Ellen DeGeneres donation to Spain Elementary-Middle School!

Last night Ellen DeGeneres surprised Spain Elementary-Middle School students, teachers and staff with a gift SO huge she is saving the grand announcement for today’s Ellen Show at 3 p.m.

The school will receive new technology, funds to make roof repairs and Justin Bieber has also agreed to help!

The Ellen Show has set up a special Go Fund Me account for Spain to help raise the total of $5 million to repair the building.

Watch the show today at 3 p.m. on WDIV Channel 4.

DPSL celebrates more than 40 scholarship recipients on National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Student athletes signed scholarship commitment letters to colleges and universities throughout the country

More than 40 Detroit Public School League student athletes announced which colleges they plan to attend, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 during a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony held at the Horatio Williams Foundation. The Detroit Public School League hosted its 7th Annual Signing Day event where Boys Varsity Football and Girls Varsity Basketball student athletes signed their commitment letters for scholarships to colleges and universities throughout the country.

Families, coaches and school supporters filled the room while the student athletes announced their college destinations.

Cass Technical High School (11):
Alvin Clemons- Indiana State University
Brandon Webb- University of Findlay
Demetric Vance Jr- Michigan State University
Donnell Alexander- Saginaw Valley State University
Edrick Mathews- University of Toledo
Marcel Paul- University of Cincinnati
Michael Onwenu- University of Michigan
Ostell Martin- Morgan State University
Taeshon Trotter- Ohio University
Timothy Walton Jr.- Syracuse University
Zoey Oatis- University of Detroit Mercy

Cody High School (2):
Michael Drayton – Siena Heights University
Rodney Graves- Western Michigan University

East English Village Preparatory High School (7):
Andrew DeMoss- Missouri Baptist University
Cedrick Lattimore- University of Iowa
Chauncey Golsten- University of Iowa
Devin Waldon – Central State University
James Ceasar- Southern Illinois University
Lindrell Mitchell- Ferris State University
Nathaniel Boleware- Ferris State University

Henry Ford High School (2):
Dionte Stewart- Monterey Peninsula College
Keonte’ Lott- Georgia Prep Sports Academy

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School (11):
Armani Posey- Bowling Green State University
Donnie Corley – Michigan State University
DontRe Boyd- Western Michigan University
Dylan Swanson- Urbana University
Jaquan Boyd- Kalamazoo College
Jeremiah Fuller- Urbana University
Ogheneochuko (Jordan) Ighofose- Davenport University
LaVert Hill- University of Michigan
Lawrence Bryant- Walsh University
Leon Page- Central Michigan University
Martell Pettaway- West Virginia University

Mumford High School (5):
Ahmad Mitchell- Alabama A&M University
Carlton Bowens- Alabama A&M University
Corrin Jones- Siena Heights University
Elliot Riddle- Tennessee State University
Teeondre Harvey- Central Michigan University

Renaissance High School (4):
Alante Thomas- Saginaw Valley State University
Alaric Jackson- Iowa University
DeJuan Reeler- Central State University
Mark Wilson- Grand Valley State University

Western International High School (4):
Christian Myles- Olivet College
Isaac Tarrant- Olivet College
Jaye Patrick- Siena Heights University
Kareem Ray- Olivet College

TOTAL46 Scholar-Athletes
Signing Day 2016

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2016 DPS Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

Detroit Public Schools students and teachers were recognized on Tuesday, February 9 as Regional winners in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition! The event showcased incredible student-made art, jewelry, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, mixed media and ceramic works.

A special congratulations to the students who were selected as Gold Key and Best in Class winners. Those student works are being considered for the National Award.

Gold Key Art Portfolio Winners:

  • Matthew Lewis- Cass Technical High School, Teacher: Natalie Barmore

Best In Category Recognition-Middle School Winners:

  • Kameela Carr (Jewelry) – Ludington, Teacher: Beverly Watson
  • Georgina Morales (Sculpture) – Academy of the Americas, Teacher: Kendra Lincourt


Academy of the Americas: Teacher, Kendra Lincourt

  • Georgina Morales- Gold Key, Sculpture
  • Isabella Servin- Honorable Mention, Sculpture

Bates Academy: Teacher, Illya Tolbert

  • Charles Hickman- Silver Key, Painting
  • Charles Hickman- Silver Key, Drawing
  • Charles Hickman- Silver Key, Painting

Cass Tech: Teachers, Natalie Barmore and Mindy Mitchell

  • Asia Bonney- Silver Key, Fashion
  • Halima Haque- Silver Key, Jewelry
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Painting
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Silver Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Silver Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Silver Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Silver Key, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Honorable Mention, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Honorable Mention, Drawing
  • Matthew Lewis- Honorable Mention, Drawing
  • Kandice Ollis- Honorable Mention, Fashion

