Grosse Pointe Public School System

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  • GPPSS Weekly Update March 23 - conferences, arts shows, music awards

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 3/23/2017

    Conferences tonight at North, South, Parcells and Pierce

    If you missed high school conferences last night, you have one more chance to connect this evening 3/23 from 5-8 p.m. at North and South. Tonight is also the rescheduled conferences for Parcells and Pierce middle schools from 4:30-7 p.m. (due to the power outage). Brownell conferences are complete and elementary conferences are next week. Thank you for using these opportunities to connect! The parent and staff involvement is amazing in GPPSS!

    ArtFest is open at South

    South’s Art Fest is open through March 25th in South's MPR. The Art Fest exhibition is Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5-8pm, and Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Awards Night is Friday from 7-8 p.m. For more fine and performing arts information, be sure to check out the Performing Arts Calendar linked from the main page of every GPPSS website. North’s Art Show will be May 15-17.

    Please update your contact info

    Due to recent “stranger danger” incidents at South and Ferry, the district would like to take this opportunity to remind families to update their contact information through MiStar Parent Portal. For the 6,000 who have downloaded the New and improved district app (available free for Apple and Android)thank you. Now please take the important Step 2 and select GPPSS and your school(s) if you have not done so already! Without that you won’t receive important school and district texts straight to your phone. In return, the district will add the App to our emergency notification process and continue to review and update our safety protocol regularly.

    This also provides an opportunity for you to review all appropriate safety precautions with your children and urge them to use caution and common sense in any situation that feels uncomfortable or dangerous to them.  Please be sure that your children know to report any incident immediately to an adult. Remind your student that school staff and parent volunteers are present at arrival, dismissal and lunch/recess. Being polite is not as important as being safe. Our most important priority, like yours, is keeping our students safe.  We appreciate your continued support in helping us do that.

    New community flyers are posted each week

    Click Flyers to see community events ranging from GPPSS Spring Swim classes, to Board of Realtor Events to attract new families, to the South Fashion Show, the rescheduled Monteith Ladies Night Out,  Wayne County Community College Concerts and more. If you have a flyer, you can use the online form to upload your own pdf for a nominal fee.

    Did you know?

    Here are some facts to share and celebrate in the community this week.

    • Last night Parcells hosted the 2017 Wayne County Regional You be the Chemist tournament for the first time ever! Parcells was represented by eight-grader William Eckerman and seventh-graders Noah Dean and Stephanie Westrick. Sara Westrick from Monteith placed 4th!
    • 2 Pierce Students  won the National Gold Key Scholastic award for their writing pieces.  Their names are Shea Vatalaro and Jacquelyn Wang.  They will travel to New York City to receive their award at Carnegie Hall!
    • Based on their extremely high scores at Michigan School Band and Orchestra State Solo & Ensemble Festival this past weekend, these North and South students were invited to join the Michigan Youth Arts Festival  Orchestra!  
      • Amelia Abouljoud, Viola
      • Keenan Bakowski, Trumpet
      • Brianna Corrion, Cello
      • Alex Fahle, Violin
      • Charlotte Farrell, Violin
      • Catharine Fennessey, Viola
      • Hadley Hermon, Trumpet
      • Anna Jarboe, Violin
      • Jared Schenk, Trumpet
    • 4 South students won Scholastic Awards at the national level! These impressive works are posted on the district website.
      • Sarah Simmet, "Geometric Scheme" Silver Medal Art Portfolio, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South HS , Teacher: Tom Szmrecsanyi
      • Carter Teranes, "Layers and Perception" Silver Medal Art Portfolio, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South HS, Teacher: Micki Buksar-Ceci
      • Gabrielle Miller, "Evanescent, Gold Medal Mixed Media, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South HS, Teacher: Kit Aro
      • Megan Fordon, "Depression" Silver Medal Digital Art, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South HS, Teacher: Kit Aro
    • 13 Grosse Pointe Destination Imagination (DI) Teams have advanced to the State Level Competition.

    Calendar:

    • March 23 – High school evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 23 – Pierce & Parcells make-up conferences (to make up for those during the outage)
    • March 24 – Defer Bingo Night and Student Council Bake Sale, 7-9pm in the Defer gym
    • March 22-25 South ArtFest (see above for times)
    • March 27 – College Night, 6-8 p.m. at South High School – over 100 colleges and universities!
    • March 27 – Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Brownell MPR
    • March 29 – elementary evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 29 - Grosse Pointe North Choirs will be performing Great Works at the Assumption Cultural Center and Church at 7pm
    • March 30 – no school for elementary students (conferences)
    • Spring Break remains 4/1-4/9. GPPSS is also closed 4/14.
    • In order to attend the Kindergarten Transition Event 5/2 …
      • 4/13 is the deadline to register for Young Fives
      • 4/24 is the deadline for kindergarten
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  • GPPSS Weekly Update February 15

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 3/15/2017

    Please take the winter sports surveys

    In the spirit of continuous improvement, two surveys are being distributed regarding the winter sports season - one for parents, and one for student athletes. Your anonymous input will assist us in providing you and future athletes with the best possible experiences.

    Fine and Performing Arts Events changes due to the outage

    Don't miss North's magnificently macabre The Addams Family directed by Sean Kifer with musical direction by Ben Henri on these new dates:

    • Wednesday March 15th 7:30pm
    • Friday March 17th 7:30pm
    • Saturday March 18th 7:30pm
    • Sunday March 19th 2:00pm

    ALL TICKETS FROM LAST WEEK WILL NEED TO BE EXCHANGED AT THE PAC (today 3:30-5p.m.)! Contact Sean.Kifer@gpschools.org with questions.

    To accommodate the new Addams Family dates, the North Band & Orchestra concert will still be on March 16th at 7 p.m., but will be held at the Brownell Multipurpose Room. The district thanks the community for supporting our students and being flexible and understanding.

    South's Art Fest is also coming up March 22-25 in South's MPR. The Art Fest exhibition is Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5-8pm, and Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Awards Night is Friday from 7-8 p.m. For more fine and performing arts information, be sure to check out the Performing Arts Calendar linked from the main page of every GPPSS website.

    New community flyers are posted each week

    Click Flyers to see community events ranging from 60 Days to Health, to softball clinics, to Wayne County Community College Concerts and more. If you have a flyer, you can use the online form to upload your own pdf for a nominal fee.

     Did you know?

    Here are some facts to share and celebrate in the community this week.

    • The district is proud to announce we have seven high school students who are National Merit Finalists, placing them in the top half of 1% in the nation! From South we have Jack Burgoyne, Kurt Huebner, David Scupholm, and Kara Semanision. From North we have Annelise Hofmann, Lindsey Hoshaw, and Adam Schreck.
    • Be sure to tune in to the GPEA update by President Mike Rennell for positive news throughout the district at the top of every board meeting. If you can't join in person, watch the livestream: https://livestream.com/accounts/3685210 under the Superintendent's report. You can also learn about the proposed Grosse Pointe Theatre lease, proposed Math materials through the curriculum review process, Parcells lockers and more to be voted on March 27.
    • Tomorrow is the full run issue of the Grosse Pointe News which goes to every home within the district boundaries.  To save postage and delivery costs, our Partners in Learning district newsletter is included in it. Please watch for that!

    Calendar:

    • March 16 - morning classes only for middle school students
    • March 22-23 - high school evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 23 - Pierce & Parcells conferences (to make up for those during the outage)
    • March 22-25 South ArtFest
    • March 27 - College Night, 6-8 p.m. at South High School
    • March 29 - elementary evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 30 - no school for elementary students (conferences)
    • Spring Break remains 4/1-9/2017. GPPSS is also closed 4/14.
    • In order to attend the Kindergarten Transition Event 5/2 ...
      • 4/13 is the deadline to register for Young Fives
      • 4/24 is the deadline for kindergarten
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