Students take on Target: DPSCD receives $10,000 in back-to-school supplies

Students from Mark Twain School for Scholars went on a shopping spree at Target in Allen Park to prepare for the upcoming school year. DPSCD was awarded a $10,000 grant from Target to ensure that 100 students had all the necessities to succeed in the classroom. Target employees assisted the students and their parents in finding items including school supplies, backpacks and uniforms. Our students are getting ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 5!

The next shopping spree will happen at Target -Eastland.

We have a seat saved for your child!

Detroit Public Schools Community District Back to School Expo • Wayne County Aquatic Center • Enroll Today • (313) 240-4377

Join us on Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a fun-filled, free Back-to-School Expo at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center located at 12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, MI 48213. Families will receive free admission to the Aquatic Center with event participation!

Learn about DPSCD schools, their exciting programs and unique opportunities. Make sure to visit our “STEAMy DPSCD” booth for school information, and to pre-enroll your child in a DPSCD school. There will be giveaways to families who pre-enroll and to DPSCD parents who bring a non-DPSCD parent to the event to pre-enroll.

You’ll also have a chance to chat with the new Superintendent and Board members, receive complimentary health screenings and get a free haircut to look your best on the first day of school!

We’re seeking students to showcase their talent during the expo! If you are a student with a special talent, sign up here.

Visit detroitk12.org/enroll for more information on how to enroll your child today.

Only weeks away from the first day of school, check out our fun & free enrollment events

DPSCD is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year, and we’re saving a seat for you! There are several events in the month of August where parents can enroll their children in DPSCD schools and learn about district programs and offerings.

Families can visit our three convenient pop-up enrollment centers to register their students. Pop-up enrollment centers are open through Friday, August 18. District representatives will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at these locations to help parents select the best school for their children. Examination and application schools still require parents to follow the application process.

Parents may also call the enrollment hotline at (313) 240-4377. Parents seeking Pre-Kindergarten programs can contact the Early Childhood Department at (313) 347-8923. Enrollment will be available at each school starting the week of Aug. 21.

Pop-up enrollment center locations:

Henry Ford High School (West)
20000 Evergreen Rd. Detroit 48219
(313) 244-5809

Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School (East)
2600 Garland St. Detroit 48214
(313) 303-7981

Western International High School (Southwest)
1500 Scotten St. Detroit 48209
(313) 313-6602

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 19

8:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Professional Development at the Michigan Science Center

Calling all teachers! The Michigan Science Center will host a free back-to-school professional development workshop Saturday, August 19 from 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gain an understanding of how to align MiSci experiences to classroom science content. The event is sponsored by Ford Motor Company. Register through the link below:

 

 

 

 

 

August 19

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

STEAMy Saturday at the Michigan Science Center

DPSCD invites you to enjoy free general admission at the Michigan Science Center August 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Make sure to visit our “STEAMy DPSCD” booth for school information and to pre-enroll your child. There will be giveaways for families who pre-enroll and for DPSCD parents who bring a non-DPSCD parent to the event to pre-enroll.

 

 

August 21

5:30 p.m.

Slow Roll Community Cultural Event at Southeastern High School

In collaboration with Slow Roll, Pathways to Potential and the DPS Foundation, Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a special Slow Roll ride Monday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Southeastern High School to welcome, support, celebrate and enroll new DPSCD families.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Pathways to Potential success coaches will be on hand to collect new or gently-used uniform donations for DPSCD students to ensure their attendance in class every day. In exchange for uniform donations, individuals will be entered to a win a new Schwinn bicycle provided by Slow Roll. Riders may also donate through the DPS Foundation donation website to be entered.

