Congratulations Carstens Elementary School on the Hockey STEM $2,500 Grant Award

An excerpt taken from nhl.com

Congratulations Carstens!!

For more than 150 students and teachers from Detroit Public Schools Community District, today was their opportunity to take one last look at Joe Louis Arena before the Red Wings conclude their “Farewell Season at The Joe.” Many of the 5th-8th grade students from Carstens Elementary-Middle, Carleton Elementary, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle, Davison Elementary-Middle and Mark Twain Elementary schools were experiencing the iconic arena for the first time.

The students won an opportunity to visit Joe Louis Arena through the EverFi Future Goals program presented by the NHL, NHLPA and Detroit Red Wings. The educational fieldtrip afforded an opportunity for students to see real-life activation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts during the final full practice at Joe Louis Arena and hear from Detroit Red Wings staff regarding their STEM-related careers.

Capitalizing on a successful launch of the Future Goals STEM education program last season, the Detroit Red Wings partnered with Detroit Public Schools Community District to develop an incentive-based approach to engaging additional teachers and students throughout the city of Detroit. The program targeted middle school teachers interested in using the sport of hockey and the Detroit Red Wings brand to encourage increased interest from students in learning STEM concepts. To launch the program, middle school teachers were invited to a learning session at Joe Louis Arena earlier this season.

“The Future Goals program uniquely allows students to realize how STEM concepts intersect with the game of hockey – on and off the ice,” said Kevin Brown, Director of Community Relations & Detroit Red Wings Foundation. “For many students in Detroit and across Michigan, this program is their first opportunity to experience the intricacies and excitement of hockey.”

The morning began with an informational panel lead by Jim Biewer, Director of Event Marketing, and members of the Detroit Red Wings staff, including Al Sobotka, Building Operations Manager, and Sheldon Neuman, Director of Broadcasting and Chief Engineer. Sobotka, the Red Wings’ longtime Zamboni driver, provided an in-depth look into how the ice is developed and maintained at Joe Louis Arena. Meanwhile, Neuman expounded on how technology and math at Joe Louis Arena is used to prepare game presentations each night.

Following the panel presentation, Mrs. Wiley from Carstens Elementary-Middle School was honored with a $2,500 technology upgrade grant from the Detroit Red Wings and EverFi. Mrs. Wiley’s class won the grant for achieving the highest program completion percentage of all participating schools in Detroit this year.

DPSCD Destination Imagination Winners will compete in Global Competition

We are pleased to announce the grand success of our Destination Imagination teams! For the first time ever, DPSCD has students who will attend the Destination Imagination Global Competition, later next month. This problem-solving competition is comprised of the brightest young minds from 48 states, Canada, and 20 countries with more than 17,000 participants!

Neinas, under the direction of Dyan Wardwell and a student from Cass, under the leadership of parent volunteer, Doris Strong, both qualified for the Global Competition. They competed against more than 200 teams, from across the state of Michigan to gain this honor.

Here’s how the teams finished:
Neinas Academy: 2nd Place, Improv Challenge EL [Global Finalist]
Unmasked (including student from Cass Tech): 2nd Place, Project Outreach SL [Global Finalist]
Davison Middle: 7th Place, Scientific Challenge ML
Burton International: 10th Place, Fine Arts EL
Clippert Academy: 18th Place, Fine Arts ML
Schulze Academy: 11th Place, Improv ML
Schulze Academy: 13th Place, Improv ML
Schulze Academy: 7th Place, Engineering ML
Destination Imagination is sponsored by the Office of Science Education, under the leadership of Deborah Peek-Brown. This program offers students the opportunity to solve rigorous, open-ended, academic challenges. Teams work to find solutions to one of seven challenges, which support student achievement through team-building, problem-solving, critical thinking, grit, patience, ethics, and mutual respect.
We applaud the hard work of all who participated in the Destination Imagination Competitions:
Burton International- D. Hoskins, Teacher
Carver STEM- M. Nance, Teacher
Clippert- T. Ortiz, Teacher
Davison- G. Johnson, Teacher
Golightly- F. Legemah, Teacher
Maybury- A. Engel (Detroit Coordinator), I. Felciano, M. Bsharah, A. Stokes, A. Taylor, H. Mulawa, Teachers
Schulze- A. Richmond, Teacher

The Office of Science Education would like to thank all students, parents, teachers, and administrators that supported Destination Imagination during our second year of implementation. We also wish the best for those participating in the Global Competition!!! Go team DPSCD!!!

