Noble Elementary-Middle School will be closed Wednesday, February 28 due to a building problem
February 26, 2018
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Families,
In light of the school shooting tragedy in Florida, I wanted to review the safety measures we have already taken as a district and the additional ones that will be implemented to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
As you may know, we are the only district in Michigan with our own police department. Each of our high schools have sworn and trained police officers assigned to their buildings. In addition, this year we ensured each school had at least one security guard regardless of size and enrollment. Each year, every school is required to conduct emergency drills to simulate a “lock down” situation and create a safety plan. Please know that we have police staff and school level personnel also monitoring social media to proactively identify risk, and our school cameras are connected to our Police Headquarters for surveillance.
To improve security measures, we will be monitoring each school’s campus to ensure each has a single door of access. We are also conducting a security/IT facility review to determine what security cameras and metal detectors are in need of repair, while also assessing the cost to equip each classroom door with an internal lock. The results of the review will be examined as we conduct a greater comprehensive assessment of facility needs throughout the district, including roofs, windows, boilers, etc.
In the end, though, please know that our greatest safety deterrent is the relationship that we establish with our children at home and school. Please actively speak to your children about their lives, dreams, fears, challenges, and status of relationships with other children. Outside of school, our nation and state needs stronger gun control. Our students have already voiced this need and we will support their requests for safe and productive demands for legislative reform in this area.
Everyone, please be sure to report anything that appears concerning or suspicious that could harm our children, schools, or staff. This can be done through your child’s principal, teacher(s), myself via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our police through 313-748-6000.
Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Noble Elementary-Middle School will be closed today, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 due to a building problem.
Congratulations to students at Communications and Media Arts High School, Ben Carson High School and J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy for receiving honors today for their outstanding achievement in Algebra Nation, a web-based instructional tool to help teachers personalize learning! Students were surprised with certificates and iPads for their great work through the platform. See below for a list of the students who ranked the highest in the state in categories like most improved, most video, and most Karma Points earned.
- Communications and Media Arts High School
- Tya Vasser: Most improved
- Treasure Thomas: Most video usage
- Ben Carson High School: Within the top five for most Karma Points in the state
- Sanjida Ahmed
- Syeda Islam
- Mahbuba Sumiya
- Mahfuza Meem
- E. Clark Preparatory Academy: Most karma points in the state
- Kenniya Epps-Thomas
Noble Elementary-Middle School will be closed today due to no heat
Students at Burns and Edison Elementary Schools could barely hold in their excitement as they walked into their newly renovated Literacy Lounges last week. Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons, along with partners Houghton Mifflin and Neapco, created a fun, relaxing reading space with more than 1,400 new books, bookshelves, fresh paint and furniture.
The mission of Reggie Jackson’s Determined to Assist Foundation is to impact in the lives of children in Detroit by providing them with educational opportunities and resources in order to impact success.These entertaining lounges give students the opportunity to read at their own pace and dive into learning!
All PSL Girls
RAVEN JACKSON-West Side
JAYLA SMITH-East English
KRYSTAL CROSBY-Delta Prep
PRECIOUS TAYLOR-Cass Tech
SHYNELL TONDER-Cass Tech
RACHEL ROBINSON-Det. Leadership
KENNEDY KEARNEY-Cass Tech
EMANI SMITH-Det. Leadership
ALEXIS THOMPSON-East English
DAVID DEJULIUS-East English
All PSL Boys
DAVID DEJULIUS-East English
RANDY GILBERT-Cass Tech
ROZELL ROBINSON-Delta Prep
TYSON ACUFF-Cass Tech
GARY SOLOMON-Det. Edison PSA
TYREKE SHEPHARD-East English
MATTHEW RICHMOND-Cass Tech
Boys Swim 2/14/2018
Girls Junior Varsity Basketball 2/15/2018
Cass “Lady Technicians”
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball 2/15/2018
Girls Varsity Basketball 2/16/2018
Mumford “Lady Mustangs”
Boys Varsity Basketball 2/16/2018
Detroit Edison PSA “Pioneers”
WHAT: The Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a K-8 Teacher Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Brenda Scott Academy. The District is seeking qualified educators with certifications in K-8 education to help make DPSCD the best urban public school district in the nation.
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: February 27, 2018
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Brenda Scott Academy
Detroit, MI 48205
Additional 400 students receive access and opportunity to STEM
DETROIT – February 16, 2018 – More Detroit Public Schools Community District students and schools will be involved with inquiry-based and hands-on learning through the District’s expanded robotics club initiative funded by the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Grant offered by the Michigan Department of Education. The $112,000 grant will help to pay for hands-on robotics kits and after school coaches to expand the District’s robotics clubs.
This year the program has grown to 53 clubs, compared to 17 last year. This affords more students the opportunity to apply and acquire science and math skills to construct robots while developing additional skills such as: critical thinking, creativity, design, and problem solving with peers in groups. These skills will prepare students to compete in local and national competitions while also preparing them for the economy’s top jobs.
“Our vision is to prepare our students to be competitors in a global economy and having them participate in robotics programs accomplishes that goal,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “Our ultimate goal is to offer this type of programming to every student districtwide. This commitment excites our parents and the business community which is yearning for future employees with STEM skills.”
Currently 39 DPSCD schools are home to robotics and/or LEGO League teams for the 2017-18 competition year. Students are preparing to compete at the Michigan Engineering Zone and the
Detroit will host the 2018 FIRST Robotics World Championships from April 25 – 28, 2018 at Cobo Center.
The District is preparing to send 53 teams to the competitions, consisting of up to eight students per team. DPSCD is home to the award winning all-female robotics team at Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Cass Tech and Southeastern.
FIRST LEGO League
- FIRST LEGO League, Jr. (FLL, Jr.) – 1st– 3rd grades
- For students ages 6-10 years.
- FIRST LEGO League (FLL) – 4th – 5th grades
- Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
- FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – 6th – 8th grades
- FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
- FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – 9th – 12th grades
- FIRST Robotics Competition is the combination of excitement for sport with the rigors of science and technology. Guided by Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.