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DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes Promotes from Within to Fill Key Transition Team Role; Names Alycia Meriweather Interim Superintendent  

Long-time DPS educator to work with Judge Rhodes to prepare District for return to local control; lead day-to-day operations of Academics, Talent and Strategy Divisions

Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes today announced that he has named long-time DPS educator Alycia Meriweather to be the District’s Interim Superintendent.  Meriweather, who is a Detroit resident and DPS graduate, will lead day-to-day operations in DPS’ Academics, Talent and Strategy Divisions, while Rhodes retains the balance of leadership responsibility for the District. They will work in partnership to transition the school system to local control as provided in legislation pending in Lansing.


Results of Air Quality Tests at Spain and Four Other Schools Show Only Low Levels of Mold and No Black Mold Present

Water Quality Test at Spain also confirms no lead or bacteria detected  Detroit Public Schools, in conjunction with the inspection of school buildings by the City of Detroit, has engaged a third party, certified environmental consulting firm to address concerns of air quality. The results of the first of these tests, conducted at Spain Elementary-Middle School, Dossin Elementary-Middle School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, A.L. Holmes Elementary School and the Osborn High School Campus have confirmed low levels of mold at these schools. The tests also confirmed that no black mold is present at any of the five schools. The report from ATC Group Services LLC (ATC) for Spain, which was tested on February 6, 2016, said that air

Life Remodeled Osborn Project Starts at the Top

Plans include high school roof repair, 12,000 volunteers to help restore neighborhood  The Life Remodeled 2015 project at Osborn High School and the Osborn community on the city’s east side really is starting at the top – as in raising the school roof. A traditional tear off and replacement of the worn-out and leaky roof would cost the Detroit Public Schools $2.4 million. By instead installing a 150,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art roof system over the school the cost is reduced to about $900,000, said Chris Lambert, CEO of the non-profit community rebuilding effort. According to Lambert, the new roof also will carry a 20-year warranty. “Fixing the roof at Osborn is our football field this year,” Lambert said, referring to the

DPS Summer School Academy kicks off next week with dozens of free opportunities

Experiences include expanded UAW/Ford Camp, an enhanced Camp Burt Shurly program, a youth academic/athletic mentoring program for middle school boys at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, engineering programs, Pre-K transition and more! Detroit Public Schools kicks off dozens of free Summer Academy opportunities next week, including an expanded UAW/Ford Camp for students at four locations, engineering experiences, courses targeted to attract students from outside of the District in need of credit recovery courses, and a Pre-Kindergarten Transitions Program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten. The expanded 5-week UAW/Ford Summer Camp, now in its second year, will be offered June 16-July 17. Begun as a pilot last year, the Camp seeks to provide academic enrichment, life skills,

School of the Week: Fleming Early Learning Neighborhood Center 

On a recent morning, the volume was high and energy abundant as prekindergarten students whirled from station to station in teacher Vaneece Porter’s class at Fleming Early Learning Center in northeast Detroit. Five-year-old Lauren Kidd sat at a small table sorting small, colorful pieces of plastic fruit and then counted the number of strawberries, bananas, grapes and oranges in each group. Myair Moore, also 5, flitted around the room in a tutu from the classroom’s career station, pretending to be a ballerina, and occasionally picked up small musical instruments, clanging them together. Meanwhile, in the “library center,” another Prekindergarten student flipped through picture books. And across the room, two students wearing headphones tapped away on computers, trying to identify words

More than 30 schools celebrate literacy through DPS’ Third Annual Districtwide Literacy Fair!

Literacy Fair is part of district’s strategic mission to improve student achievement through creative and engaging core subject activities that involve the entire community Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Literacy kicks off the district’s Third Annual Literacy Fair on Tuesday, May 19. This exciting three-day event will be celebrated at more than 30 schools through hundreds of literacy-themed activities. This year’s theme is “Writing is Exciting and Reading is Insightful: A Showcase of Literacy across the Disciplines.” The Literacy Fair showcases the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of students in grades Pre-K through 12. “The Literacy Fair’s many fun and creative activities and programs allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how literacy transcends disciplines, including Science,

Detroit Public Schools announces school-based transformation initiatives designed to improve academics and competitiveness

Innovations include new K-12 International Baccalaureate program, a high school program expansion, a new dual language immersion program, more art and music, a new Honors School-Within-a-School and more  Detroit Public Schools on Wednesday announced more than a dozen new school-based innovations — many from proposals submitted by principals and educators — for enhancing academics, enrichment and customer service for thousands of DPS families. The innovations include a new International Baccalaureate program, a high school program expansion at a highly coveted academy, a new dual language immersion program, more art and music, a new Honors School-within-a-School and more. The initiatives are designed to expand proven academic offerings and replicate successful academic programs that families and students desire. The enhancements, which are

DPS Announces New Camp Operator to Modernize Experiences at District’s Free 240-Acre Summer Nature Camp

Detroit Public Schools has partnered with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, an experienced camp operator, to offer professional, modernized camp services for the district’s signature 240-acre camp located in Gregory, Michigan. Plans include expanded outdoor STEM education and experiential learning through a soon-to-be added nature center.

DPS students and staff to celebrate third annual Green Week with environmentally-friendly and sustainable projects, healthy foods

As part of the third annual “Green Week” in Detroit Public Schools, students and staff throughout the district will be focusing on environmentally-friendly and sustainable activities, including energy and water conservation, recycling, healthy foods, gardening and more.

School of the Week: Wayne Elementary School

Upholding a traditional PreK-5 structure while providing a world-class education Take the commitment… The Wayne Commitment! I respect myself and others too, I respect the best in all I do! I will keep my school clean and safe, Come every day and not be late! I am here to learn all I can, to try my best and be all I am! ~Written by Wayne Elementary Student Council When you enter the doors at Wayne Elementary School, you enter what is known as “Rockets territory.” But what does that mean? It simply implies that you are now among a talented group of rising young academic stars. At Wayne Elementary School, Principal Pamela Askew says that she and her staff take