Phoenix Notes

January 2023

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023!

Hopefully the students are recharged and ready to finish the semester strong and in a productive way. Let this new year be a year for us to grow as a Phoenix family and show empathy, support, hope and joy to everyone, everyday. Let us revisit our 7 Pillars of a Phoenix as we are all: Renewed, Ready, Receptive, Respectful, Resilient, Relentless, and Responsible.

As we begin the new year, we are quickly coming to the end of the first semester. Final exams are this month and the quarter three/second semester will begin on January 24th. (See finals schedule below).

Final Exam Schedule

Wednesday, January 18

First Hour: 8am - 9:40am

Third Hour: 9:45am - 11:25am

Fifth Hour: 11:30am - 1:40pm

Seventh Hour: 1:45pm - 3:20pm

Thursday, January 19

Second Hour: 8am - 9:40am

Fourth Hour: 11:30am - 1:40pm

Sixth Hour: 1:45pm - 3:20pm

Phoenix Focus

Beginning on January 12th, during seminar, we will have a TedTalk style workshop for our students. The workshops are meant to support students in their learning and growth as young people who will soon become model citizens within our society. Each workshop will be separated by grade level and is mandatory for all to attend. Please see the schedule below.

January 12: Academic Ownership - 11th & 12th grade - Presenter Mr. Charles

January 19: Academic Ownership - 9th & 10th grade - Presenter Mr. Smith

January 26: Effective Use of Technology - 11th & 12th grade

February 2: Effective Use of Technology - 9th & 10th grade

March 2: Improving Communication Skills - 11th & 12th grade - Presenter Mrs. Wilson

March 9: Improving Communication Skills - 9th & 10th grade - Presenter Ms. Hackett

Welcome Mr. Stokes!

Phoenix family please welcome Mr. Albert Stokes as our newest staff member, who will be our Attendance Agent.

Albert Stokes has been employed by the Detroit Public School District since 2011. He has served the students in the capacity of substitute teacher, academic interventionist, fifth-grade homeroom teacher, and for the last three years, as attendance agent.

Mr. Stokes is an engineer by formal training and education, having graduated from Lawrence Technological University in 1992. Prior to coming to the DPSCD, he worked for various automotive manufacturers and automotive suppliers as a designer and later as a test & development engineer. Born and raised in the city of Detroit, he is a graduate of Cass Technical High School.

Mr. Stokes has been married to his college sweetheart, Yvonne Stokes, for 45 years. They have three grown children, two sons, a daughter, and four young granddaughters.

Mr. Stokes is a devout evangelical Christian and leads a life that reflects those values. His tireless work-ethic and professionalism has routinely won him praise from administrators and colleagues.


After School Programs

After school programs are held Monday - Thursday from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. All students who are staying after school for tutoring, MUST be in the room with an adult by 3:30pm, otherwise they will be asked to leave. At no time should students be unsupervised after school.

Student athletes should be with their coaches beginning at 3:30pm as well. Students involved in athletics who's practices begin later, must leave the school and return for practice, or attend after school tutoring.

Parents, PLEASE pick your student up on time. The building is closed at 5:30pm.

We also have Saturday school which is held from 8:30am - 12:30pm, tutors are available in all subjects.

Pick Up/Drop Off

Student pick up and drop off must happen in the circular drive or on Outer Drive. You cannot drop off on the side of the building near Jerry L. White bus loop. Please stay away from that area.

Please make sure we keep our students safe by dropping them off in the front of the school where they can safely get in and out of the car. Please do not speed through the area or block the loop. If you are waiting in the loop, please park on the right so that parents can drive through on the left.


Students must be in school uniform each day. This includes: khaki or burgundy bottoms, white or burgundy tops, with school ID worn visibly. Parents please ensure students are dressed appropriately each day.

Every student has been assigned a locker. All outerwear and in most cases, backpacks, should be placed in the locker each morning. Students who are having locker issues should see Mr. Grady.

Seminar Period

The mission of seminar is to support the personal, social and academic progress of each student, while developing a sense of community. As a reminder, all students are assigned a seminar class and should report EVERY Thursday. Students receive a Pass/Fail grade for seminar. Earning a "F" in this course will negatively impact students' GPA. Please see the syllabus below, which students received in the beginning of the school year, for more information.

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Drop Everything and Rise All School Reading Program

Every Thursday, during the first 20 minutes of seminar, the entire Phoenix Family reads! This initiative is an effort to get kids reading for leisure each week. The goal is to increase reading across all subject areas; exposing students to various text to develop a deeper understanding of complex reading materials.

Please encourage students to participate weekly and ask them to tell you about what they are reading.

Volunteers Needed

Parents, do you have extra time before, during or after school? If so, please email Principal Stroughter to sign up to volunteer. Each volunteer will need to be cleared and finger printed in order to volunteer. Our areas of assistance is needed outside for pick up and drop off, hall monitoring, after school program supervision, and lunch duty. Times needed are as follows:

Morning: 7:15am - 8:30am

Afternoon: 11am - 12pm, 12pm - 1pm, 1pm - 2pm

Evening: 3pm - 4pm, 4pm - 5pm, 5pm - 6pm



Phoenix Wellness Day will be rescheduled. Stay tuned.
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To commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will not have school on Monday, January 16, 2023. Please use this time to reflect on the principles of the movement for racial equality and/or use this as a day of service.
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