DPSCD Reports Lead and Copper Levels are Below EPA Guidelines in all 94 Buildings

DETROIT – February 20, 2017 – Detroit Public Schools Community District reports lead and copper levels are below EPA guidelines of 15 parts per billion (ppb) and 1300 parts per billion (ppb) respectively at all 94 school buildings.

“Last spring, Detroit Public Schools Community District embarked on a proactive approach and partnership with the City of Detroit and the Department of Health to test drinking water in all 94 school buildings before June 30, 2016. We then created a collaborative plan to resolve outstanding issues to ensure the safety of our staff and students,” said Alycia Meriweather, Interim Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Of the buildings tested, 10 schools needed additional mitigation to bring lead and copper levels within EPA guidelines. The district contracted with DiHydro Services to install an EPA approved water treatment program in those 10 schools at a cost of $5,000 per month. The water treatment program is a corrosion control system that forms a thin lining on the interior of pipes and creates a barrier for lead, bacteria and copper from becoming a part of the drinking water supply.

Lead and copper testing was performed by industrial hygienists from the ATC Group based in Novi, Michigan. ATC is an independent environmental consulting firm which pulled the samples from drinking fountains and sinks. The samples were then sent out to a certified independent laboratory for testing.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation provided a grant of $135,000 to cover the costs of testing.

After the initial test results were analyzed, schools were placed in three groups:

Group 1, (70 Schools) the results did not exceed the MCL of initial sampling for lead and/or copper according to MDEQ Guidance and the EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools.  For these schools, all water related operations proceeded as normal.

Group 2, (14 Schools) the results exceeded the MCL for either the initial and/or flush sampling for lead and/or copper according to MDEQ Guidelines. DPSCD isolated and/or removed the fixtures that exceeded MCL for lead and/or copper and implemented a weekly Flush Plan for the water fixtures at these schools.

Group 3, (10 Schools) there were multiple results that exceeded the MCL for either the initial and/or flush sampling for lead and/or copper according to MDEQ guidelines. A notification letter was sent out to staff and parents, drinking fountains were shut down and signage was placed throughout the buildings to notify staff and students to use the alternative water sources provided by the district.

DiHydro Services installed an EPA approved system that provides continuous treatment of the pipes and safeguards the water from bacteria and other contaminants. DiHydro Services has been in business since 1939 and provides this service to school districts and hospitals throughout the state of Michigan. Once the Di Hydro systems were installed, drinking water sources were re-tested by ATC Group to confirm that the district was within MDEQ guidelines before restoring water service.

The schools where a DiHydro water treatment system has been installed, and re-testing has confirmed that lead and copper levels are now below the EPA guidelines include; (1) Breithaupt Vocational School, (2) Bunche Elementary-Middle School, (3) John R. King Performing Arts Academy, (4) Moses Field, (5) Thurgood Marshall Elementary Middle School, (6) Thirkell Elementary Middle School, (7) Edison Elementary School (8) Wayne Elementary-Middle School, (9) Detroit Collegiate Prep High School and (10) Dr. Ben Carson High School for Science and Medicine.

DPSCD & EAA Town Hall Meetings for Parents and the Community

Detroit Public Schools Community District and Education Achievement  Authority wants to hear from you!

Please join us to share your concerns, ask questions and receive information at the locations and times found below:

Session 1
5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
East English Village Preparatory Academy
5020 Cadieux
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Session 2
9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
DC Prep @ Northwestern High School
2200 W. Grand Blvd (enter door #3 off Lawton)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Session 3
5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Ludington Magnet Middle School
19501 Berg Rd.
Thursday, February 23, 2017



Board Approves 11 New DPSCD Teacher-Led Academic Innovation Proposals

Seven Innovation Programs will continue to receive support

Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education voted unanimously to develop eleven new Academic Innovation Proposals for the 2017-18 school year, and continue to support seven programs started in 2016-17 school year at its February 14, 2017 meeting.

Teams reflecting school and community support submitted 31 proposals which were vetted by DPSCD academic, curriculum and network leaders and reviewed for resource needs. Proposals were chosen based on a number of factors including: a clear and concise statement of innovation, alignment with the district’s new academic plan, potential to raise student achievement, ability to invigorate communities, and be sustainable and replicable. Analysis shows these programs have the potential to enhance enrollment and increase resources.

