It’s Makeover Week in Detroit Public Schools! Bates Academy to kick off the week unveiling $2.7 million interior makeover to parents and students Wednesday

Carver STEM Academy, Cody Academies Campus, and Durfee Elementary-Middle School to also host makeover events in conjunction with partners including Target Corp., The Heart of America Foundation, the Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance

Bates Academy parents, students and staff will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s $2.7 million interior makeover on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. to kick off Detroit Public Schools’ first-ever Makeover Week, which will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and culminate on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the statewide pupil Count Day.

Four schools total will celebrate makeovers including Carver STEM Academy unveiling a new Media Center donated by the Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance on Thursday, Sept. 25; Cody Academies Campus will host a dedication ceremony for its new $1 million football field on Friday, Sept. 26 in conjunction with the Life Remodeled transformation at the school, as well as tours of the new state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Lab, Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab, Academy of Public Leadership Lab and home economics room. The dedication of the new “Hope Field” at Cody will precede the first home game played on the field in six years.

Makeover Week will be capped off with a celebration at Durfee Elementary-Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the statewide pupil Count Day. Volunteers from Target and The Heart of America Foundation will unveil a newly renovated library, which features 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet and shelves, and a complete technology upgrade, including new iPads interactive White Boards and more.

Makeover Week Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. – Bates Academy, 19701 Wyoming: Bates received a $2.7 million makeover this summer to transform its interior learning environments, marking the beginning of a multi-phased and multiple-year renovation of the school. Parents, students and community members are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony as the improvements are unveiled. Upgrades include new heating/cooling units and ceiling replacements in all classrooms; bright new paint to stimulate a creative learning environment in all classrooms; full-scale upgrades of the lighting to replace the outdated incandescent and florescent lighting with modern and more energy-efficient lighting; bathroom upgrades; and a kitchen, servery and cafetorium makeover that includes new lighting, upgraded kitchen equipment, heating and cooling improvements and updated acoustics.

Thursday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. – Carver STEM Academy, 18701 Paul Street: The Detroit Pistons will unveil a new library at Carver as a part of the “Reading Room Makeover” contest presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. Pistons players Greg Monroe and Caron Butler, along with Pistons Legends Rick Mahorn and Earl Cureton will be on hand during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at Carver. The new Carver STEM Library, renovated by Pistons and Farm Bureau volunteers, has seen a six-week facelift with new paint, carpet, furniture and themed graphics including a basketball themed reading area.  Twenty schools from across the state of Michigan submitted applications including images of their school’s library to be considered in the selection process. Palace Sports & Entertainment and Farm Bureau Insurance representatives then narrowed the applicants, visited the finalist’s sites and selected Carver as the winner. Following the unveiling, students will have the opportunity to join Monroe and Butler on the court as part of a Pistons FIT clinic. The clinic will focus on promoting health and wellness through the game of basketball. The Detroit Pistons have renovated 30 facilities as part of the NBA’s Live, Learn and Play Program at schools, community centers, and hospitals in Michigan.  The Carver STEM Academy library will be the 31st facility renovated through the program.

Friday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. – Cody Academies Campus, 18445 Cathedral: Cody parents, students, staff and volunteers from Life Remodeled will hold a dedication ceremony to unveil the makeover of “Hope Field,” a new $1 million football field built through grant funding from the Skillman Foundation and other donations in conjunction with the Life Remodeled transformation at the school. Beginning at 3 p.m., students will give tours of the new state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Lab; Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab; Academy of Public Leadership Lab and home economics room. The field dedication and ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m – Durfee Elementary-Middle School, 2470 Collingwood: Durfee Elementary-Middle School staff, students, parents and volunteers from Target Corp. and The Heart of America Foundation will unveil a newly renovated library. Several hundred volunteer hours were invested in the redesign and construction of the library space, which features 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet and shelves, and a complete technology upgrade, including new iPads, interactive White Boards and more. By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target continues to foster a love of reading in students across the country.

Detroit Lions & TATA Technologies launch STEM programs in two Detroit Public Schools

A nonprofit org, technology company and sports team join forces to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Athletes for Charity, Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions have joined forces to expose Detroit Public School students to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), while also developing their skills in reading and writing.

