DPSCD Announces Hydration Stations: Long-term Drinking Water Solution for All Schools with Philanthropic Support

District to begin implementation immediately with completion by summer 2019


DETROIT – (Oct. 9, 2018) The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced today its long-term solution to provide clean drinking water for the more than 50,000 students and staff throughout the District with the installation of water hydration systems. In addition, the District announced support from approximately a dozen philanthropic partners who have committed $2.4 million to support the purchase and installation of the hydration systems to be placed in every school building by summer of 2019. DPSCD will be one of the nation’s largest public school districts with hydration stations in all school buildings. The hydration stations offer filtration technology designed to cool water and remove lead, copper and other contaminants. The District will install one station for every 100 students as well as one in every gym and faculty lounge.

“We worked expeditiously to identify a long-term drinking water solution that ensures all students and staff have access to safe and clean drinking water,” said Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent, DPSCD. “This is the solution to turning drinking water back on in our schools. We are extremely grateful to our donors who continue to step up and assist us with maintaining a safe learning environment.”

The DPSCD Board of Education unanimously approved the implementation and funding of hydration stations in all DPSCD schools today during a special board meeting.

“We are incredibly proud of the aggressive planning and strategic efforts the District put forth to arrive at today’s solution,” said Iris Taylor, Board Chair DPSCD Board of Education. “This is yet another key indicator of DPSCD’s commitment to place students first in all of our decision making practices. We applaud Dr. Vitti on his leadership, swift action and ability to problem solve”

Dr. Taylor also commented on the strong collaboration that has taken place between DPSCD, the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the Detroit Health Department, the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage, as well as countless parents and community members.

Superintendent Vitti also announced an initial list of donors who committed funding for the hydration stations. The total purchase and installation cost are expected to total nearly $3 million. The Financial Review Commission will hold a special meeting later this week to approve any outstanding financial obligations incurred by the District.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan is spearheading the philanthropic campaign with a lead gift of $500,000. They are also working to raise additional funds from the community through a dedicated website link at www.UnitedWayWaterFund.org. Other major donors include: Quicken Loans ($500,000), the Delta Dental Foundation ($300,000), DTE Energy Foundation ($300,000) General Motors ($200,000), Ford Motor Company Fund ($200,000), FCA Foundation ($100,000), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network ($100,000), Ascension Michigan ($50,000), the Detroit Medical Center ($50,000), Health Alliance Plan/Henry Ford Health System ($50,000), The Jewish Fund ($25,000) and an anonymous donor ($10,000). (see attached list).

“For more than a century, the core of our work has focused on ensuring the communities’ basic needs are met and access to clean drinking water is one such basic need,” says Darienne Driver, Ed.D, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “DPSCD is a valued United Way partner as we are both committed to the wellbeing of students. We stand firmly with the District in putting the safety of our children first and ask the community’s support of our special campaign so that students have access to clean drinking water.”

Until the hydration stations are installed, schools will continue to use water coolers. Once the stations are operational, the water coolers will be removed.

“Clean water is a fundamental human right and if anything interferes with that right, then we believe it is the entire community’s responsibility to immediately address it, especially when it comes to our children,” said Dan Gilbert, Founder & Chairman of Quicken Loans Community Fund. “We are proud to stand alongside the district and other generous donors who have come together to support Dr. Vitti, who is leading the charge to immediately and decisively fix this serious issue.”

Similar hydration stations are being used in multiple districts around the country, as well as locally in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor and Birmingham schools, suburban school districts in Michigan.

“The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) applauds Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti for being proactive and testing all of the water taps at all of the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) school buildings. We couldn’t agree more that it is essential we protect the health of our most vulnerable resources – our children. The water delivered to the schools meets or exceeds state and federal water quality standards. DWSD and the Great Lakes Water Authority will continue to lend our expertise and provide any technical assistance.”

DPSCD’s continued commitment to provide updates and information to the community will be shared in a series of letters that will be distributed today throughout the District and the City (see attached).  Included in this packet is a letter from the Detroit Health Department.

