THE MESSAGE December 2018


Application schools and programs

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 STEM applications will be available on the website January 28.

The application window for University Middle School Academy and University High School Academy is reopened for new students entering 6th through 11th grade. The application is available on the website.

Dads compete for "cool" title at cook-off

Adler Elementary dads showed off their impressive cooking skills at the school's Cool Dads Cook Tastefest earlier this month.

Dads cooked up their best dishes to share with the community. Not only does the event conjure up some friendly competition, but it supports an outstanding team that works hard to put the dads' fundraising efforts to good use.

Judges awarded top prizes for the "best in class" dishes in different categories at the end of the night.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

See more Cool Dads Cook Tastefest photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.

Students put their hands on STEAM fun

The Stevenson Elementary gymnasium was turned into a state-of-the-art hands-on children's museum for the students to experience with the help of Mobile Ed Productions, Inc.

Workstations focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. Students were encouraged to explore the museum at their own pace and manage their time between stations that appeal to their interests.

Workstations included:

  • STEAM Pinball - a simulation that allowed students to explore gravity, friction, geometry, addition, subtraction, and positive and negative numbers through timeless pinball game play.
  • Build-an-Arch - students were able to build a parabolic arch out of large kid-friendly foam blocks and learn how this incredibly strong structure functions in the process.
  • 3D Printer - students watched as a printer creates a 3D model of an image displayed on a computer monitor right before their eyes.
  • Buzz Wire - students learned about basic circuitry.
  • Music Maker - students worked together as well as recognized patterns in order to make their own hit songs.
  • Programmable Robots - students programmed two different robots and learn step-by step programming.

See more STEAM Museum photos below. Click on each image to enlarge.

MDE invest in school robotic programs statewide

The Michigan Department of Education has awarded a state-funded grant to Southfield High Schools for the Arts & Technology and more than 500 schools to start or expand robotics program across the state.

Robotics programs empower students to demonstrate their competency in learning in a variety of ways. They have opportunities to solve problems that leverage the power of technology by developing and testing solutions in creative and imaginative ways. They can construct knowledge and make meaning of their learning experience for themselves. Students become global collaborators by utilizing technology to make connections with others to broaden perspective and learning through the creation of original products.

The Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology will host the FIRST Robotics competition on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019. The event will be held in the Southfield A&T fieldhouse.

Educator nominated for national award

Levey Middle School seventh grade science and STEM teacher Sharon Taylor has been nominated for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year award. This national recognition program honors K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Taylor was recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for supporting her students and pushing them to succeed. Her inspirational teaching style challenges students to want to do their best. One former student walked into Taylor’s classroom hating science. Under Taylor’s guidance, he went on to win first place in his school’s science fair and go on to pursue a degree in aeronautics engineering. Today, he credits her for sparking his interest in the STEM world.

Saturday School registration

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 opens January 25.

Semester II classes will take place at the Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology. Online high school courses are also available.

Questions? Please contact your scholar's counselor.

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.

Parents can receive their login or update their contact information, such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses, 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. Here's what to look forward to in January:

Tuesday, January 1 - Friday, January 4

  • Winter Recess - No School

Tuesday, January 8

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

Friday, January 11

  • 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, January 16

  • Parent Partnership Series: Dress Code, Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, 6 p.m.
  • Special Education Support Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, Southfield Education Center, 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 17 - Friday, January 18

  • High School Exams - Half Day for high school students only. All Pre K through 8 grade in attendance.

Monday, January 21

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Tuesday, January 22

  • Records Day - Half Day
  • Special Board Meeting, Thompson K-8 International Academy, 16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076; 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 24

  • Freshman Open House, Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30

  • 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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