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Cody MCH student defies odds, heading to college this fall

Congratulations to Cody Academy of Medicine & Community Health student Michael Brown! Michael was presented with The Detroit Rotary Club “Youth Citizen Service Awardee of the Year” award along with The Detroit Rotary Foundation Scholarship of $3,000. Michael has overcome many obstacles over the past few years including escaping an abusive home to live in a homeless shelter. Although the shelter was a temporary fix by Child Protective Services, he decided to stay to help and care for new residents. He assists others in the shelter by cooking, cleaning and helping children with homework. During weekends, holidays and school vacations, when most children are busy with their friends, Michael volunteers his time with Life Remodeled to remodel and redesign the

Renaissance Track and Field cross the finish line with record breaking numbers

Congratulations to our girls’ track and field champions at Renaissance High School! The team finished 14th overall out of 139 Division 1 teams. In addition, Renaissance girls were the only Detroit Public Sports League team to score in the State Championships. They put up impressive statistics to show their hard work all year long. The 4x400M relay team ran the team’s best time all year and the 4x100M relay team not only beat the Renaissance record but ranked as the 6th fastest relay time in Michigan history for girls! Way to go girls, you make DPSCD proud! 100M Dash 9th – Mizan Thomas 300M Hurdle 17th – Makylah Slappy 4x100M Relay Team 2nd place Imani Jackson Deshonda Johnson Paige Chapman Mizan Thomas 4x200M Junior

Communications and Media Arts High School recognized as a nationally ranked high school

Communication and Media Arts High School is recognized in the U.S. News’ Best High Schools National Rankings along with Cass Tech and Renaissance High Schools. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. CMA scored nearly 13 percent higher than the national average in English proficiency.  Read more about the methodology and calculations on how they were chosen as a top high school. Congratulations CMA, Cass and Renaissance staff and students on this remarkable accomplishment!

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Reorganization Complete for 2017-2018 School Year

As one of his first actions as the new superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, Dr. Nikolai Vitti completed the district’s first reorganization. The reorganization is designed to increase support for schools in order to improve student achievement. The process focused on several key priorities of the superintendent, including the shifting of more resources to schools from the district office; addressing the vacancy challenge; eliminating bureaucracy that slowed support to schools; revamping positions and personnel connected to curriculum and instruction and school improvement; and establishing a new team of district leaders with a track record of success in urban school districts. “We must create a new culture at the district that is committed to directly supporting schools, which means

Summer school reminder

Summer school begins for staff on Monday, June 26 Summer school begins for students on Tuesday, June 27 Students in K-8 buildings are in session from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. High schools are in session from 8 a.m – 3:30 p.m. Summer school runs through July 27 Breakfast and lunch will be served If you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, please call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377

Reminder of Special Board Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT SPECIAL BOARD MEETING (OPEN) Friday, June 23, 2017 5:00 P.M. Fisher Building 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711 (313) 873-7860 Official Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Education, 3011 W, Grand Blvd., 12th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202-2711, 313.873.7860. Please contact the Division of Operations at 313.873.6205 prior to the meeting if auxiliary aids or services are required for individuals with disabilities. If language assistance is required, please contact the Office of Bilingual Education at 313.873.4171.

DPSCD to host transition enrollment fair for charter school family and staff

DPSCD will host a charter school enrollment fair for families and staff members encountering a transition on Wednesday, June 28 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Michigan Science Center. DPSCD representatives will help families discover everything they need to know about the district’s offerings including tuition-free Montessori, a new examination high school and STEAM education. The Enrollment team will be on hand to enroll students to provide families information to plan for a successful fall term. Representatives from the Human Resources department will be available to answer questions, accept resumes and schedule tentative interviews with qualified candidates. The first 150 guests to RSVP will receive free admission to watch National Geographic’s 4D “Extreme Weather in the new Toyota Engineering

Cass Tech Principal nominated for national LifeChanger of the Year Award

Cass Tech Principal Lisa Phillips has been nominated for the 2017-2018 LifeChanger of the Year Award! Ms. Phillips, principal of Cass Tech since 2010, was nominated by her spouse. Under her seven years of leadership, Cass Tech earned over $47 million in student scholarships, secured a state-of-the-art recording studio and was named an International Baccalaureate School. In March, she earned statewide Michigan Principal of the Year award by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. Principal Phillips has also created a project for seniors who cannot afford college supplies for their dorms. Each students is “adopted” by a generous donor who provides them with what they need. Last year, she secured microwaves, sheets, towels and refrigerators for 185 seniors! She

Camp Burt Shurly Open House

Camp Burt Shurly is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for students and families to see what the camp is all about! You will have the opportunity to participate in activities like canoeing, rock climbing, archery, tours and visit the nature center. Visit for additional information on how to sign up today! To RVSP for the open house, email and to reserve a spot on the bus, call (313) 873-7490 or email

“All A” students awarded with shopping spree valued at $12,000

Office Depot rewarded 12 DPSCD students a $1,000 shopping spree for their academic achievement of earning all A’s their entire high school career. Each student received a $1,000 gift card to purchase school supplies in preparation for their freshman year of college. The students, who are all seniors, are recipients of the 2017 Office Depot/Office Max Scholarship program and are 2017 DPSCD Excellence Awards honorees. The students were acknowledged during a celebratory ceremony immediately before the in-store shopping spree. See below for a list of our All A achievers and their future college: Name High School University/College Kasem Almusaisi Western Schoolcraft Rumi Begum DIA Wayne State university Carlos Estrella Cass Tech University of Michigan Saika Islam DIA University of Michigan Aini-Alem