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THE MESSAGE 6.8.18

Check out the exciting things happening around the district!

Congratulations Class of 2018

Last weekend, Southfield Public Schools celebrated the graduation of 505 students from Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology and University High School Academy with ceremonies at the Chene Park Amphitheater along the Detroit River. Of the 505 students who graduated, 455 or 90 percent plan to further their education at a college, university or business/trade school in the fall.

We congratulate all of our graduates and look forward to hearing about their future successes!

District Bids Farewell to Retirees

There was plenty of laughter and many hugs given at the annual celebration honoring Southfield Public Schools retirees. As the district said goodbye to a combined of more than 300 years of experience, there were also some tears shed. Each retiree was showered with tokens of appreciation.

Thank you to the 2018 retirees for their many years of service, and we wish them the best.

  • Sheila Butler-Robinson
  • Judith Comeau
  • Chrystal Griffin
  • Virna Hobbs-Calhoun
  • Debbie Leavell
  • Sharon Lewis
  • Dianne McClellan
  • Jacqueline McElrath
  • Gail McFarlane
  • Joan Newberry
  • Devika Raghavan
  • Cynthia Reynolds
  • Beverly Scarborough
  • Stephen Sharp
  • Diane Smith
  • Sarah Ward
  • Betty Warner
  • Lesa Wilson
  • Betty Wimmer

View more Retiree Celebration photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Restore, Refresh and Renew Project

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Tau Omega Chapter in Southfield hosted their 1908 Playground Mobilization Impact Day, a fun community event, on June 2 with their partner school MacArthur K-8 University Academy.

The AKA1908 Playground Project initiative was launched to ensure children have a safe and inviting place to play. Attendees enjoyed free food, games, family-friendly activities, music and more.

View more Restore, Refresh and Renew Project photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Summer School Registration Opens Next Week

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.

Help Prevent Learning Loss

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).

Warriors Throw Far

Congratulations to the Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology boys varsity track throwers.

Jalen Edwards

  • MHSAA State Championships - Shot, 2nd place and Disc, 2nd place
  • MHSAA Regionals - Shot, 2nd place and Disc, 1st place
  • Oakland County Championships- Track Meet MVP, Shot, 1st place and Disc, 1st place
  • OAA Gold Track Meet - Shot, 2nd place and Disc, 1st place
  • School Record - 165' 4" (disc)

Javen Edwards

  • MHSAA Regionals - Shot, 7th place and Disc, 3rd place
  • OAA Gold Track Meet - Shot, 8th place and Disc, 3rd place

Keon Walker-Gardner

  • MHSAA State Championships - Shot, 5th place
  • MHSAA Regionals - Shot, 1st place
  • Oakland County Championships - Shot, 3rd place
  • OAA Gold Track Meet - Shot, 1st place
  • School record - 54'1" (shot)

Last Week of School Schedule

June 11 - Full day of school

June 12 - Full day of school

June 13 - Half (1/2) Day (High School Only)

June 14 - Half (1/2) Day (High School Only)

June 15 - Half (1/2) Day (All Students)

Our Students Need YOU

Have you joined the Southfield Compact? You can help strengthening K-12 education in Southfield Public Schools through volunteering and mentoring. Click the button below to learn more and sign up today!

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 12

  • Birney K-8 School 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:15 a.m.
  • Thompson K-8 International Academy 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • MacArthur K-8 University Academy 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
  • Levey Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6 p.m. (at Southfield A&T)
  • Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.
  • Regular Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 7 p.m.

June 13

  • Stevenson Elementary 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.
  • Adler Elementary 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9 a.m.
  • McIntyre Elementary 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9 a.m.
  • Vandenberg World Cultures Academy 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9 a.m.
  • Birney K-8 School 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:15 a.m.
  • MacArthur K-8 University Academy Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
  • MacArthur K-8 University Academy 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 1 p.m.
  • University High School Preparatory Academy (UPREP ) 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6 p.m.

June 14

  • Stevenson Elementary Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony, 9 a.m.
  • Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.

June 15

  • Last Day of School - Half Day

June 19

  • Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.

June 26

  • Truth in Taxation Budget Hearing, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.
  • Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6:30 p.m.

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

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