In addition to the Slow Roll line-up of food trucks and vendors, DPSCD will showcase programs not previously offered to new families. Student-led farm stands will sell fresh, organic produce grown at Drew Farm and the DPSCD PD Safe Routes to School program will seek pledges to be the Eyes & Ears of our communities. Slow Roll riders and community members are also invited to discover the unique programs and offerings at DPSCD and pre-enroll their children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 26

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Back-to-School Expo at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Join DPSCD Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a fun-filled, free Back-to-School Expo at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center located at 12600 Chandler Park Dr. Detroit, MI 48213. Learn about DPSCD schools, their exciting programs and unique opportunities. Make sure to visit our “STEAMy DPSCD” booth for school information, and to enroll your child in a DPSCD school. There will be giveaways to families who enroll and to DPSCD parents who bring a non-DPSCD parent to the event to enroll. For additional information on documentation needed to enroll, visit detroitk12.org/enroll/how-to-enroll.

 

Michigan Science Center to offer free admission for DPSCD students and families

We invite you to enjoy FREE general admission at the Michigan Science Center on August 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Make sure to visit our “STEAMy DPSCD” booth for school information and to pre-enroll your child.

*Free give-aways to families who pre-enroll and also to DPSCD parents who bring a non-DPSCD parent to the event to pre-enroll.

MiSci will offer free tickets to Extreme Weather 4D in the new Toyota Engineering 4D Theater. General admission includes 250+ hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kids Town gallery, STEM Playground space and more.

RSVP at www.mi-sci.org/dps

Important Back-to-School Staff Calendar

Start dates for employees throughout the district are listed below. In addition, the district calendar will be voted on during the Board meeting tomorrow, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Osborn High.

Date of Return Employee Group
Monday August 14, 2017 Principals/Asst. Principals
Monday August 21, 2017 Academic Engagement Administrators; Instructional Specialists; Dean of Instruction/Culture; IEP Compliance Specialists; Literacy Coaches; All DAEOE members
Tuesday August 22-24, 2017 Teachers from Partnership Zone Schools (Professional Development Days)
Monday August 28, 2017 All other staff members
Monday September 18, 2017 Noon-Hour Aides

DPSCD to host two teacher recruitment fairs throughout August

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is currently recruiting highly-qualified, dedicated and motivated educators to fill open positions for the 2017 – 2018 school year. DPSCD will host Teacher Recruitment Fairs on August 17 and August 31 at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.

 

Applications are being accepted for all teaching positions, but there is a critical need for teachers in the following areas:

 

  • Mathematics
  • Science/Integrated Science
  • English Language Arts
  • Special Education
  • Music Education
  • Spanish
  • K-5 Elementary
  • Social Studies
  • Career Technical Education

 

DPSCD is also hiring retirees in Special Education, Science, Mathematics and Spanish.

 

On-the-spot conditional offers may be provided to qualified candidates. Candidates who are interested in employment are encouraged to visit detroitk12.org/employment and complete an online application. This event is for new applicants only. Teachers already employed by the district do not need to attend.

 

WHEN:             August 17 and August 31 from 5 – 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:           Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

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Student-led Summer Farm Stands continue through August

The Summer Farms Stands will continue at five locations across the city through the end of August. See locations and dates below.

All produce grown at Drew Farm follows DPSCD organic growing practices. Water and soil has been tested and cleared for safe growing. All produce sold will be labeled as unwashed in accordance with food safety regulations. All markets will accept cash, credit, debit and EBT/Bridge cards.

DPSCD high school students trained through the DSGC’s farm stand curriculum will assist in operating the markets. 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 special needs.

Please see below for our 2017 Cohort:
Zharia Akeem, Renaissance High School ’20
Victoria Downer, Ben Carson High School ’19
Makayla Harris, DCP @ Northwestern High School ’19
Amir Heath, East English Village High School/Randolph CTC ’18
Derek Hightower, Cass Tech High School ’19
Nira Johnson, Renaissance High School ’19
Gabrielle Jordan, Cass Tech High School ‘19
India London, Ben Carson High School ’19
Michael Peeples, Cass Tech High School ’20
Ricki Porter, Cass Tech High School ’20
Tia Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. High School ’18
Dakarai Washington, Renaissance High School ’19

 

Tuesday – Saturday from August 1 – 30, 2017

Tuesdays: Eastern Market – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2934 Russell St. Detroit

Wednesdays: Islandview Farmer’s Market – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

