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Five Things You Need to Know Oct. 3, 2022  

On The Rise PodcastDr. Vitti sat down with us to discuss his vision for the school year, we discussed academic success and the importance of daily attendance. We also discussed how the district worked to support teachers and the commitment needed by staff, teachers, families and students to make a lasting positive impact. Please listen here.  


Fall Count Day October 5, 2022 -- Count Day is significant because the district’s budget is based upon per-pupil funding. The first Wednesday in October marks the beginning of the State’s official count window to determine 90 percent of the school year state per-pupil allocation. 

“Our priority is to have students in class on time every day. This week is critical, an accurate count ensures the district receives funding for every student who is enrolled and in attendance,” said Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti.  

Please make sure your student is in school on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. If your child is absent, please make sure they provide a note to excuse the absence.  


Family Resource and Distribution Center (FRDC): The Family Resource Distribution Center (FRDC) receives a monthly donation from Frito Lay's Feed the Children Program to support the district's families. Available items include hygiene products, dry goods, water, school supplies, backpacks, children’s books, and at times coats are available. Though often delivered through School Parent Outreach Coordinators and Attendance Agents, these resources can be requested by all district families. Please submit this form prior to visiting the center. 

FRDC is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following address: 

  • FACE 
    16164 Asbury Park 
    Detroit, MI 48235 (Come to door 6 via the parking lot on Murray Hill (formerly Adult Education West) 

Contact Laci Bosquez for uniform information. 

Contact Barbara Littles for more FRDC information. 


School Highlight-Hutchinson Elementary School @ Howe: With a caring staff and academic programming that includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as extensive after school activities such as chess, music, robotics and athletics, Hutchinson Elementary School @ Howe, the home of the Eagles, is the school for your child to soar! Get to know this K-8 neighborhood school by watching their school spotlight video  


Examination High Schools – If you have an 8th grader, please submit your intent for Fall 2023. The application for Fall 2023 will open in October. To receive a notification before the window opens, please complete the survey below. Interest Survey. For more information about the six examination high schools please visit the link 



Stay updated weekly, by visiting DPSCD's Family Newsletter, an updated weekly version is sent every Monday at 6 p.m. by SMS text and posted to the web: Don’t miss a robo call/text -- If you opted out of receiving text messages but would like to receive them, please text START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency message.