Join us for a DPSCD School Board Community Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first quarterly DPSCD School Board Community Meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, February 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus located at 1001 W. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48226 – Frank Hayden Community Room 236.

For questions or to request special arrangements, please contact DPSCD School Board Secretary, Karen Morgan, at or (313) 873-7860.

DPSCD School Board Community Meeting – February 2018


CTE students cook up a legacy buffet for Black History Month

Spread the word about the Breithaupt and Golightly Career and Technical Center Legacy and Heritage buffets on Thursday, February 15. Parents and the community are invited and encouraged to support the CTE students as they showcase their culinary expertise, customer service and communications skills.

Buffets are open to the public and reservations are encouraged by calling each school. Visit for the full list of CTC buffets.

Golightly Buffet: 

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

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

DPSCD to offer child supervision during board meetings

DPSCD will begin to offer our parents and families with supervised children activities during regular board meetings starting this month. This service, offered by the department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), will be limited to children ages 4 – 14 and will require parents to check in with the information below.


All children must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before they can be permitted into the children activities area. Children activities are limited to school age children K-8th grade. Parent(s) and/or legal guardians must remain on the premises of the DPSCD activity being offered at all times. Services will be available 15 minutes before and after stated activities to support parent’s timely engagement.

Check In

  • Complete 1-page Registration Form
  • Sign in child(ren) on the provided document
  • Provide any key medical information related to your child(ren)’s participation
  • Secure any personal belongings beyond children apparel
  • Retrieve correlating numbered wristband

Once a child is signed in to the program, they will not be allowed to leave until signed out by the parent or legal guardian.

Check Out

  • Show the attendant your wrist bracelet
  • Allow them to retrieve your child(ren)
  • Sign your child(ren) out using the provided document
  • Turn in wrist bracelet

During dismissal, children will only be released to an adult with their matching wristband/number.  In emergency situations, the parent may give verbal authorization to FACE team members, however, verification of identity will be required.


DPSCD celebrates World Read Aloud Day

Detroit Public Schools Community District will celebrate World Read Aloud Day On Thursday, February 1, 2018 to promote literacy by hosting several activities and events throughout the District. World Read Aloud Day hopes to strengthen kids and communities by emphasizing the importance of storytelling to challenge illiteracy worldwide.



Thursday, February 1, 2018



Vernor Elementary-Middle School

13726 Pembroke Ave. Detroit, 48235

Fifth grade LitClub members will visit each class to read and act out the book “I Like Myself” to promote confidence and self-love. Each student, with the assistance of a LitClub member, will then draw or write what they like about themselves. The artwork will be turned into a confidence book for each classroom to remind the students of the positivity they see in themselves.


Coleman A. Young Elementary-Middle School

15771 Hubbell St. Detroit, 48227

10:30 a.m.

Coleman A. Young will kick off World Read Aloud Day with planned activities celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.


Marcus Garvey Academy

2301 Van Dyke St. Detroit, 48214

10 a.m.

“Drop everything and read” event with the non-instructional staff including custodians, office aides, lunch aides and more followed by a visit from Corduroy at 11:30 a.m.


Chrysler Elementary School

1445 E. Lafayette St. Detroit, 48207

1 p.m.

Fifteen LitClub members from grade 5 will read their favorite book to the preschool class and create literacy crowns.


African American Booklist to be released Thursday

Visit any Detroit Public Library location in February for a copy of the 2018 African American Booklist, “Knowing and Teaching: African American Children’s Literature.” Use this guide to educate your students and children on Black History Month and how they can make a difference in their community. DPL children’s librarians have provided their top ten picks of picture and chapter books. The library will also host African American history programs throughout February for any age including story writing workshops, read-aloud sessions, essay contests, and more.

Visit for the full calendar of events!

Renaissance band racks up scholarships

The Renaissance High School Band is going strong this year earning more than $2 million in college scholarships and grants. The band is comprised of almost 200 students who have earned 40 full scholarships to attend colleges and universities tuition-free! The talented band and orchestras have performed in Michigan, Canada, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Way to go, Renaissance!

