Sign up today! DPS takes its Parent University on the road to bring more classes to parents!

Registration begins today, January 26, 2015 for second semester of classes.

Detroit Public Schools is taking its nine-month-old Parent University on the road to bring even more classes to the district’s parents and guardians.

PU-on-the-GO-Feb-and-March-FINAL-(3)The new “Parent University on the Go” courses include Frozen-themed STEM activities for parents to do with their children, capitalizing on the popularity of the Disney hit movie, as well as Spelling Bee-themed literacy courses to improve students’ vocabulary, reading and writing. The coursework will allow parents and guardians to earn credits toward their “Parent Leader” certification.

All classes, which are free and open to any parent/guardian with a child in Detroit Public Schools, will be taught by educational experts in DPS.

Additional classes will be offered in the district’s eight parent resource centers, including courses on developing customer service skills, parenting with the experts, health and much more. A total of 54 free classes are being offered in February and March.

Registration is occurring now at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers for classes that begin February 9.

Parent University on the GO Flier

Parent University Registration Form

Parent University Semester 2 Flier

The DPS Parent University, which kicked off in Spring 2014, offers a semester of coursework for parents and guardians in four subject areas:

  • Track 1: Academic Success: Helping children succeed in school and in life
  • Track 2: Life Skills: Maximizing your potential
  • Track 3: Parenting: Effectively raising children
  • Track 4: Professional Development: Gaining skills to advance your career

To graduate with a “Parent Leader” certificate, participants must complete 10 classes over the course of the year.

New this winter, parents were able to take “Accelerated Courses” in which multiple courses were offered on select days. Participants had the opportunity to partake in interactive activities that engaged parents and children in learning together.

Parent University is one strand of DPS’ multi-faceted Parent and Community Engagement program, which is geared toward helping the district increase parent involvement. Programs include training camps that focus on parenting, fun and engaging workshops and much more.

Through a performance-driven partnership with Detroit Parent Network, DPS operates eight parent resource centers that are comfortable spaces for parents and guardians to meet. The centers, which are geographically placed across the city, provide training and resources to parents of DPS students, helping them to be more involved in their children’s education.

Providing parenting skills and increasing parent involvement are major elements of Detroit Public Schools’ five-year Strategic Plan. Through the Strategic Plan, the district launched the first phase of another nationally modeled program: Home-School Teacher Visitations. The visitations add to ongoing robust parenting programs throughout DPS, including workshops at Parent Resource Centers.

For more information, call (313) 240-4377.

PSL junior varsity basketball semis today (Jan. 26) and finals Thursday

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

The Detroit Public School League junior varsity basketball playoffs are set.

The boys’ semifinals are today (Monday, Jan. 26) at King High School, featuring Western (6-0) vs. Osborn (6-0) at 4 p.m. and Pershing (5-1) vs. Central (4-2) at 5:30 p.m.

Monday’s girls’ semifinal game is at East English Village, featuring King (6-0) vs. DCP-Northwestern (6-0) at 4 p.m. The other semifinalist is Cass Tech (5-1), which advances to the finals with a bye because Division II East didn’t produce a playoff qualifier.

The finals are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, at East English Village, with the 4 p.m. girls’ championship game to be followed by the boys’ title game at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the JV playoffs is $3.


School of the Week: Noble Elementary-Middle School

Home of the Noble Knights!

Stern, structured and straight to the point are just three ways to describe the culture at Noble Elementary-Middle School. Principal Angela Broaden believes it is never too early to instill professionalism in her young scholars.

Noble is a prekindergarten through eighth-grade school located in a beautiful and historic, yet modernized, building where all staff members are focused on providing not only a top-notch education, but also leading by example. Teachers aim to showcase the utmost professionalism to prepare their students for high school and beyond.

Broaden, a 20-year plus Detroit Public Schools veteran educator, became Noble’s leader just over three years ago. The tough-love principal, often referred to as a “master of reorganization and restructure,” brought along her successful strategies to help the school go from an enrollment number of 300 to now nearly 600 students.

“My teaching style is simply to leave all baggage at the door. Here at Noble, we do what we have to do to reach success and we are very confident in what we do,” Broaden explains.

Fifth-grader Taylor Sweeny proudly represents her school by being a Hospitality Leader. Hospitality Leaders are school ambassadors who showcase a high level of respect for teachers, exude positive behavior and maintain exceptional grades.

“My mom raised me to be just like her by getting good grades, respecting my teachers and having good behavior,” Sweeny proudly says.

Perrion Ridley, a fifth-grader and vocal music enthusiast, says that he loves how all of the teachers at Noble support the students and help each one of them understand, complete and advance throughout their coursework.

