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 |

DPSCD Plans for Count Day Success with “Every School Day Counts” Campaign

DPSCD parents and guardians invited for free breakfast and lunch on Count Day

  • DPSCD students will have an opportunity to earn cool prizes by demonstrating their commitment to building good attendance habits. Students will receive “Every School Day Counts” wristbands they can use for special activities and rewards. Students, families and staff can use #DPSCDproud and #EverySchoolDayCounts to show how they are celebrating Count Day and Week.
  • Being in school every day, counts towards building a great future. High school students with perfect attendance and behavior October 4 – 18th can earn special field trips, including job shadowing opportunities or a red carpet showing of the Justice League on November 18th.
  • On Tuesday, October 3, DPSCD 6TH graders will participate in Quicken Loans “Day of Innovation” Students will interact with professionals in various science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) careers.
  • K-8 students will collect “Every School Day Counts” wristbands. Students who collect three could be headed to a special field trip in Metro Detroit! All students who come to school on each of the following days will receive the corresponding wristbands:
    • Wednesday, Oct. 4: “My Future Counts”
    • Thursday, Oct. 5: “Hard Work Pays Off”
    • Friday Oct. 6: “Born to Succeed”

Detroit Public Schools Community District is celebrating attendance everyday to ensure students are in class on Wednesday, October 4. The District is planning activities to make the day fun and engaging starting with free breakfast and lunch for all parents, a special lunch is planned by the Office of School Nutrition.

Count Day is significant because the district’s budget is based upon per-pupil funding. The first Wednesday in October marks the beginning of the State’s official count window to determine 90 percent of the school year state per-pupil allocation.

“Our priority is to have students in class on time every day. This week is critical, an accurate count ensures the district receives funding for every student who is enrolled and in attendance,” said Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti. “Our enrollment should exceed budgeted projections and we are hoping to report an increase for the first time in decades which is an indicator that we are headed in the right direction as we begin rebuilding our district.”

A districtwide campaign is underway to encourage perfect attendance every day with the theme, Every School Day Counts, through radio and TV commercials, social media, automated calls and special Count Day incentives. The District is making a concerted effort to reflect good attendance equals success.

To encourage student attendance and parent engagement, DPSCD is also implementing and expanding programs such as Teacher Home Visits, where teachers visit students and families at home to set goals and expectations for a successful school year.

In addition, schools are hosting engaging events and activities to highlight the importance of being in class on time every day. DPSCD parents and guardians are invited to enjoy free breakfast and a specially-prepared free lunch at their child’s school. The menu includes: breaded chicken, harvest blend salad, Michigan baked potato, fresh Michigan Honeycrisp apple, cornbread muffin, milk, and water.


School Count Day events include:

  • A special safety awareness program at Coleman A. Young Elementary-Middle. Students will receive free i.d. kits and a special visit by DPSCD Board of Education Vice-Chair Angelique Peterson-Mayberry and Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti.
  • Fisher Magnet Lower Academy is hosting an “I Count” photo booth for students.
  • Golightly CTC will host a formal breakfast experience prepared by culinary students for teachers and students.
  • Office of School Nutrition and Eastern Market are bringing a Michigan Fresh Smoothie Taste Test to Bethune Elementary-Middle School.
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women is planning a schoolwide science and math expo.

The business and civic communities are also supporting the District’s Count Day activities with special programs at select schools. For the eighth year, MGM Grand Detroit is sponsoring a School Count Day Takeover. This year, MGM Grand Detroit volunteers will visit Munger Elementary-Middle School for a day of educational activities, trivia games, arts and crafts and reading sessions. Students and staff will also enjoy a nutritious lunch prepared by MGM Grand Detroit chefs.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will host their “On the Table” event with City Year volunteers – a transformative discussion to find ways to create vibrant communities where all youth thrive. Seven schools will participate in these lunch time discussions.

Parents will need to have students enrolled at one of the District’s 115 schools prior to count day. For more information and a list of school’s please visit



Enroll. Attend. Succeed – Every School Day Counts!

All DPSCD parents and guardians are invited to enjoy free breakfast and a specially-prepared free lunch at their children’s school on Count Day, Wednesday, October 4. Also, many schools are hosting Count Day events and activities that highlight the importance of attendance. The importance of reporting Count Day and monitoring attendance throughout the week determines pupil funding.  Consistent school attendance improves graduation rates, increases achievement and gives our students the best chance at success in their adult life. Make the commitment and ensure all students are in school on-time and ready to learn every day. Check with your school for more information about Count Day activities and meal times.







Check out our Count Day 2017 student videos:


Count Day menu:

Whole grain Frosted Flakes
Cheez-it Crackers
Apple Juice
Fresh Pear
Mini Eggo Waffles (High School only)

Breaded Chicken
Harvest Blend Salad
Michigan Baked Potato
Michigan Honeycrisp Apple
Cornbread Muffin

All DPSCD Schools will resume our regular school schedule tomorrow Sept. 27th. Please ensure that students are in school and on time. Good attendance is critical to our students’ success.

The weather will be returning to normal seasonal temperatures starting tomorrow. We will resume our regular school schedule. Ensure that students’ are in school and on time. Good attendance is critical to our students success.