparing the players for their high pressure performances. In a time restricted format, the kids have to think on the fly and make quick second decisions, which can only be accomplished through strong and skillful preparation.

We are very proud of our Hawks.  They represented Harms and DPSCD magnificently!

Family Science and Engineering Night at Munger Elementary-Middle School

munger-stem-event munger-stem-event2On Thursday, October 20, Munger Elementary-Middle School hosted their third Family Science and Engineering Night. There were more than a dozen engineering activities to attempt. In addition to the activities, there were also displays presented by General Motors and the Wayne State University School of Engineering. General Motors brought out three engineers who assist Munger student during the A World in Motion competition. The engineer brought a Chevrolet Bolt hybrid vehicle to show and discuss. The Munger mascot, Logan the Lion, also made an appearance. The event closed with a performance by the Munger Cheer Team!
More than 100 participants (students and parents) attended the event, and those who attended expressed an appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about science and engineering.