“This has been a great opportunity to focus on innovation, positive and inclusive culture each year, and ensuring the newly installed Board of Education has the opportunity to confirm these programs adds to the enhanced rigor, transparency and timeliness of this year’s process which continues to improve,” stated Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.

Meriweather noted that all programs are based on proven best practices nationally or internationally, or replicate successful programs within the district. As an example of academic progress, 92 percent of Kindergarten students in the new A.S.A.P. Program at Mark Twain School for Scholars, begun in Fall 2016, are already demonstrating proficiency at or much above the national norm in Reading, as are 93 percent in math. Eighty-eight percent of first graders in the program scored at or much above the national norm in both reading and math.

Launching in 2017 will be:

A partnership between the Detroit School of Arts and the Detroit Institute of Music Education in downtown Detroit

Through a two year course of instruction, students will study under music industry professionals to gain skills that will prepare them for careers as musicians and music entrepreneurs. Students will study music arts such as songwriting and music theory in addition to music business principles and performance technique. The students of Detroit School of Arts will earn a DIME Foundation Certificate as they earn their high school diploma.

Comprehensive, staff wide 360 Degrees Customer Service Strategy

This project will augment existing efforts toward implementing a comprehensive, staff-wide 360 Degrees Customer Service Strategy, touching every employee, while emphasizing the points of contact who interact with the public and contacts who regularly interact with staff to provide ongoing services.

Full-service Newcomer Community Center to bridge language, academic, and social divides that will consciously connect the school, local communities, and refugee

Newcomer programs are programs designed for recent immigrants at the school level who have little or no English proficiency, and limited or no formal education in their native countries. The vision of the Center is to have the students return to their neighborhood school at the end of the program and successfully integrate into the school’s Alternative Language Program or general population according to their level at the end of the program.

New Examination-Level High School at Southeastern High School

The school will be designed as one of Detroit’s premiere and most innovative educational institutions to meet and exceed the excellence of the city’s top high schools in terms of 21st Century college and career success for its graduates; a rigorous as well as complete, well-rounded and flexible educational experience; and innovation through strategic partnerships offering one-of-a-kind project and experiential-based learning opportunities. New ninth and 10th graders may be subject to an application and DPSCD examination process. The current Southeastern High School student population will not be subject to the application and examination process. This addresses market demand and innovatively utilizes the opportunity created by the DPSCD-EAA combining.

John J. Bagley Elementary School of Journalism and Technology

Through media-based programs, school partnerships and projects, students will learn to creatively develop and apply their critical thinking, documentation, communication, presentation and literacy skills. Students will have the opportunity to learn the relevance and application of digital innovations that impact communication and publishing skills.

Distance learning programs within Adult Ed facilities to assist in meeting the needs of adult learners and expose students to technology-infused curriculum

The goal is to increase program participation and the number of adult learners with high school diplomas and high school equivalency certificates in the Detroit area by creating flexible alternatives for engaging learning.

An Honors Academy in every K-8 school

This initiative will create accelerated environments with selected students based on their academic achievement, appropriate behavior, and staff recommendations as admittance requirements to two honors classes (academy) per building, one each at grades three and six.

Carleton Leadership Academy/The Leader In Me

School-wide positive leadership model based on inside-out transformation as presented in the Seven Effective Habits model. The main components that appealed to this school is the fact that the transformation begins from the inside out. Through internalizing the seven habits, teachers will begin to change their thinking about themselves and the students.

Ludington Creation Station

Engaging students in creative, innovative and challenging artistic explorations in the areas of art and design. The core components of the model include two art disciplines: ceramics and technology generated art.

Detroit Collegiate Prep@Northwestern Summer Bridge

The summer academy would run concurrently with the schools Credit Recovery program providing students an opportunity to extend their learning throughout the summer and prevent brain drain. The SAT Bootcamp will provide an enriching experience for current high school students in grades nine through 11 as an opportunity to begin preparation for the SAT and upcoming Advanced Placement Classes they will take in the following school year.

Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal will be granted to eligible senior students every year who have demonstrated a minimum level of language proficiency (intermediate high) in both English and in a language other than English.

