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Branding Focus Group Meetings & Survey

Detroit Public Schools Community District wants your input as we build a new brand that reflects our commitment to educating and empowering our students, and aligns with our strategic plan. DPSCD is hosting focus group meetings and distributing an online survey to gather feedback from families, students, faculty, alumni, and business and community partners.  Read the full article for more information about meeting locations, registering and taking the online survey.

Academy of the Americas take the floor at 10th Annual State NASP Archery Tournament

Detroit Public Schools’ Academy of the Americas (AOA) archery students participated in the 10th Annual State NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Archery Tournament on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Central Michigan University. The event took place in CMU’s Student Activity Center. Under the instruction of AOA Teacher and Archery Coach Jose Ramirez, this year marked the fourth time AOA students returned to the Michigan State NASP Championships at CMU! “All of my physical education students from fourth grade through eighth grade participate in the archery program, Ramirez said. “Our select tournament shooters are chosen based upon their score in our school-wide event which is held at the end of each unit. Those students have the opportunity to compete

DPS kicks off Application Period Wednesday, February 24 for 22 Application Schools

The district kicks off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, February 24 for the 22 Application Schools, which range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to robust STEM programs such as Detroit International Academy, home of the Pink Panthers and all-girls robotics team, to language immersion programs, including those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School. The month-long Application Schools period runs from February 24 to March 23. Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere. The Application Schools are as follows: Academy of the Americas (K-8) / Academy of the Americas (9-11) Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School Bates Academy Benjamin

DPS’ Academy of the Americas expands to NEW High School

Students enjoy first week at Escuela Preparatoria Academia de las Américas Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) Academy of the Americas expanded to a new high school site this week. Students in grades 8-10 started attending classes in the new High School, Escuela Preparatoria Academia de las Américas, on Monday, January 25, 2016 and can now continue their Dual Immersion Bi-lingual Academic Program in Spanish and English through graduation. The school will progressively expand to grades 11 and 12 as students matriculate. “We are very excited to expand our successful dual language immersion program at the Academy of the Americas,” said Principal Nicholas Brown. “It is a wonderful opportunity to prepare students for a global, multi-lingual, multi-cultural workplace and society and truly

DPS High Schools offer Detroit 8th grade students career path options from medical to musical and more

New High School Open House Series tailored for 8th grade students

Detroit Public Schools launched this month a NEW initiative to ensure Detroit 8th grade students can explore the District’s High Schools before the spring Enrollment period to allow parents/guardians and their children to make the best decision possible for their High School of choice. All Detroit 8th grade students graduating in June 2016 are welcome to attend these fun and engaging events.

Academy of the Americas to host Michigan Tech SHPE “Family Engineering Night” on Monday, November 23

The Michigan Tech Student Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will be at Academy of the Americas on Monday, November 23, spreading the word about engineering and STEM career pathways during a “Family Engineering Night.” A free dinner for families will be provided 3:45-4:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Families will attend three 35-minute fun hands-on engineering activities from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Theevent is made possible with a grant from John Deere to the Michigan Technological University Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. Michigan Tech is a co-developer of the Family Engineering program, along with the Foundation for Family Science and Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education. To learn more, visit: http://www.familyengineering.org/ or contact co-author Joan Chadde, Director,

Academy of the Americas receives DPS’ first ever Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® designation with MSU and community collaboration

A highly unique opportunity for summer and after-school enrichment for Academy of the Americas (AOA) students, alumni and Michigan State University Urban Immersion Fellows will begin June 15, 2015 as the Academy of the Americas becomes the first-ever Detroit Public School to be named a nationally-acclaimed Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® site. The CDF Freedom Schools program seeks to boost motivation to read and build strong, literate and empowered students prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for students who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to decrease summer learning loss and close achievement

State Rep. Gay-Dagnogo and DPS collaborate to host Legislators’ Tour

Detroit Public Schools, in collaboration with State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), hosted a Legislators’ Tour on Friday, Jan. 16. Co-hosts for the tour included: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights). Titled “Revitalizing Their Dreams Education Unity Tour,” the event commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and aimed to foster bipartisan discussion around education policy as the bus made stops at multiple school buildings including: Adult Education Center-West Campus Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) Mark Twain School for Scholars Bennett Elementary School Davison Elementary-Middle School Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science Communication & Media Arts High School The legislators also gained knowledge

Torii & Katrina Hunter Launch Innovative Program to Benefit Detroit Public Schools Students

Tigers star provides proven character-building program to students Heart of a Champion, a program designed to elevate the lives of 7,500 students in 39 Detroit Public Schools launched Sept. 23 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy with a high-energy kick-off event including Katrina Hunter, wife of the Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, school district officials and city dignitaries. Through their charitable effort, The Torii Hunter Project, the Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder and his wife are funding the program for the school district. Heart of a Champion is a character-building program that is proven to reduce dropout rates and increase student performance and graduation rates among students in 26 states. “We are excited to bring a program to Detroit that has been proven

DPS student’s art work chosen to be displayed at the U.S. Department of Education

The artwork of Isabella Servin, a fifth-grader at Academy of the Americas, was recently selected through a nation-wide search conducted by Crayola to be displayed at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The art piece is titled “Mexican Amate Bark.” The Crayola search was conducted to highlight the need for student artwork to be placed on permanent display at the U.S. Department of Education. Academy of the Americas teacher Kendra Lincourt submitted three student art pieces. Servin’s art work was selected amongst 39 other student submissions from across the nation. Servin will receive a commemorative plaque and Crayola materials.