Detroit School of Art: Teacher, Sheryl Heading

  • Alyssa Richards- Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
  • De’Andre Simmons- Gold Key, Digital Art

Ludington Magnet Middle School: Teacher, Beverly Watson

  • Percilla Brown- Silver Key, Mixed Media
  • Kamella Carr- Gold Key, Drawing
  • Jenna Wilusz- Honorable Mention, Drawing

Renaissance High School: Teacher, Odette Duke-Holly

  • Nyjai Black- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Rae Evans- Gold Key, Photography
  • Rae Evans- Silver Key, Photography
  • Taylor Gaines- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Allyssa Harris- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Allyssa Harris- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Allyssa Harris- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Jailyn Hicks- Silver Key, Photography
  • Jailyn Hicks- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Graham Polk- Silver Key, Photography
  • Robin Ryce- Silver Key, Painting
  • Deshawn Sorrell-Williams- Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Monique Westley- Gold Key, Photography
  • Lauryn Wheeler – Silver Key, Photography

For more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, visit www.artandwriting.org.

DPS’ 21st Century Youth Advisory Council collects water for Flint Community Schools


Over 200 cases of water traveled from Detroit to Flint on Thursday, February 11 as a result of Detroit Public Schools’ 21st Century After-School Youth Advisory Council. Several weeks ago, the Youth Advisory Council leaders met to plan how they could help Flint’s 21st Century After-School students. DPS students mobilized their site coordinators and lead agencies and soon, twenty 21st Century school programs were collecting water for their companion students in the 21st Century After-School Program attending Flint Community Schools.

Youth Advisory Council members traveled with their water donation to Flint, delivering a minimum of 40 cases to each of the school buildings selected. Students want to send the message, “You can count on us!”

DPSL Varsity Boys Basketball Tournaments

Please review the attached updated brackets with results and next round games for DPSL Varsity Boys Basketball Tournaments.

DPSL Varsity Boys Basketball

DPS counselor Sylvia Sanders honored as “Outstanding School Counselor” at the White House

Sylvia Sanders, one of the dedicated counselors at Cass Technical High School, was recently selected to represent the State of Michigan as an “Outstanding School Counselor.” On January 28, Sanders was joined by other counselors from around the nation to celebrate the service counselors provide to students. This celebration took place during a special American School Counselor Association ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations DIA Senior Bre’Ona Law-Williams! Detroit Pistons $25,000 Scholarship Recipient

Pistons Legend Rick Mahorn and the Detroit Pistons Foundation hosted the 11th Annual Black History Month event and scholarship competition on Tuesday, February 9, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The event invites Michigan high school seniors the opportunity to compete for a combined total of $55,000 in college scholarships.

Local high school seniors, one chosen by each participating high school, presented an original interpretation of the contest theme, Embracing Diversity, in front of fellow classmates, teachers and a panel of community leader judges for scholarships toward higher education. Through a chosen artistic medium (speech, poem, dance, music, etc.) contestants shared the effect diversity has on everyday life.

Senior, Bre’Ona Law-Williams of Detroit International Academy for Young Women, was awarded a Microsoft Surface tablet, a Tim Horton’s gift card, Pistons Tickets, and the grand prize, a $25,000 scholarship. Bre’Ona plans to attend Marygrove College in the Fall.

Congratulations DIA!

DPS teacher wins $900 sponsorship to attend “Audobon Educator’s Week” in Maine this summer

Zakiya Jackson, a teacher at Bunche Preparatory Academy, received a $900 sponsorship to attend the Hog Island Audubon Camp “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week,” July 17-22. The educational camp is located in Hog Island, Maine.

Jackson will enjoy a week-long summer program exploring practical approaches and ways to add inspiration to teaching and learning. Jackson will also participate in workshops using techniques in art, music, theater, journaling, and other disciplines, as well as indulge in classic Audubon Camp field trips, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island’s unspoiled spruce-fir forest.

The summer program provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning outside in a beautiful setting, while also allowing participants to take back some insights and methods to utilize within their own curriculum.

“I am humbly grateful to have received this sponsorship from the Audubon Society, said Jackson. “Each open door of opportunity for me means greater educational advancement for the students that I reach daily. The fields of science, technology, engineering, math (including fields of environmental education, outdoor education, conservation, forestry and natural resources) are career paths that more of our students need to consider. Ethnic and gender diversity in these fields are of national concern. The sustainability of these career paths means that we as educators have to expose students to what is available to them at earlier ages. I look forward to learning about how I can more effectively incorporate activities into our curriculum that will inspire our students’ minds.”