The District extends a special thank you to the donors, and all involved who have put this plan in place. Information about the hydration stations and drinking water in general, can be found here: detroitk12.org/content/drinking-water



New cradle-to-career educational partnership to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children on Marygrove campus

  • $50 million commitment from Kresge puts education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district; largest-ever philanthropic investment into a single Detroit neighborhood.
  • P-20 campus at Marygrove brings together exemplary early childhood, pre-K-12, post-secondary and graduate education in “cradle-to-career” continuum. One of few programs in the nation.
  • Partnership to serve roughly 1,000 Detroit children at full capacity in 2029; ninth grade begins 2019, kindergarten and pre-K in 2020.
  • New DPSCD K-12 program is in collaboration with the U-M School of Education; innovative approach to preparing newly certified teachers modeled on residency for medical doctors.
  • New early childhood center to be built on campus, to open 2020 (also to house kindergarten).
  • Starfish, DPSCD and the U-M SOE will co-design the early childhood education curriculum, catered to the whole-child and family servicing to children ages birth through 5.
  • Former Bates Academy and portions of Liberal Arts Building to be renovated for student and faculty use.
  • Early childhood center to use “hub and spoke” model to support existing early childhood facilities in area.
  • P-20 partnership builds on 90-year legacy of Marygrove College.

DETROIT – Organizations gathered at the Marygrove College campus today to announce a new cradle-to-career educational partnership including a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education training modeled after hospital residency programs.

The P-20 Partnership – one of the first in the nation – is backed with a $50 million commitment from The Kresge Foundation, marking the largest philanthropic investment in history into a Detroit neighborhood. The investment places education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district in northwest Detroit.

In addition to construction of a new early childhood education center, the Kresge commitment will renovate the former Bates Academy (originally Immaculata High School) on the Marygrove campus to house the K-12 school and will renovate space within the college’s Liberal Arts Building for student and faculty use.

This landmark cradle-to-career educational campus – which will offer pre-K through graduate school studies with wrap-around services and community programs – is being jointly developed through a partnership including Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education (U-M SOE), Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy.

At full capacity, the new state-of-the-art early childhood education center (operated by Starfish) and the K-12 school (operated by DPSCD) are projected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily focused on the surrounding neighborhoods in the Livernois-McNichols district.

The campus will also offer degree and professional certifications for teacher education students of the U-M SOE and graduate students of Marygrove College, respectively. A new teacher “residency program,” offered by U-M SOE will place undergraduate and graduate student teachers at the DPSCD school. When they complete their degrees, they will work at the school as supervised resident teachers in an innovative program modeled after the way doctors are trained.

The first phase of the campus will include a ninth-grade pilot program to open in 2019, followed by the opening of the early childhood education center and kindergarten in fall 2020. Successive grades will be added each year, and by 2029, all grades will be offered, alongside undergraduate and graduate studies and professional development courses and certifications.

“Community development isn’t just happening in downtown and Midtown, and it isn’t just about bricks and mortar,” said Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson. “This is community development that invests in people, in the social fabric that makes neighborhoods unique. That’s what the future of this campus represents.”

K-12 Model Learning Programs

Following the phase-one ninth grade class initiation in 2019, DPSCD plans to open a kindergarten and 10th grade class in 2020, followed by the addition of another primary and secondary class annually. By 2029, all primary and high school grade classrooms will be staffed and filled; neighborhood families will have priority enrollment.

DPSCD and U-M SOE are jointly developing the K-8 and 9-12 curriculum for the schools that DPSCD will operate. Kresge will fund renovations and updates of the district’s former Bates Academy school building, on the southeast corner of the campus, to house the majority of the 1,000 primary and secondary students.

“The cradle to college model demonstrates that DPSCD can simultaneously rebuild the district and introduce innovation,” said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, superintendent. “The magnitude of this partnership is priceless in that it expands the city’s portfolio of high-demand, unique traditional public school options and develops a much-needed teacher pipeline with one of the top universities in the country.”

Vitti added the teacher-training component has the potential to attract college students to the teaching profession, retain teachers who otherwise leave the profession in large numbers and improve district enrollment.

“The School Board and I have been laser focused on restoring the credibility of traditional public school education so Detroit residents can send their children to the school in their neighborhood,” he said. “To achieve this, we need to establish a district that retains its best teachers and develops the next generation of dedicated teachers while supporting them in the best facilities, so each child receives a high-quality education. Detroit cannot restore its potential without a high-functioning traditional education system. Investments and partnerships such as these signal that DPSCD is on the rise and will, once again, be the preferred educational choice of its residents.”

The P-20 model has the potential to help the entire DPSCD system as it aligns with the district’s core goals of improving enrollment; improving student achievement, attendance, test scores, graduation rates and college-completion; and teacher development, retention and attraction.