Initiatives already underway as a result of the annual Academic Proposals process include:

  • Academy of the Americas High School
  • Accelerated program at Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Additional outdoor learning opportunities at Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy
  • Cooke S.T.E.M. Academy-CSA-of North Rosedale
  • Detroit Public Montessori
  • Expanded Choice offerings for innovative programs at A.L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning, and Clippert
  • Multicultural Honors Academy
  • IB Pathway FLICS-Renaissance
  • Ludington Magnet Honors Program
  • Over-Age ELL Classroom at Priest Elementary-Middle School
  • Project Lead The Way at Cass Technical High School
  • Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy collegiate partnership with Lawrence Tech
  • Smaller Learning Communities at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory at Northwestern

S.T.E.A.M.y Winter Events Continue:Tonight Don’t Miss Daniel Washington at the Detroit Library

A Free Concert with Daniel Washington: S.T.E.A.M.y Winter Continues at the Detroit Public Library

Detroit Public Schools Community District is pleased to announce an evening with Daniel Washington at the Detroit Public Library. It the next event in the S.T.E.A.M.y Winter learning enrichment series, a line-up of free, fun and exciting events with a S.T.E.A.M theme – with S.T.E.A.M standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Free Public Event to all DPSCD Families

The Detroit Public Library presents the 73rd Annual E. Azalia Hackley Collection Concert, “An Evening with Daniel   Washington.” Dr. Daniel Washington, Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, has performed at the world’s major opera houses and concert stages.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7- 9 p.m.

Detroit Public Library – Main Library
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48202
For a full list of S.T.E.A.M.y events and additional information on partnering organizations visit



STEAMy Winter Events kick off this weekend: Music Hall Added to Line up

Music Hall to Host Events Expanding DPSCD

S.T.E.A.M.y Winter Line-Up to Engage Students and Families

This weekend kicks off DPSCD’s STEAMy Winter free, fun family events. Tomorrow get ready for the “love” event at the Belle Isle Nature Center featuring Birds and Bees themed activities. The event is FREE to our families 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   

Detroit Public Schools Community District is pleased to announce the addition of the Music Hall to the list of partners engaged in S.T.E.A.M.y Winter, a line-up of free, fun and exciting events with a S.T.E.A.M theme – with S.T.E.A.M standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. #STEAMyWinter

The Music Hall will be joining well-known family-friendly spots including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Belle Isle Nature Center, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Public Library, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Eastern Market and The Rink at Campus Martius.

Music Hall will provide free admission to DPSCD students and families to the following Family Theatre Series events:

*Music Hall Center for Performing Arts
350 Madison St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Lights! Camera! Math!
Sunday, February 12, 4 p.m.
1,000 seats available – free to DPSCD Families

Math, magic and technology will come together to create an explosive and exciting performance about an aspiring magician who discovers that the secret to creating good illusions requires a solid understanding of the principles of math.

Please see the full listing of events. Download the file and save it to your electronic device.


Special Announcement from the Board of Education

The Board of Education is providing the linked superintendent search approved process and timeline for reference.


DPSCD School Board authorizes Leadership to take legal action to stop school closures

The Board of Education held a special meeting last night. After a closed session, the board members voted 7-0 authorizing DPSCD to take legal action when timely and appropriate to present why we believe the school closures suggested by the SRO cannot legally move forward.
Below are the statements issued by the Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.
DPSCD Board of Education Statement

For the first time in nearly a decade, the City of Detroit has a true school board, made up of educators, executives, and community leaders, empowered to make decisions that will improve our schools and lead to better educational outcomes for Detroit’s children.

Yet, just days into our term, the State School Reform Office (SRO) has listed 16 low performing DPSCD schools and eight EAA schools on a potential closure list, regardless of whether those children and families have a quality school in their neighborhood.  The SRO advised Detroit parents that if their child’s school is closed, they should consider sending their child to communities as far as Holly and East China to find a quality school.

Since 2009—when the state emergency managers took over Detroit schools—over 150 schools in Detroit have been shuttered.  These closures have imposed serious hardship on Detroit school children.  Study after study has indicated that when students are forced to switch schools unexpectedly, their academic performance suffers, their absenteeism rates increase, and the risk that they will drop out of high school skyrockets.  Yet the SRO is considering closing still more schools—inflicting new educational injuries on a population of students that has already suffered.

That is simply not right.  The DSCD school board is committed to improving our schools not shutting them down.

To that end, the board has directed DPSCD management to rapidly complete improvement plans for each of these schools.