“It has been a wonderful school year so far,” says band director Ronald Malabed. “We anticipate the scholarships to keep rolling in as students continue to audition for universities. I am very proud of these students.”

ICYMI: Athletic programs on the rise for Detroit k-8 students

DPSCD was featured in Michigan Chronicle’s “Best of Young Detroit” with the rise of k-8 athletics. The increase of extracurricular activities plays a role in developing the whole child, a priority within the Blueprint 2020 strategic plan. Read the full article below!

DPSCD Jamboree in Nov. 24 Best of Young Detroit

Join us in the celebration of World Read Aloud Day

Since 2012, Detroit has joined people all over the world to advocate for literacy for everyone. Join DPSCD and LitWorld as we celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) 2018 on Thursday, February 1. Help spread the word that literacy is a human right.

This year, Detroit LitClub members will lead this celebration by creating reading crowns and reading aloud to younger students in their buildings. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Corduroy will visit several Detroit LitClub schools.

Below is a link to LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day page where you can register and download activity suggestions for this important event:

School Board re-elects officers

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s School Board held an election of officers during its organizational meeting prior to the first school board meeting of the year, January 9, 2018 at Osborn High School.

Led by Superintendent Vitti, a nomination was made to re-elect current school board president, Dr. Iris Taylor for the 2018-19 school year. All school board members voted unanimously. Immediately after her re-election, Dr. Taylor took over the meeting as remaining officers were nominated.

The previous officers were also unanimously re-elected:

  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President
  • Sonya Mays, Treasurer
  • Misha Stallworth, Secretary

External Committees

President Dr. Taylor appointed Member LaMar Lemmons to the Committee of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Secretary Misha Stallworth was appointed to the Committee of the Wayne County Association of School Boards (WCASB). Vice President Peterson-Mayberry was appointed to the Committee of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation (DPSF).

Internal Committees

Curriculum/Academics Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Member Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill as Chair of the Curriculum/Academics Committee, Members Georgia Lemmons and Secretary Misha Stallworth were also reappointed to serve as members of the Curriculum/Academics Committee.

Finance Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Treasurer Sonya Mays as Chair of the Finance Committee, Member LaMar Lemmons and Vice President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry were also reappointed to serve as members of the Finance Committee.

Policy Ad-hoc Committee

President Dr. Taylor reappointed Secretary Misha Stallworth to serve as Chair of the Policy Ad-hoc Committee and Treasurer Sonya Mays was reappointed as a member of the Policy Ad-hoc Committee. Member Georgia Lemmons was newly appointed to the Policy Ad-hoc Committee.

Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission

President Dr. Taylor appointed Vice President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry to serve as Committee Chair for the Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission, Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill and Member Georgia Lemmons were reappointed to serve as members of the Selection Committee for the Detroit Library Commission.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti acknowledged the first anniversary of the school board and presented each member with a plaque of appreciation for their dedication and commitment to DPSCD students and staff.

The school board was elected in November 2016 and is comprised of seven members whose names with ending terms are below:

  • Dr. Iris Taylor (2020)
  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry (2022)
  • Sonya Mays (2020)
  • Misha Stallworth (2020)
  • Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill (2018)
  • Georgia Lemmons (2022)
  • LaMar Lemmons (2018)

Examination High Schools Application Deadline Extended to Friday, Feb 16

For the 2018-2019 school year, the high school examination application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 16, 2018 to ensure flexibility and opportunity are extended to all DPSCD eighth-grade students. Please note that the exam is an online high school placement test. Students with IEPs and accommodations may take the print edition of the test.  Any student or parent may request a print edition of the test as well. If students do not apply for an exam school, the high school placement test will still be used by high school counselors and administrative staff for student placement.

You may also access this information on the Examination High School Page.  Students who complete the application process will be notified of the outcome by the week of March 26, 2018.

7 Successful Steps to Submitting the Examination High School Application