Grosse Pointe Public School System

389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 . 313.432.3000

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  • GPPSS Weekly Update - Bring a Friend to Info Nights

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 1/12/2017

    First Budget Amendment passes

    The Board of Education is required to publicly pass any amendments to the budget. There are typically 3-4 adjustments during the school year as anticipated revenue and enrollment when the budget is set in June, become actual figures. After extensive discussion at board meetings December 12 and 19, the first General Appropriations Amendment Act passed at Monday's board meeting. This included enrollment below projections and the Wayne County Enhancement Millage.


    Fifth Grade Parent Night 1/17

    5th Grade Parent Night will be held at each middle school at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17.  This meeting is for parents of students entering 6th grade next school year.


    Kindergarten & Young Fives Info Night 1/19

    Kindergarten and Young Fives Information Night will be next Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. in each neighborhood elementary school. Please pass this information on to anyone you may know with a student starting kindergarten next school year.


    MultiAge Program Info Night 1/26

    The district's multiage program, which is housed at Trombly Elementary School, will host an Info Night at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 26, in the Trombly library, 820 Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park.


    Thank you to all of the families who attended the high school incoming freshman orientation last night!


    Be sure to check out new community flyers

    Click Flyers to see community events ranging from kids dance workshops that support our high school team, to GPPSS swim lessons, to concerts, and more. If you have a flyer, you can use the online form to upload your own pdf for a nominal fee.

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  • GPPSS Weekly Update 12/16/16 includes grant and theatre awards and registration info

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 12/16/2016

    Preschool registration opens January 9!

    GPPSS will again offer full day and half day tuition-based preschool options at multiple schools. Online registration runs 1/9-2/3. If needed, a lottery will be held 2/7. Click Preschool for details. For those interested in Young Fives Kindergarten please click that link for details.

    Inclusion Week at Mason Elementary

    The Mason Elementary community participated in Inclusion Week all last week, partnering with to focus on inclusion practices to ensure that the needs of ALL students are being met.  Here is the definition for inclusion that Mason developed: Inclusion is when ALL learners are fully accepted and embraced members of the school community through involvement, empowerment and empathy. At Mason, students are provided the opportunity to foster a love for learning through a sense of belonging, valuing each other's strengths and differences, and respecting the talents, beliefs and backgrounds of the entire school community. One of the activities was that second grade classes in Mrs. McCulloch and Mrs. Green's rooms read the story My Brother Charlie and then did an acrostic poem about inclusion.

    GPPSS receives 3 State grants for robotics!

    • Grosse Pointe Public Schools Gearheads $2,500
    • Grosse Pointe Public Schools Blown Fuses $1,300
    • Grosse Pointe Public Schools Gear Girlz $950

    South and North earn high honors at Michigan Thespian Festival

    South’s Thespian Troupe was invited to present their fall production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers as the main stage, opening production in the Temple Theatre in Saginaw for the Michigan Thespian Festival at Saginaw Valley State University on December 2-3. They played to a packed house of more than 1700 thespians, educators and professionals. The students performed brilliantly and received a standing ovation. Six Troupe #49 students earned superior honors. And South director Meaghan Dunham was inducted into the Michigan Educational Theatre’s Hall of Fame during the closing ceremonies. North student Lolly Duus won a $500 Thespian Scholarship from the Educational Theatre Association and auditioned for over 20 colleges at once as part of the college scholarship competition.  She then received a $16,000 scholarship offer to Ohio Northern University, to study Musical Theatre in one of the premier programs in the country. Two North students from Troupe #5781 earned superior honors.

    Kindness Matters

    With their teacher Rebecca Golus and school psychologist Dona Johnson-Beach, third graders at Trombly are working on a Project Based Learning activity where the driving question is: How can third graders inspire kindness in others to create a caring learning community? Project teams have been created and each group has self-selected a specific project for the year to help inspire a culture of kindness. The groups are: Buddy Bench, WTRO Video Announcements, Spreading Notes of Kindness, and the Be Kind Club. Activities like writing notes for seniors and those in the armed services, as well as hosting visitors to the school for the Open House, have enhanced students’ written and verbal communication skills while promoting a caring learning community.

    Calendar Items:

    • North Vocal Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., 12/16, First English Lutheran Church
    • Board Work Session to discuss budget parameters, 6 p.m., Administration Building, 389 St. Clair
    • South End Band-O-Rama, Monday, 7 p.m., 12/19, South Main Gym, 11 GP Blvd.
    • North End Band-O-Rama, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., 12/20, North Gym, 707 Vernier
    • District String Extravaganza, Wednesday, 7 p.m., 12/21, North Gym, 707 Vernier
    • Winter Break is 12/24/16-1/8/17, Classes Resume Monday 1/9. The registration and enrollment office will be closed 12/26-30.
    • Wednesday, 1/11, 6:30 p.m. Incoming High School Parent Night at North PAC and South Auditorium (for those with current 8th graders entering high school next fall). Please tell your private school friends!
    • Tuesday, 1/17, 7 p.m. Incoming Middle School Parent Night at all 3 middle schools in their auditorium (for those with current 5th graders)
    • Thursday, 1/19, 7 p.m. Kindergarten Info Night at all 9 elementary schools (for parents). Learn about our traditional kindergarten program in all schools, and our free Young Fives program at Defer, Mason and Poupard.
    • GPPSS Swim classes start 1/21. Register online for swim classes now at 
    • Thursday, 1/26, 6 p.m. Multi-Age Info Night at Trombly Elementary where this district program is housed, 820 Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park
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