We have spoken with Governor Snyder’s staff and he has committed that thoughtful analysis will be done before any schools are closed.

Meanwhile, we are authorizing DPSCD to take legal action when timely and appropriate to present why we believe these school closures cannot legally move forward.  We are hopeful that we can work with the state to avoid any action, however, we reserve the right to do so.

We look forward to presenting a plan for improvement to the SRO and the families of Detroit.

Statement from Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather

On behalf of our families, teachers and our administrators I want to thank the Board of Education for their leadership. We stand with their decision to work to keep our schools open. We have no doubt that closing schools without providing high-quality options would be devastating to our families and our community. Closures would produce undue hardships in transportation, safety and access to critically needed wrap around services.

We also understand that it is critically important that each of the 16 schools shows dramatic improvement. Currently, our leadership teams are working around the clock to create individual performance plans for each school. These plans will be presented within the next 10 days. We are confident that each one of our neighborhood schools can be a high-quality option for our students, and are committed to this goal.

Finally, I want to thank the community  — Mayor Duggan, our legislators, pastors, residents, and our DPSCD family –for the outpouring of support. We sense that you are behind us and that you are locking arms with us to help us create better outcomes for our students as we work to improve schools.



S.T.E.A.M.y Winter Events Fun Family Educational Activities

DPSCD and Major Arts and Science Organizations Partner on Series of Winter S.T.E.A.M. Events: #TEAMYWINTER


Detroit Public Schools Community District and major partners from the city’s largest and most exciting arts and scientific museums and venues announced a series of free, fun and exciting events with a S.T.E.A.M. theme to engage DPSCD families in learning activities after school hours at the participating venues and at well-known family-friendly spots, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Belle Isle Nature Center, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Public Library, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Eastern Market and The Rink at Campus Martius Park. Other partnering organizations include Downtown Detroit Partnership, Detroit Public Television, detroitpbskids.org, and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

We will use #STEAMyWinter to highlight venues and events for the community to engage in this unique learning opportunity with our partners.

Many of the events will be open to the public, thanks to the partnering organizations. Some events will be specifically for invited DPSCD/EAA students that selected educators will choose based their display of S.T.E.A.M. ingenuity. Those students – called DPSCD S.T.E.A.M.-gineers – and a family member will receive special invitations. In cases where there are a limited number of slots for an event, DPSCD will make available a small number of free tickets for prospective students.

Details on how to RSVP for events with a limited number of tickets are listed below.

S.T.E.A.M.y Events

*Belle Isle Nature Center

176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit, 48207

Family-Friendly Birds and Bees Event

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Free Public event

Family-friendly Valentine’s event on “love” in nature with music, photography, bird seed and “bee mine” crafts and zookeeper talks on bird conservation & U.S. Forest Service. Nature Ambassador Joe Reilly concert at 2 p.m.

*Detroit Public Library – Main Library

5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48202

Concert: An Evening with Daniel Washington

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7- 9 p.m.

Free Public Event

The DPL presents the 73rd Annual E. Azalia Hackley Collection Concert, “An Evening with Daniel Washington.” Dr. Daniel Washington, Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, has performed at the world’s major opera houses and concert stages.

*Michigan Science Center

5020 John R St, Detroit, 48202

Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Dream Big IMAX® film

Limited free admission for DPSCD and prospective DPSCD students

DPSCD students only RSVP here for the 1 p.m. show: DPSCD Dream Big at the IMAX at 1 p.m.  THIS EVENT IS FULL. 

DPSCD students only RSVP here for the 3 p.m. show: DPSCD Dream Big at the IMAX at 3 p.m. THIS EVENT IS FULL. 

Prospective DPSCD students only RSVP here for the 1 p.m. show: Dream Big IMAX film at 1 p.m. THIS EVENT IS FULL

Prospective DPSCD students only RSVP here for the 3 p.m. show: Dream Big IMAX film at 3 p.m. THIS EVENT IS FULL. 

Select DPSCD/EAA students will receive exclusive free access to visit the Michigan Science Center and view the new IMAX® film –  Dream BigEngineering Our World. One hundred limited free admissions available for prospective DPSCD students. First come, first served; RSVP details to be at detroitk12.org/enroll beginning February 1.

*Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD

4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48201

Contemporary Interactive Art Experience

Saturday, Feb. 18, noon

Free Public Event

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit invites DPSCD students and their families to view The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition featuring drawings and models of imaginary buildings designed for real locations in Detroit (a lot in Mexicantown, a riverfront post office, parcels along the Dequindre Cut, and the Packard Plant) and to design their own dream buildings using their imaginations and the inspirational materials provided.

*Drew Farm at Drew Transition Center

9600 Wyoming Ave, Detroit, 48204

Starry Night at Drew Farm

Friday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.

Free Public Event with RSVP

DPSCD Office of School Nutrition and Garden Collaborative offer a “Starry Night at Drew.” Event includes a cooking demo, healthy snacks, nature walk and bird feeder crafts at Drew Farms. RSVP required.  Please call 313-651-3457 or email garden.program@detroitk12.org to reserve.

*Detroit Symphony Orchestra, atrium

3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, 48201

Concert and Activities: “Star Wars at the Max”

Saturday, Feb. 25, noon-1:30 p.m.

Limited free tickets for for DPSCD and prospective DPSCD students

DPSCD students only: RSVP here  –> DSO at the Max  THIS EVENT IS ALMOST FULL.

Prospective DPSCD students only: RSVP here –> DSO at the Max

DPSCD Montessori families only: RSVP here –> DPSCD Montessori Families

Tots to middle school students experience a Star Wars performance by a small ensemble of DSO Musicians, plus art and music making activities. Star Wars costumes welcomed. Limited free public tickets for prospective DPSCD students.  RSVP at detroitk12.org/enroll beginning February 1.

*Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

315 East Warren Ave, Detroit, 48201

“Meet the Scientist Saturday”

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2-4 p.m. 

Free Public Event

Curious students, young Einsteins, or future tech wizards who are always thinking of the next big thing are invited to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for “Meet the Scientist Saturday” featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2-4 p.m.

*The Rink at Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48226

DPSCD Robotics on Ice

Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.

Free Public Viewing Event

DPSCD showcases a “Robotics on Ice” competition with invited DPSCD students at 10 a.m. Public is invited to view. Families can engage in Chess in the Park activities, sample cherry slurpies by DPSCD nutrition staff.


*Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48202

“Get S.T.E.A.M.ed at the DIA”

Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Free Public Event

Discover “Science Behind the Art,” a virtual field trip produced by DPTV, on the science of the DIA’s Conservation Lab; investigate technologies and innovations of ancient civilization; Career talk by Andrea Montiel De Shuman, Digital Experience Designer; Gallery games, drop-in workshops and more.

*Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME)

1265 Griswold St, Detroit, 48226

DIME for a Dime

Sunday, March 5, noon-3 p.m.

Limited Free Public Tickets for DPSCD and prospective DPSCD students

DPSCD students only RSVP here: DPSCD DIME for a Dime

Prospective DPSCD students only RSVP here: DIME for a Dime event at noon

One-day event where students aged 12-19 can attend up to four 30-minute classes with the industry-professional faculty of DIME Detroit. Subject areas covered are guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting and music business. Students rotate between designated classrooms. Very limited free tickets for prospective DPSCD students. Reserve at detroitk12.org/enroll beginning February 1.

 *Randolph Career and Technical Center

17101 Hubbell Street, Detroit 48235

Tour Innovative Programs/Free Home Repair Demos

Saturday, March 11th / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Public Event with

RSVP here: STEAMy event at Randolph

Explore the innovative Skilled Trades and Business programs at Randolph and be amazed as you preview firsthand our Tiny House and Solar Paneling Project! In addition, while touring the facility, learn about our new, state of the art programs starting in fall of 2017. As a bonus, pick up quick tips from our free home repair demonstrations.

*Eastern Market, Shed 3

DPSCD “All Schools” S.T.E.A.M. Showcase

2934 Russell Street MI 48207

April 2, noon-3 p.m.

Free Public Event

Discover “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math” S.TE.A.M. events with representatives of every DPSCD school. Give-aways! Science, tech and agricultural arts demonstrations. Learn about tuition-free Montessori, foreign language immersion and more.


The partners overwhelmingly chimed in with their support.

“Art is critical to helping children and families connect to our shared history and understand creative problem solving,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts. “We are thrilled to be able to devote a day to demonstrating to DPSCD students and families the many ways that art and science intersect.”

