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THE MESSAGE 6.1.18

Check out the exciting things happening around the district!

Summer School Programming

Southfield Public Schools will be offering summer programming Monday, June 25 through Thursday, August 2. On-site programs include academic intervention classes for middle school students and credit recovery courses for high school students. Online high school courses are also available.

The registration window opens June 11 and closes June 25. Onsite registration will occur June 25 in the Technology Center (24855 Lahser Road) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the summer, many children lose knowledge and skills, which is commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” Participating in summer learning coursework can help prevent the summer slide.

The assignments, linked in the button below, are required for all current and incoming students. This work will be graded and is due on the first day of class (August 27, 2018).

Students Compete in the Super Bowl of the Mind

Thompson K-8 International Academy recently held its first Quiz Bowl competition - a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for students. Nearly a hundred 4th through 8th-graders, comprised 29 teams of competitors, answered timed questions regarding the topics which included the civil rights movement, literary devices, elements and techniques, math computation and force and motion.

The students studied in advance for several weeks, working to be the team that knew the most about all the topics, to win cash prizes. After an hour of exciting question-and-answer competition, three teams were tied, requiring a sudden-death tiebreaker. The all-7th-grade team “Attack on Thompson!” emerged victoriously and claimed the $150 first place prize. Members include Kyara Huffman, Stella Ojukwu, Rachel Salman and Kristen Williams. Sixth-graders Labayin Oyekanmi and Julian Watkins, known as team “Cat and Mouse” earned second place, and sixth grade team, “Word Defenders,” comprised of Magne Dieng, Caitlin Hughes, Fatou Marenah and Erioluwa Zannu, rounded out the winners by taking third place.

The students worked hard, learned a great deal and had fun at the same time in what is hoped to be an annual event for Thompson K-8.

View more Quiz Bowl photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

An Evening of Music

For the first time in the history of Southfield Public Schools, all the music departments came together and performed. Twelve choirs, bands and ensemble entertained an audience under one roof for one night during the Collage Festival of Music.

View more Collage Festival of Music photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Business Students Dream Bigger at National Leadership Conference

Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology Business Professionals of America (BPA) students attended the 2018 National Leadership Conference last month in Dallas, TX. The BPA students joined thousands of other students from across the county to compete and showcase their business skills and develop their leadership acumen. The conference offered four exciting days of competitions, leadership development, workshops, fun tours and much more.

The Southfield A&T Business Professionals of America students participated in the Leadership Academy and Intern Program and brought home two Chapter Awards: Safety Awareness and Community Service. Every student who was in attendance also received the Ambassador Torch Award.

District Wide Dance, June 8

Please join us for "A Knight to Remember," a district-wide dance. This first time dressy to formal attire event will take place, Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Southfield Education Center (16299 Mt. Vernon, Southfield 48076). The evening will include a light dinner, raffle and sounds by Roni B. This cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 years and younger. For ticket purchases, please contact Mrs. Vann at 248.227.9721.

Wolverine Pathways University of Michigan Acceptances

Ninety-eight percent of the Wolverine Pathways scholars in the first graduating cohort were accepted to the University of Michigan.

