THE MESSAGE September 2018


Bussey Center accepting applications for preschool, infant programs

Bussey Center for Early Childhood Education is accepting applications for the Early Head Start. This program is available for pregnant women, infants and toddlers up to the age of three.

There is also availability in the Head Start program. With full-day classes for three and four-year-olds, your child's early childhood education experiences at Bussey will pave the way for a lifelong love of learning.

Enrollment is limited. Call 248.746.7350 for more information.

We the people ...

On Monday, September 17, our students celebrated Constitution Day. Classes across the district were provided lessons about the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on this exact day 231 years ago.

At Birney K-8 School, the students learned a Constitution Rap, watched videos to determine how the document ties into daily living and resources. MacArthur K-8 University Academy students also held a parade around the school.

See more Constitution Day photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.

Southfield Public School students proudly don their patriot colors.

Girls in future technologies

Lawrence Technological University, in partnership with the Women of AT&T, hosted the second annual Girls in Future Technologies (GIFT) Day. More than 30 girls, from area middle and high schools, engaged in programs aimed at sparking their interest in a STEM career.

The attendees dove into various science and technology-themed activities, including a computer coding workshop, which challenged each girl to test their skills in the C programming language. A mother-daughter law enforcement team also led a candid talk with the girls about cybersecurity and safety. The dialogue was followed by more hands-on activities such as “Cards to the Sky," a group engineering exercise which involved building the most effective structure out of playing cards and tape and an interactive robotics demonstration.

The day ended with a fireside chat led by female professionals in STEM who shared their journeys, struggles, career advice, and encouragement with the eager youngsters.

Saturday School registration closes Oct. 3

There is still time to register for Southfield Public Schools Saturday School. Saturday School provides elementary, middle and high school students with the opportunity to enroll in academic tutoring and credit recovery (high school only). The online registration window closes Oct. 3.

Semester I classes will take place from October 6 through December 15 at the Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology. Online high school courses are also available. Be sure to sign up today!

Questions? Please contact your scholar's counselor or call 248.746.4338.

H2O like whoa

Southfield Public Schools was one of many districts benefiting from the Oakland County Kids' Safe School Drinking Water initiative, a special program replacing water fountains with water bottle refilling stations.

The new units encourage healthy hydration habits and reduce waste. The new filtrated water stations also eliminate the risk of any lead getting into students drinking water at schools.

Thompson K-8 celebrates Donuts with Dad

Thompson K-8 International Academy celebrated their annual Donuts with Dad event on September 25. This event, established to encourage fathers and father figures to be active in their child's education, included spoken word performances by the 8th-grade speech class and a pledge read by the fathers/father-figures.

Stay up to date on your scholar with MIStar Parent Connect

MISTAR Parent Connect is a communication tool that allows parents to stay up to date on important information including your 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 you in case of an emergency.

To receive your login or update your contact information, such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses, please contact your child’s 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.

Join the U

The Fall 2019 application for University Middle School Academy and University High School Academy is available here: http://bit.ly/JoinTheU2019-20. New students (entering 6th - 11th grade) must apply by November 16 to take the exam. Open to Southfield and Lathrup Village residents only.

Interested in applying? Join us for an open house, November 1, where you will have a chance to meet the students and staff, tour the campus, learn more about the application process, "U" life and curriculum. For more information, please call 248.746.4370.


Mark your calendars. Here's what to look forward to in October:

  • October 3 - Fall Count Day
  • October 3 - MACRAO-sanctioned College and Career Fair, Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, 6 p.m.
  • October 8 - Joint Board Meeting, The MINT at Michigan First Conference Center (27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076); 6:30 p.m.
  • October 9 - Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 7 p.m.
  • October 10 - Parent Partnership Series: Understanding the District Blueprint, Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, 6 p.m.
  • October 23 - Special Board Meeting, John W. English Administrative Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • October 31 - 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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