Student/Schools Showcase

Congratulations Carstens Elementary School on the Hockey STEM $2,500 Grant Award

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Congratulations Carstens!!

For more than 150 students and teachers from Detroit Public Schools Community District, today was their opportunity to take one last look at Joe Louis Arena before the Red Wings conclude their “Farewell Season at The Joe.” Many of the 5th-8th grade students from Carstens Elementary-Middle, Carleton Elementary, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle, Davison Elementary-Middle and Mark Twain Elementary schools were experiencing the iconic arena for the first time.

The students won an opportunity to visit Joe Louis Arena through the EverFi Future Goals program presented by the NHL, NHLPA and Detroit Red Wings. The educational fieldtrip afforded an opportunity for students to see real-life activation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts during the final full practice at Joe Louis Arena and hear from Detroit Red Wings staff regarding their STEM-related careers.

Capitalizing on a successful launch of the Future Goals STEM education program last season, the Detroit Red Wings partnered with Detroit Public Schools Community District to develop an incentive-based approach to engaging additional teachers and students throughout the city of Detroit. The program targeted middle school teachers interested in using the sport of hockey and the Detroit Red Wings brand to encourage increased interest from students in learning STEM concepts. To launch the program, middle school teachers were invited to a learning session at Joe Louis Arena earlier this season.

“The Future Goals program uniquely allows students to realize how STEM concepts intersect with the game of hockey – on and off the ice,” said Kevin Brown, Director of Community Relations & Detroit Red Wings Foundation. “For many students in Detroit and across Michigan, this program is their first opportunity to experience the intricacies and excitement of hockey.”

The morning began with an informational panel lead by Jim Biewer, Director of Event Marketing, and members of the Detroit Red Wings staff, including Al Sobotka, Building Operations Manager, and Sheldon Neuman, Director of Broadcasting and Chief Engineer. Sobotka, the Red Wings’ longtime Zamboni driver, provided an in-depth look into how the ice is developed and maintained at Joe Louis Arena. Meanwhile, Neuman expounded on how technology and math at Joe Louis Arena is used to prepare game presentations each night.

Following the panel presentation, Mrs. Wiley from Carstens Elementary-Middle School was honored with a $2,500 technology upgrade grant from the Detroit Red Wings and EverFi. Mrs. Wiley’s class won the grant for achieving the highest program completion percentage of all participating schools in Detroit this year.

DPSCD Students Decorate School Walls with Black History Art

While studying the abstract art and mixed media, the 8th Grade students at A. L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning, under the guidance of Art Instructor James T. Porter, decided to mix a little media of their own this February.  Starting with a tribute to 44th President Barack Obama, the students prepared large canvases with splatter art, giving a nod to the techniques of well-known artists, such as Jackson Pollock, and then partnered with Mr. Porter to turn the paintings into portraits of people who inspire them, including Michelle Obama and Dr. King.

The portraits now hang outside the office of Principal Tammy Mitchell, who supported the project as a way for students to see not only people they are proud of but work they are proud of every day.

DPSCD STEM Students debut solar car frame at the NAIAS

Congratulations Alexia White, a senior at DSA, Tai Pearson, a senior at DSA, and Jahmal Goldman, a sophomore at Cass Tech!! They participated in the NAIAS (auto show) media preview press days where the solar car frame built and designed by the students was unveiled last week. The Lieutenant Governor was at the event and crawled under the car!


Detroit’s Students of “Heroes’ Alliance”
Unveiled Solar Car Project at NAIAS Press Event
Students from Heroes’ Alliance, a Detroit-based after school STEM enrichment program
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
General Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General for Installations, Michigan Army National Guard Heroes’ Alliance Detroit’s Anika Smith

Students, sponsors and supporters of Detroit-based Heroes’ Alliance unveiled a concept electric-solar vehicle developed by high school students during after-school programs Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Auto Show. The vehicle will be on display in Cobo throughout preview days of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the new AutoMobili-D section. Attendees will see the vehicle’s worldwide debut and be able to interact with Heroes’ Alliance students, staff and sponsors during the worldwide reveal.

Sponsors include General Motors, Alion Science and Technology, Macomb County, Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Defense Center, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army TARDEC, NextEnergy, Calstart, Odyssey Battery and Michigan Technological University.

