East English Village senior Lindrell Mitchell named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

East English Village senior Lindrell Mitchell had 187 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 56-20 season-opening nonleague victory last Thursday against Walled Lake Central and has been named the Detroit Public School League’s first Proud Strong Learner of the Week for 2015-16.

lindrell mitchell photoMitchell, a 5-11, 165-pound starting wide receiver and backup free safety, caught three passes for 114 yards, including an 84-yard TD. He also scored on a 17-yard run and returned a kickoff 56 yards for a TD.

“He’s a third-year starter, a fourth-year varsity player and a two-year team captain,’’ East English Village coach Rod Oden said. “He’s fearless catching passes across the middle of the field and he does a lot of the dirty work. He blocks very well. Even though he doesn’t receive much credit for it, a lot of our long runs come because of his blocks on second and third-level defensive backs.”

Oden said Mitchell’s ability to take advantage of limited pass-catching opportunities is a perfect complement to the Bulldogs’ run-oriented offense.

“We only threw the ball six times against Walled Lake Central and that can be frustrating for a good receiver, but he wants to see team success,” Oden said. “Because of our running game being the way it is, he’s had to make the most of his opportunities. He’s a top-notch receiver but he’s a guy who submits to the needs of the team.”

Mitchell is attracting interest from college recruiters. “He has a 3.7 (grade point average) and scored 21 on the ACT, so he’s already a (college scholarship) qualifier,’’ Oden said. “He’s not committed yet, but he has a couple of Division 2 offers and we’re currently waiting on some of the MAC (Mid-American Conference) schools to make decisions.”

Other nominees for the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week were Osborn junior running back Juan Thomas, who had 20 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns – along with 12 tackles and an interception defensively – in the Knights’ 44-6 nonleague victory against Windsor Lajeunesse; and Western International junior quarterback K’lari Sweeney, who completed eight of 14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns – and made 10 tackles at linebacker – in the Cowboys’ 28-0 victory against Central.

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



New DFD/DPS Academy to prepare Detroit students to be hired as firefighters and EMTs immediately upon graduation

Program opens new career path for Detroit students that didn’t exist before
First Firefighter class to start this fall; EMT training begins next year

This fall, a class of 30 Detroit High School students will become the first to be trained as Firefighters as part of a new collaboration between the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) and Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

Mayor Mike Duggan, DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley and Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins today announced a two-year pilot program that will train students as certified Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) by the time they graduate from high school.  Historically, when the Fire Department hires new firefighters and EMT’s, the majority of candidates tend to be young suburban high school graduates because their schools have offered this curriculum for years.

Mayor Duggan praised Commissioner Jenkins, EM Earley and Linked Learning for their leadership in creating this program to reverse that trend.

“For the first time, we are going to provide a clear path for young Detroiters who want to serve their community as fire fighters and EMTs to receive their training and become employable right out of high school,” said Mayor Duggan.  “It is our hope and expectation that these young men and women will become members of the Detroit Fire Department.”

The officials made the announcement at Cody High School’s Medicine and Community Health Academy on the city’s west side, where classes will be held for the program.  Practical training for the program will occur at the DFD Regional Training Facility, which is housed in the former Davis Aerospace High School near City Airport.  The specialized training program is available to DPS students across the city.

“Detroit Public Schools is committed to providing its 47,000 students with a quality education that will prepare them to be both college and career ready,” said DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. “Strengthening our career and technical education programs with innovative new partnerships like the one with the Detroit Fire Department, that set students up for future employment, is essential to meeting this goal. As a former city manager, I understand how important the work of fire fighters and EMTs is to the community. I am certain our students will seize the opportunity to earn their certifications and take a job in this noble profession.”

About the training

Thirty juniors and seniors from Cody MCH have been identified as eligible participants for the program’s inaugural class.  Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a recent physical examination providing medical clearance for participation.

In 2015-2016, the first year of the Program, only firefighter training will be provided.  Firefighter training includes medical first responder (MFR) training, which is now a requirement for new hires at DFD and will help prepare cadets for the full EMT training in the second year of the program.

