Detroit Public Schools will hold auditions today and Wednesday for its newly-reorganized All City High School Marching Band (ACHSMB) with the goals of providing a performance outlet for all DPS high school band musicians and performing in local, state, national and international music events. Auditions for the All City Band will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19, 2013 for the following instrumentation: June 18, 2013 Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Auxiliaries June 19, 2013 Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Auxiliaries The band will be composed of 200 of the best musicians that meet the criteria for instrumentation and audition successfully. Each applicant must be enrolled in the band program at … Continue reading
Winner of Fourth Annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest — Mr. Illya Tolbert, an Art teacher at Harms Elementary School!
DETROIT, June 12, 2013 – The Detroit Goodfellows announced today the winner of the fourth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Mr. Illya Tolbert, an Art teacher at Harms Elementary School! Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised Tolbert at a school assembly with the news and presented him with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, he will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by Detroit Public School students in grades 3 through 8 who designated their favorite teachers by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less. There were the most entries ever received this … Continue reading
Detroit Public Schools distributes first-ever “Salt of the Earth” and “Golden Shovel” Awards to partners of school nutrition efforts
The awards program was held at Nichols Elementary where special guest Sen. Debbie Stabenow also joined with students to formally launch a new school garden collaborative at their school site Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition handed out its first-ever “Salt of the Earth” and “Golden Shovel” awards to partners of the district’s healthy school nutrition efforts and Detroit School Garden Collaborative. The awards ceremony, held at Nichols Elementary, included a visit by special guest U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, who joined with Nichols students to formally launch a new school garden collaborative at their school. The garden is part of an innovative new education program at Detroit Public … Continue reading
Take the survey below and tell us which School of the Week feature you liked best! School of the Week Survey The school year is quickly coming to an end, but before we leave for the summer, we’d like to recap our amazing School of the Week features from the 2012-2013 academic year. The idea for this new campaign originated in September of 2012 as the DPS Communications Team thought of creative ways to showcase and highlight the many Great Things Happening at OUR Detroit Public Schools! It was decided that each and every week—based on a nomination from YOU— we would travel to a different school to interview the principal, teachers, staff members, students, parents, and sometimes even community … Continue reading
DPS is issuing a call for qualified summer school teachers for the 2013 Detroit Public Schools Summer School Academy
Detroit Public Schools is issuing a call for qualified summer school teachers in the core content areas of homeroom, math, science, social studies and English Language Arts. Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, the 2013 Detroit Public Schools Summer School Academy will be held June 18-July 26 with programs 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. “We must think of creative new methods to help our students succeed, both academically and socially,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “In areas where we see students lacking, we have to get them on track to … Continue reading
Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics firstname.lastname@example.org 313-870-5863 Basketball stars Antania Hayes of King High and Kahlil Felder of Pershing High earned top honors Wednesday at the third annual Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Year Awards. Presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s, the media recognition event saluted 47 honorees chosen Proud Strong Learners of the Week during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons as nominated by their coaches. A gathering of parents, coaches and school supporters turned out for the two-hour program, which began with a music-driven, video presentation featuring action photos of the 2012-13 PSL year in review. The event was co-hosted by … Continue reading
On Friday June 7, Detroit Public Schools Lemonade Day 2013 was observed throughout DPS when over 52,000 students demonstrated the entrepreneurial principles they have learned over the past three months as part of their academic curriculum, by opening and operating a Lemonade stand! A variety of lessons from different subjects were incorporated into this project. English Language Arts: students wrote marketing plans or solicit letters for assistance; for Science, students could assess whether they are using quality ingredients; for Math, students accounted for all liabilities/revenues and calculated whether they produced a profit, practiced addition and subtraction and produced receipts; for Social Studies, students learned about the economics of running a lemonade stand. See a map of participating schools here! Lemonade Day … Continue reading
Target partnered with the Heart of America Foundation to complete a Volunteer School Library Makeover at Bates Academy on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Students, staff, parents and community members enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the vibrant new library with 2,000 new books, new furniture, carpeting, paint and décor, new desktop computers, new iPads and take-home books for each student.
The Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Alumni Association, in conjunction with Detroit Public Schools, is planning to conduct a used instrument donation program with Wayne State University alumni, staff and students. The drive will be called Playing It Forward and seeks to collectgently used instruments that are in working condition. The CFPCA Board aims to make the donation to DPS in order for the instruments to be used during the 2013-2014 school year. Willie McAllister, Jr., Director of the Office of Fine Arts Education, fully supports the donation drive. Detroit Public Schools is seeking instruments for elementary, middle and high school students. Brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments are requested from Mr. McAllister. No pianos, please. … Continue reading
Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics email@example.com 313-870-5863 As a salute to the Detroit Public School League’s wealth of outstanding talent, the DPS Office of Athletics will present the third annual PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year Awards, sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s, Wednesday from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center, 2301 Van Dyke, near Kercheval, in Detroit. This recognition program will honor 47 of the PSL’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers, each chosen 2012-13 Proud Strong Learners of the Week as nominated by their coaches. The weekly honorees were cited for their achievements during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. The program will culminate with one boy and … Continue reading