THE MESSAGE February 2019


Enroll Now! March 1 - March 29

Southfield Public School District has limited openings in kindergarten for the counties of Oakland, Lapeer, Genesee, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston residents, and limited openings for 1st through 9th-grade for Oakland County residents only. The application period is March 1 - March 29, 2019. Visit southfieldk12.org/enroll or call 248.746.7601 (option #3) for more information.

Join us for a district-wide open house on March 4, 2019, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at The Mint at Michigan First Conference Center, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076.

Sensory room debuted for students

Imagine a safe space where students can go to calm down and then get back to the business of learning.

That is exactly what the sensory room at Birney K-8 School was designed to do. Before the space existed, students would take sensory breaks throughout the day, such as going for walks or doing activities in the gym. Now students are motivated to go to the sensory room to assist them in spending more time on task.

The Birney K-8 School sensory room was made possible through a gift from a donor who has a personal understanding of the great need for such a space.

See more sensory room photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.

Amazing ART!

Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology student Raven C. won a gold key, the highest honor in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, for her piece titled ”Self-Portrait: FEAR” and an honorable mention for her piece ”Jean: HOPE.”

Her work was on display for three weeks at the Walter B. Ford II Building on the College for Creative Studies campus in Midtown, and she will compete in New York for National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this spring.

Congratulations, Raven!

See more of Raven's artwork below. Click on each image to enlarge.

Legislation makes cyberbullying a crime in Michigan

In December 2018, the former state of Michigan governor signed into law a bill that formally defines cyberbullying as a misdemeanor. Public Act 457 of 2018 takes effect in March.

Cyberbullying is defined as posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any other person if (1) the message or statement is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person and (2) the message or statement is posted with the intent to communicate a threat or with knowledge that it will be viewed as a threat.

The law states cyberbullying is a crime punishable by 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. A pattern of repeated harassment is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Meanwhile, cyberbullying that is found to cause a victim’s death is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

PTA Founders Day commemorates educators, parents and students

For more than 120 years, the National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Founded in February 1897 by Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler, National PTA® is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

The Southfield Area Council PTA held a ceremony to honor the hard work and dedication of PTA/PTSA teachers, parents and students in our schools. Congratulations to the 2019 PTA Distinguished Service Award honorees: Adler Elementary School - Simone Babridge and Alex Hicks; Birney K-8 School - Paulette Brown; Kennedy Learning Center - Brian Charlton; MacArthur K-8 University Academy - Cheryl Cushingberry; Robert Lucia; Paula Moore; William Parrish; Marcia Robinson; Yvette Ware DeVaull; and Deborah Williams; Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology - Darnetha Campbell; India Fizer and Monique Williams; Southfield Regional Academic Campus - Tierra Baldwin and Star Kemp; University High School & Middle School Academies - Russell Maciag; Katherine Penn and Jonathan Smith; Vandenberg World Cultures Academy - Charli Canaday and Vicki Lenhard; 2019 Nancy Widman Honoree - Dianna Sharpe.

High school athletes commit on National Signing Day

The Class of 2019 Winter Signees are: Jachin Ammons (Football) - Kalamazoo College; Brandon Baldwin (Football) - Independence Community College; Jelani Barker-Walls (Football) – University of Mount Union; Ian Brocks (Football) - Siena Heights University; Saunders Carter (Football) - Grand Valley State University; Christian Clark-Broaden (Football) – Lawrence Technological University; Jordan Crawford (Football) - Independence Community College; Leon Franklin – (Football) - University of Michigan; Terrel Humes-Kinzler - Wayne State University; Anwar Jackson Jr. (Football) – Northwood University; Dejon James (Wrestling) - Life University; Brent Johnson (Football) - Kalamazoo College; Terry Johnson (Wrestling) - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Lecrary Lewis (Wrestling) - Iowa Western Community College; Allen McWhorter (Football) - Lake Erie College; Alante Pinkins (Football) - Finlandia University; D'Anthony Robinson (Football) - Northwood University; Tarie Sanders (Football) – Valparaiso University; Elijah Solomon (Football) - Adrian College; James Wadsworth (Football) - Siena Heights University; Early Signees: Devin Baldwin (Football) – Rutgers University; Soleil Barnes (Basketball) - The University of Toledo; Marcus Fuqua (Football) - University of Buffalo; Alexis Johnson (Basketball) - Marshall University; Nic Jones (Football) - Ball State University. Congratulations!

Deadline extended 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 application deadline for MacArthur K-8 University Academy and the Levey Middle School STEM program has been extended to March 15, 2019. The application window for University Middle School Academy and University High School Academy is still open for new students entering 6th through 11th grade. Click the link below for more information.

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 March:

Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 29

  • Open Enrollment for Oakland County (K-9) and Non-Oakland County (Kindergarten Only). Visit southfieldk12.org/enroll or call 248-746-7601 (option #3) for more information.

Monday, March 4

  • Southfield Public School Open House, The Mint at Michigan First Conference Center, Birney K-8 School, 27225 Evergreen Road, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 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.

Tuesday, March 12

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

Wednesday, March 13

  • Parent Partnership Series: Finishing Strong, John W. English Administrative Center, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

  • Special Education Support Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, 16299 Mount Vernon, Southfield 48075, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26

  • Special Board Meeting, Adler School, 19100 Filmore, Southfield, MI 48075; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 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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