“We always are looking for good men and women to serve the Detroit Fire Department,” said Commissioner Jenkins. “This new program will create a pipeline for us to be able to make sure young Detroiters have access to these opportunities.”

Students will attend classes three days per week at the Cody center, where they will receive their academic training.   Two days per week, they will receive practical training at the DFD Academy.  Students will be transported to the Training Facility from Cody by DPS

The program provides students with competency based firefighter and emergency medical technician training that also meets state career and technical education standards.

The curriculum is based on the Fire Fighter I and II and Emergency Medical Services curricula approved for professional fire and emergency medical services training by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and similar organizations, as well as the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Classroom instruction and hands-on training are provided by certified Fire Department instructors.

The program also will include college academic preparedness to make sure students are receiving a well-rounded education, which may include up to 40 college credits.

Michigan’s Largest Fleet of Propane Autogas Buses to Drive Detroit Public Schools’ Students

District’s transportation company rolls out school buses powered by emission-reducing, affordable alternative fuel 

Beginning this school year, many Detroit Public Schools students will ride to and from school in cleaner-operating buses fueled by propane autogas. The 35 alternative-fueled Blue Bird Vision Propane buses will lower costs while improving the environment by reducing Detroit’s carbon footprint.

This is the largest fleet of propane autogas school buses in the state of Michigan.

“The use of propane autogas school buses is a step in the right direction to significantly decrease vehicle emissions and improve the air quality for our students. This also provides opportunities for students and the community to observe and learn first-hand about alternative transportation technologies,” said James Minnick, executive director of DPS Office of Student Transportation. “This environmentally friendly green initiative has also resulted in having a bus fleet that is 30 percent brand new.”

ABC Student Transportation, Detroit Public Schools’ transportation provider, chose buses fueled by propane autogas because of the buses’ advanced technology, environmental benefits, and fuel and maintenance cost reductions, according to ABC Student Transportation president Charlie Grant.

“The adoption of propane autogas buses shows ABC Student Transportation’s commitment to implement buses powered by a fuel that is cleaner for Detroit’s students and the community, lowers operating costs, and is domestically produced,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird. “This is a great example of how the city of Detroit is being innovative in everything they do.”

The new Blue Bird buses are equipped with an efficient Ford 6.8L V10 engine powered by ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems. Historically, propane autogas costs about 50 percent less than diesel per gallon and reduces maintenance costs due to its clean-operating properties. Currently, ABC pays 74 cents per gallon for propane autogas compared with around $3.00 per gallon for diesel.

In addition to fuel cost savings, the 35 propane autogas bus fleet will emit 12,445 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxide and 111 less pounds of particulate matter each year compared with the diesel buses they are replacing. Propane autogas also reduces hydrocarbon emissions and virtually eliminates particulate matter, when compared with conventionally fueled school buses.

To fuel the buses, ABC installed a station with a 12,000-gallon propane tank near its facility on Westwood Street.

“Propane autogas powered school buses offer advanced fuel technology for school districts looking for more efficient operation while experiencing a positive return on investment,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech.
Propane autogas is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the nation and worldwide. Vehicles fueled by autogas comply with the same safety standards as their conventionally fueled counterparts.

“Together with Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH CleanTech, we are able to provide world class technology and comfort to our customers at Detroit Public Schools,” said Grant.

About Blue Bird Corporation: Blue Bird is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio.

About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across North America. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

About Detroit Public Schools: Detroit Public Schools offers Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded, engaging learning experience. Educational advantages include Individualized Learning Maps for all students, research-driven pre-kindergarten classes to prepare the District’s youngest learners, expanded fine and performing arts, music and sports programs at all grade levels, and 21 Community Schools offering extended services to support families. Ongoing advantages include Parent University at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers, enhanced safety initiatives, and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2015, DPS graduates earned $164 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more, visit detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.

