Detroit Public Schools to offer free Summer Academy for 35,840 eligible students
Posted by Staff on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:00:00 AM EST
More than 35,800 Detroit students are eligible to attend the district's six-week summer school academy.New emergency financial manager Roy Roberts says the program is part of the public school district's mission to increase academic achievement among struggling students.Elementary and middle school students will receive a letter from their principals if they are eligible. High school students will be notified by their guidance counselors.The program begins in late June. It will employ 2,035 teachers, and 510 support staff, including counselors, aides, clerical staff, as well as administrators.There is no cost to Title I eligible students or their families. About 38,700 students enrolled in the program last summer.The district has about 74,000 students this academic year.
DPS student wins $24,000 journalism scholarship
Posted by Staff on Friday, May 06, 2011 at 10:00:00 AM EST
(Detroit Free Press) There was more than enough inspiration and jubilation to go around at the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program awards ceremony Thursday night.
Joshua Jamerson's Renaissance High School classmates screamed when he was announced as the winner of the Ford $24,000 scholarship given to Detroit high school seniors to study journalism. He plans to attend Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in the fall.
Jamerson, who participated in the Free Press program for three years, said he was ecstatic.
"I owe it to this program to become a very well-trained and successful journalist," he said.
About 200 people, including students from the 15 Detroit high schools that participate in the Free Press journalism program, attended the ceremony at Ford headquarters in Dearborn. Ford has provided the scholarship since 1987.
Rashaun Rucker, Free Press assistant director of photography and video, wowed the students and their parents as he discussed his life, growing up poor in North Carolina, stumbling into photography and, ultimately, becoming an Emmy Award-winning photographer.
He encouraged the students to have a strong work ethic and a good attitude.
"I'm not any more skilled than anyone else," Rucker said. "No matter how talented you are, if you don't work, it's not going to matter."
Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, the recipient of the Ford scholarship in 1989 who had a successful broadcast career, said he "never would've been able to pay for journalism school" without the scholarship.
Erin Hill Perry, coordinator of the Free Press program, presented students from each school and their advisers with various awards.
Jim Graham, Ford's community relations manager, presented the scholarship and told the students, "Whether you win the big prize tonight or not, you're all winners."
Roy Roberts named new DPS emergency manager
Posted by Staff on Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 9:00:00 AM EST
(Detroit News) Roy Roberts, the next emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools, vowed Wednesday to find top experts to help him tackle the troubled district's two biggest headaches — finances and academics.
The former General Motors vice president said he will find leaders in both fields, put them in place and let them do their jobs.
Named emergency manager Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, Roberts said he will hire a superintendent to focus on curriculum to get students ready for college and a financial turnaround expert to lead DPS out of a $327 million deficit.
He begins work May 15 and will have full powers July 1.
"This community is tired of all the negativity and they are tired of all their kids failing. We can't just sit back and say woe's me," Roberts said, standing next to Snyder during a news conference in Midtown. "I'm going to need the best academic person and the best financial person, and I will offer to lead from the center."
Roberts, 72, of Bloomfield Hills, will succeed Robert Bobb, DPS emergency manager since March 2009. Bobb, who has had a tumultuous relationship with the Detroit Board of Education and the DPS community, leaves June 30, per his contract.
Snyder thanked Bobb for his service but said, "It's time for the next chapter to be made with Detroit Public Schools to continue to work.
"To do that work, I believe we've found the best," Snyder said. "Roy Roberts is one of our true success stories in Metro Detroit and the state of Michigan."
Roberts, who signed a one-year contract for $250,000, said: "There's no better assignment that the governor or anyone in this state can give me that will make a difference in the lives of young people in the Detroit school system."
DPS to hold workshops for parents on Renaissance 2012 Plan
Posted by Staff on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 10:00:00 AM EST
(detroitk12.org) The Detroit Public Schools’ Parents Speakers Bureau will hold workshops for parents and guardians at the district’s Parent Resource Centers to inform them about the DPS Renaissance 2012 plan.
Consistent with DPS' Deficit Elimination Plan, which calls for closing 40 schools, the district released a list of 32 schools that will be slated to close, 30 this school year and two next year. Eighteen of those have the opportunity to become charters and remain open as neighborhood schools. If not successful, they will close. DPS also named eight schools to be closed and consolidated with other schools and an additional list of 27 schools believed to be excellent candidates for charters under this process.
