Expanded opportunities for DPSCD students highlight Dr. Vitti’s conversation with Bankole Thompson

Legacy. Pride. Opportunity.

These are just a few of the phrases DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti used to describe the district’s students, staff and community during a 90-minute conversation with Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson. The conversation, part of the Wayne County Community College District’s Global Conversations Series, took place at the Downtown campus of WC3D Aug. 21.

“This district has been successful in the past, and can be successful again,” said Vitti. “We’re rebuilding the district, both literally and metaphorically. We are 60 days into an ambitious 100-day plan and are making great progress.”

Dr. Vitti highlighted the high level of commitment of DPSCD teachers and staff, and revealed his commitment to innovative programs for students across the district, along with a renewed focus on educating the whole child.

“I believe every student should have access to art and music education, and we’re putting systems in place to do that. We’re also focused on bringing an accelerated learning program to every high school, and developing signature programs for each school. We’d also like to have a dual enrollment opportunity available for all of our high school students.”

Dr. Vitti also discussed the possible expansion of career and technical education, with a focus on expanding the pathways available to district students. In Vitti’s mind, this could include aerospace, automotive, medical and cybersecurity career programs designed to prepare students for 21st Century jobs.

Dr. Vitti, who sees himself as a reformer, said that the 2107-2018 school year will see virtually everything in the district being evaluated.

“We are examining systems and processes districtwide, working with teachers to make sure students are using the best curriculum, and looking at our buildings and facilities to make sure they are being used in the most efficient and effective way.”

Across the Board, Dr. Vitti’s comments were well-received by attendees, and he fielded questions from DPSCD graduates, former staff members and community members. Dr. Vitti encouraged attendees to get involved in the district, either through upcoming Strategic Planning Focus Groups or at individual schools.

DPSCD hosts Back-to-School Expo at Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Featuring On-Site Enrollment, Student Performances and Teacher Appreciation

Attendees will be eligible for prize giveaways and free admission to the water park


Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a Back-to-School Expo Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center with the theme: We’re saving a seat for your child. The expo will be an opportunity for families to enroll new students, celebrate teachers and build excitement for the 2017-2018 school year.


DPSCD staff will be on hand to enroll students before the new school year begins September 5, 2017 and answer questions about DSPCD schools and academic programs. DPSCD partners will also be in attendance to share information, host fun activities and provide giveaways. In addition to enrollment activities, the Expo will include an ongoing program featuring DPSCD student/staff talent showcases, water park activities and prize giveaways. Prizes will be given away every 15 minutes, starting at 11 a.m. Expo attendees will be eligible for free admission to the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center.


Teachers are invited to visit the Teacher Appreciation tent at 1 p.m. to pick up their Mike Morse Teacher Tote filled with school supplies. Dr. Vitti and Board members will greet teachers during the event.



Saturday, August 26

11 a.m. Event kick off

12:30 p.m. Introduction of Dr. Vitti and Board members


Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

12600 Chandler Park Dr.

Detroit, MI 48213


DPSCD leadership held planning session: next steps feedback and input from the community

Feedback and input from the community will be sought through several meetings scheduled in the coming weeks

The Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Board Members, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and senior leadership staff embarked upon a historical collaborative day-long working session Saturday, Aug. 19 to set the stage for the community to provide input on the development of the district’s strategic plan.

The goal for the working retreat is to emerge with elements for a clear vision, mission, core values, and priorities for the district’s future.

“Our students and families elected this body to transform the district into an educational institution in which all students have an opportunity for a successful future,” said Iris Taylor, Board President. “In order to accomplish our goals, we as a community, are charged with planning a clear path forward, one in which we all can agree upon.”

The retreat held on the campus of the University of Michigan and facilitated by Dr. Kim Cameron, founder of the Center for Positive Organization. Cameron is a William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books.

“Today was about building relationships beyond our titles and roles to begin the conversation about the district’s new Strategic Plan to then set the stage for the community to provide feedback and input so they will see themselves in the plan,” said Superintendent Vitti.

Next steps will include several community meetings to gain feedback and input on the preliminary work produced during the retreat. The community will help to answer questions such as:

  • What future do we want?
  • What work do we want to do?
  • What is our culture?

The ideas will be compiled and presented to the board for discussion. A full list of meetings are included on the attached flyer.

Learn about the “All-American Eclipse” and proper viewing

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States. Since no other country will be able to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed the “All-American Eclipse.”  The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Detroit, but it can be observed as a partial solar eclipse. We will be able to see a partial solar eclipse beginning at 2:27 p.m. at the maximum view. The eclipse will last 2 hours 44 minutes. The magnitude of the eclipse (the fraction of the diameter of the sun that will be covered by the moon) is valued at .86 in our area.

We want to make sure DPSCD students and employees avoid the dangers of sun gazing and take advantage of this very special educational opportunity. We have compiled a list of safety precautions and opportunities below.

Safety procedures to consider:

  • Due to the risk of eye damage from looking directly at the sun, we highly recommend keeping your activities indoors.
  • If students are outside during the eclipse time, encourage them to look down and not directly at the sun.
  • Want to stay indoors? Check out this video.

For more information:

Day two of the board retreat is cancelled

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education has cancelled the second day of its board retreat scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2017.

The Saturday session will begin at 9 a.m. as scheduled.

The purpose of the retreat is to begin developing the District’s strategic plan. It is not a strategic planning meeting.

For more information, please visit detroitk12.org/board.

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