About Heroes’ Alliance

Based on the national agenda for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education as a priority for American youth and a foundational component of every child’s educational experience, Heroes’ Alliance has created a platform to engage students, especially underrepresented minorities in the Metro-Detroit area, in STEM education through after-school enrichment. Our program works to recreate the tension of necessity that exists in the real world through project and product based learning with the understanding that the real goal of the learning should translate not in the grades received, but in the skills and knowledge acquired. This approach and emphasis will be the only means through which our nation will be able to significantly reduce the increasing skills gap. Our children must see learning as a bridge to knowledge, knowledge as a bridge to skills, and skills as a bridge that links our problems to our solutions. Through acquired knowledge and skills, we can create processes and products that resolve conflict and solve problems.

Senior Jaylen Bradley is going to Disney World for the Dreamers Academy

Senior Jaylen Bradley from Renaissance High School was chosen in the Steve Harvey/Disney Dreamers Academy for 2017. He won an all-expenses 4-day vacation to Disney World with a parent in March 2017!  He was one of the 100 students chosen out of thousands after an intensive application and selection process. Congratulations!!

Disney Dreamers Academy is a power-packed, 4-day event held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida; students, ages 13-19, are inspired to dream big and get a jump-start on making those dreams come true! Students chosen to attend travel from every corner of the country to participate in a series of sessions and workshops held within the magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, virtually turning the theme parks into vibrant classrooms where Dreamers can imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.

Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences while working side by side with some of today’s top celebrities, community and industry leaders and dedicated Disney Cast members.

Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science was awarded a $1,500 Walmart Community Grant

DPSCD Parent Liaison, Victoria Boston-McNeely and the Carstens Academy family applied for this charitable Walmart Community grant back in September. On November 14, 2016 Carstens Academy received notice that they were awarded this prestigious award.

The grant will enable Carstens Academy to significantly help its students and community.  One of the areas Carstens Academy will be helping its students will be by providing uniforms, coats, gloves, hats and boots for the upcoming Winter season.  Carstens Academy will also use the grant to improve the buildings culture and climate.  Lastly, Carstens Academy will also use some of the remaining funds on activities that will encourage academic and individual growth for the school and community.

Carstens Academy is extremely appreciative for this generous monetary token from Walmart and looks forward to the positive impact that it will have on the students and community! – submitted by Carstens staff –


Detroit Public Schools Community District Celebrates Historic Football Teams MHSAA State Championships with World-Class Parade

In partnership with the Parade Company, DPSCD will celebrate our MHSAA Division 1 and 2 Champions with a world-class parade Monday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. Join us in your spirit team wear as we march down Woodward with the winning teams, school marching bands and Interim Superintendent Meriweather along with “Mason” from the Mason in the Morning Show on 105.9 KISS.

The parade will step off at Grand Circus Park at 1:30p.m. and march down Woodward culminating in a rally at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit. Come out and celebrate the Championship teams, Athletic Director Alvin Ward, Cass Tech’s Coach Wilcher and King’s Coach Spencer, along with proud DPSCD staff and students.

Cass Technical High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Sr. High School’s football teams won dual State Championships capturing the MHSAA Division 1 and Division 2 titles. This is the first time in state history that Division 1 and 2 winners hail from the same school district. In recognition of this historical event, DPSCD, in partnership with the Parade Company will celebrate these unprecedented wins with a parade.

The march will feature especially designed “pillar” floats highlighting the district’s new academic plan and the five pillars – Literacy, Career Pathways, Innovation, Family and Community and Wrap-around Services.

All staff is invited to wear team colors Monday to support our champions – Cass (Green and White); King (Black and Gold) – or a combination of the colors.

Harms Hawks Lego Robotics Team wins!

harms-robotics-teamThe Harms Hawks Lego Robotics Team competed against 23 teams at The Michigan Science Center on Saturday, November 12th.  Congratulations to the Hawks for earning first place for Best Presentation of their Dog Alert App.  The Harms Hawks team comprised of 4th and 5th graders placed 3rd overall against teams with 7th and 8th grade players.  How sweet is that!  The Hawks will compete again at the State Finals on Saturday December 17th.