The 45 ‘Renaissance Schools’ will be the subject of a rigorous and competitive bidding and vetting process for conversion to charter schools. They were identified because they have low academic performance, low or declining enrollment, high operational costs, poor physical conditions, or a combination of these factors.
The meetings are:
PRIEST……………………………..Tuesday, April 5 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
CENTRAL …………………………Tuesday, April 5 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
DSA- Langston Hughes.…….Wednesday, April 6 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
19501 Berg Rd
PHOENIX …………… …………Thursday, April 7 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
7735 Lane St
MARCUS GARVEY…………….Thursday, April 7 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
2301 Van Dyke
CODY………………………….…….Thursday, April 7 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
OSBORN ………….…………… Monday, April 11 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
11600 E. 7 Mile
CENTRAL ………………………….Thursday, April 14 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided.
DPS also will hold two Town Hall meetings with Emergency Manager Robert C. Bobb and the Board of Education. Those will be held on April 12 at 6 p.m. at Kettering High School and April 13 at 6 p.m. at Cody High School. The district also will hold and a series of hearings for local schools affected by the Renaissance Plan and school closures. Those dates and dates will be announced.
For additional information, parents can go to www.detroitk12.org/Renaissance2012 or call (313) 240-4377 or email Renaissance2012@detroitk12.org
About the DPS Renaissance 2012 Plan
DPS Renaissance 2012 is a transformative plan to radically restructure many academically-failing schools and reduce operating costs by seeking local and national groups and charter school operators for 45 of DPS’ 141 schools. The district’s state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan requires 70 schools to be closed over two years. Instead of closing 45 schools this fall, the district would authorize schools to be converted to charters, allowing many poor-performing schools to undergo an academic transformation and stay open. This plan supports the district’s state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan by reducing operating costs.
DPS Academic Tool Kits
Posted by Staff on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM EST
DPS is holding workshops to teach parents how to use their new take-home academic tool kits. The kits, which include games, books and practice sheets, will be used to provide enrichment for the students during the holiday break. The kits will be available at each of the district's eight parent resource centers.
Parent Resource Centers are located at:
-Central Collegiate Academy, 2425 Tuxedo Room 128
-Osborn High School, 11600 E 7 Mile Rd, Room 121
-Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke, Room 405
-DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd.
-Priest, 7840 Wagner Room 112
-Cody High School, 18445 Cathedral, Room 112
-Detroit School of Arts West (DSA) Langston Hughes Campus, 19501 Berg, Room C11
-Phoenix Elementary, Room 213, 7735 Lane Street
Detroit Public Schools Alumni Association - Join Today!
Posted by Staff on Monday, December 06, 2010 at 11:45:00 AM EST
To bolster membership in the new Detroit Public Schools Alumni Association, DPS is challenging every graduate to support their school by purchasing an association membership by Friday December 31, 2010. The school with the highest number of alumni signing up during the contest period will receive a special celebrity visit in the new year.
The DPS Alumni Association will provide enrichment for DPS students, while working with existing school alumni associations to benefit students. Regular membership costs $25 annually, and will include the I'm In keychain card, which will carry discounts to various retailers.
The group will work closely with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Detroit students. Their mission is to raise, manage and steward funds and other resources to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools and its students.
Alumni and supporters can sign up online at www.detroitk12.org/alumni or download a membership form that can be mailed with appropriate dues to: DPS Office of Alumni Affairs, 7333 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48202.
For more information about getting involved, call the DPS Office of Alumni Affairs at (313) 873-4317 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your child can go to college for Free
Posted by Staff on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EST
The Detroit College Promise is helping DPS students attend colleges and universities free of charge.
The mission of The Detroit College Promise is to strengthen the Detroit Public Schools and the City of Detroit by offering a financial incentive to students and families, simply for enrolling in DPS and living in Detroit. The incentive is a scholarship for students that will pay for undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees at Michigan public colleges or universities. Starting with the class of 2011, all DPS students are eligible. The application deadline for students currently in grades 9-12 is December 1, 2010.
For more information or to apply click here.
DPS Attendance Agents to Visit Students who Missed Class
Posted by Staff on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM EST
(myfoxdetroit.com) Attendance agents are going door-to-door in search of Detroit students who have not made it to class.