Grand opening! PSL’s top football teams make dazzling 2015 debut

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

High school football — Detroit Public School League style — made a grand opening last weekend, highlighted by King and Cass Tech rising to the challenge as the Detroit News’ top two-ranked teams in the state.

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Capacity crowd at Wayne State University watched PSL behemoths King and Cass Tech win their Prep Kickoff Classic season-opening games to back up their lofty state ranking

King protected its No. 1 billing Saturday with a 12-10 victory against defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle in the 11th annual Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, while No. 2-ranked Cass Tech flexed its might in the PKC finale, impressing a capacity crowd with a 27-0 shutout victory against seventh-ranked Southfield.

East English Village, 10th in the News’ preseason rankings, also had a dominating debut, going on the road to soundly whip Walled Lake Central 56-20. And Renaissance added to the PSL’s powerful start with a 22-14 home victory against last year’s Division 4 state runners-up Lansing Sexton.

In other nonleague openers last weekend Pershing blanked Community 41-0, DCP-Northwestern beat Old Redford Academy 6-0, and Cody lost to Warren Mott 36-20 Thursday in the PSL Kickoff tripleheader at DCP-Northwestern High School; Osborn defeated visiting Windsor, Ontario Lajeunesse 44-6; host Denby beat league foe Douglass 36-0; Western shut out league opponent Central 28-0; Grosse Pointe South squeaked by visiting Mumford 7-0; Southeastern lost to Allen Academy 12-6; CMA lost to Cesar Chavez 38-6; and Ford lost to Consortium 22-20 in overtime.

The 2015 PSL title race heats up Friday with league openers at eight sites. All games begin at 4 p.m. and admission is $5.

Cass Tech, the two-time defending PSL champion, hosts Cody; East English Village visits Renaissance; Mumford is at Denby; King hosts Western; CMA is at Central; Southeastern is at Ford; DCP-Northwestern visits Osborn; and Pershing travels to Douglass.

The PSL football season will be contested in a newly realigned four-division setup – Division 1 East and West and Division 2 East and West — that was designed to create better competitive balance.

In Division 1 East, Cass Tech, King and East English Village all will play each other while Denby, David among the Goliaths, rounds out the division and hopes to succeed in the role of giant-killers.

Division 1 West, the league’s other power division, is comprised of Cody, Mumford, Renaissance and Western.

In Division 2, Central, Osborn, Pershing and Southeastern are the contenders in the East. CMA, DCP-Northwestern, Douglass and Ford are in the West.

Each team will play six league games to determine which eight teams make the PSL playoffs.

The Division 1 semifinals are Friday, Oct. 16 at DCP-Northwestern, matching the East second-place team against the West first-place team at 5 p.m., followed by the West second place team against the East first-place team at 7 p.m.

The Division 2 semifinals are Saturday, Oct. 17 at DCP-Northwestern, pitting the East first-place team against the West second-place team at 12 noon, followed by the East second-place team against the West first-place team at 2 p.m.

The league season reaches a climax Friday, Oct. 23 with the PSL Championship Game doubleheader at Ford Field. The Division 2 championship game is slated for 4 p.m. and precedes the marquee matchup, the PSL Division 1 championship game at 7 p.m.

The Detroit Children’s Museum invites the general public to Inventioneering: The Creation of Interesting Things

This is the last FREE summer family event and a rare opportunity for the general public

Students and families are invited to the last summer fun activity at the Detroit Children’s Museum. The theme Inventioneering: The Creation of Interesting Things will be carried out through fun learning activities and exploration of the museum. Families will also have the opportunity to enroll students in any DPS school. Participants will:

  • Explore activities in the Sound and Music Room, the PreK-3 grade exploration area and the main gallery.
  • Listen to stories about famous inventors.
  • Learn how inventions have impacted our lives.
  • Create and test inventions to take home.

The last summer family event, Inventioneering: The Creation of Interesting Things is Thursday, September 3, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m, at the Detroit Children’s Museum located on 6134 Second Ave.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cass Tech names two standout former players to coach boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Cass Tech High School has tapped two decorated alumni to fill its boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball head coaching positions.