To learn more about Hog Island Audubon Camp programs, visit http://hogisland.audubon.org/programs.

Dossin collects more than 200 cases of bottled water for Flint students

Students, staff and community members at Dossin Elementary-Middle School collected more than 200 cases of bottled water on Tuesday, February 9. The water was collected in efforts to provide some relief to the citizens of the Flint Water Crisis and will be delivered to Brownell S.T.E.M. Academy in Flint.


The Michigan Opera Theatre Performs for DPS High School Students

Students given the opportunity to explore careers in theater and work on upcoming performances

The Michigan Opera Theatre Department of Education and Community Programs presented La Pizza Con Funghi, Seymour Barab’s one-act comedic opera to students at the Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody on Tuesday, February 9.

La Pizza Con Funghi centers on Voluptua, who is in love with Scorpio. In order to be free to marry him she plans to poison her husband, Count Fromaggio. Her maid, Phobia, warns the count of his wife’s duplicity. For this show of loyalty she must lose her life but, then again, so must everyone else. This opera, sung in English, is tried and true in high school and adult communities and is sure to keep audiences laughing.

“We’re hoping to show something new to the students at DIT,” said Andrea Scobie, Manager of Education and Community Programs, MOT. “This performance is hilarious and engaging, and we know that students will come away as new fans of opera. We also want to show them that the performing arts is a viable career path- between performing, set and costume design, directing, and stage managing, there are many different ways to make a living in the arts.”

MOT staff plans to follow up this performance with monthly meetings dedicated to teaching DIT students more about opera and helping them to find operas and composers that speak to their interests and experiences. They also want to work with DIT staff to allow students to attend dress rehearsals of upcoming performances of Macbeth and The Magic Flute at the Detroit Opera House. Scobie said, “We hope that this is just the beginning of a long relationship!”

DPS Reprioritizes Spending to Address Building Issues

$300,000 to be moved from existing departmental spending plans

Detroit Public Schools today announced that it is reprioritizing its use of budgeted funds to continue addressing the work orders currently in its system, as well as the property maintenance and safety violations cited in reports from the City of Detroit’s ongoing inspections of the District’s 97 school buildings. DPS is redirecting $300,000 specifically to address immediate, critical needs pinpointed in the reports.

The $300,000 is being transferred to Operations from the existing spending plans of other District departments.

“The District remains committed to making the necessary repairs to its buildings in order to provide our students and staff with a clean, safe environment in which to learn and work,” said Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. “Unfortunately, given the dire financial condition of the District, the only way that we can continue to address the current work orders in our system, as well as take the corrective actions required in the inspection reports is to redirect funds from others areas within our current budget because there are no additional funds available. While these trade-offs are never easy, they are extremely necessary to ensure that we comply with the property maintenance and safety regulations of the City of Detroit and State of Michigan.”

The redirected funds have already been put into action to fix the steam heat line under Spain Elementary-Middle School that has prevented student use of the playground. This repair, which was a part of the broader facility maintenance plan for Spain, was completed on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The asphalt over the repaired steam line will be replaced when weather permits in the spring.

To-date, the City has inspected 46 DPS schools, and corrective action plans are in place to address the issues cited. Weekly progress updates will be available on a new page on the District’s website detroitk12.org/buildingimprovements, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

“Although it would cost upwards of $50 million to address all of the immediate maintenance and capital issues on the buildings with the most need in the District, we will continue to work to identify funds that can be redirected to implement the long and short-term plans the District already has in place to address these issues. However, our limited resources severely impede our ability to accomplish all of the capital improvements needed in our schools without a legislative solution.”

The District is working in earnest to complete and pay for these repairs and updates by the end of March because it is projected to run out of cash in April, unless the Michigan legislature moves swiftly to pass the school reform legislation currently being discussed in Senate committee hearings.

Given the serious financial challenges facing the District, it has partnered with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to launch a Capital Improvements Fund where any individual, group, nonprofit, and business and/or corporation can make a donation that will be used specifically to address the District’s facility maintenance and repair issues. For more information, please call (313) 873-8976.

“We are encouraged by the initial outpouring of interest in helping Detroit Public Schools,” said Earley. “It is going to take the efforts from a broad range of partnerships to identify the resources necessary to immediately address the myriad of building issues, from the everyday repair to the significant capital expenditures that are required throughout the District’s 97 school buildings.”

DPS Reprioritizes Spending to Address Building Issues