“The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is on the rise while the availability of qualified applicants is on the decline because students are not pursuing degrees and careers within the sector,” said Alisa Harewood of Tata Technologies, a global engineering services company with North American headquarters located in Novi.

The program aims to improve learning outcomes and student interest in science, technology, engineering and math, while creating pathways to success in post-secondary education and 21st century careers.

View DPS STEM Programs & Offerings

Two schools have been selected for the inaugural launch of the STEM Youth Literacy Program: Clark Preparatory Academy and Dixon Educational Learning Academy. A Launch event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dixon, which is located at 8401 Trinity Street.  Detroit Lions Safety Don Carey, who is a founding member of the program and serves as a liaison to the team and his teammates, will be in attendance and joined by various teammates for the launch.

“Our goal is to invest time and resources into the development of creative and effective approaches to STEM education,” said Cathleen Laporte, founder and president of Athletes for Charity. “Our partnership with Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions represent an innovative way to fuse the nonprofit, corporate and sports sectors, to motivate students in the areas of STEM.”

The curriculum will include monthly book distributions by various Detroit Lions players, coordinated by Don Carey of the Lions, to deliver age-appropriate STEM-related titles to students. Introductions to STEM literature and careers will be a recurring theme throughout the 10-month long program. Tata Technologies staff and various Detroit Lions players will volunteer their time to serve as STEM Readers.

The titles to be distributed as part of the literacy component will include Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Learning series for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten grades; DK Eye Wonder’s Space, Human Body, Weather and Cars for 1st grade; Disney’s Wonderful World of Space, Earth, Dinosaurs, Nature, Animals, and Sharks for 2nd and 3rd grades; and the DK Pocket Genius series or Penguin Group’s Who Is…? or Who Was…? titles for 4th and 5th grades. The program will feature monthly vocabulary development and drawing contests for Pre-Kindergarten through 1st grades and essay contests for 2nd through 5th grades to help develop reading and comprehension skills.

Academic incentives will include tickets to Lions, Pistons and Tigers games; autographed items from sports professionals i.e. autographed footballs, basketballs and baseballs; photos; t-shirts; etc.; LEGO product to foster hands-on learning; and field trips to local educational institutions.

Additional supporters of the STEM Youth Literacy Program include The Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust and support from athletes such as Detroit native Anthony Adams, a retired nine-year NFL veteran who most recently played for the Chicago Bears. Adams currently serves a as a host of Inside the Bears.

About Detroit Public Schools STEM Programs
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students and Academic Blueprints for all parents. DPS emphasizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to strengthen its overall academic curriculum. All students in grades 6-12 have access to Netbook computers, and students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks. DPS also works with DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) at the secondary level (grades 6-12). DAPCEP operates middle school-level programs in over 20 DPS schools and provides workshops to help teachers and students prepare for the Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit held at Cobo Center. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.

About Athletes for Charity
Athletes for Charity is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a charitable initiative dedicated towards encouraging the giving of time, financial resources, and information to improve the collective lives of disadvantaged youth, advance the common good and support the nonprofit sectors that benefit the underprivileged, including foster care children.

Athletes for Charity achieves its mission by teaming up with professional athletes, sports leagues and teams, various sports professionals, foster care agencies and related organizations, the corporate sector, as well as volunteers and mentors, to empower and support the development of disadvantaged youth.   Athletes for Charity’s work range from the development and coordination of youth mentoring programs; youth literacy initiatives; STEM education programs; assisting with the establishment of athlete foundations and charitable projects; the planning and implementation of camps and clinics for youth that encompass an educational component; holiday toy drives for underprivileged children; coordination of athlete appearances; and planning special events which include youth and athlete participation i.e. “Bowl with an Athlete,” “Back to School / Sports Day,” and “Principal for a Day” events.

