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Check Out Five Things You Need to Know This Week!

Fall Parent Academy Workshop This Week: The digital fall Parent Academy catalog is available with a variety of workshops and learning opportunities for you! This week’s workshops include Picking a College (October is Michigan College Month) as well as Bricks 4 Kidz, a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities using LEGO® bricks. Click link to register for these or other Parent Academy classes. You can also call (313) 873-7490. 

Regular Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, 48235. Information on how to register for public comment can be found by visiting  

School Spotlight: John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy: Featuring orchestra, band, theatre and dance, John R. King is one of four pathway conservatories that are a direct feeder to the Detroit School of Arts (DSA), DPSCD’s premier arts high school! In addition to its arts focus, John R. King provides stellar athletics programming. Check out their school spotlight video by clicking and consider having your child Rise Up with DPSCD! at John R. King!  

Attendance Tips This Week! Parents, to help foster regular attendance by your student, whether with in person learning or online, here are this week’s attendance tips:  

  • Regular attendance is a shared responsibility between parent and student. Let your child know that you think attending school daily is important. You can also demonstrate your interest by participating in their school activities.
  •  Get to know your children’s friends and their families. Make connections with other families that value school attendance.
  • Read your school newsletter or social platforms. Post the school calendar and notes on the refrigerator or prominent location to highlight school activities as well as essential information.  

Also, help your child aspire to be part of DPSCD’s virtual Semester 1 Perfect Attendance celebration on February 18, 2022! Finally, remember our October Attendance Challenge. Eligible students can win prizes and gift cards by attending all their classes during the 10-day challenge window (started on October 6 and ends on October 19). More information can be found by visiting   

This Week is National School Lunch Week! NLSW is a federal initiative that promotes the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. Through our Office of School Nutrition (OSN) DPSCD provides free, freshly cooked food items to all our students in grades K-12. Our menus include a healthy array of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat/whole grain bread and pizza, low fat and low sodium meat, meatless options, fresh salads and much more. And if you want to see the impact of their work, please watch and share this video. For more information on what OSN provides for your student, please visit   

We want you to join our team! OSN is seeking individuals for the following positions: Noon Hour Aides, Food Service Assistants, Garden Attendants, and an Area Manager. For more information, contact HR Specialist Joanne Parks at (313) 929-9531 or via email at or view open positions at 


Fall Examination High School 9th Grade Application Window is Open! If your current 8th grade student is ready to Rise Up with DPSCD, the Round 1 window is now open to apply to one of the District’s six Examination High Schools. Please note, the Round 1 deadline for 9th grade application is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021. For current high school students, the Round 1 deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. To learn more, please visit      

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