THE MESSAGE January 2019


Clean hands are happy hands

Southfield Public Schools has four national finalists in the 2018-19 Happy Hands design competition.

Artist Alfrenique Aspinall (12th grade) from Southfield Regional Academic Campus, along with Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology artists Christina Belle (12th grade), Angel Crooks (9th grade) and Destiny Lancaster (9th grade) designed covers for a SC Johnson Professional hand sanitizer dispenser.

The winner will receive $300, and the winning school will receive $750 for their art program and 500 hand sanitizer dispensers with the winning design.

View the designs and vote for your favorite design using the button below. One submission daily through February 28, 2019

Dispensers designed by Alfrenique Aspinall, Christina Belle, Angel Crooks, Destiny Lancaster, respectively.

Motivating young minds to master the machine

The MacArthur K-8 University Academy Robotics Club spent time at Lawrence Technological University learning how to code robots to prepare for the 2019 Robofest Competition taking place in May.

Robofest challenges participants to design, build, and program robots to complete playful missions. Participants have fun while learning computer programming, engineering, math, and science.

MacArthur students will compete in this international competition with students from 14 states, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Macau, Mexico, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea.

See more Robotics Club photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.

Southfield- Build Your Future

Southfield Public Schools will host Southfield - Build Your Future, a skilled trades event, to showcase accessible careers in a wide variety of industries on February 14, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield 48076.

More than 30 companies, unions, technical education centers and community colleges will offer an interactive opportunity with aspects of the trades represented.

The event will provide students, their parents, and anyone looking for a career in the skilled trades a variety of resources and information. Through this hands-on event, attendees will be able to explore, engage and interact with experts, and will walk away with a greater understanding of careers and options.

Celebrating Diversity

On January 21, despite the bitterly cold weather, hundreds participated in activities honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Participants in Southfield made a one-mile walk from Hope United Methodist Church to the Southfield Municipal Complex before the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force, Inc. celebration program at the Southfield Pavilion.

The program included performances from the Levey Middle School marching band and the Birney K-8 School jazz band. Dr. Jennifer Martin-Green, superintendent of schools, gave the keynote speech.

Thank you, Board of Education for your service

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Meade
Southfield Public Schools Board of Education

Apply today for examination and application schools

Southfield Public Schools offers high-quality schools and a variety of rigorous and challenging academic programs which require admission via an application. The MacArthur K-8 University Academy and Levey Middle School STEAM Program applications are available in the link below through February 14, 2019, at 4 p.m.

The application for University Middle School Academy and University High School Academy are being accepted now through April 8, 2019, for new students entering 6th through 11th grade. Visit the link below for testing information.

Parent Dashboard for School Transparency

Last year, the Michigan Department of Education launched the online Parent Dashboard for School Transparency. Visitors to the state’s dashboard now can look up everything from a school’s Advanced Placement and mentorship programs to services for English learners and students with disabilities under Phase II of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) online resource.

Nearly 20 such “Points of Pride” now are available in the new “School Services and Offerings” area of the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.

“In Michigan, thousands of stakeholders called for information that was easier to understand and relied on more than just state test scores,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said. “We listened. The Parent Dashboard received more than a million views its first year. This updated version gives families and others an even more complete picture of how their child’s school is performing and what services it’s providing.”

Inclement weather reminder

Unless families are alerted via an official district channel, school is in session. Southfield Public Schools broadcasts pertinent, time-sensitive information using a variety of media. When needed, the district broadcasts information by telephone, email and text to emergency contacts for Southfield Public School District students. If appropriate, messages will be posted on social media, the district website, shared by principals and/or sent to local media for publication. All of these channels are official district methods of communication and may confirm if school is closed.

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 February:

Monday, February 4

  • Kindergarten Round Up, Birney K-8 School, 27225 Evergreen Road, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

  • Kindergarten Round Up, Thompson K-8 International Academy, 16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6

  • Kindergarten Round Up, Stevenson Elementary, 27777 Lahser Road, Southfield 48034; 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 8

  • 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, February 11

  • Kindergarten Round Up, Vandenberg World Cultures Academy, 16100 Edwards Avenue, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12

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

Wednesday, February 13

  • Count Day
  • Parent Partnership Series: How Can Parents Help their Scholar Prepare for High-Stakes Testing, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 14

  • Southfield - Build Your Future: Skill Trades Event, Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield 48076

Monday, February 18 - Friday, February 22

  • Mid-Winter Recess - No School

Tuesday, February 26

  • Special Board Meeting, Levey Middle School, 25300 W. 9 Mile Road, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27

  • 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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