“Since my teachers respect me, I respect them in return,” Ridley says. “It is important to respect our teachers because they help and encourage us to do our best.”

Jason Posey, a third-grade homeroom teacher, explains to his students daily the importance of turning their homework in on time, coming to class prepared with pens, pencils, folders and/or everything else they need. He stresses these concepts because he knows when the students are in high school and then their adult careers, they are going to need this prepared mindset to succeed.

“I am a firm teacher and I enjoy teaching my students about responsibility,” explains Posey. “The students here at Noble are eager to learn, and we provide structure, responsibility and self-respect to prepare them for their futures.”

Posey also makes it a habit to dress and present himself professionally at all times in hopes that the students will subconsciously begin to pick up on his traits. Posey wants to show students how a professional male dresses and carries himself.

“I want my students to be able to act out what I am modeling for them in their futures,” Posey explains.

Aside from instilling students with the professionalism needed for their futures, he also incorporates technology into his daily lessons to engage students and allow them to become educated on topics they can relate to visually.

Stop, drop and read!

Instead of your typical bell to alert students that it is passing or dismissal time, Noble students enjoy fun catchy tunes that echo throughout the halls to inform them that it is time to read.

Noble is a second-year Success For All (SFA) school. SFA is a school-wide reading initiative designed to ensure success for all students in reading. The school also exposes its students to computer-based programs such as accelerated reading and math to enhance their skill development.

As a School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipient, classrooms are becoming populated with the latest technology, including interactive white boards and computers. With Noble being a data-driven school, teachers are provided with data trainings – also through the SIG grant – to ensure consistency of students’ learning success.

Science Teacher Dr. Barbara Wisniewski, also known as “Dr. Wiz,” brings to the Noble team an impressive doctorial background in education, evaluation and research. Dr. Wiz says her data-driven perspective enables her to help interpret and educate her team and more importantly her parents with the information needed to help the students succeed.

“We are firm, we are strict, but with a lot of love just like a parent. I tell my parents that I treat your child just like I treat my own,” Dr. Wiz says.

Also through the SIG grant, City Year has developed a strong presence at Noble. City Year volunteers are at the school regularly to aid the teaching staff in helping students stay on track to graduate. According to City Year, volunteers offer attendance monitoring and engagement, socio-emotional support, support in math and English, and assist with school-wide activities.

Principal Broaden credits the ongoing success of her school to her excellent staff members, who are continuously willing to tirelessly work together as a team.

“I am grateful to work with a wonderful group of people. Every day is different, every day is a challenge and the students keep you young and they keep you learning. As I teach my students, I continue to learn as well,” Dr. Wiz says.

State Rep. Gay-Dagnogo and DPS collaborate to host Legislators’ Tour

Detroit Public Schools, in collaboration with State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), hosted a Legislators’ Tour on Friday, Jan. 16. Co-hosts for the tour included: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights).

Titled “Revitalizing Their Dreams Education Unity Tour,” the event commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and aimed to foster bipartisan discussion around education policy as the bus made stops at multiple school buildings including:

  • Adult Education Center-West Campus
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
  • Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Bennett Elementary School
  • Davison Elementary-Middle School
  • Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science
  • Communication & Media Arts High School

The legislators also gained knowledge regarding several district initiatives such as the Safe Routes to School program, K-8 Sports League, the Office of School Nutrition, the DPS Foundation for Early Learners and more.

East English Village sophomore guard Gregory Elliott named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

East English Village sophomore Gregory Elliott is hard-work personified and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

“He has a 3.5 grade point average and he’s arguably the hardest-working guy on our team,’’ Bulldogs coach Juan Rickman said of his 6-2 guard, who’s averaging 16 points and seven rebounds this season.

“He’s very coachable and he’s the most improved player I have from last year. He’s like another coach on the floor. He played a lot as a freshman and the fact that he’s starting as a sophomore shows how much he means to our team.”Gregory Elliott

Elliott scored 19 and 20 points in back to back victories last weekend against nonleague opponent River Rouge and league foe Southeastern, helping the Bulldogs take a 9-2 overall record and 5-0 league record into its PSL showdown Friday against No. 1 state-ranked Western.

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.


King High senior center Malaysia McHenry named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

King High senior Malaysia McHenry continues to impress in her first season as a full-time starter and has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

“She has made amazing improvement from one year to the next,’’ Lady Crusaders’ coach William Winfield said of his 6-3 center.

DSC_0762“Last year, she was a starter off and on and she averaged about four points and four rebounds a game. She’s bumped up those averages considerably this year. Her improvement on the boards has really given us a big lift.”