For more information about Athletes for Charity, visit

About The Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League’s fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $7.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991.For more information about the Detroit Lions, visit

About Tata Technologies
Tata Technologies is a leading provider of engineering and product development IT services for the global manufacturing industry.The company applies cutting-edge technology and engineering know-how to provide a competitive advantage to customers in the manufacturing sector. Tata Technologies is a strategic partner for developing complete vehicles, engineering subsystems and components, managing the NPI process and collaborative engineering engagements, and tying together information created and used throughout the extended manufacturing enterprise. Corporate headquarters are in Singapore, with regional headquarters offices in the United States (Novi, Michigan), India (Pune) and the UK (Coventry). Founded in 1989, the company has a combined global work force of more than 7,200 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information about Tata Technologies visit

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School of the Week: Bates Academy

Bates Academy 8th grader Amanath Khandaker is pondering the options of what career he wants to pursue when he grows up. Possibly a computer software engineer. Or a photographer. Or maybe a published author.

It would not be surprising if he pursued all three….and succeeded.

Khandaker, who carries a 4.0 and is involved in Academic Games, the school journalism program, yearbook, computer courses and more, is the epitome of what Dr. Cleo Moody, principal of Bates Academy in Northwest Detroit, considers to be a well-rounded student and a future leader.

“We’ve had a history of attracting the best and brightest students of the city,” Dr. Moody said. “We’ve had former students who are doctors, lawyers and educators. It just goes on and on. Often when I’m out, I meet people who are former students of Bates Academy, and they have wonderful careers.”

Bates, a gifted and talented program that requires an application, testing and letters of recommendation for admission, is considered to be the city’s premier elementary-middle school.

The school’s history of excellent academics spans more than three decades when school district leaders, including former Superintendent Arthur Jefferson, had the opportunity to visit gifted and talented programs across the nation. They determined that Detroit and its students needed and deserved a program for gifted and talented students.

Initially starting out as a program that shared a building, the demand for Bates’ stellar curriculum soon necessitated a separate, dedicated building. Having moved several times, the school has been located in Northwest Detroit on Wyoming, nestled among picturesque shade trees and a sprawling lawn, for seven years.

No matter the location, or in some cases the struggles with building conditions, the school has churned out thousands upon thousands of bright scholars over its 30-plus-year history, as well as amassed countless awards.

Bates Academy has been honored as DPS’ top Pre-K-8 school in the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) top-to-bottom ranking; one of the top 10 schools in the City by Excellent Schools Detroit; as an “A” school by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; an MDE Rewards School; a “Beating the Odds” school and much more.

Student artists have competed locally, statewide and nationally and had their art displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The school’s orchestra is renowned and has received numerous awards. Students often matriculate to the city’s top application high schools, such as Renaissance and Cass Tech, or attend premier private schools.

Educating the Whole Child

“The philosophy of education at Bates Academy is to encourage leadership and excellent academics for students,” Moody said. “We believe a well-rounded experience provides a true education for students. It’s very traditional yet it encourages electives, sports and academics. We also encourage time management with our students so that they are well-rounded.”

That means providing a wide array of elective courses, in addition to the traditional curriculum, and many sports and activities, including Music, Art, Foreign Language Club and a long list of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities. Students can participate in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), Robotics, Science Clubs, Chess, Math Competition and more. The school has two computer labs, SMARTBoards in many classrooms and a renovated library, sponsored by Target Corp. and the Heart of America Foundation, that is lined with banks of computers. Bates also offers many sports, such as girls and boys basketball, volleyball, football and soccer.

Moody and Bates students say the drive to excel among Bates students comes from within them, but is cultivated by strong parent involvement and excellent, caring teachers.

“High parental involvement is a requirement,” Moody said.

And the teachers consider it their mission to cultivate the varied levels of giftedness that lie within each child.

“The teachers are all really good. They push you, teaching you in different ways,” said 8th grader Mckinzie Bundy, another 4.0 student who is interested in forensics and relished taking the school’s Dissection Studies course where she recently had the opportunity to “virtually” dissect a fetal pig.

She also participates in Academic Games, led by math teacher Christopher Holstein, who has been at Bates for 33 years.

Holstein said the formula of success at Bates is very dependent on not only the strong academics, but the extra-curricular activities like Academic Games.

“If you have some extras and fun things for the students, I think they work harder in the other subjects,” he said. ”All kids can strive, but you have to make them love trying to learn.”

