District Events

Upcoming Events

Starry Night at Drew Farm

Today 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free Public Event with RSVP DPSCD Office of School Nutrition and Garden Collaborative offer a “Starry Night at Drew.” Event includes a cooking demo, healthy snacks, nature walk and bird feeder crafts at Drew Farms. RSVP required. Please call 313-651-3457 or email garden.program@detroitk12.org to reserve.

Concert and Activities: “Star Wars at the Max"

2/25/2017 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Limited free tickets for prospective DPSCD students Tots to middle school students experience a Star Wars performance by a small ensemble of DSO Musicians, plus art and music making activities. Star Wars costumes welcomed. Limited free public tickets for prospective DPSCD students. RSVP at https://www.culturesource.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/ixiti/advancedsearch&csid=16&force=1&type=dpscdsteamy

“Meet the Scientist Saturday”

2/25/2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free Public Event Curious students, young Einsteins, or future tech wizards who are always thinking of the next big thing are invited to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology! Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for “Meet the Scientist Saturday” featuring David Head & Dr. Terrance Dillard on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2-4

DPSCD Robotics on Ice

2/26/2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Free Public Viewing Event DPSCD showcases a “Robotics on Ice” competition with invited DPSCD students at 10 a.m. Public is invited to view. Families can engage in Chess in the Park activities, sample cherry slurpies by DPSCD nutrition staff.

Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat

2/26/2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Free Public Event Experience all the wacky, zany joy that has made this one of the most treasured rhyming books of all time. Join with friends and family as the Dallas Children’s Theater presents this special theatrical event.

EAA Staff Meet and Greet

2/28/2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DPSCD will hold an exclusive EAA “Welcome Session” for all EAA professional staff. The purpose is to share hiring information, offer a format to talk to representatives from a variety of departments, The Detroit Federation of Teachers and more.

“Get S.T.E.A.M.ed at the DIA”

3/4/2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Public Event Discover “Science Behind the Art,” a virtual field trip produced by DPTV, on the science of the DIA’s Conservation Lab; investigate technologies and innovations of ancient civilization; Career talk by Andrea Montiel De Shuman, Digital Experience Designer; Gallery games, drop-in workshops and more.

DIME for a Dime

3/5/2017 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Limited Free Public Tickets for prospective DPSCD students One-day event where students aged 12-19 can attend up to four 30-minute classes with the industry-professional faculty of DIME Detroit. Subject areas covered are guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting and music business. Students rotate between designated classrooms. Very limited free tickets for prospective DPSCD students. Reserve at https://www.culturesource.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/ixiti/advancedsearch&csid=16&force=1&type=dpscdsteamy


3/5/2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Free Public Event Formerly known as Darwin the Dinosaur, Lightwire Theater brings DINO-Light to life on stage with this original storyline. A famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life – but the dinosaur wanders away. On his adventure, he discovers a world full of wonderful creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.

DPSCD “All Schools” S.T.E.A.M. Showcase

4/2/2017 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Free Public Event Discover “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math” S.TE.A.M. events with representatives of every DPSCD school. Give-aways! Science, tech and agricultural arts demonstrations. Learn about tuition-free Montessori, foreign language immersion and more.

DPSCD to host an evening of fun at Drew Farm with Starry Nights

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Office of School Nutrition to Host ‘Starry Nights’ Series

WHAT:           Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) will host three monthly ‘Starry Night’ series beginning in January.

Each event will feature a nature walk on the grounds of Drew Farm, cooking demos, and an opportunity for attendees to make their own bird feeders.  Healthy snacks will also be provided.

“This is another opportunity to open our doors to students, families and the community to experience the farm from a different perspective.  Our high tunnels produce crops almost year-round and by allowing our guests to tour them, we hope they gain insight to some of the amazing things available through urban agriculture,” stated DSCG program manager, Monica DeGarmo.

Cost is $10 per family of five or $3 per person. Registration is required.  Please call 313.651.3457 or email garden.program@detroitk12.org to reserve a spot.

WHEN:           Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Drew Transition Center, 9600 Wyoming Ave., Detroit, MI  48204 (Chicago Blvd. entrance)
The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a Farm to School initiative comprised of Drew Farm, a two-

acre farm and 82 school garden sites. Each site features six raised garden beds. Drew Farm consists of six, 96 square foot hoop houses which produces thousands of pounds of various greens, root
vegetables, non-GMO sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce.

DPSCD Announced S.T.E.A.M.y Summer Learning Events

DPS STEAMy logo3Fun Summer program provides Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Focus

Alycia Meriweather, Interim Superintendent, for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), today announced the S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD program. It is a broad community partnership to engage students in active learning programs this summer through a series of large-scale free, fun and engaging learning/back-to-school readiness events scheduled in August. The full schedule is attached, the first two events kick off on Saturday, August 6.

“We are extremely excited about our upcoming S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD Back-to-School Readiness Campaign,” said Meriweather. “We know that too often, students tend to fall behind academically over the summer months when they are not actively engaged in learning. In education we call this the summer slide. But we are hoping this series of events, including another initiative we plan to unveil next week centered on Summer Reading, will help our students be more prepared to return to school ready to learn on the first day of school– September 6.”