The district says the agents on Monday will speak to parents whose children have missed class time or failed to make it to school for Count Day last month.
Students must attend class full-time for the financially struggling district to receive full funding from the state. Fall attendance Count Day is one of two dates used to determine how much money each school district gets from the state.
Detroit has surpassed its 76,053 student goal for the fall, but some have not attended full-time or remained in class for the entire day.
A final count is due Oct. 29.
Detroit has lost nearly 100,000 students since 1997, when enrollment was 175,168.
DPS to Keep 6 Schools Open through Summer
Posted by Kapri Banks on Thursday, July 08, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM EST
Six Detroit Public Schools will remain open throughout the summer for youth academic and recreational programs.
July 19-Aug. 27, DPS will keep six of their high schools open Monday-Friday from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
The high schools that will remain open are:
18445 Cathedral Street
Detroit, MI 48228
17525 Wyoming Street
Detroit, MI 48221
6921 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48209
18875 Ryan Road
Detroit, MI 48234
6101 Van Dyke St
Detroit, MI 48213
3200 E Lafayette St
Detroit, MI 48207
At each school the gym and two classrooms will be open for youth to participate in a range of academic, enrichment, recreational and fitness activities.
To participate in the program you must be 14-24 years old, and a DPS student or a City of Detroit resident.
Detroit Public Schools Open Enrollment begins July 6
Posted by Staff on Friday, July 02, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EST
Detroit Public Schools parents will be given the opportunity to enroll their children in almost any DPS school they choose – regardless of geographical boundary -- under the Open Enrollment Initiative that begins Tuesday July 6.
DPS is already an open enrollment district, but this formal initiative is unprecedented and will be parents’ only window of opportunity to change their children’s school assignments.
“The Open Enrollment Initiative is critical because it will help create an orderly academic environment from Day One when the new school year begins this fall,” said Karen Ridgeway, executive director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability. “We will be able to generate student schedules sooner so valuable instructional time won’t be wasted.”
Letters containing information and a questionnaire are being sent to all district parents today and a marketing campaign aimed at getting all students re-enrolled will be launched on Tuesday, ahead of an August general campaign to boost enrollment. Parents are expected to fill out one questionnaire for each child and will be allowed to select first, second and third choice schools.
The Open Enrollment Initiative does not apply to examination high schools or application schools, which have separate enrollment processes, but it will allow parents to select the school they think best suits their child’s needs. To help guide the decision, a new edition of the Detroit Public Schools Guide 2010-2011 will be available at enrollment service centers.
There will be three enrollment periods, with priority dates given to students whose schools are closing. Those students will be assigned to a school based on their address, but they may choose another school. The enrollment periods are as follows:
Students whose schools are closing: July 6-16
Students whose schools are not closing: July 16-23
Students who need special education services: July 6-Aug. 31
Enrollment will take place Mondays through Fridays at nine service centers throughout the city. They are:
DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., (313) 873-9974, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Harris Building, 3700 Pulford, (313) 866-3775, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breithaupt Career & Technical Center,9300 Hubbell, (313)-866-9550, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central High School, 2425 Tuxedo, (313) 852-6995,7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cody High School, Room 112, 18445 Cathedral, (313) 866-9497, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Brenda Scott School, 18400 Hoover, (313) 866-6268, 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Duffield Elementary, 2715 Macomb, (313) 494-8350,8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Priest Elementary School, 7840 Wagner, (313) 216-5675,7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Charles Wright Academy, 19299 Berg Road, (313) 538-3024, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Students may enroll in their school of choice as long as the school has not reached capacity for their particular grade. Enrollment preference will be given to students who live within the boundary of a school, and those students will be provided transportation if they meet the district’s criteria. Students who choose to attend schools outside their boundaries will not receive transportation
As part of the initiative, all Detroit Public Schools families:
• Will receive a letter that confirms the selection for each student in the family and informs them of the school in which each child is expected to attend this fall. Students must attend the assigned school on the first day of school. Transfer requests will not be honored during the first weeks of school.
• Are expected to have all students to report to school and attend all classes the first day of school, Tuesday, September 7, 2010.
• Attendance agents will be sent to the homes of students who did not report to class the first day of school. Parents will be required to re-enroll all students who did not attend school on the first day.