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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

DPS Summer Academy 2011 launched today with 38,057 students enrolled, exceeding district targets by more than 2,200 students

Detroit Public Schools’ six-week Summer School Academy 2011, which has enrolled 38,057 students, began today. The enrollment exceeds DPS targets by more than 2,200 students. The academy is part of the district’s mission to raise academic achievement among struggling students, in conjunction with a more rigorous curriculum under the district’s five-year Academic Plan that was implemented in the fall. There is no cost to Title I eligible District students or their families for Summer Academy 2011. Elementary and Middle students received a letter from their school principal if they are eligible, while High School students were notified by their guidance counselors. The Academy includes Credit Recovery, special programming for incoming and transitioning pre-kindergartners; a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

Detroit Public Schools provides parents and students 24-7 access to textbooks, assignments and other educational resources via online portal

Parents by January will have access to online Grade Books, immediate intervention notifications and more Detroit Public Schools announced today that parents and students can soon access a variety of education resources, including online textbooks and class assignments, from anywhere with an Internet connection, thanks to a brand new robust online parent portal called the DPS Learning Village. And by January, parents, teachers, and counselors in all schools will have access to unparalleled and immediate electronic communication about students’ progress tied to students’ grades, absences, and more. The system is connected to an online, password-protected Electronic Grade Book. Through the Parent/Student Learning Village tool, parents and students will receive a username and password and can pull a variety of educational

Detroit Public Schools students to graduate with a high school diploma and associate’s degree

At a graduation ceremony tonight, seven students from the Detroit Allied Health Middle College Program at Kettering High School Middle College will receive a high school diploma, having also simultaneously received an Associate’s degree from Wayne County Community College. About the program: The Detroit Allied Health Middle College Program at Kettering High School Middle College is providing Detroit students a marketplace of secondary school options that accelerate postsecondary opportunities in the field of allied health. This is part of Detroit Public Schools’ mission to have every graduate complete high school with the skills necessary for success. Since 2007, the Middle College has partnered with the administration of Detroit Public Schools, Wayne County Community College District, and the Detroit Medical Center.

DPS, Wayne County Community College District expand dual enrollment opportunities for high school students

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546 steven.wasko@detroitk12.org kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org WCCCD: Tina Bassett or Erica Banks Bassett & Bassett, Incorporated (313) 965-3010 Thousands of students will earn tuition-free college credits along with their high school diploma Detroit Public Schools high school students will have more opportunities than ever before to earn college credits through a new partnership with Wayne County Community College District. The program is incorporated in DPS’ five-year academic plan, which vastly increased the opportunities for students to learn outside the traditional curriculum, including more extended day opportunities and a robust summer school program. The Concurrent Enrollment program will give 11th and 12th grade students at the district’s 23 comprehensive high schools the opportunity to earn six

Detroit Public Schools names principals for 2010-2011

Fifty-two Detroit Public Schools will have new principals at the helm when the new school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The district saw 39 principals retire at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, prompting most of the changes. Sixteen principals were reassigned because their schools are being overhauled under the School Improvement Grant program, which provides federal funds to make over low-performing schools. Ninety principals will remain in the same assignments for the coming school year.