Coleman A. Young students read with Pistons player Ish Smith

In celebration of National Reading Month, Detroit Pistons player, Ish Smith, stopped by Coleman A. Young last week to read to students in grades 3 – 5. Smith shared personal stories with the students encouraging them to read often and dream big! Thank you to the Detroit Piston’s and Farm Bureau Insurance for teaming up for this awesome event to promote the importance of literacy and education!

DPSCD’s All-City 75th Dance Concert Gallery

Last Thursday, the Detroit School of Arts hosted the 75th Annual All-City Dance Concert. Friends, family, students and staff of DPSCD gathered to witness some of the best dancing in the city.

Multiple DPSCD Schools participated in the concert including Burton International Elementary-Middle, Cass Technological High School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit School of the Arts, Duke Ellington Elementary-Middle, East English Preparatory Academy High School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sr High School, Renaissance High School and Spain Elementary- Middle School.

Great job to all dancers and thank you to all who helped make the event a great success!

DPSCD Welcomes EAA Families to Join Town Hall Meetings

Welcome to DPSCD!WELCOME ALL EAA FAMILIES!

The DPSCD family is extending a warm welcome to all EAA families, students and staff. Please join us at an upcoming Town Hall meeting at one of the EAA schools near you. These Town Hall meetings are designed to share information, provide answers to your questions and connect to make sure your student has a smooth transition in the fall.

Please download the schedule and share it with your neighbors. A post will also be added to our Facebook page for easy sharing.

Detroit International Academy for Women and A. L. Holmes are closed due to power outages. Power has been restored at Carver Elementary and school will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 13, 2017. However, DTE is still working around the clock to clean up the aftermath of the storm and restore power to all locations. In the meantime, remind your family members, especially children, not to touch any downed power lines or anything connected to a downed power line as they walk to school or wait by the bus stop.

School Closures due to Power Outages

Due to power issues the following 26 schools will be closed on March 9, 2017

UPDATE:

Early Dismissals are below:

Drew Transition Center 12:15
Mackenzie 11:45
Carlton Elementary School 10:15 AM
Turning Point Academy 11:30 AM

Buildings where power has been restored (school will be open)

  • Clippert
  • Earhart
  • Greenfield Union
  • Harms
  • Noble
  • Palmer Park
  • Pasteur
  • Phoenix
  • Western

The following schools will remain closed

  • Adult Ed West
  • Ann Arbor Trail
  • Bow
  • Breithaupt
  • Carver
  • CMA
  • Detroit Lions
  • DIA
  • Diane Banks
  • Durfee
  • East English Village
  • Gompers
  • Holmes
  • Mann
  • Mason
  • Osborn
  • Pulaski
  • Ron Brown
  • Thirkell
  • Westside

Due to the impact of the wind storm, DPSCD wants to remind everyone to be cautious traveling to and from school and other locations. For your safety, please remember not to  touch downed power lines. Instead,  should you  see any downed power lines please call (800) 477-4747.

Upcoming Board Meeting March 14

NOTICE OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
COMMUNITY DISTRICT

BOARD MEETING AGENDA 3.14.2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:30 P.M.
M. L. King, Jr. Senior High School
3200 E. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 494.7373

REGULAR BOARD MEETING (OPEN)
REQUEST FOR CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO MCL15.268, (h) – TO REVIEW MATERIALS EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE, ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATION – LEGAL MEMORANDUM REGARDING
NON-RENEWAL PROCESS AND REQUEST FOR ACTION- DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY AND DRAFT RESLUTION

Official minutes of the Regular Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office of the Secretary to 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
DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT

Free Home Repair Demos at Randolph CTC This Weekend

Come join us for our S.T.E.A.M.Y winter event at Randolph Career and Technical Center.

Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RSVP online

Explore the innovative Skilled Trades and Business programs at Randolph CTC and be amazed as you preview firsthand our Tiny House and Solar Paneling Project!  In addition, while touring the facility, learn about our new, state of the art programs starting in fall of 2017.

  • Learn the math and science behind our Skilled Trades and Business programs.
  • Practice being a Master Builder in training as you explore hands on activities.
  • Learn how Solar Panels work and practice building a circuit.

Free home repair demos open to parents and the community, conducted by Randolph CTC staff. Randolph Career and Technical Center is located at 17101 Hubbell Street, Detroit, MI 48235 l (313) 494-7100

Boil Water Advisory Lifted Impacted Schools will be open Monday

Recently, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a Boil Water Advisory covering the largest geographical area in its history.  The Advisory blanketed a substantial portion of Detroit and affected 28 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings. As a precautionary measure, acting in the best interest of our students and staff, we closed schools the second and third day of the crisis.

As the crisis unfolded, Detroit authorities investigated the situation to determine if the advisory was justified. In a remarkable turn of events, GLWA officials released a statement yesterday indicating preliminary testing showed no evidence of any bacterial contamination in Detroit’s water supply.

 “The first round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017 boil water advisory have come back clear,” said GLWA in a statement. “While these results are a sign that there is nothing wrong with the water, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the boil water advisory remain in effect throughout the originally stated 48-hour time period.”

Today, following a second round of testing GLWA recommended that the advisory be lifted, “Given that both sets of test results have proven that there was nothing wrong with the water, GLWA has made the recommendation to the impacted communities that the boil water advisory can be lifted.” Read full story here or visit detroitk12.org.

We are pleased that the advisory has been lifted and that there was no contamination of the water supply. Nevertheless, the district will flush all water lines with running water prior to weekend activities and the opening of school on Monday.

Thank you for working with us during this extreme circumstance.  We look forward to the impacted schools reopening Monday for teaching and learning.

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day was celebrated yesterday signifying Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students all across DPSCD honored the great author in many ways.

Munger’s second grade class celebrated Read Across America Day by bringing in their Dr. Seuss character stuffed animals and taking turns reading.

Kindergarten classes at Coleman A. Young ate green eggs and ham while reading Green Eggs and Ham. Students in grades 3 and 4 watched Dr. Seuss movies and compared them to the books while 5th grade classes made wacky socks after reading Fox in Socks! 

We are celebrating Reading Awareness Month in March!

BOIL WATER ADVISORY UPDATE: No Preliminary Evidence of Contamination

This is an update from the Great Lakes Water Authority

March 2, 2017

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a Boil Water Advisory for the Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park areas. This Advisory is in effect for the areas south of West McNichols and West of Conner in Detroit and areas closest to Hamtramck. The advisory has affected 29 Detroit Public Schools Community District schools.

A statement issued by GLWA officials yesterday indicate that preliminary testing has shown there is no evidence of any bacterial contamination in Detroit’s water supply. “The first round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017 boil water advisory have come back clear,” said GLWA in a statement. “While these results are a sign that there is nothing wrong with the water, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the boil water advisory remain in effect throughout the originally stated 48-hour time period. A second round of test results will be returned tomorrow and upon a second clear result, GLWA will recommend that the boil water advisory be lifted. GLWA will provide additional updates as soon as they are available.”

As a precautionary measure, schools were closed today Thursday, March 2 and will remain closed Friday, March 3.  The Boil Water Advisory is expected to be lifted by noon tomorrow.  As an additional safety measure, after the advisory is lifted, water lines will be flushed with running water prior to the start of school on Monday morning.

The DWSD updated article and the list of school closures.