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DPS offers special parent workshops in seven Parent Resource Centers over holiday break to teach parents budgeting strategies for the New Year

Parents can also check out academic toolkits to take home to their children   Detroit Public Schools’ is offering special parent workshops in seven Parent Resource Centers this holiday break in conjunction with the district’s first-ever Holiday learning Fest, where 18 schools are open to students for six days (December 27, 28, 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5, 2012) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide academic support and remediation, fun activities and free meals for students. Parents can also check out academic toolkits to take home and work on with their children over the break.   When: The remaining parent workshops are from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m on December 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5,

DPS announces schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students in need, as well as workshops for parents

The district now is calling for a communitywide effort to recruit hundreds of volunteers who have already undergone background checks to help run the first-time-ever program Detroit Public School has announced the schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students for the first time ever this year. The district also will be offering special parent workshops in seven Parent Resource Centers. Through the brand new Holiday Learning Fest, a program sponsored in part by the Office of Food Services, schools will remain open to students for six days (December 27, 28, 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5, 2012) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide learning,

Students from Sampson Academy and Farmington debate at Eastern Michigan University for the first time through a program to build self-esteem

Students have been preparing for 5 weeks for big debates on Animal Testing and whether or not peanut butter should be allowed in public schools.  The big moment is here! Students from Detroit Public Schools’ Sampson Academy and Dunckel and East Middle Schools in Farmington have been preparing for the past 5 weeks for their big final debate on Saturday, December 17 in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, as part of the STARS Middle School Debate Program in Farmington, a program designed to build self confidence and increase learning outcomes among middle- and low-income students. The topics are Animal Testing and whether or not peanut butter should be allowed in public schools. 46 students will compete. Where and When: Saturday,

DPS is launching a program to keep some schools open over the holiday break, providing parent workshops, as well as meals and academic learning to students in need

The district is calling for a communitywide effort to recruit hundreds of volunteers to help run the first-time-ever program Detroit Public School announced today that it will keep a portion of the district’s schools open and expects to serve thousands of students over the holiday break by providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets for the first time ever this year. The full list of schools will be announced Monday. Through the brand new Holiday Learning Fest, a program sponsored in part by the Office of Food Services, schools will remain open to students for six days (December 27, 28, 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5, 2012) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide learning, fun

DPS adds teachers as enrollment grows

Detroit Public Schools has updated data regarding class size issues that have arisen in recent weeks as additional students enroll. Overall enrollment has risen to exceed budgeted projections by almost 300 students, and the district responds to unexpected needs caused by teacher retirements and resignations. “The good news is that children are still enrolling,” said Steven Wasko, Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations and Chief Communications Officer. “We also know that there are many classes that have as few as 15 or 17 students. For the remaining cases exceeding our limits, affecting 22 out of more than 4,000 classrooms, we are resolving the issues at this time.” Specifically, the district’s academic leadership had been made aware of 89 requests for additional

Literary Characters Come to Life at Bagley Elementary on Count Day

On October 5, 2011, several members of the Bagley Elementary School staff dressed as characters from children’s books to motivate students to attend school on Count Day. Bagley Staff from left to right: 5th grade teacher, T. Johnson (Pocahontas); 2nd grade teacher, M. Smith (Minnie Mouse); Library/Media teacher, C. Collins (Pippi Longstocking); Principal C. Brooks; Literacy Coach, T. Dyson; parent, T. Baker (Goofy); and 2nd grade teacher, L. Giles (The Cat in the Hat). Bagley students in the back row from left to right: Bagley students in the back row from left to right: Angel Jordan, 5th grade; Diamondnes Hamilton, 6th grade; Dallas Sumrall, 6th grade; Deiara Simpson, 6th grade. Front row from left to right: Jayla Leavell, 5th grade;

DPS Special Education programming in compliance with state, federal requirements for first time since 2007

State reinstates $4.8 million in funding following district’s efforts to improve procedures, service Detroit Public Schools is in compliance with state and federal requirements for Special Education for the first time since 2007. As a result of coming into compliance in the area of Educational Environments, the Michigan Department of Education reinstated $4.8 million in funding, which represents 20 percent of requested federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds that were withheld during the 2010-2011 school year. The Michigan Department of Education requires school districts across the state to comply with 15 Performance Plan Indicators, which are areas that ensure students are being effectively served and districts are in compliance with the IDEA and Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform first of three free concerts in Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday

As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) pursues its goal of becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet, the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin are pleased to present three free concerts in Detroit Public Schools. The concerts will be held at the following times and locations: Tuesday, October 4  at 10 a.m., Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden November 10 at 10 a.m., Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Dr. November 11 at 10 a.m., Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien St. Concert Repertoire: Wagner        Overture to Die Meistersinger Beethoven  Finale from Symphony No. 5 Dvorak          Second Movement from “New World Symphony” Weber           Overture to “Oberon” Dukas             The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Rodgers        Selections from “Sound of Music”   These complimentary concerts

Dr. Benjamin Carson dedicates new Dr. Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine, host a forum with students

Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, returned to Detroit for a special dedication ceremony for the brand new Dr. Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine, named in his honor. As part of the event, he met with students to talk about careers in medicine and science. “When I grew up in Detroit, there wasn’t a high school like this for those interested in healthcare careers,” said Dr. Carson. “I am so honored to have a school in my name focused on science and medicine that is designed to bring the best out in students who want to succeed.” About the Dr. Benjamin Carson School of Science & Medicine This fall, Detroit Public Schools

DPS high school students have secured nearly $77.4 million in scholarships and grants