Category Archives: Student Showcase

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

An excerpt taken from 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

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

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! Background 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

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

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


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.

Harms Hawks Lego Robotics Team wins!

The 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

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

Young 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

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

Mark 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

Dedication of the Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center

U.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