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.
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.
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.