“This school will not be isolated from the rest of the DPSCD system,” Vitti added. “The innovations developed here will be shared and replicated across the system for the betterment of the entire district.”


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The start of the “rise” – DPSCD students start a new year with new programs in place

Tuesday marked the return of students heading back to DPSCD’s 106 schools. This year had a unique feeling running through the spirits of our students and staff, with a new tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.”

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Board Members began the first day of school by visiting teachers and students, reinforcing that when students rise, we all rise. Dr. Vitti and Board Members greeted teachers and staff, visited classrooms, witnessed teaching and learning, encouraged the importance of high achievement and good attendance every day.

As new art and music classrooms began, as students settled in and parents signed up for volunteering, it was clear to see everyone was excited for the new school year.

The mission is to help our students rise in every way possible, driven by the knowledge that each student in every classroom has the potential to be “the one.”

Join us in our mission to empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit. Tell us how you will help a student rise this school year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today!


DPSCD Water Quality Community Meetings

DPSCD Water Quality Community Meetings

Monday, September 10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mumford High School 17525 Wyoming Street
Wednesday, September 12 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. East English Village Preparatory Academy 5020 Cadieux
Monday, September 17 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Western International High School 1500 Scotten Street
Tuesday, September 18 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave

Back-to-school resource guide

We’re excited to see you on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 4. To ensure families and students are prepared to start the school year, below are a few resourceful links with helpful information to have at your fingertips. Please bookmark this page for a quick reference. Let’s have a successful 18-19 school year!

Please visit Drinking Water Status

If you haven’t had a chance, take a look at the new 2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct, which was implemented based on student, teacher and parent input.

Additionally, don’t forget to have your student media release document signed and turned in the first week of classes:

For a full list of DPSCD schools, and helpful articles to learn more about programs being implemented this school year, read the DPSCD 2018-2019 School Directory.

Lastly, we recommend printing the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar, so you and your student(s) can stay current with parent-teacher conferences, holiday breaks and more. You can view and print the Academic Calendar in English or Spanish.

Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For more information or questions regarding enrollment, call (313) 240-4377.

DPSCD Shows Improvement in Most Accountability Areas

DETROIT – August 29, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) reported today that 60 percent of accountability areas associated with literacy and mathematics tested through the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and the SAT showed improvement as compared to last year.  This is a baseline year for DPSCD as schools from the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), the majority of which are considered lower performing, returned to the district July 2017. This year’s district performance combines last year’s EAA and DPSCD performance for the first time. Despite the overall improvement in most areas, the results reinforce the need for the newly adopted K-8 Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum, training on the new standards, stronger progress monitoring tools to properly intervene when students are falling behind, and enhanced family support initiatives such as the Parent Academy and teacher home visits.

“This year’s performance is not surprising. It is positive to see slight improvement in various areas due to a greater focus on general school improvement strategies, such as increased monitoring and student data analysis, but our teachers and principals were not equipped with the right training and tools to maximize student performance yet. The investments we have made to improve teaching and learning will be felt in the classroom during the 2018-2019 school year,” said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent. “This summer, more than a thousand teachers, along with all of our principals, participated in multiday academies on our new curriculum and culture survey data to improve the instructional culture of our schools. Everyone needs time to now implement our new and aligned resources to demonstrate to the world what our students can achieve when supported. It was promising to see that most grade level cohorts ended last year with higher levels of proficiency than in the 2017 school year, and that a higher percentage of our early readers are making progress. We will build on this in future years.”

The assessments, administered every spring to Michigan students in grades 3 through 8 and to high school students in grade 11, provides a common measure of literacy, math and social studies achievement across the state. The results allow students, families and educators to understand progress toward grade level expectations and make meaningful plans for improvement. A summary of results, include:

