Category Archives: News and Press Releases

Robots in the real world

The students at Cooke STEM Academy are learning to work together to build and program robots! The Cooke robotics team, consisting of students in grades 3-6, uses the Lego Mindstorm kit and iPad coding program to assemble and program the machines under the direction of a community volunteer and Bosch engineer. Students are developing critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering skills as they build, manipulate and troubleshoot their team robots. “They also have discussions and video lessons about real world usage of robotics such as Amazon’s packing and shipping process and how robots can impact productivity,” said Karlyn Singleton GNA for Cooke STEM. “The team is excited about their first year entry in the DPSCD sponsored robotics competitions.”

DPS Foundation Cycle II Grants announced

During its Cycle II competitive grants process this fall, DPSF awarded over $70,000 to support programs and services throughout the district, servicing over 1,800 students at eight schools. Programs will focus on mentoring for high school boys, cultural exchange programming between high schools, STEM programming for middle school students, career readiness programming at three high schools, and providing 500 DPSCD special needs students with the ability to participate in the Young Athletes Program with Special Olympics. The Foundation is proud to have been able to fund every application that was submitted from DPSCD this funding cycle, and looks forward to seeing the outcomes of these incredible programs, and the impact they will have on our students.

Due to the severe winter storm, all DPSCD campuses and central office locations will be closed Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Due to the severe winter storm, all DPSCD campuses and central office locations will be closed Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Celebrating diversity on Harvest Day

Every year for Harvest Day, Priest celebrates its students and their cultural diversity by having a Harvest Day Parade. During the parade, students, families and the community were invited to share their excitement and celebrate the culture. Students chose to celebrate Harvest by dressing in costumes and others paraded around the school to showcase their differences. The community of Priest, enjoyed learning about diversity and celebrating the various cultures.

Get creative at the Detroit Public Library

Do you know a middle school student interested in art? Share this news, The Detroit Public Library – Redford Branch will host free art classes every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The workshops, hosted by College for Creative Studies, will help students prepare their personal art portfolio and encourage them to apply to Detroit’s quality high school art programs. For more information, call the Redford Branch at 313-481-1820. Visit for a full list of fun, family events!

Calling all 8th graders: It’s time to enroll in a DPSCD Examination High School

We are seeking applications from all qualifying students enrolled in the 8th grade. Please follow the directions below. We wish you the best of luck! To enroll in a Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Examination High School for the 2018-2019 school year, current 8th grade students attending public or non-public schools must follow the placement exam application process. This process also applies to any students currently in grades 9 – 11 with a desire to enroll at a DPSCD Examination High School. All prospective students must submit a complete application packet, take and pass the placement exam before admission to: Cass Technical High School Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Renaissance High School Southeastern High School Seven steps for

Students take on cafeteria taste testing

Students at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle Schools enjoyed farm fresh beet hummus with carrot slices made from organically grown beets at DPSCD’s very own Drew Farm! DPSCD is committed to provide students with fresh, healthy, and local foods. This cafeteria taste testing is a partnership with our Food Corps Service Members. Yum!

Every school day counts – and good attendance pays off

Attendance counts at Priest Elementary-Middle School and the students understand how their attendance can impact their learning. Thanks to the concentrated efforts of the Community in School Leaders and the PBIS Team, 90 students in grades 2-5 with perfect attendance during the month of October were able to go to a University of Detroit women’s basketball game at Calhan Hall. “The students had a blast and were encouraged to continue their perfect attendance in the future,” says Priest Teacher Amber Lawson. “Students with consistent attendance are more likely to be successful academically.”

Michigan’s 3rd Grade Reading Law informational sessions

What Does Michigan’s New 3rd Grade Reading Law Mean for Your Child? Would you like to know more about Michigan’s 3rd Grade Reading Law and how DPSCD is working with parents to improve early literacy?  Parent Information Meetings are being scheduled throughout the district. These meetings are held at host schools but are open to any DPSCD parent or guardian. Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School: Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Carleton Elementary School: Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 a.m. Bates Academy: Wednesday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. Bennett Elementary School: Wednesday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. (Spanish Translation will be provided) Additional evening sessions will be held in January. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations. Visit for more information on the new reading law.