THE MESSAGE 11.10.17

Check out the exciting things happening around the district!


Southfield Public Schools November Teacher of the Month

Southfield Public Schools is excited to announce Maureen Girty-Andrews as the November 2017 Teacher of the Month. Girty-Andrews is the 4th and 5th grade reading teacher at MacArthur K-8 University Academy.

Girty-Andrews started her career student teaching before coming to Southfield Public Schools where she has spent nearly 30 years. "I did not decide to become a teacher. I was called to it," said Girty-Andrews. She went to school at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor enrolled in the College of Engineering, and she knew almost immediately that was not what she wanted to do with her life. Then she tried the School of Nursing, and that wasn't it either. After taking a year off, she explored what she was supposed to be doing with her life and enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. "[I] fell in love with being in the classroom and have loved it ever since," she said.

"As an educator, she teaches with love, compassion, and care," said MacArthur principal Zerrick Lake. "One of her greatest strengths is the ability to have students reach their highest potential."

Girty-Andrew will be formally acknowledged with a special certificate and video at the Board of Education meeting on November 14 at 7 p.m. at the John W. English Administrative Center.

Remember to nominate a teacher every month by clicking HERE.

Dribble, Free Throw and Goal

Southfield Public Schools third through fifth-grade students were the guest of honor at the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) women's basketball game Wednesday morning at the Don Ridler Field House. The LTU Blue Devils defeated the Great Lakes Christian College 83-35.

The students made sure everybody knew the team they were cheering for from the stands. Some students even played a part in the halftime festivities.

The students rushed the court to hug the players after the game.

See more LTU game day photos below. Click photo to enlarge.

Classroom Cash Grant Winner

The Southfield A&T Warrior Laundry Service won first place for the employability skills program in the Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union Classroom Cash Grant Program. Warrior Laundry Service was up against more than 100 other classroom programs the tri-county area.

The Warrior Laundry Service is an employability skills program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. The Laundry is a catalyst to teach students employment soft skills which will prepare them to be "work ready." Students in the program are also introduced to photography, t-shirt printing, looming, and clerical skills.

Funds awarded will be used to maintain laundry services and purchase technology for the classroom. Congratulations!

Stevenson's Turkey Trot

Last week, Stevenson Elementary students showed their community spirit by participating in the school's Turkey Trot. All K-5 students competed and earned a dress down with a contribution of can goods or a monetary donation to Gleaner's Food Bank. The track was filled with students running and walking while helping others in need. Way to go, Stevenson!​

Thirty-three pints of blood was collected by Michigan Blood in University High School Academy's student leadership blood drive last month. Thank you donors!

Birney K-8 PTA Hosts Math Night for Southfield Public School Families

Southfield Public Schools K-5 families! Secure your spot for Math Night at Birney K-8 School on Wednesday, November 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Families will participate in fun, hands-on activities to inspire students' interest in math, help students understand and master math concepts and promote awareness of STEM education and careers.

Birney K-8’s math night is part of National PTA’s STEM + Families initiative. STEM + Families is focused on engaging entire families in STEM experiences at school, at home, in the community, and with digital learning environments to empower them to support student success in STEM and inspire their children to pursue STEM careers. The initiative is supported by Mathnasium, which specializes in making math come alive for students of all ages and ability levels.

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Southfield Legacy Project. This is an opportunity to honor the history of Southfield Public Schools and celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni and educators. Southfield Public Schools is actively seeking to identify individuals who have made outstanding contributions to athletics and education and have helped bring excellence and distinction to the district. These individuals will be considered for induction into the Southfield Legacy Hall of Fame. If you know of individuals, please complete the nomination form and submit no later than December 3, 2017.

Southfield Public Schools students and families will be there. Will you?


November 13 - Dual Enrollment Information Night, Southfield A&T Media Center, 5 p.m.

November 14 - Board of Education Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 7 p.m.

November 15 - STEM + Families Math Night, Birney K-8, 6 p.m.

November 22 - University High School Academy Applications Due

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Recess

Detailed calendar information including upcoming events can be found on the homepage of the district and school websites.


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