Category Archives: News and Press Releases

Social studies and technology play role in mystery Skype session

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy’s students went around the globe during a mystery Skype session to fuse their knowledge of the world and technology. Social studies teacher, Mr. Estes, technology coordinator, Ms. Davis, and ELA teacher, Ms. Terry, worked together to provide their sixth grade class with a memorable experience. Ms. Davis set up a mystery Skype meeting where the students would have to use their language and social studies skills to guess where the other class lived. The sixth graders prepared questions to assist in guessing the location. “We researched some questions to see if our country matched their descriptions,” says student Shyla Jenkins. “We found that they also celebrate Christmas but they call soccer ‘football’. But overall, we knew

Reading levels soar at Mackenzie

With the new Michigan early literacy law taking effect, students at Mackenzie Elementary School are advancing in a major way. Michigan Reading Corp is tutoring students in grades K-3 students, the goal is to help students read at or above grade level. Students receive 20 minutes of one-on-one targeted tutoring every day. Za’Miya Anderson, a first grade student, has surpassed the fluency target since beginning the program in September and nearing the second grade target. “Za’Miya has displayed major improvements by reading Imagine IT! Decodable books with the class and at home with her parents,” says Zenicker Kinney, first grade teacher. “Mackenzie students have exceeded the winter reading target limits already!”

Application period now open for Detroit College Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation will accept applications for the Detroit College Promise beginning Friday, November 17. This scholarship provides a one-time financial scholarship for DPSCD high school students planning to attend a Michigan college or university. Visit dpsfdn.org to apply today! Requirements and deadlines: Students must attend a school within the Detroit Public Schools Community District for grades 9-12 Earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher Must submit online the listed requirements by the following deadlines: February 9, 2018: ID and transcript April 20, 2018: A) Scholarship acceptance and Authorization to Release Records form B) Student Aid Report (SAR) after completion of FAFSA C) College/university acceptance letter *Note: Steps 2 and 3 are the next steps ONLY for

The science behind salmon in the classroom

For the third year, Munger Elementary-Middle School welcomed the delivery of 140 salmon eggs. The Salmon in the Classroom program, led by Michigan DNR, gives students the opportunity to watch the salmon cycle unfold over a seven-month timeframe. Students are responsible for keeping data on water quality, development of the salmon and maintaining the tank. In May 2018, students will release the salmon into the Clinton River. “This educational program not only shows students the importance of raising healthy fish, but maintaining the water quality of our Great Lakes,” says Ellen Hoyer, science teacher at Munger.

The Parade Company brings winning student’s design to life during 26th annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

New Float, “The Snowing Mountains,” Inspired by Detroit 7 th Grader to Debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van DETROIT – (November 15, 2017) – The Parade Company and Skillman Foundation today announced the winner of the 26 th Annual Skillman Foundation’s Float Design Contest for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Seventh grade student, Yuliana Ortiz, from Clippert Academy, was joined by her family, teachers and school administrators today as she saw her winning design, “The Snowing Mountains,” transform into a larger-than-life float. The float, which features a snow-covered house on a hill, kids ice skating, snowmen and trees, will be led by Ortiz and her family during America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The

Get informed and engaged at Autism Family Night

DPSCD and Centria Autism Services will host Autism Family Night on Friday, November 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Durfee Elementary-Middle School. The free event is open to DPSCD families who have a child with autism or are looking for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents, children, siblings and friends are welcome to enjoy a sensory-friendly Santa, bounce house, face painting, Thanksgiving arts and crafts, obstacle courses and more. Parents can get engaged during an informational talk with Deborah Washington, DPSCD ASD Supervisor and pediatrician Dr. Steve Merahn. Autism Family Night Flyer Questions? Contact Sarah Jardine at (313) 656-8065 or Matt Blouin at (248) 342-2092

It’s never too early for a Thanksgiving meal!

Start your weekend off with a Thanksgiving buffet prepared by our DPSCD culinary students at Breithaupt and Golightly Career and Technical Centers this Friday. Buffets are open to the public and reservations are encouraged by calling each school. Stop by your closest location on your lunch hour and see how CTC classes are preparing our students for the future. Breithaupt Buffet: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $15 General, $12 Seniors, $6 Children 4-10 Reserve your spot by calling (313) 866-9550 9300 Hubbell St., Detroit 48228 Golightly Buffet: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $17 General Reserve your spot by calling (313) 822-8820 900 Dickerson at East Jefferson, Detroit 48215

Welding and roofing and plumbing, oh my!

National Apprenticeship Week, celebrated November 13-19, is a national celebration to offer education, business and labor partners a chance to display their support for apprenticeship. Randolph Career and Technical Center will host the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Expo from 4 – 7 p.m. for those interested in starting a career in the skilled-trade field. Hands-on exhibits include carpentry, electrical, HVAC, welding, plumbing and more. Parents, students and the community can learn about skilled trade requirements, apprenticeship training programs, Detroit-area projects in need and employment resources. Contact Renee at (248) 515-1941 with any questions or concerns. National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Flyer  

Christmas video contest to offer $500 prize to creative students

Now is the time for our students to show their festive creativity! The Better Business Bureau invites all DPSCD students to participate in the 12 Scams of Christmas Video Contest by singing or acting out the 12 Scams of Christmas shown in the photo. One winner from each division (grades K-5 and 6-12) will be awarded a $500 cash prize. Videos will be posted to BBB’s Facebook page no later than December 11 and public voting will being immediately through December 15 at 12 p.m. The video with the most “likes” will be deemed the winner. Students may work together as a team for the video and split the grand prize which will be awarded no later than December 19

Teacher hiring continues with two fairs this month

DPSCD will continue its Teacher Recruitment Fairs this month to seek qualified educators in all subjects, with a critical need in elementary/middle, mathematics, science and special education. The fairs will take place on November 16 and November 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Ben Carson High School. As usual, interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at detroitk12.org/employment prior to the fair.