Gardens sprout into learning spaces
This school year, students across the district got their hands dirty in the name of learning. Working closely with Big Green, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing food literacy among children, students got an upfront look at how real food grows with their very own learning garden.
From laying the soil in the beds to planting little tiny seeds, to setting up the water irrigation systems and to planting various vegetables, this opportunity brings learning outside of the classroom. Southfield Public Schools' students are learning about nutrition and urban gardening. The gardens are model classroom for science, art, English and engineering just to name a few.
This October, students got a taste of their harvest, making salads and smoothies. Each school has its own garden team and all Southfield Public Schools will have a learning garden by the end of this school year.
See more learning garden photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.
The power of pink
Southfield Public Schools joined the fight against cancer by raising funds and awareness in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. On October 26, district leaders, board of education and staff, including transportation, custodial and food services, participated in a district-wide pink out.
Early in the month the athletic department held a pink out volleyball game. Schools across the district decorated doors, held best dressed contest, held walks and marches in addition to hanging pink ribbons in the halls that were dedicated to loved ones.
The district will be donating a check to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at the November 13 board meeting.
See more pink out photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.
Educator wins photo competition
The city of Southfield sponsored the second Southfield Photo Prize competition and outdoor exhibition this summer to showcase the natural and architectural beauty throughout the city. Nearly 200 submissions were received and initially reviewed by the Total Living Commission which selected the top 25 photos that were eligible for public voting.
The results were determined by the most overall votes each finalist received. First place was awarded to Birney K-8 School educator Sheronne Moorer for her photo of Burgh Historical Park. Her photo will be featured in the city of Southfield's 2019 calendar and other city marketing materials.
Thompson K-8 host Native American experience
Thompson K-8 International Academy 5th-grade students participated in a fun and educational experience featuring a program to enhance student learning of the Native American way of life.
The dynamic and interactive presentation was followed by “hands-on” time where students could touch and interact with an extensive collection of materials that the Native Americans used in their daily lives. This also included handmade, authentic reproductions of Native American artifacts and a large collection of European trade goods.
Rock the Vote
Election day is right around the corner, and there is a new wave of young Michiganders who are eligible to vote. District high school students were schooled on how to register and what to expect in the November 6 election. Members of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. made visits to the district high schools and Lisa Brown, Oakland County clerk visited Kennedy Learning Center to conducted a voter's registration drive and dozens of students are now registered.