The new district joined forces with The Michigan Science Center, The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland’s Office, the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center, Detroit Children’s Museum, HAP, the Detroit Health Department, the Ford Motor Company Fund and Office Depot to host and support the events. Each venue will have educational activities centered on a S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) theme.

“The Michigan Science Center inspires curious minds of all ages to discover and appreciate STEM,” said Michigan Science Center President and CEO Tonya Matthews. “We are excited to partner with DPSCD and offer free access to our hands-on experiences. This event is a great way for teachers and students alike to get ready for back to school.” The Michigan Science Center, thanks to support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, is hosting a Free Family Day on August 13, in which DPSCD families and prospective families will have early bird registration access to visit the Center and engage in STEAM activities.

Families will also have the opportunity to have their children immunized on August 13, as well as obtain free school supplies, while they last. All students in grades K-8 enrolled in a DPSCD school will receive a back pack provided my Mike Morse of the Mike Morse Law Firm.

The new district’s Enrollment campaign touts new academic programming enhancements/innovations including Montessori programs, building improvements, a blended learning academy, smaller learning academies and more! Check out the new Picking the Perfect School Guide for a full catalog of schools and their programs.

The DPSCD S.T.E.A.M.y Summer partners on Wednesday underscored their commitment to the new district’s Back-to-School Readiness effort.

“This shared notion that learning should be a year-round thing is what this partnership is all about,” said Councilman Gabe Leland, City of Detroit, who is supporting an event on Detroit’s West side at Brennan Pool. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with DPSCD and a number of business and philanthropy leaders to work with our young people to keep them mentality active in preparation for the upcoming school year. Our school age children and their families need more opportunities to participate in fun activities in a safe learning environment and this program accomplishes that goal.”

“Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and the Wayne County Parks Division proudly support the Detroit Public Schools Community District Back-to-School Initiative. We are honored that our Wayne County Family Aquatic Center will serve as a learning environment and registration sight on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We encourage families to come and join us” said David Cartwright, Deputy Director of Wayne County Parks Division.

HAP, a supporter of the district’s Volunteer Ambassador Program, also renewed its support.

“HAP is committed to helping our communities wherever we can and has been a long-time supporter of the Detroit Public Schools,” said Tom Spring, HAP’s director of wellness and community outreach. “HAP was founded in Detroit more than 50 years ago and has been headquartered here ever since. It’s our privilege to serve the children of the community that we, too, call home.”

“A good education is the cornerstone of a successful career, especially if it is built on a solid foundation of STEAM skills and innovative thinking,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford is happy to support programs such as S.T.E.A.M.y Summer that add an extra element of fun to the equation and help kids get excited about learning.”

“Our schools are the place where we grow our valuable resource – our future,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director and Health Officer, Detroit Health Department. “We stand in solidarity with Detroit Public Schools Community District and its students to promote health and well-being as our students learn and grow.”

About the Detroit Public Schools Community District

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills a few weeks ago. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as with its necessary support services, including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood learning and much more. In addition, DPSCD will emerge with new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Most significantly, DPSCD emerges with virtually no past debt obligations.


Saturday, August 6th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This event is full. Thank you for your interest.
Saturday, August 6th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FAMILY FREE DAY and S.T.E.A.M. activities
Space is limited – first come, first served. Refreshments will be available.
Saturday, August 13th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ENROLLMENT FAIR AT THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER, supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48202. This FAMILY FREE DAY will include immunizations and free school supplies, while they last, as well as shuttles from four locations throughout the city. Early bird registration for DPSCD/Prospective DPSCD families is at: www.mi-sci.org/dps/
Saturday, August 20th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FAMILY FREE DAY* / S.T.E.A.M. Activities
Space is limited – first come, first served.
Saturday, August 27th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
DETROIT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. 6134 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
FAMILY FREE DAY* / S.T.E.A.M. Activities
Space is limited – first come, first served.
SAVE THE DATE: The District’s Special Enrollment Open House
Saturday, August 27th / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All district schools will be open with activities and tours.

DPS Host FACE Summit Today at WSU Live Streamed by DPTV

Live from Detroit:  A City-Wide Dialogue on Collaborative Solutions for Detroit Students 

Don’t Miss The Detroit Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Summit from Detroit Public Schools

Watch LIVE Online Thursday, March 24, from 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. ET


 Educators, community leaders and parents will learn from experts in the field how to jumpstart a city-wide education dialogue that addresses systemic challenges and provides collaborative solutions.

 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) has formed a strong alliance with local, state and national partners to host the Detroit Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Summit. Highly-regarded panelists will hold a day-long discussion with area educators, community stakeholders, business leaders and parents to address systemic issues that create roadblocks such as chronic absenteeism, low family and community engagement, and lack of academic resources. Experts speaking include Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Scholastic Education author, who will share the best practices of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships developed by the US Department of Education.

The summit’s morning sessions will be available via a live stream provided by DPTV from 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. ET on Thursday, March 24, using the following link: http://dptv.org/facedetroit.

Watch the Full Program