THE MESSAGE April 2019


Michigan's Academic State Champs

Bridge Magazine recently recognized the most successful high schools in Michigan sending graduates to college. In rankings by geography, University High School Academy was ranked #1 among schools in Metro Detroit region.

Students encouraged to be 'digital divas'

More than 150 students from Southfield Public Schools attended the Digital Divas conference, hosted by Eastern Michigan University.

The one-day conference is targeted toward young girls who are interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science fields and aims to encourage them an opportunity to meet and network with professors and students in the technological field.

The event included guest speakers and breakout sessions with hands-on learning. Session topics ranged from creating mobile applications to the unmanned drone industry.

View more Digital Divas event photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Vibranium and the Periodic Table

Levey Middle School students recently worked on a lesson with The Lawrence Technological University's (LTU) Marburger STEM Center.

The activity was created for students to get them thinking seriously about the Periodic Table of the Elements. The students were asked where they would place vibranium, a fictional element featured in the movie Black Panther, on the table, and to explain their decision.

The executive director of the LTU Marburger STEM Center, Sibrina Collins, says she seized upon using the idea of using the movie as a teaching vehicle to emphasize diversity in STEM careers.

Grant to make schools safer

Southfield Public Schools recently received a $110,928 as part of the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant to help improve safety measures. Through the 2019 program, schools will have security enhancements through the purchase of technology and equipment.

The district will installed new security cameras at its elementary, middle and high schools. The grant will also pay for the installation of a new state-of-the-art public announcement system at Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology.

The new security enhancements will help provide a more safe and secure environment for our students and staff.

Destination HBCU College Fair

The 2019 Destination HBCU Experience Initiative & College Fair, presented by Closing the Gap Detroit and Detroit HBCU Network in partnership with Southfield Public Schools, was a huge success. The event offered full-scale college accessible information ranging from college admissions, breakout sessions, collegiate experience to alumni networking.

"Events such as this have the potential to change lives for students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their unlimited talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers," said Dr. Jennifer Green, superintendent, Southfield Public School District. "It is our responsibility to assist our students in making informed decisions about their future by sharing with them the multitude of options available to them."

The HighScope Educational Research Foundation and the Michigan Association for the Education of the Young Child (MIAEYC) announced Bussey Center for Early Childhood Education Director Janice Hill was selected to receive the 2019 Excellence in High Quality Early Childhood Education Award (director category). Mrs. Hill was nominated for her role in advancing excellence within the early childhood profession.

Congratulations, Mrs. Hill!

5K raises awareness for lupus

Spring has sprung! Get ready to lace up your shoes and hit the local neighborhood streets of Lathrup Village for the annual University High School Academy 5K. Runners and walkers come out and help raise awareness and funds to fight lupus. The race will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Stay connected with MiStar

MiStar Parent Connect is a communication tool that allows parents to stay up to date on important information including their scholar’s assignments, grades, attendance, cafeteria accounts, and more. Also, MiStar Parent Connect gives the district the ability to communicate important school and district information as well as connect with parents in case of an emergency.

To ensure you are receiving phone, email and text communications, login to the MiStar Parent Portal to update your contact information. Parents can obtain their login information by contacting the school office.

Distinguished Educator Award

At Southfield Public Schools, we value and appreciate our staff and employees who show incredible dedication and care for preparing our students for success. Do you know someone (teacher, bus driver, custodian, etc.) who makes a difference in the district? Nominate him or her for the Southfield Public Schools Distinguished Educator Award. Submit your nomination below.


Mark your calendars. There is plenty to look forward to in May:

Saturday, May 4

  • Comcast Cares Day, Levey Middle School, 25300 W. 9 Mile Road, Southfield 48033, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,

Friday, May 10

  • Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry, Thompson K-8 International Academy, 16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Open to Southfield and Lathrup Village residents.

Tuesday, May 14

  • Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15

  • Special Education Support Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, 16299 Mount Vernon, Southfield 48075, 6 p.m.
  • Parent Partnership Series: Student Wellness, John W. English Administrative Center, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • University High School Academy 5K Race

Tuesday, May 28

  • Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29

  • District Wide Half Day

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


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