  • 3 of 6 (50 percent) of grade levels improved in literacy
  • 4 of 6 (67 percent) of grade levels improved in math
  • 2 of 3 (67 percent) grade levels improved in social studies
  • 1 of 2 (50 percent) of SAT areas improved
  • Overall, 10 of 17 (60 percent) accountability areas improved
  • 5 percent of DPSCD students in grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) were proficient, up 0.1 percentage point from 2017; 6.7 percent of DPSCD students in grades 3-8 Math were proficient, down 0.3 percentage points from 2017
  • Approximately half of schools (50.7 percent) increased their percentage of students proficient in ELA over 2017 results; 48 percent of increased their percentage of students proficient in math over 2017 results
  • 1 percent of fifth and eighth-grade students were proficient in Social Studies, up 1.3 percentage points from 2017
  • A greater percentage of English Language Learners earned a proficient score in ELA and Social Studies than in 2017 (13 percent proficient in ELA, up 0.8 percentage points, and 7.6 percent in Social studies, up 1.0 percentage point); results were flat for English Language Learners in Mathematics (9 percent proficient)
  • A greater percentage of third-graders were proficient in ELA than in 2017 (11.3, up 1.8 percentage points); a smaller percentage of third-graders were proficient in mathematics compared to 2017 (10.7 percent, down 1.5 percentage points)
  • Last year’s fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grade cohorts had a higher percentage of students proficient in ELA this year than they did in the 2017 administration; in mathematics, last year’s sixth, seventh, and eight grade cohorts had a higher percentage of students proficient, but the fourth and fifth grade cohorts dipped relative to 2017 results


Percent Proficient in ELA: Result by Cohort 2017 2018 Change
Class of 2023 (8th Graders in 2018) 11.5 12.9 1.4
Class of 2024 (7th Graders in 2018) 9 11.7 2.7
Class of 2025 (6th Graders in 2018) 13.7 9.9 -3.8
Class of 2026 (5th Graders in 2018) 10.1 12.5 2.4
Class of 2027 (4th Graders in 2018) 9.5 11.1 1.6


Percent Proficient in Math: Result by Cohort 2017 2018 Change
Class of 2023 (8th Graders in 2018) 5.7 7.2 1.5
Class of 2024 (7th Graders in 2018) 4.6 5.6 1
Class of 2025 (6th Graders in 2018) 4 5.3 1.3
Class of 2026 (5th Graders in 2018) 8.2 3.8 -4.4
Class of 2027 (4th Graders in 2018) 12.2 7.4 -4.8


  • 4 percent of high school juniors met the SAT college readiness benchmark in mathematics, up 0.5 percentage points over 2017
  • 4 percent of high school juniors met the SAT college readiness benchmark in evidence-based reading and writing, down 1.4 percentage points over 2017

“Just as our NAEP results showed us this spring, this year’s M-STEP and SAT data further reinforces the need to do things differently, which is why it is promising to see the administration implement initiatives through our collective Strategic Plan and approved Board budget, to address these gaps, like our new curriculum, arts and music, the creation of the Master Teacher initiative and even a code of conduct that will keep students in school to learn,” said Board President, Dr. Iris Taylor.

The Michigan Department of Education provides paper-based parent reports for all students who take the M-STEP Assessment.  DPSCD families should expect these reports to be sent home with students during the month of September and are welcomed to schedule time to talk with their student’s teacher about what the results mean and how to support their child’s learning at home.

All K-8 students to receive art and music classes

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), announces its partnership with 14 organizations to begin phase 1 of its Cultural Passport initiative, providing children the experience of arts and music curriculum. The experiences will increase each individual students’ self-expression, visual thinking, observational, problem solving and analytical skills.

On August 16, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Iranetta Wright and Deputy Superintendent Alycia Meriweather met with several music and art organizations at the Detroit School of Arts to discuss the initiative and how the partners can work with DPSCD to create art and music programs in every DPSCD school.

The event featured student performances, including student vocalist Alaska Wilson performing the famous opera song “per la gloria d’adorarvi.”

In February 2018, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 started stamping their “passports” at cultural landmarks throughout metro Detroit through the District’s pilot series, which featured a few of the first cohort of organizations to help DPSCD launch the initiative – The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Michigan Opera Theatre. After reaching more than 1,500 students during the pilot, the District is forging ahead to achieve its mission of restoring equity and access to art and music programs within DPSCD.

Now, with phase 1 kickittng-off this school year, K-8 teachers can look forward to planning up to three field trips this year at the following institutions:

  • Detroit Historical Society Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • The Detroit Zoo
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • The Henry Ford
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
  • Music Hall for Performing Arts
  • Troy Historical Society
  • Wild Swan Theatre
  • Charles H. Wright Museum
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Ford Piquette Plant
  • Michigan Science Center

MLK grad earns $2 million in scholarships, recognized by Superintendent and Board of Education

During the July 10 Board of Education meeting, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School graduate Alana Burke was honored for her continued demonstration of DPSCD’s core value of excellence, which states, “Be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.”

