Social studies and technology play role in mystery Skype session

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy’s students went around the globe during a mystery Skype session to fuse their knowledge of the world and technology. Social studies teacher, Mr. Estes, technology coordinator, Ms. Davis, and ELA teacher, Ms. Terry, worked together to provide their sixth grade class with a memorable experience. Ms. Davis set up a mystery Skype meeting where the students would have to use their language and social studies skills to guess where the other class lived. The sixth graders prepared questions to assist in guessing the location.

“We researched some questions to see if our country matched their descriptions,” says student Shyla Jenkins. “We found that they also celebrate Christmas but they call soccer ‘football’. But overall, we knew because of their accent. It was fun because we were able to hear a different language.”

“My goal as a technology educator is not only to teach the students, but teachers as well,” says Ms. Davis. “Teachers need to use what the students can relate to. And right now, they relate to technology.”

Reading levels soar at Mackenzie

With the new Michigan early literacy law taking effect, students at Mackenzie Elementary School are advancing in a major way. Michigan Reading Corp is tutoring students in grades K-3 students, the goal is to help students read at or above grade level. Students receive 20 minutes of one-on-one targeted tutoring every day. Za’Miya Anderson, a first grade student, has surpassed the fluency target since beginning the program in September and nearing the second grade target.

“Za’Miya has displayed major improvements by reading Imagine IT! Decodable books with the class and at home with her parents,” says Zenicker Kinney, first grade teacher. “Mackenzie students have exceeded the winter reading target limits already!”

Application period now open for Detroit College Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation will accept applications for the Detroit College Promise beginning Friday, November 17. This scholarship provides a one-time financial scholarship for DPSCD high school students planning to attend a Michigan college or university. Visit to apply today!

Requirements and deadlines:

  1. Students must attend a school within the Detroit Public Schools Community District for grades 9-12
  2. Earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Must submit online the listed requirements by the following deadlines:
    • February 9, 2018: ID and transcript
    • April 20, 2018:
      • A) Scholarship acceptance and Authorization to Release Records form
      • B) Student Aid Report (SAR) after completion of FAFSA
      • C) College/university acceptance letter

*Note: Steps 2 and 3 are the next steps ONLY for students notified by the Detroit College Promise of their acceptance after February 9.

Detroit College Promise Flyer


The science behind salmon in the classroom

For the third year, Munger Elementary-Middle School welcomed the delivery of 140 salmon eggs. The Salmon in the Classroom program, led by Michigan DNR, gives students the opportunity to watch the salmon cycle unfold over a seven-month timeframe. Students are responsible for keeping data on water quality, development of the salmon and maintaining the tank. In May 2018, students will release the salmon into the Clinton River.

“This educational program not only shows students the importance of raising healthy fish, but maintaining the water quality of our Great Lakes,” says Ellen Hoyer, science teacher at Munger.

The Parade Company brings winning student’s design to life during 26th annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

New Float, “The Snowing Mountains,” Inspired by Detroit 7 th Grader to Debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van

DETROIT – (November 15, 2017) – The Parade Company and Skillman Foundation today announced the winner of the 26 th Annual Skillman Foundation’s Float Design Contest for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Seventh grade student, Yuliana Ortiz, from Clippert Academy, was joined by her family, teachers and school administrators today as she saw her winning design, “The Snowing Mountains,” transform into a larger-than-life float.

The float, which features a snow-covered house on a hill, kids ice skating, snowmen and trees, will be led by Ortiz and her family during America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The float also includes an 80-foot wrap which incorporates the 2017 Honorable Mention winning designs along with other entry favorites.

“We are proud to partner with The Parade Company for another year marked by the inspiring designs and creativity of local Detroit students,” said Tonya Allen, president & CEO of Skillman Foundation. “We were impressed by the amazing submissions by students this year. Yuliana’s designs will be the perfect complement to this year’s parade as it rolls down Woodward Avenue.”

“Skillman Foundation’s dedication to Detroit’s students continues to inspire us year after year,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO of The Parade Company. “We are grateful for our continued partnership and are proud to help them bring Yuliana’s vision to life.”

