DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti Unveils New 3 Year Strategic Plan

Strategic plan to serve as the blueprint for the district’s transformation work. DETROIT – October 26, 2017 – The Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti announced the unveiling of the Board approved new three-year strategic plan today at a news conference focused on five priorities: outstanding achievement, transformative culture, whole child commitment, exceptional talent and responsible stewardship. The plan includes the District’s new mission, vision, core values and priorities. “Our strategic plan will guide the District’s work over the next three years to achieve our ultimate goal of providing a high-quality education for every student we serve,” said Superintendent Vitti. “With this plan, we are making a commitment to our families, students, leaders and teachers to improve

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Students celebrate Butternut Squash Day with DPSCD-grown vegetables

DPSCD high school students participated in a 10-week Farm to School Work Training Program this summer operated through the Office of School Nutrition. Part of the students’ work training skills included learning urban agriculture and food services skills at Drew Farm, DPSCD’s 2.5-acre food production and education farm site. During lunch on November 15, also known as Michigan Butternut Squash Day (didn’t you know?), all DPSCD schools served Michigan-grown butternut squash and three DPSCD schools served student-grown butternut squash from Drew Farm! DPSCD takes pride in our partnerships with local farms to serve our students with fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy lunch.

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Students volunteer to show the real meaning of Thanksgiving

Cars lined up around the block outside Mumford High School last week to receive free Thanksgiving meals donated by NFL player and DPSCD graduate, William Gholston. The grad donated 800 dinners packed with a turkey, stuffing, cranberries, rolls, corn and beans for Mumford families, local churches and the DPSCD community. Our students were all smiles as they packaged the meals to provide a great holiday for those in need. Thank you Mr. Gholston and family for supporting our families and community!

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Social studies and technology play role in mystery Skype session

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy’s students went around the globe during a mystery Skype session to fuse their knowledge of the world and technology. Social studies teacher, Mr. Estes, technology coordinator, Ms. Davis, and ELA teacher, Ms. Terry, worked together to provide their sixth grade class with a memorable experience. Ms. Davis set up a mystery Skype meeting where the students would have to use their language and social studies skills to guess where the other class lived. The sixth graders prepared questions to assist in guessing the location. “We researched some questions to see if our country matched their descriptions,” says student Shyla Jenkins. “We found that they also celebrate Christmas but they call soccer ‘football’. But overall, we knew

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Reading levels soar at Mackenzie

With the new Michigan early literacy law taking effect, students at Mackenzie Elementary School are advancing in a major way. Michigan Reading Corp is tutoring students in grades K-3 students, the goal is to help students read at or above grade level. Students receive 20 minutes of one-on-one targeted tutoring every day. Za’Miya Anderson, a first grade student, has surpassed the fluency target since beginning the program in September and nearing the second grade target. “Za’Miya has displayed major improvements by reading Imagine IT! Decodable books with the class and at home with her parents,” says Zenicker Kinney, first grade teacher. “Mackenzie students have exceeded the winter reading target limits already!”

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Application period now open for Detroit College Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation will accept applications for the Detroit College Promise beginning Friday, November 17. This scholarship provides a one-time financial scholarship for DPSCD high school students planning to attend a Michigan college or university. Visit dpsfdn.org to apply today! Requirements and deadlines: Students must attend a school within the Detroit Public Schools Community District for grades 9-12 Earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher Must submit online the listed requirements by the following deadlines: February 9, 2018: ID and transcript April 20, 2018: A) Scholarship acceptance and Authorization to Release Records form B) Student Aid Report (SAR) after completion of FAFSA C) College/university acceptance letter *Note: Steps 2 and 3 are the next steps ONLY for

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