Ms. Burke earned $2 million in scholarships and grants from 20 colleges, graduating high school with a 4.2 weighted GPA, ultimately accepting a full-scholarship to the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she plans to major in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Her accomplishments were credited from a strong community, including all her teachers, counselors and her principal, Dr. Deborah Jenkins.

During her high school career, Ms. Burke remained active in a variety of extra-curricular activities and attended a prestigious summer journalism program at Princeton University.

Congratulations, Ms. Burke on your achievements!

The face of DPSCD’s commercial shares the importance of giving back

Devonte King, a 2010 graduate of Detroit School of Arts (DSA), who is featured in DPSCD’s new branding commercial, reflects on his high school experience, fondly noting his mentors who influenced him during times of adversity.

As a Morgan State University graduate and current DSA volunteer, Devonte remembers when DSA Founder and former Principal Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton helped him through the passing of his mother during his sophomore year.

“Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was also my mom’s high school theatre coach while she was in high school,” said Devonte. “Dr. Davis-Cotton implemented an attitude of excellence not only within me, but to all of the staff and students that had a chance to experience her presence.”

Devonte points out that when his mom passed away it became his inspiration for helping others.

“My mom helped so many people, and I saw firsthand that your presence and positive impact can truly changes the lives of others.”

It’s no surprise that Devonte actively sought out opportunities to give back to his community after he graduated college and moved back to Detroit.

“My goal is to create a bond that promotes a positive impact with the people I help,” he stated. “I love the energy at DSA. There is so much opportunity for creativity and growth inside that building. You can tell just by walking in.”

Today, Devonte works at the Wayne County Department of Public Services where he assists in the development of media projects, and volunteers as much as possible in his spare time. His advice to students interested in pursuing the arts:

“Stay focused and your dedication to your craft will make room for you in ways that money cannot.”

Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent reveals new brand, signaling a new phase in urban education reform for Detroit’s public education system

 DETROIT June 21, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced today the District’s new branding campaign, which includes a new logo and tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.” Ending the school year on a high note, students, families and community members joined Dr. Vitti and members of the Board at Nolan Elementary-Middle School for the official announcement and last day of school celebration. The District will use #DPSCDStudentsRise to share on social media channels.

“We recognized that after developing and implementing our new strategic plan, we did not have an aligned brand identity. This was an opportunity to ask the community for feedback on what represents the best educational experience for students, teachers, staff and families,” said Dr. Vitti. “There was a common thread – student’s first. Our brand reflects a new vision, commitment, and opportunity to prioritize students and traditional public education in Detroit in alignment with our strategic plan.”

More than 800 community members, teachers, principals, and families provided their vision of what DPSCD represents as a new brand was considered. It was evident in the feedback that there is still passion and hope that the school district will rebuild itself to restore the pride it had.

In addition to the logo and tagline, DPSCD unveiled its highly anticipated marketing commercial, featuring its students, teachers, principals, community members, schools, and Cass Tech alumnus/Rapper Big Sean.

This rebrand is one of many initiatives Dr. Vitti rolled out under a newly elected board.

“This year we focused on analyzing and building systems and processes, engaging stakeholders,  and working toward improving teacher pay and equity,” said Dr. Vitti. “As we build upon our momentum entering into year two, we will begin implementing the reform and initiatives driven by our strategic plan and new budget priorities at scale for critical areas such as arts and music, student programs, expanded professional development, enhanced technology, and new curriculum aligned to grade level expectations.”

DPSCD thanks its partners who supported the rebranding project: BLVD Content and Real Integrated, marketing and strategy firms; Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which awarded the District a $20,000 grant; and iHeart Media/WJLB.

The District will continue to celebrate its transformative brand through events and promotions this summer and throughout the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about DPSCD and enrollment opportunities, visit detroitk12.org. Stay up-to-date on events and news by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


About Detroit Public Schools Community District

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The District’s mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has 106 schools and educates 50,000 children. For more information, visit detroitk12.org.

Summer school reminder

  • Summer school begins for staff on Monday, June 25
  • Summer school begins for students on Tuesday, June 26
  • Students in K-5 buildings are in session from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 6-12 grades are in session from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
  • Summer school runs through July 26
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served

If you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, please call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377

Renaissance student receives WSU Med-Direct scholarship

Congratulations are in order for Renaissance Senior Kahlid Ali, who recently received the Wayne State University Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) scholarship.

Wayne M.D. is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne State’s School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. The program emphasizes mentoring and research by giving students the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D. /Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.