Morgan Albert - Ann Arbor; Bediere Ayuk-Taylor - Ann Arbor; Demetria Bias - Dearborn; Brooke Boardman - Ann Arbor; Mariah Bobo - Ann Arbor; Sarah Bradford - Dearborn; Madison Buford - Ann Arbor; John Charley III - Dearborn; Jalen Claxton - Ann Arbor; Danny Colton - Dearborn; Kennedy Davis - Ann Arbor; Kevin Davis Jr. - Ann Arbor; Korrin Dering - Ann Arbor; Jalen Fleming - Ann Arbor; Christopher Flonoury Jr. - Ann Arbor; Lauren Foulks - Ann Arbor; Keia Grigsby - Dearborn; Destiney Hadden - Ann Arbor; Amethyst Hall - Dearborn; Skylar Haygood - Dearborn; Keith Hudson - Ann Arbor; Kia Johnson - Ann Arbor; Kelly Keys - Dearborn; Gabrielle Lincoln - Ann Arbor; Angel Maddox - Ann Arbor; Cameron Mars - Dearborn; Deborah Marshall - Dearborn; Matthew Masondean - Ann Arbor; Keon Mattison - Dearborn; Kenyae McAdoo - Dearborn; Alyssa Merritt - Ann Arbor; Deanne Miree - Ann Arbor; Alexis Mitchell - Dearborn; Dennis Morrison - Ann Arbor; Jacob Mosley - Dearborn; Cierra Murphy - Dearborn; Milbrun Pearson - Ann Arbor; Carmen Quince - Dearborn; Christian Rush - Dearborn; Kaiyah Rush - Dearborn; Oluwadamilola Sado - Ann Arbor; Sydney Smith - Ann Arbor; Charlie Sutton IV - Ann Arbor; Emmanuel Tetty - Ann Arbor; Jereal Thomas - Dearborn; Alexandra Turner - Ann Arbor; Anony Walton - Ann Arbor; Eve Washington - Ann Arbor; Celynn Welch - Ann Arbor; Nakia Wilkins - Ann Arbor; Madisyn Williams - Ann Arbor; Miniya Williams - Ann Arbor; Miriam Williams - Ann Arbor; Sydney Williams - Ann Arbor; Darryl Williams II - Ann Arbor; Zachary Winfrey - Ann Arbor; Shalyla Wofford - Dearborn

The "U" Runs for Lupus Awareness

Runners (and walkers) came out to show their support for those living with lupus at the annual University High School Academy 5K. The crowd gathered early to warm up, laced their shoes, put on their event t-shirt and hit the local neighborhood streets of Lathrup Village.

Photo Credit: JMassProductions

Join the Southfield Compact

The Southfield Compact brings together community and organizations in the city of Southfield to partner and commit to strengthening K-12 education in Southfield Public Schools through volunteering and mentoring.

Joining the Southfield Compact is an effort to share information and strive for the best education for the children who are in our community. Our students value and need you!

Residence and businesses can:

  • Volunteer at one of our schools
  • Mentor our students
  • Provide wisdom to our students
  • Adopt a school

Comprehensive Study Provides Building Blocks to Reform Michigan School Funding

A comprehensive statewide study examining school funding in Michigan, conducted by the School Finance Research Collaborative and released in January 2018, clearly demonstrates the need to reform Michigan's school funding system and provides policymakers with building blocks to begin the process. The School Finance Research Collaborative worked in concert with the nation's two leading school funding research firms to develop the report, which provides the most complete data available on the cost of student achievement in Michigan.

Here are the key findings of the new report:

  • The base per-pupil cost to educate a general education K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590, which does not include transportation, food service or capital costs, and only includes pension costs at 4.6% of wages.
  • Charter schools should have the same base per-pupil funding for a general education student and the same adjustments to the base amount that traditional districts receive.
  • It costs $14,155 to educate a preschool student age 3 or 4.
  • In addition to the base per-pupil cost, a percentage of the base cost should be provided for special education, English Language Learners, students living in poverty and programs to provide Career and Technical Education.
  • Transportation costs should be funded at $973 per rider until further study can be carried out.
  • Because Michigan's school district sizes vary widely and small districts lack economies of scale, district size must be taken into account, with funding increases provided for all districts under 7,500 students.
"This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive report reflects the input of nearly 300 educators throughout Michigan, giving policymakers clear direction on how much it costs to educate a child and how best to reform Michigan's broken school funding system." - Bob Moore, School Finance Research Project Director

DATES TO REMEMBER

June 3 - University High School Academy Graduation, Chene Park, Noon

June 3 - Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology Graduation, Chene Park, 3 p.m.

June 8 - District Wide Special Education Dance, Southfield Education Center, 6:30 p.m.

June 12 - Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 7 p.m.

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

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