Coaches Mr. Kevin Barker and Mrs. Rebecca Barker did a great job preparing the players for their high pressure performances. In a time restricted format, the kids have to think on the fly and make quick second decisions, which can only be accomplished through strong and skillful preparation.

We are very proud of our Hawks.  They represented Harms and DPSCD magnificently!

Our future real estate professionals – DPSCD’s young ladies present to Mayor

crew1Young ladies from DPSCD were selected from a winning design challenge to present to the Detroit Economic Development Corporation at the Mayor’s office in October. The participating schools were: Golightly Career and Technical Center and Detroit International Academy for young women (DIA) along with students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

At the Mayor’s office, the young ladies provided an introduction followed by a response answering what they felt was gained by participating in CREW Careers and in what way the experience had contributed, if at all to the types of professional careers they may wish to pursue. And, yes, some of the young ladies had been convinced to pursue commercial real estate professions.

These students were part of Design Challenge hosted by CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit’s program – CREW Careers – “Generation Detroit” on May 18 at the Quicken Loan facility “The Qube.” The students were grouped into teams to design a plan for the adaptive reuse of a historic building.

These outstanding students shared their ideas about how they felt a building and vacant land should be repurposed with the support of their school’s CREW Careers coordinator and administration.

  • Jada Thompson and Angela Williams (Golightly Career and Technical Center)

Patricia Bell & Neal Morrison, Principal

  • Paige Craig, Christine Banks , Mahia Hossah, and Mili Paul  (Detroit International Academy for young women)-DIA

Beverly Hibbler, Dena Green-Robinson and Pamela Askew, Principal

  • Carina Garza and Angela Martinez (Detroit Cristo Rey High School)

Naomi Howrani & Michael Khoury, President

Let’s give a big shout out to these students, CREW Career’s coordinators and school administrators for their time, dedication and vision to make the City of Detroit a better place!

Thanks to the generous contributions of a local charity, they redeveloped an actual duplex located in the community where DIA is located. The winning project is intended to be implemented by the non-profit group.  The young ladies were expected to work as a team and present to an audience, and are then judged based on their presentations by a panel of prominent members of the real estate community.

Jill Ford, Special Advisor to Mayor Duggan and Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the City of Detroit, was the keynote speaker at this year’s event, and instrumental in getting the students in front of the Mayor’s team.

Detroit Lions Brandon Copeland served as Mark Twain Principal for the day

mark-twain-steam-dayMark Twain hosted STEM and Literacy event on October 25, 2016. The event was organized by Athletes for Charity, a not for profit organization in collaboration with Detroit Lions, Tata Technologies, Marathon Petroleum, Wayne State School of Medicine, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Andrew Humphrey of WDIV-TV Local 4. Detroit Lions Brandon Copeland served as Mark Twain Principal for the day! Also, Detroit Lions Kerry Hyder, Don Carey, and Brandon Copeland spoke with Mark Twain students, read books and shared their inspirational thoughts and experiences with them!

Mark Twain students also engaged in hands on STEM activities in the STEM Zone provided by Tata Technologies, Marathon Petroleum, Wayne Sate School of Medicine, Charles H. Wright Museum and Detroit Lions volunteers!

Dedication of the Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center

dsosnU.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men in Detroit on Tuesday, October 25, as part of a dedication and ribbon cutting of The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center.
According to Betti Wiggins, DPSCD’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) executive director, the dedication is well deserved. “Senator Stabenow has been a staunch supporter of our farm and garden program and so much more,” said Wiggins. “Through her efforts to increase access to healthy foods by way of Michigan growers and school gardens, many students, staff and the surrounding communities have benefitted greatly.”

The dedication comes on the heels of the recent announcement of The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 which the Senator stated as ‘the most comprehensive urban agriculture legislation to be introduced in Congress. Once passed, the legislation will create new economic opportunities, funding support, and create healthier environments for many surrounding cities. 


The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center will encompass a school garden and a hoop house recently erected to grow produce year-round on the campus of Frederick Douglass Academy. The hoop house was funded by the Office of the Under Secretary for Civil Rights and part of an urban initiative program of the USDA. It will be a resource for individuals, particularly students, interested in urban agriculture.