Category Archives: Great Things are Happening in DPS Newsletter

DPS Launches “I Love DPS” Hashtag for Open Doors Day Saturday, April 16

Schools to tout new programs, facility upgrades, guided tours and performances! DPS All Schools Open Doors Day is Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The “I love DPS” hashtag (#iloveDPS) will be used throughout the weekend on our social media outlets: Twitter @Detroitk12, Facebook and Instagram to encourage students, parents, staff and alumni to promote the positive news around the District’s 97 schools. During Open Doors Day, parents are asked to enroll students, participate in guided tours, and meet the principals, teachers and staff. Students and staff at Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science sounded off to encourage you to show your love. Several successful new programs on display will be those implemented as a result of

DPS continues to stabilize enrollment trends: Fall-to-Winter loss rates improve year-over-year data indicates the best improvement in four years

Winter Count recorded an increase in the number of students in elementary-middle schools –  with 44 additional students For the second time in the 2015-2016 school year, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) has exceeded projected enrollment targets. The District closed the gap this school year with a loss of approximately 505 students, which represents the smallest change in enrollment from fall to winter since the 2012-2013 school year. Since that time the average student loss for this time period has been 646 pupils. Further, the District recorded an actual increase of 44 students in the number of pupils in elementary-middle school grades in the winter count. Overall, 29 neighborhood elementary-middle schools recorded more students this semester than in the fall. Twice

2011 March 26 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

From the desk of Robert C. Bobb DPS is poised for transformation under Renaissance 2012 Plan Dear parents, guardians, and stakeholders, Recently, I announced that Detroit Public Schools is poised for radical and necessary change as we work to transform persistently-failing schools and address our $327 million deficit. To that end, my team and I have proposed the DPS Renaissance 2012 Plan, a transformative way to radically restructure academically-failing schools and significantly reduce operating costs by seeking proposals from local and national groups and charter school operators with proven track records for 45 of the district’s 141 schools. The plan aims to create a portfolio of outstanding schools to build upon DPS’ successful programs, including arts schools, college preparatory schools,

2011 March 7 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

Student achievement DPS reaches 62 percent graduation rate, the highest since state began new cohort methodology in 2007 Detroit Public Schools has reached a 62 percent graduation rate, the highest since state began new cohort methodology in 2007. The dropout rates for black males and females also fell over the past two years, to 23 percent for black males in 2010, down from nearly 33 percent in 2008; and to 14 percent for black females in 2010, down from 20 percent in 2008. “Thanks in part to aggressive academic improvements and school leadership restructuring, we are pleased that DPS has reached the highest graduation rate since the state launched a new cohort formula in 2007,” Emergency Financial Manager Robert C.

2011 February 21 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

Midwinter Break News Flash Parent Resource Centers are open for business with workshops during MidWinter Break Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Parent Network officials announced new plans for parent and family workshops to run throughout next week’s Midwinter Break at all district Parent Resource Centers. The district and DPN, which are committed to tracking and improving parental involvement through a performance-based contract, also unveiled data showing that the 10-month-old Parent Resource Centers have logged more than 10,000 visits! The workshops ongoing Midwinter break build upon parent academic kits distributed over the recent Christmas/New Year’s break to keep students engaged during periods when classes are not in session. Workshops are ongoing in the Centers whenever school is open. Workshops for Winter Break,

2011 February 7 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

From the desk of Robert Bobb: Twenty-three Detroit Public Schools featured in Excellent Schools Detroit’s Parent School Shopper Fairs Parents, Guardians and Community Leaders, It’s been an exciting month for us. As you’ll see in this newsletter, Great Things are Happening in DPS – from the opening of our new DPS Police Command Center and Headquarters, to demolition of the former Munger, to plans for a new boarding school, more community involvement thanks to our new Business Corps, and $75 million in savings from a new maintenance contract. But there’s so much more to see in our classrooms every day. And I would like to personally invite you to learn about the curriculum, extra-curricular offerings and secrets of success from 23

2011 January 7 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

From the desk of Robert Bobb: Parents, staff and community, With the beginning of the New Year, we are pleased to launch this new electronic newsletter to keep you informed about the Great Things Happening in Detroit Public Schools. We want this to be a place where you learn about exciting announcements, changes and important school news. In this first week of 2011 alone, we have a lot to tell you, such as information about our major infusion of technology including 35,000 netbooks for students and the launch of the DPS Volunteer Business Corps, a new program aimed at garnering support from the business community to improve academic achievement. Please share this with your friends and encourage them to sign