7200 Mack Ave., Detroit (corner of Mack & E. Grand Blvd.)

Thursdays: NW Detroit Farmer’s Market – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

18445 Scarsdale St., Detroit (Bretton Dr. & Glastonburry)

Fridays: Drew Transition Center – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

9600 Wyoming, Detroit

Saturdays: Market on the Ave – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Livernois & Florence across from UDM

 

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a Farm to School initiative comprised of Drew Farm, a two-acre farm and 82 school garden sites. Each site features six raised garden beds. Drew Farm consists of six, 96 square foot hoop houses which produces thousands of pounds of various greens, root vegetables, non-GMO sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce.

J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy breaks ground for a Reading Room Makeover

Students at J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy will see a major change as they enter the doors for the first day of school on September 5. The school has been selected as the 2017 Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance Reading Room Makeover contest winner! Although the renovation may not be complete until the end of September, more than 40 Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance volunteers broke ground on the August 4 demo day to begin the process. The library at J. E. Clark, which was used to hold classes and house administrative personnel, was selected from more than 65 schools from 16 cities across the state of Michigan. Students and staff will see new technology, freshly painted walls, additional shelving and Pistons-themed graphics and decorations. J. E. Clark is the fourth DPSCD school to be awarded the Reading Room Makeover.

Summer pop-up enrollment centers open for DPSCD families

In preparation of the 2017-2018 school year, Detroit Public Schools Community District opened three walk-in enrollment centers for families to enroll in any DPSCD school. The pop-up centers’ hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from August 1 to August 18 at three convenient locations across the city.

District representatives will assist parents in choosing the best-fit school for their children. Parents will receive information about district schools and programs such as the tuition-free Montessori, honors academies, same gender options and career pathway high school options to name a few.

Examination and application schools still require parents to follow the application process. Parents/guardians must apply in person and complete a DPSCD enrollment form found at detroitk12.org/enroll or available at any DPSCD school. Parents should bring their photo ID, their child’s birth certificate, proof of address, immunization record and transcripts or report cards.

Pop-up enrollment center locations:

Henry Ford High School (West)
20000 Evergreen Rd. Detroit 48219
(313) 244-5809

Western International High School (Southwest)
1500 Scotten St. Detroit 48209
(313) 313-6602

Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School (East)
2600 Garland St. Detroit 48214
(313) 303-7981

Students must be five years old by December 1 to enroll in Kindergarten.

In addition to the enrollment centers, parents may also call the enrollment hotline at (313) 240-4377. Parents seeking Pre-Kindergarten programs can contact the Early Childhood Department at (313) 347-8923. Enrollment will be available at each school starting the week of Aug. 21.

Fifteen DPSCD schools selected for Neighborhoods Day beautification projects

Fifteen DPSCD schools have been selected as part of the 11th Annual Arise Detroit Neighborhoods Day. On August 5, more than 200 Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers will spend Neighborhoods Day at DPSCD schools weeding, planting, painting and cleaning the schools and the surrounding areas to spruce up the buildings before the students and teachers return. The 2017 Neighborhoods Day makes history by including more schools than ever, allowing BCBS volunteers to connect, collaborate and inspire students.

The school beautification projects are the cornerstone of more than 200 other community improvement initiatives spreading across the city throughout August.

Participating DPSCD Neighborhoods Day Schools:

  • Bethune Elementary-Middle School
  • Bow Elementary-Middle School
  • Brewer Academy
  • Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science
  • Carleton Elementary-Middle School
  • Coleman A. Young Elementary School
  • Edward Duke Ellington Conservatory for Music and Art at Beckham Academy
  • Fisher Magnet Lower Academy
  • Golightly Education Center
  • Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School
  • Hutchinson at How Elementary-Middle School
  • Nolan Elementary-Middle School
  • Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle School
  • Schulze Academy of Technology and Arts

VOLUNTEER FOR NEIGHBORHOODS DAY: Groups and individuals can volunteer for Neighborhoods Day by going to the website, www.arisedetroit.org, clicking the event list and contacting groups that have listed projects.