Steve Hall, a former Detroit Public School League coaching veteran who won Class D state titles at Rogers in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and coached Northwestern to the 2008 PSL title, succeeds David Dixon as the Technicians’ boys’ varsity head coach. He will also be the school’s new athletic coordinator.

The new girls’ varsity head coach is LaTonya Tate, who formerly was a college assistant coach at Detroit Mercy, Illinois-Chicago and Eastern Michigan. She succeeds Marissa Thrower-Fisher.

Both Hall and Tate were standout players in high school and college.

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A consensus All-State player at Cass Tech, Hall was the state of Michigan’s top prep scorer with 30.7 points per game in 1988 and was named Detroit high school player of the year by both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

Hall, 44, began his collegiate playing career at the University of Washington in 1989 and was a two-year starter, earning Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman honorable mention. Hall also started two seasons after transferring to Virginia Tech, leading the Hokies in made three-pointers, three-point percentage and three-pointers in a game as a junior.

He averaged 26.7 points during a three-year professional career that included stops in Brazil, the Philippines, Australia and Switzerland.

A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in communications and marketing, Hall earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 1998.

As a high school head coach, Hall was named coach of the year by both the News and Free Press after guiding Northwestern to its first PSL title in 30 years. He was also named coach of the year by the News in 2002 and 2005 and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan coach of the year in 2003 and 2004. He has been an assistant coach at Youngstown State since 2012 and held the same position at Duquesne from 2008-2011.



Tate most recently was Eastern Michigan’s assistant/associate head coach from 2007-2012 after serving two stints as assistant coach at Detroit Mercy from 2004-2007 and from 1995-97. She was also an assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago from 1997-2001, a graduate assistant at Syracuse from 1995-1996 and a part-time assistant coach at Kansas State from 1994-1995.

As a player, Tate earned All-State honors at Cass Tech in 1988 after earning All-American honorable mention, an All-State Dream Team selection and finishing runner-up for the state’s Miss Basketball award as a junior.

Tate was a standout collegian at Iowa where she was team captain for the Hawkeyes in 1991-92 and played on three Big Ten Conference championship teams under then head coach Vivian Stringer. She also played in four NCAA postseason tournaments and completed her bachelor’s degree at Iowa in 1992.

DPS is headed back to school ready with initiatives, programs and resources for every student

School year begins with outpouring of support for students’ journey to success

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools is prepared to greet families and students on the first day of school with free backpacks, new programs and initiatives and a new network structure to support our school leaders that will jumpstart their journey to success on Tuesday, September 8.

Generous donors such as Ally Financial, ARaymond and the Office Depot Foundation have provided backpacks to schools across the district. In addition, the Kids in Need Foundation, in partnership with the Mike Morse Law Firm, are donating more than 22,000 supply-filled backpacks to all K-5 graders in the District during the first week of school.

“DPS’ leadership team, principals and teachers, along with a broad cross-section of key community partners have made extensive preparations over the summer that will support every DPS students’ success this school year,” said Darnell Earley, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager. “I am confident that these preparations, along with the critical restructuring work we have been doing that places a focus on pushing resources into our school buildings and closer to our students will make for a strong start to the school year.”

A central aspect of DPS’ restructuring, is its new network structure, which is designed to better support school leaders and assist them and their teams in improving student achievement. Each Network is comprised of a dedicated group of eight to nine members whose objective is to improve overall academic achievement by providing more coordinated coaching and development of school leaders and teachers in the schools and reducing the administrative burden. School leaders are also being empowered to make decisions based on the needs of their students.

As the district has stabilized enrollment through a renewed focus on customer service and year-round recruitment and retention efforts, the next step is implementing new programs and initiatives that have been designed/developed based on parent and student feedback.