Something you didn’t know: Bates Academy recently received a $2.7 million renovation that includes new heating/cooling units and ceiling replacements in all classrooms; bright new paint to stimulate a creative learning environment in all classrooms; full-scale upgrades of the lighting to replace the outdated incandescent and florescent lighting with modern and more energy-efficient lighting; bathroom upgrades;  and a kitchen, servery and cafetorium makeover that includes new lighting, upgraded kitchen equipment, heating and cooling improvements and updated acoustics.

Thousands of DPS pre-kindergarten students head to class for the first day of school Sept. 22

Approximately 3,000 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students head to school for the first time on September 22, 2014 as part of DPS’ commitment to expand free high-quality pre-kindergarten. Schools have planned special events to welcome families.

About DPS Early Childhood

Detroit Public Schools’ pre-kindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education Early Childhood Standards of Quality. To ensure fidelity to the standards, the early childhood programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative approach. The building principal, central staff and program supervisors monitor teaching and learning through the pre-kindergarten classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, student assessments Child Observation Record (COR), and through a formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA).

The district will offer free pre-kindergarten in 189 Great Start Readiness and Title I pre-kindergarten classrooms, including four of the top 10 ranked preschool programs in the city that were newly rated this week by Excellent Schools Detroit. DPS’ Pre-K classrooms include new programs at Chrysler Elementary and Nichols Elementary, where a satellite Pre-K classroom will be held at nearby Moses Field. Both Chrysler, ranked as one of the top ten elementary schools in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit, and Nichols have never before offered parents an early childhood education option.

The district also recently announced it will partner with two non-profit agencies, Development Centers, Inc. and Southwest Counseling Solutions, Inc., to offer 16 additional early childhood classrooms for ages 0-5. Pre-kindergarten classrooms will be leased to the agencies at Beard, Earhart, Durfee, Gompers and Mark Twain. In total, DPS will house 205 Pre-K classrooms across the district, which is an increase in early childhood programming.

Parents interested in finding out more about DPS’ early childhood education program offerings should call DPS’ Foundation for Early Learners at (313) 347-8923.  To see all sites, go to

DPS’ Top Pre-K programs ranked in the Top 10 by Excellent Schools Detroit include:

Harms Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)

Cooke Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)

Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art at Beckham Academy Pre-K (Silver medal)

Burton International School Pre-K (Silver medal)


Bronze medal rankings:

Beard Early Learning Pre-K

Carver STEM Academy Pre-K

Dixon Learning Community Pre-K

Emerson Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Fisher Magnet Lower Academy Pre-K

Gardner Elementary Pre-K

Neinas Elementary Pre-K

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy Pre-K

Thirkell Elementary Pre-K


On the path to medal-level quality rankings:

Bates Academy Pre-K

Bow Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Carleton Elementary Pre-K

Charles Wright Pre-K

J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Pre-K

Gompers Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Marquette Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Schulze Elementary-Middle School Pre-K

Thurgood Marshall Elementary Pre-K


New 21st Century Workforce Development Centers offer dual enrollment, adult education courses & CTE training

Relevant to Current Market. One-Stop Shop. Open Access.

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Detroit Public Schools is proud to announce the opening of four new 21st Century Workforce Development Centers. The programs offered at each center aim to accelerate the pipeline of trained and certified workers to obtain jobs and increase the employment rate across the region.

Download the 21st Century Workforce Development Brochure

Through a partnership with Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), the centers will offer dual enrollment programs for high school students to earn college credits, and adult education courses open to all Detroit and Suburban residents and students of all ability levels, including Special Education, Accelerated Track and Dual Track.

OPEN NOW! 21st Century Workforce Development Center Locations:

  • A. Philip Randolph Campus: Conveniently located at 17101 Hubbell between W. McNichols and W. Outer Drive in Northwest Detroit.313.494.7100
  • Breithaupt Campus: Conveniently located at 9300 Hubbell at W. Chicago. 313.866.9550
  • Golightly Campus: Serving the east side at 900 Dickerson at Jefferson. 313.822.8820
  • Crockett CTC at Ben Carson Campus: Conveniently located at 571 Mack Ave. in Midtown. 313.494.1805

For 9th – 12th grade students, full-day and half-day schedules are available to complete all course work in academic core and technical education programs at the same time. Students will complete general education course work at their current high school and workforce development course work at one of the four center locations.

