Category Archives: News and Press Releases

Mumford students take the stand at mock trial

Over the past three months, two Mumford Academy civics classes have been exploring the intricacies and inequalities of the American justice system through a semester-long mock trial exercise, culminating in a final trial held in the “Million Dollar Courtroom” and moderated by the renowned Judge Denise Hood.  Along the way, the students have worked with prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and police officers to explore the system from the inside out to get a complete and authentic view of how our justice system works.

Green Apple Day of Service Mini Grants Awarded to 15 Detroit Public School Community District Schools

Green Apple Day of Service is an international movement of students, teachers, volunteers and community partners that transform our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments, recognizing the important role that schools play in educating the next generation of global leaders. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Go Green Challenge are excited to announce the following projects that have been awarded a $200 Green Apple Day of Service Mini Grant for the spring of 2018. The grant funding will be delivered through Donors Choose, an online fundraising platform that will allow for the purchase of materials for Green Apple Day of Service Projects. For further information, please contact Anna

Join us for a DPSCD School Board Community Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first quarterly DPSCD School Board Community Meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, February 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus located at 1001 W. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48226 – Frank Hayden Community Room 236. For questions or to request special arrangements, please contact DPSCD School Board Secretary, Karen Morgan, at or (313) 873-7860. DPSCD School Board Community Meeting – February 2018  

CTE students cook up a legacy buffet for Black History Month

Spread the word about the Breithaupt and Golightly Career and Technical Center Legacy and Heritage buffets on Thursday, February 15. Parents and the community are invited and encouraged to support the CTE students as they showcase their culinary expertise, customer service and communications skills. Buffets are open to the public and reservations are encouraged by calling each school. Visit for the full list of CTC buffets. Golightly Buffet:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $17 General Reserve your spot by calling (313) 822-8820 900 Dickerson at E. Jefferson, Detroit 48215 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

DPSCD to offer child supervision during board meetings

DPSCD will begin to offer our parents and families with supervised children activities during regular board meetings starting this month. This service, offered by the department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), will be limited to children ages 4 – 14 and will require parents to check in with the information below. Registration All children must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before they can be permitted into the children activities area. Children activities are limited to school age children K-8th grade. Parent(s) and/or legal guardians must remain on the premises of the DPSCD activity being offered at all times. Services will be available 15 minutes before and after stated activities to support parent’s timely engagement. Check In Complete 1-page Registration Form Sign

DPSCD celebrates World Read Aloud Day

Detroit Public Schools Community District will celebrate World Read Aloud Day On Thursday, February 1, 2018 to promote literacy by hosting several activities and events throughout the District. World Read Aloud Day hopes to strengthen kids and communities by emphasizing the importance of storytelling to challenge illiteracy worldwide.   WHEN: Thursday, February 1, 2018   WHERE: Vernor Elementary-Middle School 13726 Pembroke Ave. Detroit, 48235 Fifth grade LitClub members will visit each class to read and act out the book “I Like Myself” to promote confidence and self-love. Each student, with the assistance of a LitClub member, will then draw or write what they like about themselves. The artwork will be turned into a confidence book for each classroom to remind

African American Booklist to be released Thursday

Visit any Detroit Public Library location in February for a copy of the 2018 African American Booklist, “Knowing and Teaching: African American Children’s Literature.” Use this guide to educate your students and children on Black History Month and how they can make a difference in their community. DPL children’s librarians have provided their top ten picks of picture and chapter books. The library will also host African American history programs throughout February for any age including story writing workshops, read-aloud sessions, essay contests, and more. Visit for the full calendar of events!

Renaissance band racks up scholarships

The Renaissance High School Band is going strong this year earning more than $2 million in college scholarships and grants. The band is comprised of almost 200 students who have earned 40 full scholarships to attend colleges and universities tuition-free! The talented band and orchestras have performed in Michigan, Canada, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Way to go, Renaissance! “It has been a wonderful school year so far,” says band director Ronald Malabed. “We anticipate the scholarships to keep rolling in as students continue to audition for universities. I am very proud of these students.”

ICYMI: Athletic programs on the rise for Detroit k-8 students

DPSCD was featured in Michigan Chronicle’s “Best of Young Detroit” with the rise of k-8 athletics. The increase of extracurricular activities plays a role in developing the whole child, a priority within the Blueprint 2020 strategic plan. Read the full article below! DPSCD Jamboree in Nov. 24 Best of Young Detroit

Join us in the celebration of World Read Aloud Day

Since 2012, Detroit has joined people all over the world to advocate for literacy for everyone. Join DPSCD and LitWorld as we celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) 2018 on Thursday, February 1. Help spread the word that literacy is a human right. This year, Detroit LitClub members will lead this celebration by creating reading crowns and reading aloud to younger students in their buildings. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Corduroy will visit several Detroit LitClub schools. Below is a link to LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day page where you can register and download activity suggestions for this important event: