Grosse Pointe Public School System

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  • GPPSS Weekly Update June 12

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 6/12/2017

    Pointes of Pride

    • North High School’s Sean McCarroll was selected as one of only 10 Grand Prize Winners across the nation for the Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Awards!
    • Maya Rushing's kindergarteners from Poupard came to visit their kindergarten pen pals at Monteith!  They read books together, played on the playscape, had a popsicle, blew bubbles, and made a fun balancing clown. Fun fact: Maya's daughter was in Diane Richard’s Monteith kindergarten class 4 years ago, and now Diane is mentoring her mom!   
    • The GP North iStudies program was invited to be one of six student organizations that presented at the Governor's Education Summit in Lansing. Five North students had the chance to mingle with state school board members, CEOs, district administrators, and the Governor himself and share the projects they had worked on as part of our program. It was a great opportunity to promote GPPSS to the state, and the kids received glowing reviews from everyone - including Governor Snyder!


    Please take the annual community survey

    GPPSS uses a variety of means to gather community feedback and allow for citizens to express ideas about school system programs and services. Among those means, according to Board Policy 9251.01, the Superintendent shall conduct an Annual Community Survey in order to receive a comprehensive view of how the district is perceived and the level of satisfaction among its consumers and taxpayers. All individual responses remain confidential, but summary results are shared publicly and used for school improvement planning. Your input is valuable. The survey will close June 23.


    Dress code being updated next year

    The Grosse Pointe Public School System dress code is in place to support a positive, safe, and respectful learning environment for all students. Click dress code to see how the district is clarifying points for next year. Changes go into effect in September.


    Meet Up, Eat Up

    Did you know only 1 in 6 students who receive free or reduced price lunch take advantage of free meal opportunities over the summer (Summer Flyer) and that GPPSS has several schools where over 20% of the student body receive free or reduced price lunch? Help us get the word out. The Summer Meals program provides youth under 18 free meals each summer. How can you find where  meals are served? Download Range, a free mobile app that locates free meal sites, offers contact information, and provides directions so you can easily guide a youth to a nearby site. Visit and help youth find a free meal this summer. You can also text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back to the closest place where they can get free summer meals.


    Enroll today in Summer Programs

    Registration is open online until July 3rd for summer learning.

    • Elementary Courses at a glance describes all our course offerings and prices. From Kindergarten Readiness, to Stepping up to middle school Math, to app design in Mad-Learn, there are all kinds of academic and enrichment classes available.
    • Middle school courses focus on study skills and step up courses for English and Math
    • High school summer classes range from Film Lit to credit recovery and replacement options. If your student loves elective courses, they might consider taking a required course over the summer to free up time in their schedule for more electives during the school year.
    • Check out Summer Music Theatre CampSummer Music Festival,That’s Entertainment, and more online today! Deadlines vary by course so register today!


    Voluntary heart screenings offered at North and South for high school students

    The high school athletic departments are offering $30 heart screenings at Grosse Pointe North on June 13, and Grosse Pointe South on June 21 through St. John Providence. These are NOT mandatory and do not count as the sports physical. However, heart screenings are generally not covered during annual or sports physicals. For more information on the tests, please see the heart screening flyer. To register your child for a screening appointment, please call 248-550-5597 today!



    • Monday, June 12, 7 p.m. Regular Board Meeting, North High School Library Media Center (parking behind the building off Morningside and entering by the glass staircases makes the library easy to find on the second floor of North)
    • Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15, are half days for elementary and middle school
    • 6/14 South graduation, 6:30 p.m.
    • 6/15 North graduation, 6:30 p.m.
    • The administration building is open all summer. For those with students entering 6th or 9th grade or joining our school system, please come in and verify residency. Here is the checklist of what you need to bring. Schedules will not be released until residency is verified.
    • Friday, June 16 – no school for students. Enjoy a safe and happy summer!
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  • GPPSS Weekly Update June 1

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 6/1/2017

    Pointes of Pride

    • Parcells Middle School student Luca Varanelli did an awesome job on stage yesterday at the National Spelling Bee! He presented himself so well and spelled his words correctly (including "edamame" as shown on ESPN 3)! Unfortunately, the latest rules of the Bee involve spellers earning points in the oral rounds and then adding them to points they earned in an earlier written round (that included both spelling and vocabulary) to determine the top point-getters, who move on to the finals. Luca fell just short of the top 40 (out of 291) spellers who will move forward. He tied for 41st. GPPSS is so proud of Luca for his accomplishment and the incredible way he represented himself, our school, and our community on national television!
    • Pierce students Miranda Freedman (8th) and Sammy Freedman (6th) will be competing at the Summer National Championship Fencing Tournament July 3-10 in Salt Lake City,  Utah.
    • Feminists United at South recently held a prize raffle during lunch sessions and raised over $500 to benefit Vista Maria. This facility provides care, support and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed.
    • North and South baseball coaches honored in article on MHSAA website
    • The South girls track team, numbering 110, won the state regional championship this past week.  For the girls, it is their 27th state regional title of the past 30 years.
    • Share your Pointes of Pride by responding to this email!


    Hope you’ll join us at the Out of the Darkness Walk June 4

    Join thousands of students across the country raising money to bring mental health and suicide out of the darkness. The Grosse Pointe walk will be from 9 a.m.-noon, Sunday, June 4, starting at the Blue Devil Stadium Field and Plaza. There is no cost to register but please sign up in advance:

    North and South Class of 2019 Garden Tour

    G.P. North & South Class of 2019 present OneGP Garden Tour, June 17.  Six beautiful privately owned gardens will be open for viewing.  Each garden will host a unique event.  Guests can meander through gardens while being serenaded by North and South band and orchestra students, meet a Senior Master Gardener, watch student artists at work, or nibble on sweet and savory food at another.  You will see koi ponds, cottage gardens and even a garden designed by Charles Platt, a renowned designer of the golden age of grand estates and gardens of the early twentieth century. Tickets are $15 in advance and will not be sold the day of the tour Garden Tour Ticket Order Form.pdf.  Mail or deliver your OneGP Garden Tour ticket order form to the Class of 2019, G.P. South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 and your ticket(s) will be mailed/delivered to you before the event.

    Voluntary heart screenings offered at North and South for high school students

    The high school athletic departments are offering $30 heart screenings at Grosse Pointe North on June 12 and June 13, and Grosse Pointe South on June 21 through St. John Providence. These are NOT mandatory and do not count as the sports physical. However, heart screenings are generally not covered during annual or sports physicals. For more information on the tests, please see the heart screening flyer. To register your child for a screening appointment, please call 248-550-5597.                   

    Bandwidth during finals

    The district is working with our Internet filter options to ensure appropriate bandwidth for testing during finals. This may lead to students being unable to use social media like Snapchat. Thank you for supporting our focus on academics.

    Welcome new staff

    Dee Ann Irby, CPFA, holds a Master of General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Public Administration, emphasis in Accounting & Management, from Grand Valley State University. She joins our central administration from Lake Shore Public Schools where she was Assistant Superintendent of Administrative & Business Services. She has also worked for the City of Grosse Pointe Woods as Treasurer/Comptroller and Pension Administrator/ HR Manager, and other municipalities including Bloomfield Hills and the City of Grosse Pointe. She is filling a vacancy due to retirement.

    Summer Options are posted online

    Summer learning opportunities from credit recovery to enrichment classes, day camps to music camps, Safety Town to theatre camps are posted on the district website as details are finalized. Click Summer Programs and tell your friends and neighbors!

    Flyers highlight community events and classes

    Click Flyers to see community events like the Digital Media Boot Camp and sports camps.


    • 7 p.m. tonight 6/1– Parcells Spring Choir Concert, Parcells Auditorium
    • Senior Exams – Friday 6/2-Wednesday 6/7
    • North South combined annual Outdoor Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., Friday 6/2, on South’s Front Lawn
    • Friday 6/2, 6 p.m., Trombly Ice Cream Social
    • 6/7 Board of Education Work Session, 7 p.m., Wicking Library - GP South High School
    • 6/14 South graduation, 6:30 p.m.

    6/15 North graduation, 6:30 p.m.

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