New Initiatives, Resources and Programs: A DPS School for Every Child

  • New school honors program: Ludington Magnet Middle School is offering a new honors school within the existing school building for its 5-8th grade students. The program will engage students in project-based learning and a curriculum to ready them for Advanced Placement high school courses, college and eventually careers. Students who are interested must complete an application and interview and will be admitted based on grades, assessment scores and student’s “display of grit.”

To Apply: Parents should review application procedures and complete instructions located on Ludington’s site at detroitk12.org/schools/ludington.

  • Extension of K-8 and High School dual language immersion programs:

Neinas Elementary School in southwest Detroit has added a sixth grade—and is introducing a dual language immersion program. Newly named Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy, the program’s new focus will help the majority of native Spanish speakers learn how to speak, read and write fluently in English and Spanish. This program will increase the students’ levels of language proficiency and increase their cognitive abilities with creativity and problem solving, said Neinas Principal Natalia Russell.

Fun Fact:  Neinas Elementary School has educated students in grades pre-K-5 for almost 100 years.

The Academy of the Americas, which currently teaches pre-K-9 students, is adding a 10th grade to its high school program this fall. Principal Nicholas Brown said the objective is to develop bilingual, bi-literate students who will graduate with a college preparatory curriculum and total fluency in two languages, preparing them for the 21st century job market.

Looking Ahead:  The Academy of the Americas is planning to add an 11th and 12th grade in subsequent years.

  • Return of K-8 sports: Elementary-Middle school students can participate in a wide range of afterschool sports including flag football, basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, golf and archery. Students are taught not only how to participate and play but there is an emphasis on professionalism, honesty, integrity and teamwork. DPS Director of Elementary-Middle School Athletics Edward Tomlin said by playing in sports students are staying out of trouble and are likely to do better academically.

Fun Fact:  The Detroit Public School League for high school students has been around for 100 years. Visit the Office of Athletics for a full listing of offerings, schedules and highlights.

  • Extended STEM/STEAM programs: Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy added the new Blue Devil Scholars STEAM Program, a partnership with Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The program is designed to engage students in activities that foster knowledge about science, technology, engineering art and mathematics (STEAM) education for students starting in 6th grade and continue through high school and ultimately through college. Parents will be engaged in the programming to ensure their full support. Students who wish to apply should visit detroitk12.org/schools/sampson/.

Fun Fact: LTU is making a $3.5 million scholarship commitment to attract larger numbers of DPS students and prepare them for opportunities in STEAM fields.

  • Earn and Learn Parent University Initiative: Through the DPS Office of Parent and Community Engagement Parent University Program (Parent U), the district will offer paid parental employment and a better understanding of how to support student learning – “Parent Earn and Learn” — to lay a foundation for improved attendance and academic achievement. The program offers parents an opportunity to build their employment capability and capacity by attending classes which are grouped in four key areas of interest: Academics, Life Skills, Parenting and Professional Development. Engaging parents through Parent University will provide an opportunity to understand parental learning styles in the interest of employment and teaching them how to more effectively support their child’s education.

Did you know? DPS translates communications into the five most commonly spoken languages of DPS students: English, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian and Hmong.

Parents can take school tours, meet the staff and enroll students during Open Doors Day on Saturday, Aug. 29. Schools will be open district-wide from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parents are encouraged to prepare early by enrolling prior to the first day of school. For more information about all DPS Schools, parents are encouraged to visit detroitk12.org/enroll or call the enrollment hotline at (313) 240-4377.

PSL ready to open 2015 football season with star-studded cast of teams, players

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

The wait is almost over for Detroit Public School League football fans.

This weekend marks the opening of the 2015 high school football season and will offer PSL fans a full slate of non league games to choose from Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the league schedule begins next Friday (Sept. 4).

Kickoff Classic (2)All 16 PSL teams (in bold) are in action this weekend, beginning with the PSL Kickoff Classic tripleheader Thursday at DCP-Northwestern High — featuring Pershing against Community at 1 p.m., DCP-Northwestern against Old Redford Academy at 4 p.m., and Cody against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Also Thursday, CMA plays Cesar Chavez at Cody High, 11 a.m.; Douglass plays at Denby, 4 p.m.; Renaissance hosts Lansing Sexton, 7 p.m.East English Village plays Walled Lake Central at Walled Lake Western, 7 p.m.; and Mumford visits Grosse Pointe South, 7 p.m.

The games continue Friday with Southeastern against Allen Academy at Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium, 5 p.m.; Central against Western at Mumford High, 5 p.m.; Ford hosts Consortium, 7 p.m.; and, in what’s being billed as the first “Battle of the Border,” Osborn will host Windsor (Ontario) Lajeunesse, 7 p.m.

All eyes Saturday will be on the Detroit Sports Commission’s Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, starring the two highest-ranked teams in the state, both from the PSL.

At 2 p.m., No. 1-ranked King will play fourth-ranked Warren DeLaSalle, the defending Division 2 state champions, and at 5 p.m., No. 2-ranked Cass Tech plays seventh-ranked Southfield. Admission is $10 at the gate.

Rarely has there been a more star-studded cast of teams and players in one league than this year’s array of talent within the PSL.

In addition to tapping King and Cass Tech as the state’s top two teams, the Detroit News’ preseason rankings also have East English Village (10) in the state’s top 10, and ranks King senior wide receiver Donnie Corley as the state’s No. 1 player.

Corley heads up an impressive list of five PSL players ranked in the Detroit News’ top 10 players in the state – including Cass Tech senior lineman Michael Onwenu (3), Cass Tech junior wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (5), Cass Tech senior safety Demetric Vance (7) and King senior defensive back Lavert Hill (8).

The News ranks nine PSLers in the state’s top 20 – including King senior running back Martell Pettaway (12), King junior wide receiver-cornerback Ambry Thomas (17), Cass Tech junior cornerback Donovan Johnson (18) and Renaissance senior offensive tackle Alaric Jackson (20).

The News’ rankings includes 17 PSLers in the state’s top 50 – including East English Village senior defensive end-tight end Cedrick Lattimore (23), East English Village senior defensive end Chauncey Golston (24), Cass Tech junior cornerback Jaylen Kelly-Powell (31), Cass Tech senior linebacker Tim Walton (37), King senior defensive back Dontre Boyd (39), King senior wide receiver Armani Posey (44) and King senior defensive end Leon Page (46).

LTU and DPS launch comprehensive program to encourage students in STEAM 

Enhanced STEAM program gives students in grades 6-12 clear pathway to college  

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) have established an innovative partnership to enhance education in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for students at the Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy. The program is designed to continue through their high school and college careers.

Informational meetings will start in August and run through October. Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy currently has a limited number of openings in this program for students in grades 6-8. Families interested in enrolling should call (313) 240-4377.

Fifty middle school students will become the first Blue Devil Scholars at Sampson-Webber, and 50 additional students will join every year. These students will continue in the program through 12th grade. They will earn college credits and be eligible to attend LTU with scholarship support if they so choose.

Lawrence Tech is making a $3.5 million scholarship commitment to attract larger numbers of DPS students and prepare them for opportunities in STEAM fields.

More than a dozen LTU faculty members will be involved in this partnership with DPS, and the university together with DPS will provide additional resources and funding throughout the life of the project.

“This is an exciting new chapter in Lawrence Tech’s ongoing involvement in Detroit,” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said. “We want to encourage more students from Detroit to attend Lawrence Tech, and this program is designed to prepare them for success both at the college level and in their professional careers in STEAM-related fields.”

The Blue Devil Scholars program is designed to provide a systematic approach to enhance STEAM education for Sampson-Webber students starting in sixth grade and continuing through high school. In the future, the program will expand to grades 3-5, and eventually the process of preparing students for STEAM education will begin in kindergarten.

“Innovative partnerships such as the one created between DPS and LTU are key to the District creating an educational system that is academically competitive,” said Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. “As we move forward with the transformation of DPS, we will continue to seek out partnerships/programs that enhance our curriculum and provide our students with a clear pathway to success.”