During his academic career at DPSCD, Kahlid has earned many awards and accolades which lead him to receiving the prestigious scholarship. Not only did Kahlid graduate in the top 3 percent of DPSCD seniors, but he was an active mentee in the Pathway to Excellence program at the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; he has traveled to Nicaragua with Buildon.org to help build schools in poverty stricken communities; and Kahlid served as the team captain for the Renaissance High School robotics team.

Cody teacher named Fred Martin Detroit Educator of the Year

In May, Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy social studies teacher Michelle A. Shorter, was named the 2018 Fred Martin Educator of the Year at the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Annual Awards Experience. Ms. Shorter was nominated by two of her students, and received this prestigious award which honors Detroit education professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality developmental experiences to Detroit youth.

The Coleman A. Young Foundation further acknowledges Ms. Shorter because she exemplifies the leadership characteristics and spirit of the late Mayor Coleman A. Young, by going the extra mile, motivating students to achieve their potential, helping them overcome obstacles and challenging them to reach their goals.

Congratulations, Ms. Shorter and thank you for your dedication and service to our students.

DPSCD partners with FANUC to launch new robotics training program at two Detroit high schools

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and FANUC America, a leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, today unveil a new robotics training program to prepare Denby High School and Pershing High School students for careers and post-secondary studies in advanced manufacturing. The program will give students access to hands-on learning and certified training on eight FANUC robots installed at the schools.

“This partnership is a reflection of the District’s commitment to prepare students for college and career readiness,” said DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “As a District, we recognize it is our responsibility to ensure our students have access to curriculum and training that reflects today’s workforce, and an education that prepares them to compete in the skilled trades industry or prepare them for a successful college pathway.”

The first career-related program offered at Denby and Pershing high schools, the FANUC Certified Automation Training (CERT) program will give hands-on experience in robot operations to 11th and 12th grade students as an elective course. Students who complete the one-year program then qualify to take a national assessment examination to receive the FANUC Certified Robot Operator I Certification and compete for jobs in this industry sector.

“We’re excited that Detroit Public Schools has implemented our Certified Education RobotTraining (CERT) program at Pershing and Denby high schools,” said Paul Aiello, director of education, FANUC America. “Students who participate in these programs and receive certifications will be qualified to fill a variety of high-demand and high-paying careers in robotics and advanced manufacturing.”

FANUC America’s educational outreach extends to all levels of instruction from early childhood education through the university level. FANUC’s CERT program has been implemented in 724 high schools across the country and 63 in Michigan. Students who complete this hands-on training program will be keenly positioned for high-demand, high-wage jobs – especially with the growing demand in Southeast Michigan where local employers are already expressing interest in partnering with DPSCD to offer students who are enrolled in the FANUC program internship opportunities.

About FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.
FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com.

The Parent Academy Fall 2018 Catalog Now Available!

DPSCD recently launched The Parent Academy – a program that promotes parental involvement that supports student and family success. Expected to serve over 7,000 parents and caregivers, The Parent Academy offers FREE classes, training and workshops in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions across Detroit. The mission of The Parent Academy is to provide the necessary tools and skills to build capacity and confidence in parents in order to support students academically, socially and emotionally.

The Parent Academy focuses on three key pillars:

  • Student Achievement – workshops and activities that provide strategies and tools for parents to support academic achievement at home and in school
  • Personal and Professional Development – workshops that build confidence while addressing basic needs, employment, family support, financial literacy and goal setting for the healthy development of families
  • Parenting/Advocacy – workshops for parents and caregivers to build and increase their effectiveness in advocating and leading on behalf of children

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please review The Parent Academy Fall 2018 Course Catalog and submit your contact information to parent.academy@detroitk12.org

All Parent Academy courses are free of charge and designed for parents, caregivers and community members. Students are welcome to attend along with their families if appropriate. Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; courses listed in this guide are subject to change.

For questions or assistance with registration, call 313.873.7490 or email parent.academy@detroitk12.org

PSL Volleyball Championship

Detroit Public Schools Community District “PSL” Volleyball Championship

Thursday, October 25th at M. L. King High School

Consolation Match at 5:00, All City Teams and East/West Championship Awards presented in between matches, and the Championship is set for 7:00 p.m.

5:00 PM Consolidation C.M.A. vs. Western International
7:00 PM Championship Cass Tech vs. Renaissance

Admission: $5 Ticket

Dixon is closing today due to a gas leak that was discovered in the building

Dixon is closing today due to a gas leak that was discovered in the building.