Enrollment is also open for Adult Education and High School GED completion. Adult Education students without a GED will be able to take GED preparation courses. Once they earn their GED, they will be able to take college credit Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Adult Education graduates also have the option to take college credit CTE courses. WCCCD staff members are on hand at each site to assist with completing FAFSA application.

21st Century Workforce Development Center Advantages:

  • Dual enrollment option to earn college credit through Wayne County Community College District
  • Supplemental and Wrap-Around Services
  • College and Corporate Partners
  • College Suites
  • Full Service Assessment Center for GED Testing and Career and Technical Education Certifications
  • Full Service Counseling and Advising Center
  • Learning Centers for Math and Reading
  • Early College Programs
  • Coming Soon! Satellite College Programs

Renaissance setter Arielle Sears named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

For the second year in a row, Renaissance High’s Arielle Sears was named MVP of the Detroit Public School League Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Renaissance High’s Arielle Sears

That distinction has also earned the Lady Phoenix’s 5-7 senior setter the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week award, for the second consecutive year, after she finished with 25 aces, 51 assists, seven blocks and nine kills in leading her team to a repeat tourney championship.

“The setter is just like the quarterback to a football team or the point guard in basketball,” Renaissance coach Louis Mitchell said. “She runs the show for us and she’s the leader. We’re only going to go as far as she can take us.”

Sears has been the glue in guiding Renaissance to a 13-0 overall record this season, including a 5-0 record en route to the PSL invitational title.The Lady Phoenix are aiming to reclaim the league championship after losing to Cass Tech the last four years in the PSL finals.

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 football standout Tyriq Thompson named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Tyriq Thompson was a one-man wrecking crew last Friday in King High’s 61-20 victory against DCP-Northwestern.

As a result, the Crusaders’ 6-2, 225-pound senior has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week for the second time in as many seasons.

On offense, Thompson carried the ball 18 times for 205 yards including touchdown runs of 75 and 25 yards. Defensively, he had a team-leading 12 tackles and returned an intercepted pass for a 35-yard TD.

“He had an all-around great game,’’ King coach Dale Harvel. “This is his senior year and he has really stepped up his game. He’s not a ‘hollerer’ and he’s not that vocal. The thing about him is he leads by example and the other kids follow his lead.”

King High’s Tyriq Thompson

Thompson is one of the state’s top-ranked recruits and has verbally committed to continue his education and playing career at Michigan State University. He’s also one of the top students in his senior class. Boasting a 4.0 grade point average, he’s eager to get on to the next chapter.

“He’s on track to graduate in January and he wants to begin his college experience early,” Harvel said. “He plans to be in college next spring.”

Both of Thompson’s parents attended King High and his father, Clarence Thompson, had an All-Big Ten career as a defensive back for the University of Michigan.

That made it surprising to some when Thompson chose the Spartans over the Wolverines.

“The Michigan people were pulling at him and coming to a decision was a relief,” Harvel said. “He really likes the Michigan State situation. Now that he’s committed, he can just play football.”

A linebacker who also plays fullback and tight end, Thompson transferred to King last year after beginning his high school career in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He has added about 15 pounds of muscle since his junior year and returned as one of the key players in King’s bid to win the PSL championship after losing to Cass Tech in last year’s title game.

“He came to us last year as a safety, but he got into the weight room and now he’s a linebacker,” Harvel said. “He has natural instincts for the football and has the ability to play in space.  A lot of players can play in a box, but they get lost in space. Tyriq can cover the tight end and wide receivers in the open field.

“Michigan State really likes his speed and cover skills. They see him as a hybrid linebacker. He should be very successful at that.”

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.

Fall K-8 sports programs kick off Sept. 22 to build healthy bodies & minds for district’s youngest learners

Includes NEW city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit PAL

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools’ K-8 Sports League will kick off September 22 with six athletic programs for the fall season aimed at building healthy bodies for the district’s youngest learners and developing self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.