The Annual Skillman Foundation’s Float Design Contest provides Detroit students, from grades four through eight, an opportunity to design a float to appear in America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Five 2017 honorable mention winners were selected and invited to see their designs on display. The students include:

  • Makiyah Degraffenreid – Fisher Upper Magnet, 7th Grade “Circus of Colors”
  • Kimberly Orozco – Clippert Academy, 7th Grade “Carousel”
  • Khyra Norman – Fisher Upper Magnet, 8th Grade “Thanksgiving is About Giving”
  • Jordan Jones – Weston Preparatory Academy, 6th Grade “Dream Neighborhood”
  • Monica Britt – Bates Academy, 7th Grade “The Neighborhood Zoo”

The theme of the 91 st America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is “Woodward!! Avenue of Dreams!” The theme celebrates the beauty of Detroit’s Woodward Avenue as well as the completion of the QLine Detroit. Woodward Avenue is the backdrop of this annual iconic parade, which will be broadcast locally on WDIV-TV Local 4 and in more than 190 cities across the country. The Parade Company will make a series of announcements for the 91st year including new float builds and celebrities.

Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S. News & World Report Travel, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van will be held on Thursday, November 23. The Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 190 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith will host a live pre-parade show from 6 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. CBS Radio will provide live parade coverage hosted by 104.3 WOMC’s Bobby Mitchell and Stacey DuFord (Mornings WOMC) from 10 a.m. – noon. For more information, visit

The Skillman Foundation

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating more than 90 years of Parade tradition in Detroit and is committed to funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. The Parade Company staff, board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, and America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Get informed and engaged at Autism Family Night

DPSCD and Centria Autism Services will host Autism Family Night on Friday, November 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Durfee Elementary-Middle School. The free event is open to DPSCD families who have a child with autism or are looking for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents, children, siblings and friends are welcome to enjoy a sensory-friendly Santa, bounce house, face painting, Thanksgiving arts and crafts, obstacle courses and more. Parents can get engaged during an informational talk with Deborah Washington, DPSCD ASD Supervisor and pediatrician Dr. Steve Merahn.

Autism Family Night Flyer

Questions? Contact Sarah Jardine at (313) 656-8065 or Matt Blouin at (248) 342-2092

It’s never too early for a Thanksgiving meal!

Start your weekend off with a Thanksgiving buffet prepared by our DPSCD culinary students at Breithaupt and Golightly Career and Technical Centers this Friday. Buffets are open to the public and reservations are encouraged by calling each school. Stop by your closest location on your lunch hour and see how CTC classes are preparing our students for the future.

Breithaupt Buffet:

  • 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • $15 General, $12 Seniors, $6 Children 4-10
  • Reserve your spot by calling (313) 866-9550
  • 9300 Hubbell St., Detroit 48228

Golightly Buffet:

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • $17 General
  • Reserve your spot by calling (313) 822-8820
  • 900 Dickerson at East Jefferson, Detroit 48215

Welding and roofing and plumbing, oh my!

National Apprenticeship Week, celebrated November 13-19, is a national celebration to offer education, business and labor partners a chance to display their support for apprenticeship. Randolph Career and Technical Center will host the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Expo from 4 – 7 p.m. for those interested in starting a career in the skilled-trade field. Hands-on exhibits include carpentry, electrical, HVAC, welding, plumbing and more. Parents, students and the community can learn about skilled trade requirements, apprenticeship training programs, Detroit-area projects in need and employment resources.

Contact Renee at (248) 515-1941 with any questions or concerns.

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Flyer


Christmas video contest to offer $500 prize to creative students

Now is the time for our students to show their festive creativity! The Better Business Bureau invites all DPSCD students to participate in the 12 Scams of Christmas Video Contest by singing or acting out the 12 Scams of Christmas shown in the photo. One winner from each division (grades K-5 and 6-12) will be awarded a $500 cash prize. Videos will be posted to BBB’s Facebook page no later than December 11 and public voting will being immediately through December 15 at 12 p.m. The video with the most “likes” will be deemed the winner. Students may work together as a team for the video and split the grand prize which will be awarded no later than December 19 at the winning team’s school.

Videos and additional questions may be submitted to Amanda Hill at

Teacher hiring continues with two fairs this month

DPSCD will continue its Teacher Recruitment Fairs this month to seek qualified educators in all subjects, with a critical need in elementary/middle, mathematics, science and special education. The fairs will take place on November 16 and November 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Ben Carson High School.

As usual, interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at prior to the fair.