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Staff Member of the Week: Congratulations to Illya Tolbert an Art teacher at Bates Academy who is the 2023 Michigan Art Teacher of the year. Thank you for all you do to help Students to Rise! Click here to read more about how Ms. Tolbert is teaching animation in the classroom.

Free Parent Academy Session Mental Health Awareness: Join the Office of Family and Community Engagement as they discuss the stigma around mental illness and mental health conditions. Thursday January 11, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Thirkell Elementary Middle School 7724 Detroit MI 48206. To access the full list of free Parent Academy sessions happening this week click here.

ESE Parent Advisory Committee (PAC): DPSCD's Parent Advisory Committee's (PAC) mission is to empower parents, guardians, and grandparents of students with an active Individualized Education Program (IEP) with knowledge as it relates to their participation in the special education process, delivery of services, and funding for schools. In addition, members will work with key stakeholders to make decisions and recommendations regarding compliance, parent and community involvement, and ongoing issues related to special education. Join us Wednesday, January 10, 2024, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Please join us virtually and access here:

Click here to join the Teams meeting

+1 313-462-2305 United States, Detroit (Toll)

Conference ID: 745 581 933#

Virtual orientation for New and Returning Adult Education students: The Adult Education Program will host a virtual orientation session for new and returning students this coming Tuesday January 9, 2024. Upon registration completion, a link will be provided to the virtual session. Contact your career coach if you have any questions. Learn more about the Adult Education Programs and what services are available to you! For more information, students can contact Jacqueline Mills at or Linsey Gillery at


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