5,000 Role Models of Excellence – Join Today

Detroit Public Schools Community District announced the launch of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project for minority males in grades 6 through 12. This project is designed to develop a leadership pipeline for young men utilizing school-based and community mentors and role models through various methods of support including themed weekly meetings, a monthly speaker series, community service projects and college access support.The Detroit Board of Education members voted 7-0 to launch the 5000 Role Models Project to create and develop a pipeline of leadership from within the walls of the District’s schools. This project is a proven mentoring program that prepares young men for success, generated by role models in our schools who are supported by male mentors in the community. On Monday, October 30, 2017, representatives from DPSCD visited Miami, Florida to meet with staff from the 5000 Role Models Project department. The program was established in Miami 25 years ago by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and is currently operating in two additional counties in Florida. This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the project.

National, state and district data indicates the need for strategic support for males of color. While African-American and Hispanic males make up 50% of the students enrolled in the District, data trends indicate they perform lower than their counterparts in each academic indicator. Detroit has the overall challenge of the highest rate of poverty among the nation’s largest cities; the strategic plan to identify male role models is paramount to the success of our students.

The initial implementation of the 5000 Role Models Project will begin with 6th graders and continue through 12th grade. Middle school students will have the option to continue participation in the project if they transition to a participating high school.

The six participating pilot schools will identify 50 students annually and identify a role model to work with students. The 300 students identified will participate in various academic and behavioral supports as well as cultural and educational experiences. Students will serve as ambassadors for the program and the school district throughout the City of Detroit.

Based on formal and informal school data, the following schools have been selected as the 2018-2019 cohort:

High Schools

  • Central
  • Southeastern
  • Pershing


  • Durfee
  • Mackenzie
  • Law



Launch program and identify role models for each  school January 2018
Select school based site coach February 2018
Provide initial training for site coaches February 2018
Select school based role models March  2018
Provide initial training for role models March 2018
Conduct pinning ceremony for student participants April 2018
Conduct first service project May 2018
5000 Role Models Logo

Become a Role Model
For additional information, contact Dwight Jones at dwight.jones@detroitk12.org

Join us for a DPSCD School Board Community Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first quarterly DPSCD School Board Community Meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, February 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus located at 1001 W. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48226 – Frank Hayden Community Room 236.

For questions or to request special arrangements, please contact DPSCD School Board Secretary, Karen Morgan, at Karen.morgan@detroitk12.org or (313) 873-7860.

DPSCD School Board Community Meeting – February 2018


DPSCD to host hiring fair for K-8 teachers

WHAT:  The Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a K-8 Teacher Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Brenda Scott Academy. The District is seeking qualified educators with certifications in K-8 education to help make DPSCD the best urban public school district in the nation.

On-the-spot conditional offers may be provided to qualified candidates. Candidates who are interested in employment are encouraged to visit detroitk12.org/employment and complete an online application. This event is for new applicants only. Teachers already employed by the district do not need to attend.


WHEN:            February 27, 2018

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


WHERE:           Brenda Scott Academy

18440 Hoover

Detroit, MI 48205


DPSCD Expands Robotics Programming

Additional 400 students receive access and opportunity to STEM


DETROIT – February 16, 2018 – More Detroit Public Schools Community District students and schools will be involved with inquiry-based and hands-on learning through the District’s expanded robotics club initiative funded by the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Grant offered by the Michigan Department of Education. The $112,000 grant will help to pay for hands-on robotics kits and after school coaches to expand the District’s robotics clubs.

This year the program has grown to 53 clubs, compared to 17 last year. This affords more students the opportunity to apply and acquire science and math skills to construct robots while developing additional skills such as: critical thinking, creativity, design, and problem solving with peers in groups. These skills will prepare students to compete in local and national competitions while also preparing them for the economy’s top jobs.

“Our vision is to prepare our students to be competitors in a global economy and having them participate in robotics programs accomplishes that goal,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.  “Our ultimate goal is to offer this type of programming to every student districtwide. This commitment excites our parents and the business community which is yearning for future employees with STEM skills.”

Currently 39 DPSCD schools are home to robotics and/or LEGO League teams for the 2017-18 competition year. Students are preparing to compete at the Michigan Engineering Zone and the

Detroit will host the 2018 FIRST Robotics World Championships from April 25 – 28, 2018 at Cobo Center.

The District is preparing to send 53 teams to the competitions, consisting of up to eight students per team. DPSCD is home to the award winning all-female robotics team at Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Cass Tech and Southeastern.


  • FIRST LEGO League, Jr. (FLL, Jr.) – 1st– 3rd grades
    • For students ages 6-10 years.
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) – 4th – 5th grades
    • Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – 6th – 8th grades
    • FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – 9th – 12th grades
    • FIRST Robotics Competition is the combination of excitement for sport with the rigors of science and technology. Guided by Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.

Students receive Scholastic Gold Key for art portfolios

Congratulations to our Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners, who have the opportunity to have their art displayed nationally and earn scholarships! Asia Bonney from Cass Technical High School and Indiana Jones from Bates Academy received regional Gold Keys for their portfolios, the highest award before advancing to the national round in New York City. Scholarships of $10,000 are presented to 16 Gold Key portfolio students across the nation. Nine additional DPSCD students received Gold or Silver Keys for individual work. See the full list below.

Regional Gold Key work is under review for national recognition for the New York City showcase and will be announced on March 13. Congratulations and good luck to our talented students!


