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THE MESSAGE March 2019

CHECK OUT THE EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT!

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.

Better mornings, better possibilities.

The Southfield Regional Academic Campus hosted the press conference announcing the Oakland County Better with Breakfast program. Made possible through a collaboration between the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, Oakland Schools and United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the program's goal is to expand access to breakfast for students in schools across Oakland County.

Carts of breakfast foods that include a variety of offerings, such as breakfast sandwiches, fruit and cereal, are being placed at the main entrance to the schools for students to grab breakfast as they start the day.

The program is currently implemented at Southfield Regional and will be available at Adler Elementary, Levey Middle School, Stevenson Elementary, Thompson K-8 International Academy and Vandenberg World Cultures Academy.

For more information on the program, click here.

Southfield Regional Academic Campus Principal Dwayne Eason speaks on the dramatic changes in the students as a result of the program.

View more Better with Breakfast photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your robots!

Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology hosted the annual FIRST Robotics competition for 40 high school-age teams. The theme this year was "Destination: Deep Space."

The teams of students from across the state and southeast Michigan had about six weeks to build the robots and learn from mentors and professional engineers, who assist students in designing and building the competition robots.

The competition is designed to inspire high schoolers to learn how the STEM-centered career field is interesting and engaging. Throughout each round, the teams' robots had to navigate blindly through a period using pre-program robots or an onboard camera. The goal was to have the robots place panels and cargo onto makeshift cargo ships and rocket ships.

The Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology robotics team (The Ninetyfouriors) took first place at the competition and awarded the Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation for their efforts of promoting STEM education in the Southfield community to all ages of learners.

View more robotics competition photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.

Battle encourages students' passion for reading

Dozens of teams of 4th and 5th-grade students and middle schoolers gathered at the Southfield Public Library to test their reading comprehension - and have some fun along the way - in the annual Battle of the Books competition.

The program is designed to encourage the sport of reading and to give recognition to those who like to read. Students form teams with an adult manager(s), read from a selected list of books and then participate in a contest where they will compete with other teams by answering questions based on those books.

Congratulations to our winning teams:

4th/5th Grade Battle: MacArthur K-8 University Academy MacWonders (2nd place)
Middle School Challenge: Thompson K-8 International Academy MAC ATTACK (3rd place)

Optimist Club Essay Contest Awardees

University High School Academy students, Veronica V. (1st place), Tolulope O. (2nd place) and Erin D. (3rd place) are the Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club 2019 Essay Contest awardees.

The students were judged on an essay on the topic, "When all the world's problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?" Veronica V.’s essay will enter in the Michigan District Contest and compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Lady Warriors state runner-up

Congratulations to the Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology girls basketball team who entered the Division 1 state champions at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. The Lady Warriors are the D-1 state runner-up and ends the season with a 24-2 record. They also won the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, along with the D-1 district and regional titles.

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.

DATES TO REMEMBER

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

Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5

  • District Closed - Spring Recess. District offices are open April 2 through April 4.

Tuesday, April 9

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

Friday, April 12

  • 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.

Wednesday, April 17

  • Parent Partnership Series: Student Wellness, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

  • District Closed - Good Friday

Tuesday, April 23

  • Special Board Meeting, Stevenson Elementary, 27777 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48034; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24

  • 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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