“DIME takes community outreach work seriously, and embraces every opportunity to support and contribute to the development of Detroit’s music communities. We believe that contemporary popular music is a valid and valuable field of study, and that the modern music business offers varied and exciting careers for those who have the right skills and knowledge. Studying at DIME enables students to acquire the skills which are necessary for sustainable long term careers,” said Karl Middleton Head of Institute. “Our event on March 5th offers aspiring, young musicians the chance to attend a variety of informative, introductory classes and gain insight into DIME’s unique approach to music education.”

“At the Michigan Science Center, we believe that all children and all communities should have access to STEM experiences that spark their curiosity and encourage imagination,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO, Michigan Science Center. “Our newest IMAX® film, Dream Big, offers the perfect opportunity to inspire DPSCD students and their families. The film reveals how a diverse group of engineers is pushing the limits of innovation, proving that STEM is for everyone.”

“As part of our commitment to offering incredible musical experiences for all members of our community, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is always seeking ways to be an advocate for Detroit students,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “This partnership with DPSCD is the perfect opportunity to join with our arts and science colleagues and create an unforgettable series of events for Detroit families.”

“We are committed to providing unique learning opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of wildlife and wild places,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society. “We are pleased to be working with our community partners in sharing authentic and meaningful STEAM-based educational experiences for our youth.”

“The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is thrilled to be part of this DPSCD partnership. Today’s learners are tomorrow’s leaders.  This robust cultural collaboration makes learning STEAM exciting and unforgettable.  We look forward to welcoming participants to the Wright Museum,” said LaNesha DeBardelaben, Senior Vice President of Education & Exhibitions, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

“We are excited to support this effort because it only strengthens our ability to be in the community and amplify the work we’ve been doing with parents and educators,” said Tara Hardy, DPTV’s Education Specialist. “We are committed to our mission of engaging children in learning through our programming and various initiatives such as Digital Adventure and the new Detroit PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel.”

Amy Corle, MOCAD’s Curator of Education and Public Engagement, says that “MOCAD’s newest exhibition, The Architectural Imagination, is filled with perfect examples of how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics intersect in the real world. We’re excited to show students and their families some of the wonderful possibilities that can happen when S.T.E.A.M skills and unlimited imagination are combined.”

“The Detroit Public Library will joyfully continue to support and encourage the Detroit Public Schools Community District families through fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M. events,” stated Atiim J. Funchess, Assistant Director for Marketing & Communications, The Detroit Public Library.

“The DPS Foundation is proud to support the district’s S.T.E.A.M.y Series of events,” said Pamela Moore, President and CEO of the DPS Foundation. It’s part of the mission of the Foundation to support S.T.E.A.M. in education and career pathways, and we have directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in supportive grants to initiatives that support Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math in our schools! We highly encourage industry and community partners to reach out to us to see how you, too, can make a difference by supporting our students through donations to the Foundation.”

Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art at Beckham Academy and Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy will be closed today due to no power

Cody will be closed Friday February 10th due to an issue with the boiler.

Congratulations Special Olympics Winners

The results are in! Congratulations to the DPSCD students who participated in the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games held in Traverse City over the weekend. Detroit not only earned ribbons and medals at the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games in Traverse City, the athletes (comprised mostly of DPSCD students) won a Spirit Award for representing our area well as good citizens. Students from across the district competed in the 200M, 100M, 50M, 25M and relay Snowshoeing Competitions. Overall, the DPSCD students took home 25 gold, 15 silver and six bronze medals!

Dianne Banks Williamson

* Dalkiyah Coleman

* Taurean Manning

* Felicia Mosley

* Devon Murry

* Terrance Newby

* Darnell Walker

* Carl Waller

* Demontez Wilbourn


* Jasmine Algers

* Anthony Banies

* Corey Fountain

* Jordan Glover

* Ricardo Gregory

* Marie Hurst

* Edwin Norris

* Tatyana Singleton

* Jason Thomas

* Frankie Wear

Fisher Magnet

* Marquan Allen

* Rickey Bryant

* Denzel Lawson

* Kevontae Meeks

* Shawkierra Mills

* Maurice Winston


* Jordan Day

* Kevin Washington

Jerry L. White

* Kali Bessant

* Mya Hill

* Shareal Hill

* Taeshawn Miller

* Javier Orozco

* Charlie Pasca

* Audre Payne


* Kelly Dorsette