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Five Things You Need to Know

School Spotlight of the Week Spain Elementary Middle School: Spain's students are rising, and this is reflected in their remarkable MSTEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) results. Among the outstanding schools recognized for their achievement, Spain stands tall as one of the two K-8 schools to gain an impressive 10 percentage points increase and moved up a full school grade.

This Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) jewel of a school is nestled in the bustling neighborhood of midtown Detroit. Click here to read more about Spain.

SAVE THE DATE for the Parent Listening Session: Join the conversation online for the Parent Listening session with Dr. Vitti, Superintendent and Board Member Vaughn on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. You can access the call at or by phone at +1 313-462-2305, Conference ID: 422 153 938#.

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, December 13, 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#

Free Parent Academy Session- Digital Communication: Join this FREE parent academy session on Digital Communication and understand how online actions affect others. This virtual session will take place Tuesday December 12, 2023 at 4 p.m. During the course families will receive information, resources, and activities to use and implement digital communication as a family. To access the full list of free Parent Academy sessions happening this week click here.

Behavioral Health and Homework Hotlines Are Here for You! DPSCD’s Behavioral Health and Homework Hotlines are ready to assist you this week Monday-Thursday, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Please dial 833-466-3978 to access. Follow the prompts for social- emotional support as well as help with Literacy and/or Mathematics homework from DPSCD teachers on the Homework Hotline.

Crisis and Mental Helpline: (800) 241-4949 (24/7) | TTY: (800) 630-1044 (24/7) For help with substance abuse call: 24/7 hotline for help: 1-800-241-4949 For other support services please contact Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Toll-Free: 888-490-9698 or 313-833-3232. For a medical emergency dial 911. Dial 988 for a lifeline crisis counselor 24/7.


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.