  • Written by Stacie I. Smith
    Instructional Specialist
    Office of Science

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 PM

BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5:30PM

 East English Village Preparatory Academy

5020 Cadieux, Detroit, MI 48224

A G E N D A

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Meeting Norms
  4. Student Presentation
    1. Color Guard “Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
  • Moment of Silence
  • Welcome
    1. Charlene Mallory, Principal
  • Announcements and Acknowledgements
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • President’s Remarks and Board Comments
  • New Business
  • Standing Board Committee Reports
    1. Academic Committee – Chair Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill, Member
    2. Finance Committee – Chair Sonya Mays, Treasurer
  • Superintendent’s Report – Alycia Meriweather, Interim General Superintendent
    1. Academics
    2. Operations
    3. Talent
  • Deputy Superintendent of Finance’s Report – Marios Demetriou, Deputy Superintendent, Finance & Operations
  • Action Items
    1. Contracts
    2. Out-of-State Travel
    3. Termination of Employee
    4. Ratification of Consideration of Non Renewal for Central Office Administrators
    5. Partnership Agreement
  • Public Comment
  • Adjournment

Note: An Audience Participation Form may be completed by those wishing to address the Board. Members of the public are welcomed to address the Board at this time. Individuals are encouraged to identify themselves and fill out the comment card to leave with the Board Secretary, however, those individuals that do not want to identify themselves may address the board. Comments are limited to two (2) minutes.

DPSCD Collaborates with Vendors to Solve Transportation Issue

Buses Resume Regularly Scheduled Service on Monday

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s issue with Safeway Transportation has been resolved.  Regularly scheduled transportation services will resume on Monday, April 10, due to an arrangement between the district, ABC Student Transportation and Safeway.

Starting on April 10, ABC will assume Safeway’s contract with DPSCD, including all 67 bus routes. ABC will utilize district approved, Wayne RESA certified Safeway drivers and fully licensed, state approved vehicles to provide transportation services.

On Monday, April 3, towards the close of the business day, the district discovered that its longtime provider, Safeway, had been operating buses without insurance since March 2, and had failed to notify the district. Even though the buses were covered through the district’s secondary vehicle insurance as a matter of policy, it is still the responsibility of transportation providers to maintain primary insurance.

District leadership immediately began collaborations with its other three transportation providers, ABC, Trinity and DHT, to cover the 67 affected routes for the week.  A feat made possible only because neighboring districts were on break, allowing providers the capacity to absorb the additional routes.

However, with school districts returning from break on Monday, DPSCD had to develop a permanent solution for transporting students to school for the remainder of the year. The district explored several options, including covering insurance premiums for Safeway and seeking the assistance of other transportation providers in the region. In the end, it was a contract negotiated between ABC’s President Charlie Grant and Safeway that allowed for the current arrangement.

“We are so grateful to ABC for stepping up to help us resolve this issue. Because of their commitment to this district and our children, student instruction will not be impacted,” said DPSCD Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather. “I also want to thank our leadership team and our transportation providers for the extra time and attention given this week to ensure students were able to be transported to and from school each day.”

The impacted routes affected 2,700 students and 29 DPSCD schools.

Due to power outages Palmer Park Academy and Pasteur Elementary School are closed today


 

Congratulations DPSCD Mathematics Bee Winners

The 5th Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Mathematics Bee was held at Detroit School of Arts last month. It  was organized to instill and encourage a love for mathematics in aspiring young scholars. This event was comprised of three divisions: first and second graders, third-fifth graders and for the first time sixth-eighth graders from across the district.

The Mathematics Bee was sponsored by the Office of Mathematics Education under the leadership of Irene Nordé, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Director. During her greetings to the participants Dr. Nordé said, “You are already winners!” Proud parents responded with applause and gave a huge shout-out to their children at the start of the competition. Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather also gave greetings and remarks preceding the third-fifth grade competition.

Drum roll please … the winners are:

Grades 1-2

First Place – Jaiden Davis, second grade, Nichols Elementary-Middle School

Second Place – Taryn Edwards, second grade, Pasteur Elementary School

Third Place – Juan Bermejo-Flores, second grade, Harms Elementary School

Grades 3-5

First Place – Virginia Travis, fourth grade, Nichols Elementary-Middle School

Second Place – Alexis Givens, fifth grade, Ronald Brown Academy

Third Place – Mustafa Al-Ammoury, third grade, Gardner Elementary

Grades 6-8

First Place – Yasin Ahmed, eighth grade, Burton International

Second Place – Jacob Ankton, seventh grade, FLICS

Third Place – Timari Claybourne, eighth grade, Bates Academy

The first place winner from each competition received an individual trophy and a $25 gift card, as well as a trophy for their school to remain on display. Second and third place winners received individual trophies and $10 gift cards.