The partnership will also have a professional development component for the teachers selected to participate in this program, including workshops on project-based learning (PBL) and active-collaborative learning (ACL).

Student preparedness will be assessed in middle school. Once the data is evaluated, modules with STEAM content will be created that can be embedded in existing middle school courses. Tutoring by Lawrence Tech students proficient in science and math will supplement the STEAM modules.

In addition to a strong academic component for each year along the way, the program will include extracurricular activities to support and enhance the educational process.

When the Blue Devil Scholars move to high school, they will choose one of five STEAM tracks – art, design, math/science, technology/management or engineering. The students will earn college credits in embedded and dual-enrollment courses taken at LTU and will graduate with a certificate for 12-15 credit hours that will be transferrable to Lawrence Tech.

The Blue Devil Scholars who choose to attend Lawrence Tech will receive scholarship support as long as academic performance standards are met.

The components of the program include:

  • Sampson-Webber students selected as Blue Devil Scholars will continue through 12th grade at DPS’s Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School with specific curricular and co-curricular activities that foster knowledge about STEAM subjects, STEAM careers and skill-based learning in STEAM areas;
  • Parents will be engaged in the programming from the beginning to ensure their full support;
  • Later in the program the Blue Devil Scholars will receive a personal computer and instruction on how to use it;
  • During their high school years, the Blue Devil Scholars will also participate in co-curricular experiences at LTU that will lay the groundwork for completing college successfully and then moving into a good-paying, STEAM-related career.

Lawrence Tech already has several programs to encourage high school students to pursue STEAM-related subjects. However, this is the first LTU program that takes a comprehensive approach and starts earlier in the educational process.

“We are confident that students who successfully complete the Blue Devil Scholars program will be well prepared to do well in challenging college courses as soon as they arrive on campus as freshmen,” Moudgil said. “Lawrence Tech is the perfect university for Detroit students to attend for STEAM-related education because we have specialized in those areas for so long.”

For more information about the Blue Devil Scholars program, go to www.ltu.edu/ltu/blue-devil-scholars.asp.



DPS to host a Pre-K Job Fair Friday, Aug. 14 to hire ZA Endorsed Teachers, Associate Teachers and Noon Hour Aides for 2015-16 school year

Detroit Public Schools is undergoing an unprecedented period of transformation that will position DPS as one of the high-quality Pre-K educational options for families city-wide. To help recruit talented educators even for our earliest of learners, DPS’ Foundation for Early Learners will host a Pre-K Job Fair on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Fleming Administration Building, 18501 Waltham, Detroit, 48205.

The Pre-K Job Fair is being held in preparation for Opening of Schools and aims to fill positions for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Interviews will be held on-site and conditional offers provided to qualified candidates. The teaching positions being recruited during this career fair will also build upon the District’s current talent acquisition pool.

All are welcome to attend the Fair and apply for open positions.

“At DPS, we embrace, support and provide high-quality early childhood education because we know a great foundation in early learning is the foundation for academic success,” said Wilma Taylor-Costen, Executive Director, DPS Foundation for Early Childhood.

Applications are being accepted for Pre-K positions in the following areas: ZA/ZS Endorsed Teachers, Associate Teachers and Noon Hour Aids.

“If you have a desire and willingness to work with young children we are waiting for you,” said Anita Totty, Director, Early Childhood Education. “As a member of our team you will help transform the lives of our youngest citizens. Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” We are only as successful as our team. Come, join our team.”

Applicants are asked to bring your resume, college transcripts, high school diploma, Driver’s License or State I.D., Social Security Card, CDA or Work Keys Certificate and all other supporting documentation.

Candidates interested in filling any teaching position must visit detroitk12.org/employment/ and complete an online application for the appropriate job posting. Applicants can also call the Foundation for Early Learners at 313-347-8850 for more details.

Pre-K Staff Recruitment Flyer – August 14, 2015