Category Archives: News and Press Releases

Cass Technical High School will dismiss early today at Noon due to a building problem.

Join us for Family Saturday at the Children’s Museum

DPSCD presents Family Heritage Celebration, a Family Saturday event exclusively for DPSCD students and families on Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Detroit Children’s Museum! Students and families will explore the gallery of more than 7,000 historical artifacts, engage in planetarium shows, create a Transformers Silverbolt stick puppet, learn through imaginative play and join other families for an old school soul train showdown! Did you know that the Detroit Children’s Museum, which is only open to DPSCD families, is the third oldest children’s museum in the country? Learn more about the museum here. 

Save the date for the DPSCD Summer Festival

Gather your friends and family to visit Drew Farm on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) summer festival to encourage health and wellness. The event will feature a tour on the grounds of Drew Farm, cooking demos, recycling lessons, yoga, dance, bicycle repairs and an opportunity for attendees to weed and/or harvest the farm and keep their harvested crops at no charge. “This is another opportunity to open our doors to students, families and the community to experience the farm from a different perspective and support our DPSCD work training students who are growing the Drew Farm produce and leading the workshops at this

Summer Farm Stands now open in your neighborhood

The Summer Farms Stands are open for the summer! DPSCD’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) opened eight farmer’s markets on July 5. According to OSN’s interim executive director, Sidney Vinson, “The primary objective is to engage the community by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPSCD staff and students on DPSCD grounds and providing complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts, and programming opportunities) to encourage healthy eating at school and students’ households.” All produce grown at Drew Farm follows DPSCD organic growing practices (i.e. no pesticides). Water and the soil has been tested and cleared for safe growing. All produce sold will be labeled as unwashed in accordance with

DPSCD 2017 graduating seniors earned more than $170 million in scholarships and grants

Congratulations to the senior class of 2017! They earned $170,074,027 in scholarships and grants throughout the 2016-2017 school year, nearly $6 million higher than that earned for the 2015-2016 school year. The increase in offered scholarships and grants reflects the hard work and dedication of DPSCD students and teachers; We also want to acknowledge the support of college support staff, counselors and parents who all play an integral part in our students’ success. “The Office of Guidance and Counseling appreciates the financial knowledge base and tools the school counselors and college transition advisors provide,” says Dr. Barbara K. Smith, Director of the Office of Guidance and Counseling. “Their support and persistence ensures college is affordable for our students. 2016-2017 set a record-breaking year for

2017 high school graduate accepts firefighter position with Detroit Fire Department

Cortez Wilform, a 2017 graduate from the Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody, started his firefighting career with the Detroit Fire Department on July 10. Cody MCH offers a college prep curriculum and co-educational environment to prepare Cortez and other students alike for careers after high school. The two-year pilot program in collaboration with DFD launched in the fall of the 2015-2016 school year in hopes to train students as certified firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Cortez earned his certificate this spring and began putting his education to use just weeks after graduating high school. Congratulations and good luck, Cortez!

Western International is closed today due to a building issue

Dr. Vitti and Mayor Duggan announce 16 DPSCD schools to serve as rec centers

 16 DPSCD schools to become Summer Fun Centers, expand City’s Rec Center locations from 11 to 27 Five-week pilot could become long term strategy for filling void left by mass closure of City Rec centers more than a decade ago Families can view an interactive map of Rec Center locations, registration is required Starting next week, Detroit children ages 6 to 17 will have more than twice the current number of recreation center options across the city offering a range of free activities, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Mayor Mike Duggan, members of the Detroit City Council, and DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti today announced that from

DPSCD Student interns gain valuable experience with farm stands this summer

DPSCD SUMMER FARM STANDS We are pleased to announce after reviewing over 60 applications and interviewing 25 outstanding DPSCD students, we are thrilled to congratulate the following DPSCD high school students who will be participating in our Farm to School Youth Employment Program this summer! Students will be trained in urban agriculture, garden maintenance, and entrepreneurial farm stand management. Their training sites will be Drew Farm (located at Drew Transition Center), DPSCD’s 70+ school gardens, Mackenzie Farm, Catherine Ferguson (Chaney) farm site, and our DPSCD farm stand sites (schedule attached- including Eastern Market!). Thanks to our partnership with Drew Transition Center, these high school students will also be working collaboratively on a regular basis with our district’s exceptional students with

DPSCD 2016-2017 Year in review

The DPSCD 2016-2017 school year is concluding and as we progress through summer school and prepare for the new school year, let’s look at a small sampling of our students’ accomplishments. These accomplishments are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, principals, staff and parents. DPSCD offers a variety of programs and opportunities for all students. Check out our website, social media sites and visit a school for more information. For more information please call (313) 240-4377.