Parents, students, educators and other staff thoroughly enjoyed the event. Every participant walked away with a Certificate of Participation and a gift bag filled with treats, but the most important benefit was the exposure. All students received a heightened level of confidence and a challenge to boost their mathematical skills. Some students have stated that they will be ‘busy as bees’ preparing for next year’s competition!

 

 

Join us for the World Languages Parent Workshop at FLICS

In an effort to promote World Languages in our district and raise awareness of the positive impact that learning foreign languages has on future success, the Office of World Languages is working with district departments and the Foreign Language Immersion & Cultural Studies School (FLICS) educational community to offer a DPSCD Parent Foreign Language Workshop on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at FLICS.
 
We invited Melissa Dalton, 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and 2017 Central States Teacher of the Year, to assist us with this event. We are certain this will be a great workshop for all the attendees. Below please review the topics that will be discussed with the parents:
a. The importance of children developing language proficiency early.
b. How to identify effective, engaging language education for children.
c. Why FLICS children develop language proficiency over time.
d. The requirements for the DPSCD’s  Seal of Biliteracy Award.
e. Questions and answers.
All community members are welcome including current and prospective families!

DSA’s Student-Produced Midtown Car Show to Showcase Talent

Witness a showcase of student art, see ensemble performances by the Detroit School of Arts students and witness a first-time collaboration with the Midtown Taste Fest featuring DPSCD’s culinary departments at Breithaupt and Golightly Career and Technical Centers. The Midtown Car Show is an annual educational exhibit that presents live concerts, art workshops, entertainment and photography all produced by the students at Detroit School of Arts.

The show displays the state’s most spectacular vehicles to celebrate Detroit’s automotive heritage and enhance professional development in the automotive field.

Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life and Lear Corporation, the 2017 Midtown Car Show will display an 1890 Benz, courtesy of the Automotive Hall of Fame and a 1951 mint green Kaiser Darren convertible courtesy of Stahl’s Museum. A remote-controlled race track and car-themed face painting will be available.

WHEN:                 Friday, April 7, 2017

                                11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE:              Detroit School of Arts

                                123 Selden St., Detroit, MI 48201

Notice of Special Board Meeting April 13, 2017

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873-7860

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
(OPEN)

Superintendent Search Update
Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30 PM
Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
313.873.7861
Official minutes of the Special Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office
of the Secretary of the Board of Education, 3011 W, Grand Blvd., 12th Floor, Detroit, MI
48202-2711, 313.873.7860

If auxiliary aids or services are required at the meeting for individuals with disabilities, prior to the meeting, please contact Mr. Kenneth Tokarz, Deputy Superintendent of Operations 313.873.6247.
If language assistance is required, please contact Norma Hernandez at 313.873.7659.

Important Transportation Alert

Good Evening DPSCD Families,

Due to an issue with Safeway Transportation, the district will use one of its other daily transportation providers – either ABC – Trinity – or DHT – to pick-up and drop-off your student(s) on Tuesday, April 4, through Friday, April 7, 2017.

During this time, transportation may be delayed by as much as 45 minutes for both pick-up and drop-off.

If you have questions, please contact the transportation customer service line at 1-313-945-8600.

Thank you for your patience and have a good evening.

Schools impacted include:

BREWER ES/MS
BROWN, RONALD ES
BUNCHE ES/MS
BURTON INT’L ES/MS
CARLETON ES
CARSTENS ES/MS
CLARK ES/MS
DAVISON ES/MS
DETROIT INT’L ACDMY FOR YOUNG WOMEN
DETROIT SCHOOL OF ARTS HS
DIANN BANKS-WILLIAMSON ED CTR
DOUGLASS ACADEMY FOR YOUNG MEN
DREW TRANSITION CENTER
DUKE ELLINGTON
EAST ENGLISH VILLAGE PREP HS
FIELD, MOSES
FISHER LOWER ES
FISHER UPPER MS
GARVEY, MARCUS ES/MS
GOLIGHTLY ED ES/MS
GREENFIELD UNION ES/MS
HOLMES, A.L. ES/MS
MARQUETTE ES/MS
MARSHALL, THURGOOD ES
MASON ES/MS
OSBORN EVERGREEN
OSBORN MST
OSBORN OCP
PULASKI ES/MS
WAYNE ES