Category Archives: News and Press Releases

Students serve and prep meals for the community

While many students were preparing for Thanksgiving holiday, 45 ninth graders from Mumford High School spent the day before Thanksgiving Break giving back to their community. The students volunteered at Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs. Students were split into two groups: one group working in the kitchen to prepare and serve meals and the others worked in Cass Community Social Services’ Green Industries where students helped make mud mats out of illegally dumped tires. “This was a great learning experience for the students,” said teacher Faith Fells. “Many of them are already looking forward to their next opportunity to volunteer!”

Building Bridges at Brewer

Brewer Academy got inspired during their “Building Bridges, Building a Brighter Community” assembly last week. The men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity spoke to the students to inspire them to be the change they desire to see in their community. Phil Black, founder of the Manhood Project and awardee of the President Service Award by Barack Obama, spoke to the students about their role in life and the community. “This is their community. They need to understand the connection between their school, their community, and the future of Detroit,” said Principal Willie Wood. “These students have the power of change. They just need to realize it.”

Mackenzie students collect more than 1,000 canned goods

The PTA has encouraged students at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School that giving to the less fortunate is a major contribution to the community. Since mid-October, homerooms have been competing to collect the most can goods. The elementary and middle school class with the highest number of cans collected will receive a free pizza party and now, the results are in! Congratulations to the elementary class winner, Mrs. Evans’ 4th grade and the middle school class winner, Mr. Burton’s 7th grade class. Overall, there were over 1,000 cans collected. The PTA assembled holiday food baskets that will be given out to Mackenzie families this holiday season.

Winter sports schedules now posted

Winter is on its way, which means basketball, swim and other winter sports are in full swing. Visit to check out the Detroit Public School League schedules and head out to a game to cheer on our hardworking student-athletes.

Show off your attitude of gratitude

In celebration of the holiday season, educators at Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School are teaching and practicing gratitude in their classrooms. The Attitude of Gratitude Board encourages students to post three or more things that they are grateful for. Students and staff continue to add to the gratitude board every week. They have listed everything possible from family, life, school, clothes, pizza, and Anna and Elsa from Frozen. “The students are enjoying expressing the things they are thankful for,” said counselor Dieatra Jones. “We are encouraging them to continue to be grateful even after the Attitude of Gratitude Board is gone.”

Annual College Coach-Student Exchange to offer scholarships for athletes

The Detroit Public School League and The Detroit Alliance will host their annual College Coach – Student Exchange on December 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mumford High School for all DPSCD football players interested in attending college. College-bound students may be offered on the spot scholarships whether athletic, academic or social. Nearly 50 Michigan colleges will meet and interview with DPSCD senior football players. Each student must complete and return a signed permission slip after school administration approves the release from class on December 6.  All students should bring copies of their unofficial transcripts with test scores to share with college coaches. Instructions for students: Dress properly Bring a copy of the following (if applicable): ACT/SAT scores Unofficial

Learning from the leader

During an educational field trip, Ronald Brown Academy fifth graders had the opportunity to visit Quicken Loans Headquarters. The students learned about the opportunities offered in a career at Quicken. In addition to all the valuable learning that took place on the trip, Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of QL and owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, spoke with the students about career opportunities and gave them each a Cleveland Cavaliers hat “Field trips are just one of many ways teachers work tirelessly to provide our students with the highest quality educational experiences, both inside and outside the school building,” said Jessica Rollins, Teacher and Good News Ambassador for Ronald Brown Academy.

Construction trades students put their learning to work…literally

Randolph Career Technical Center construction trade students went to work at the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School building to repurpose the former building into a Community Innovation Center focused on education, entrepreneurship and community. Students learned how to install metal framing members and lay ceramic tile. They also had a chance to learn about aspects of project management with the help of Mr. Octavous Crosby from Barton Malow Construction Company. The students work was so impressive they were invited back to continue the rewarding work of building up the neighboring community.

Renaissance JROTC keeps the win streak alive

Congratulations to the Renaissance High School JROTC program who captured the City-Wide Championship for the 11th straight year. The JROTC students took first place in the Excellence Award for Annual Competitive Events and the Honors Award for Academic Events. The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps mission is to motivate young men and women to be better citizens by promoting citizenship, developing leadership skills and training to work as a team member. JROTC reflects many core values and priorities of the District! Visit to learn more about our program and how you can get involved.

Parents get engaged while enjoying breakfast with their students

Mark Twain School for Scholars hosted numerous gatherings since the first day of school to engage and inform the parents and community. The Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad events, both combined with a PTA meeting, welcomed parents and guardians into the school and classroom to hear the plans for a great school year. “These events allowed us to really engage our parents and get their feedback,” said Ms. Carroll, teacher guidance counselor at Mark Twain. “They bring positive memories for the students.”