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Spotlight CELEBRATING PONTIAC SCHOOL DISTRICT'S SUCCESS

Pontiac Schools celebrated the holiday season throughout the month of December.

WE THANK YOU, BRENDA CARTER

Pontiac School District appreciates and recognizes the commitment of newly-elected State representative Brenda Carter toward promoting global understanding and awareness of our district, while also making a difference through her service to our community as former President of the Pontiac School District Board of Education. We salute her leadership and exemplary citizenship! We will miss you and congratulations!

We Resolve That They Served Us Well

PSD said goodbye to Former School Board Trustees Dubrae Newman and Brenda Carter at a recent board meeting.

MEET Z SPACE!
Science instructors were recently introduced to the Z Space learning model. The new technology delivers a stunning interactive experience by integrating the latest augmented and virtual reality technology in an all-in-one computer. zSpace utilizes three sensory characteristics to create a natural and intuitive product. Students will begin using the curriculum in the second semester.
MUSIC & ARTS ARE ALL AROUND US
Whitman and Alcott Bucket and Brass bands came together to perform at Whitman Elementary recently. The bands are proof-positive of the good that comes out of community partnerships. We thank you, Accent Pontiac!
PAWS LENDS A HAND TO WHITMAN
Detroit Tigers mascot, "PAWS" recently visited Whitman Elementary to help Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard pass out weekend food packages to students.
Kensington Church's Kaleo Kids program worked hard to prepare for this fall’s Kaleo Kids session - “The Backwards Way." They were excited to share all that they have learned with their principal, teachers and classmates at Owen, Rogers and ITA schools recently.

OWEN CELEBRATES ITS SCHOLARS

NATION HOLDS HOUR OF CODE
Hundreds of Pontiac Schools students participated in "Hour of Code" courses recently. Check out these Pontiac Middle schoolers hard at work. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
PHS students meet with Gateway Construction.

PHS FAMILY NIGHT: PATHWAYS TO HIGH-PAYING JOBS

The Pontiac Regional Chamber in partnership with Pontiac School District and General Motors Global Propulsion Systems offered Pontiac High School an opportunity to learn the skills needed to land local jobs.

Local companies like General Motors, AUCH, Lee Builders, United Shore Mortgage, Gateway Construction, Marriott Hotels, Oakland County Government and many others were on hand for this networking event.

Parents and their children had an opportunity to learn which courses best correlate with the type of work each company offers. Company reps also shared information about internships, apprenticeships and how on-the-job training and college pursuits match up.

PHS FAMILY NIGHT: Pathways to high-paying jobs in and around Pontiac
PHS FAMILY NIGHT: GRAD GOALS
PHS FAMILY NIGHT: Grad Goals -- Pontiac High School parents met in early November for this year's first parent engagement event. Counselors, credit recovery representatives, Project Upward Bound, and career and tech education representatives shared what resources they provide to help students graduate on time.
PHS FAMILY NIGHT: MEET THE PHOENIX
Did you know that the high school boys basketball team is UNDEFEATED?! Let's just say it started the day that the Pontiac community was invited to Pontiac High School's inaugural "Meet the Phoenix" night on November 20. The wrestling, cheer, and basketball teams were introduced. There was also a ribbon cutting to reveal the newly renovated locker rooms in the athletic wing. Families watched the teams practice and play inner-squad scrimmage games. Admission was free.

GIRLS GET WISE

One hundred girls from Pontiac High, Pontiac Middle and the International Technology Academy program recently visited the Global Propulsion Systems building for a day. The Get WISE Program is designed to increase the number of girls and women pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while fostering their future success.

LEARNING AS ONE - JAPAN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Pontiac School District hosted the "Learning As One" Japanese delegation as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of joining forces with the city of Pontiac in sisterhood. Seven Japanese students and three teachers were able to visit our schools for a glance at a day-in-the-life of a PSD student. They also visited local businesses while touring Metro Detroit.

ITA and Japanese students
Japanese students
ITA and Japanese students
Japanese students present information about their culture
Superintendent Kelley Williams and Board President William A. Carrington meet with Kusatsu Shiga-Perfecture superintendent Tadashi Kawanabe.
Japanese delegates show off their Team 51 Wings of Fire gear, a gift from the Robotics team.
Superintendent Williams meets Tadashi Kawanabe.
Japanese delegates pose with PSD staff.
Students immerse themselves in learning.
Students immerse themselves in learning.
PASSPORT TO EDUCATION: Pontiac Middle School students attended the Fall Passport to Medicine Event.The purpose of the program is to introduce students to careers in health professions.
A SEASON OF THANKSGIVING
Herrington students took a field trip to Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield to donate canned goods during the Thanksgiving holiday. Students learned what it means to be a humanitarian through a school food drive to fill the church's pantry. The event was organized by instructor Rhonda Smith.

KENNEDY-OWEN HOLDS BASKET GIVEAWAY WITH KENSINGTON CHURCH

PONTIAC MIDDLE HOSTS FTC ROBOTICS

For the first time in as many as 15 years, Pontiac Schools hosted the FTC robotics league at our middle school recently. The successful event was filled with middle schoolers from 14 Oakland County schools!

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Photos by Frank Colon, Toya Smith, Rhonda Smith, Greg Spencer, PSD Staff

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