Bates Academy:

Teacher: Illya Tolbert

Indiana Jones: Gold Portfolio, Film-Animation


Cass Technical High School:

Teachers: Natalie Barmore, Mindy Mitchell, Carole Morisseau

Asia Bonney: Gold Portfolio, “A Season of Growth”

Kaleigh Blevins: Silver, Photography

Kaleigh Blevins: Silver. Painting

Asia Bonney Gold Fashion

Asia Bonney Gold Fashion

Asia BonneySilver Fashion
Asia Bonney Silver. Fashion
Deven Johnson. Gold Painting
Adan Llamas-Ruvalcaba Gold Key Photography
Adan Llamas-Ruvalcaba Silver Key. Photography
Lenny Popa De Los Santos Honorable Mention Mixed Media

Frida Sandoval Gold Key Fashion


Ludington Magnet Middle School:

Teacher: Beverly

Xavier Satchel: Silver Key, Mixed media


Renaissance High School

Detroit Teacher: Odette Duke

Isabel Thompson. Honorable Mention Mixed Media

Jordan Williams. Gold Key. Photography

Jordan Williams. Honorable Mention. Photography

Jordyn Williams. Honorable Mention. Drawing


Western International High School

Detroit Teachers:  Naima Singh

Dayana Juarez  Silver Key Painting

DPSCD students to compete in Wayne County Spelling Bee

This year marks nine decades of the National Spelling Bee! Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic competitions. There are approximately 70 students participating in the 2018 WXYZ- Scripps Wayne County Spelling Bee. We are thrilled that 42 of those students are from DPSCD! The winning student will represent Wayne County at the National Bee near Washington D.C. Come (quietly) and cheer on our bright students!

WHEN: Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Charles H. Wright Museum

Students go for the gold at the 2018 Winter Games

Students have been practicing for the last couple months and were ready to give it their all for Special Olympics 2018 State Winter Games January 30 through February 2 near Traverse City. During the competition, athletes showcased the skills they’ve learned from months of intense training. DPSCD participated in Cross-Country Skiing (250M, 500M) and snowshoeing (25M, 50M, 100M, 200M and 400M).

Special Olympics programs in DPSCD provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for over 2,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes build physical fitness, develop self-confidence, and prepare for participation in society.

Congratulations to our Olympic all-stars!

Diann Banks Williamson

  • 5 Gold
  • 6 Silver
  • 3 Bronze


  • Mazell Bassett
  • Dalkiyia Coleman
  • Jaymen Jones
  • Felicia Mosley
  • Terrence Newby
  • Jamarey Rhodes
  • Darnell Walker
  • Carl Waller

Coaches and Chaperones:

  • Troy Gdowski
  • Jerica Lawhead
  • Monica James


  • 2 Gold
  • 3 Silver
  • 2 Bronze


  • Jacob Arnold
  • Olivia Crawford
  • Tiara Dancy
  • Gerald Fuller
  • Jakayla Thompson
  • Kevin Washington

Coaches and Chaperones:

  • Dianne Chapple
  • Ann Kays


  • 1 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 1 Bronze


  • Makial Jennings
  • Angelo Stubblefield


  • Eti Umana


  • 4 Gold
  • 2 Silver
  • 4 Bronze


  • Rickey Bryant
  • Kavontae Meeks
  • Shawkierra Mills
  • Tanaya Mullen
  • Deangelo Smith
  • Maurice Winston


  • Talisha Hurks
  • LaRhonda McCan


  • 1 Gold
  • 2 Silver
  • 4 Bronze


  • Christofer Bailon
  • Rosalinda Garcia
  • Carmelo Lopez-Varo
  • Justino Saucedo
  • Louis Sanchez-Ortiz


  • Lidia DeLaTorre

Jerry L White

  • 8 Gold
  • 5 Silver
  • 3 Bronze


  • Javier Orozco
  • Taeshawn Miller
  • James Brown
  • Orlando Mobley
  • Jalen Wilson
  • Tiara Brace
  • Shareal Hill
  • Paris Johnson

Coaches and Chaperones: 

  • Maciej Litkowiek
  • Christopher Trice
  • Deanna Cowans

Area Directors:

  • Karla Jackson
  • Sarah Jardine

Winter Enrichment Packets available to promote learning over Mid-Winter Break

Through our partnerships with the Detroit Public Library and myON, students will have the opportunity to engage in reading enrichment activities during mid-winter break. myON is sponsoring a winter reading contest for DPSCD students in grades K-8.  The top reader in each of the following categories will receive a tablet:

  • Overall time spent reading
  • Overall time spent reading without audio
  • Overall time spent read at the student’s Lexile level

To support this contest, the Detroit Public Library will allow students to access myON at all library branches.  Students will need to bring their username and password with them to the library.

The Detroit Public Library will be hosting many different programs throughout the city.

Winter Enrichment Packets are also available on the district’s website.  The Detroit Public Library will have copies of these packets available at each branch for students.

K-3 students districtwide can keep the momentum going through mid-winter break with i-Ready by accessing their personalized learning pathways at home. They just need a computer, internet access, and Adobe® Flash Player. Teachers will supply students with their clever username and password.

Thank you for supporting student learning over mid-winter break and encouraging our students to love reading!


Golightly Education Center to dismiss immediately due to no heat

Jerry L. White is closed today due to no heat.

Due to the winter storm watch and pending high snowfall forecast, all schools and district offices will be closed on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, 2018. Examination schools testing sessions scheduled for Feb. 10, 2018 will be rescheduled for March 3, 2018.  Testing times will remain the same, however, an update on the testing location will be provided within the week. Please call our Help Desk at 313-576-0100 with any questions.

Due to the winter storm watch and pending high snowfall forecast, all schools and district offices will be closed on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, 2018. Examination schools testing sessions scheduled for Feb. 10, 2018 will be rescheduled for March 3, 2018.  Testing times will remain the same, however, an update on the testing location will be provided within the week. Please call our Help Desk at 313-576-0100 with any questions.