Fall Lunchtime Bus Tour Series 2018

Detroit Public Schools Community District invites prospective parents to tour several schools this fall. We will offer a series of five lunchtime tours in four neighborhoods across the city. Tour schools in Midtown, Greater Downtown, Northwest Detroit and Southwest Detroit. Learn about the exceptional programming and enriching activities available to DPSCD students. Explore schools that offer a range of programs, including Montessori, art, music, dance, sports and much more. Lunch and free parking will be provided. Tours will leave from their designated locations at 11:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Please arrive by 11:15 a.m.

Register today to reserve your seat!


Friday, November 9

Bates Academy, 19701 Wyoming (Gifted program)
Bagley Elementary School of Journalism & Technology, 8100 Curtis
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, 3901 Margareta (Montessori)
Departing from: Mumford High School, 17525 Wyoming

Thursday, November 15

Academy of the Americas Elementary/Middle School, 5680 Konkel (Spanish Language Immersion)
Bennett Elementary School, 2111 Mullane
Harms Elementary, 2400 Central
Departing from: Western International High School, 1500 Scotten

Wednesday, November 28

Chrysler Elementary School, 1445 E. Lafayette
Nichols Elementary-Middle School, 3000 Burns
Bunche Preparatory Academy, 2715 Macomb
Departing from: ML King High School, 3200 E. Lafayette

Friday, November 30

Burton International Academy, 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien (Fine and Performing Arts)
Golightly Education Center, 5536 St. Antoine
Departing from: Ben Carson High School, 571 Mack

Wednesday, December 5

Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS), 6501 W. Outer Dr. (Language immersion in Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese)
Edison Elementary School, 17045 Grand River (Montessori)
Cooke STEM Academy, 18800 Puritan (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focus)
Departing from: Randolph Career & Tech Center, 17101 Hubbell

Bennett Elementary School will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. today, October 18, 2018 due to a power outage.

Bennett Elementary School will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. today, October 18, 2018 due to a power outage.

Computer Science Curriculum and Robots Coming Soon to 3rd Grade Classrooms

Fact Sheet

CS integration into Science Curriculum

  • DPSCD will purchase WeDo robots for 3rd-grade classrooms to use in our current science curriculum (see link https://elearning.legoeducation.com/wedo-2-0)
  • Project-based exploratory learning will be embedded into our 3rd-5th-grade science curriculum that includes programming robots
  • Next year, funding will be used to buy robots for all 4 and 5th-grade classrooms.
  • 100% of High School offering Computer Science Courses by 2019
  • Regional partner Code.org helped DPSCD train 10 new Computer Science Principles (CSP) teachers this past summer
  • DPSCD has created, and supports, a PLC group for new CSP teachers
  • TEALS is providing volunteers and co-teachers

Increase Robotics Clubs

  • Robotics programs exist in most DPSCD schools
  • DCPS, Quicken Loans, First Robotics, and Robot Garage are offering funding assistance and mentors for our new teams
  • DPSCD Computer Science for All Goals:
  • DPSCD will integrate Computer Science into traditional Science curriculum for all K-5 classrooms — starting in 3rd grade in 2018 and scaling to all grade levels by 2021
  • DPSCD will pilot one new kindergarten class focusing on Computer Science as a science in 2018.
  • By 2021 all elementary classrooms will have embedded computer science curriculum in science.
  • Training science teachers to integrate Computer Science:
  • Begin with all the 3rd-grade teachers in 2018
  • Gather data to see if we increase Science content knowledge by using robots and CS
  • The key objective for DPSCD CSforAll is to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science every day in their classrooms

Computer Science in Michigan Facts:

  • Michigan currently has 13,930 open computing jobs (4.1 times the average demand rate in Michigan)
  • The average salary for a computing occupation in MI is $80,478, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($47,350)
  • The existing open jobs alone represent a $1,121,058,540 opportunity in terms of annual salaries
  • Michigan had only 1,793 computer science graduates in 2015; only 16% were female
  • Universities in Michigan only graduated 6 new teachers prepared to teach computer science in 2016.

Greenfield Union will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. today due to a power outage

Greenfield Union students will be dismissed today, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. due to a power outage.

Western and Earhart will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today due to power outage.

Western International High School and Earhart Elementary-Middle School will be dismissed today (9/20) at 12:30 p.m. due to a power outage.