DPS’ Fall sports lineup includes the new city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). The range of K-8 Fall sports include: Girls Basketball (grades 7-8); Co-Ed Basketball (grades 3-4); Co-Ed Soccer (grades K-5); Flag Football (grades K-2); Boys Tackle Football (grades 6-8) and Co-Ed Golf (grades K-5).

Registration for each sport is now open and has been extended until Thursday, September 25. Parents must verify that the sports program of their interest is offered at their child’s school. Registration forms must also be completed at the child’s school.

Duggan announced the new citywide elementary school soccer league in partnership with Detroit PAL on September 4. “Goal Detroit” soccer will take place every Saturday until the Fall. It includes 700 students from 44 different teams including more than 20 DPS teams. Opening day is Saturday, Sept. 27 and the season will run through November 1. Weekly games will be played at Coleman Young Park, Farewell Park, Patton Park and Milan Park.

The K-8 Youth Sports League was launched in 2013 as part of the district’s new five-year Strategic Plan, which added programs such as more arts and music and youth sports at the elementary-middle school level. Roughly 2,500 students participated in last year’s K-8 athletic programs.

Edward Tomlin, Director of Elementary-Middle School Athletics for DPS hopes to double that number this year.

“The No.1 reason that students play sports is to have fun, but there are so many other benefits that students and parents sometimes don’t realize,” Tomlin said. “We would like to increase our participation numbers because we know that students who play sports are healthier and more active in school in all subject areas. Participating in sports at an early age also helps students to learn life lessons such as the importance of teamwork, leadership skills, persistence, drive and overall self-esteem building.”

The start date for Girls Middle School Basketball (30 teams district-wide), K-5 Soccer (20 teams district-wide) and Co-Ed Basketball (20 teams district-wide) is September 27. Middle School Tackle Football (seven teams district-wide) and K-2 Flag Football will begin the week of September 22.

Golf is a district-wide program that will provide an introduction to the sport and individual instruction at the K-5 level through a Fall Golf Clinic with Hollywood Golf Institute. Registration is now open at each school and will also extend through Thursday, September 25. The start date for the program will be announced in late September.

Open Enrollment is ongoing across ALL Detroit Public Schools. Parents interested in registering their students for the new K-8 Sports League programs who are not currently enrolled in DPS should enroll today!

For more details, visit or call (313) 240-4DPS (4377).

Cody at King game of the week to help clear logjam at top of PSL football standings

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

A share of first place will be on the line Saturday at high noon when Cody challenges King in the Detroit Public School League Football Game of the Week at King High School.

DSC_0502Six teams enter week four of the regular season tied for the PSL lead with 2-0 league records.  Three of the leaders – defending champion Cass Tech, King and Western – are unbeaten with 3-0 overall records. East English Village, Mumford and Cody are 2-1 overall.

The logjam at the top will start to clear up with Saturday’s Cody-King showdown at 12 noon.

All other PSL teams play Friday at 4 p.m., including Douglass (0-2 league, 0-3 overall) at Cass Tech; Denby (1-1, 2-1) vs. Western at East English Village High School;  Central (0-2, 1-2) at Ford (1-1, 1-2); East English Village at Pershing (1-1, 2-1); CMA (0-2, 0-3) at Renaissance (1-1, 1-2); Mumford at DCP-Northwestern (0-2, 0-2); and Osborn (0-2, 0-3) at Southeastern (0-2, 0-3).

The Cody at King contest is the second of five PSL Games of the Week this season, unique in that the league can showcase its brand of football exclusively as the only high school game in town on a Saturday.

In the season’s first PSL Game of the Week last week, visiting Mumford held on to defeat Denby 14-8. In other games last week, visiting Pershing came from behind to beat Osborn 20-14 in overtime; host East English Village trounced Renaissance 47-0; Cass Tech shut out visiting Southeastern 48-0; visiting Cody walloped Central 40-6; host Ford routed CMA 34-6; King overwhelmed host DCP-Northwestern 61-20; and Western beat Douglass 14-6.

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