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Spotlight CELEBRATING PONTIAC SCHOOL DISTRICT'S SUCCESS

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATIONS

In honor of Black History Month, Beans & Cornbread owner, Patrick Coleman, donated 500 custom-printed Black History fact boxes to the school. Coleman was also on hand to give students a history lesson about how things were during the Jim Crow era and how the boxes were used by those who took southern road trips. Students were served chicken, waffles and sweet potato fries.
Pontiac High School students Skylar Clark and Cash' Monia Johnson visited the administration office to share their and other students' amazing art work inspired by Black History Month.
Guy Lewis visited Alcott Elementary to share the history of how music traveled from Africa to America.
Pontiac Middle School participated in its fourth annual African-American Read-In on February 20. Hundreds these events take place across the country and around the world. They feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work. This initiative has reached more than 7 million participants around the world.
PSD WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

PSD welcomes its newest school board members to the district! Welcome Trustee ShaQuana Davis-Smith and Trustee Kenyada Bowman! Trustees William Carrington and Caroll Turpin were also re-elected to their seats.

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS

PSD had a successful 18-month Partnership Agreement check in with the Michigan Department of Education on February 7. We've been recognized for major improvements toward engaging students, parents, community and partners in our turnaround efforts. We've made such strides that Pontiac High School has been removed from the State's list of 25 worst performing schools!

ROGERS STUDENTS EARN ENGINEERING AWARDS

On February 21, Rogers Elementary fourth-grade students celebrated those who won awards for the "What Is An Engineer" program. Engineers and skilled trades representatives were on hand for the event hosted by the Oakland County Links organization. Students worked in teams to design and build a boat that could hold "vibranium" pennies. The boat that could float with the most pennies won was the winner. Students received Kindle e-readers, gift bags and cupcakes.

PASSPORT TO MEDICINE

Fourteen Pontiac Middle School students joined Oakland University's William Beaumont School of Medicne students and staff for the Passport to Medicine-American Medical Women's Association "Winter Wellness and OU-Pontiac Initiative Basketball Day event in January. Students participated in a chat about healthy relationships with a guest speaker from The HAVEN. They also made no-sew blankets as part of a giving back activity. Beaumont Children's Hospital was the chosen site for the blanket donations.
PHOENIX WRESTLING
Regional Qualifiers Julius Polk and Dequine Logan competed at the 2019 Regional Championships on February 16. Sophomore Dequine placed third at the MHSAA District Championships, but was stopped short at the MHSAA Regional Championships. His season record was 29-13. Freshman Julius Polk also placed third at the MHSAA District Championships. He placed third at the MHSAA Regional Championships which qualified him to compete in the 2019 MHSAA State Championships. Julius's season record is 41-7.

PHOENIX BOW TO WILDCATS IN OAA BLUE TITLE GAME

The mighty Pontiac Phoenix lost to the Oxford Wildcats (39-76) at the OAA Blue Title game. Still, we thank the city of Pontiac for coming out to support us! This season was pure magic, magnified by the hard work and unceasing will of these players. We thank them for lifting us up, and never letting us down!

The gym was standing room only!
Board trustees Caroll Turpin and William Carrington came to support Phoenix basketball.
The gym was standing room only!

RED WINGS TEACH HEALTHY LIVING AT ITA/ILA ACADEMIES

The Detroit Red Wings put on a healthy eating, healthy minds event at ITA recently. Students and teachers were able to get hands-on as players and goalies.

The Detroit Red Wings put on a healthy eating, healthy minds event at ITA recently. Students and teachers were able to get hands-on as players and goalies.

CAN YOU NAME THAT TUNE?

DAKOTA PASSAGE ACCEPTED TO HARVARD, AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to International Technology Academy senior Dakota Passage on his acceptance to Harvard! He was also recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from GLP and Associates, Inc.

100 WOMEN WHO CARE
The 100 Women Who Care organization donated $25,000 to purchase new furniture for Herrington Elementary's three kindergarten classes!
PROJECT EXCEL GETS HANDS-ON WITH FOOD, ART, BOWLING, COMMUNITY SERVICE
Project Excel members recently visited the Alice Gustafson building at St. Joe's hospital to deliver cards to patients fighting cancer. They've also spent time at the art museum learning the history of African-Americans. The "roving chef" visited Herrington to teach students how to prepare chocolate chip hummus and steak and cheese queso sauce.

TROY COLLEGE AND CAREER SCHOOL VISITS P.E.A.C.E.

Students from Troy College & Career High School created a new Student Leadership organization this year, and they recently formed a partnership with preschool students at the P.E.A.C.E. Academy. In November, TCCHS Student Leaders held a book drive and collected and delivered more than 2,000 books to the preschool. They took the project a step further, and traveled to P.E.A.C.E. to spend time in classrooms, reading their favorite books to students.

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