The Lady Crusaders are unbeaten through 13 games, including an 8-0 league record in pursuit of a fourth consecutive PSL championship.

McHenry, in her fourth year on the varsity, had 10 points and 14 rebounds in a 63-41 victory against Renaissance last Friday and is averaging nine points, a team-high 13 rebounds and four blocks through the season.

McHenry had a 3.2 grade point average on her last report card and is attracting interest from UMass, among several other college programs.

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.



Davison “Techno Dragons” highlighted in 2015 State of the State address

Davison Elementary-Middle School “Techno Dragons” were spotlighted in the 2015 State of the State Speech by Gov. Rick Snyder.

According to the Governor’s fact sheet: teacher LaDora Young, a Detroit native, has always had a desire to work with students and especially in the field of technology. She has worked over 10 years in the field of technology and is proficient in numerous applications, operations and designs. She has worked in the Detroit Public Schools since 1998 and became a member of Davison Elementary-Middle School in 2008. Young facilitates learning in the Computer Labs at Davison and creatively improves student achievement through technology. She is the founder and creator of the Techno Dragons – students who are well educated in technology and operate, produce, design, repair and implement all of the components of technology in the school. The students have become excellent students academically, they have exceptional communication skills, they have excellent customer service skills and are mentors – all while infusing technology with academics.

There currently are 22 Davison Techno Dragons, ranging from grades fifth to eighth. Under the direction of two educational technicians the students not only handle all of the technology within the school but also have expertise in customer service. They service equipment and ensure that all are feeling good about that service once it is rendered.

Some of the services the Techno Dragons perform include:
First line of tech support/customer service for the school
Setup of equipment for school events and programs
Video-taping of all school events and programs
Post production of videos, CD’s and the school yearbook
Prepare flyers and programs for events using graphic design and typing proficiency skills
Repair and install tech equipment
Teach kindergarten and first grade tech classes

The students have outstanding academic achievement and their GPAs range from 2.8-4.0. They are becoming prepared for the world of technology. The students have learned to incorporate their knowledge gained in technology to improve their classroom performance, citizenship, and their interpersonal skills. Some of their career aspirations include: computer software engineer, technology expert, surgeon, business woman, doctor, engineer, nurse, photographer, game designer and technology engineer.

FREE DPS Family Saturdays are back at the Detroit Children’s Museum with an exciting new line-up of events

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Children’s Museum will kick off a new series of DPS Family Saturdays. 

DPS students ages 4-10 and their families are invited to attend a FREE event to explore the Detroit Children’s Museum.

A different theme will be held monthly at the museum, located at 6134 Second Avenue, starting with Family Game Day this Saturday.

DPS families will have the opportunity to explore the Gallery and learn about some of the Museum’s nearly 2 million historical artifacts, take in a Planetarium show, experiment in the Museum’s Sound and Music Room, participate in free drawings for prizes and much more.

All of these events and activities are free and available only to DPS families. Children must be chaperoned by an adult. Please call 313-873-8100 for additional information.

About the Detroit Children’s Museum: The Children’s Museum, currently open to the Title 1 children of Detroit Public Schools, was founded in 1917 and is the third oldest children’s museum in the country. The Museum possesses nearly 2 million artifacts, of which about 900,000 are available to be loaned to the educators of Title 1 students of Detroit Public Schools, which greatly enhances the learning experiences of Detroit Public Schools’ children. The Museum has an extensive doll collection including a 300-year-old doll, which was once owned by the Chene family of Chene Street and Chene Park fame and that first visited Detroit in 1703. The Detroit Children’s Museum’s artifact collection encompasses items from every corner of the world, including extraordinary items such as Anasazi pottery, an Egyptian Cat Mummy, and a twelve-foot Tiger Shark.

Inaugural District-Wide Spelling Bee & Multicultural World History Pacesetters Contest

The DPS Office of Literacy is hosting an inaugural District-Wide Spelling Bee! Download the Spelling Bee Flyer for full details and begin practicing now with your students.

Also, download details for the 2015 Multicultural World History Pacesetters Contest.

Cooke students present findings from Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum

Students at Cooke Elementary School visited the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on Wednesday, January 7. There were 120 students selected to attend the museum trip based on their grades (3.0 grade point average or higher), meeting or exceeding their normal score on the NWEA-MAP (Northwest Evaluation Association-Measures of Academic Progress) and students who were recognized for student of the month.

Additionally, students who attended the field trip put together a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate their findings. Najah Baker, Kaylin Scott and Brooklyn Porterfield had the opportunity to present their information to the staff at their weekly school staff meeting.