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  • GPPSS On Pointe November 14

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 11/14/2018

    8th graders visit North and South high schools 11/21

    On Tuesday, November 20, eighth-grade students will be visiting the high school of their home residence. The purpose of this visitation is to acquaint students with the high school, visit classrooms, acquire an overview of opportunities in high school, and help ease the transition from middle school to high school.

    Students do not attend middle school. Instead, all students will report directly to either Grosse Pointe North or Grosse Pointe South at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20. The program will end at 10:30 a.m. If your child is unable to acquire transportation to the high school, please call your middle school principal or assistant principal several days in advance to arrange for student transportation.


    Please take the Fall Athletic Survey (and ask your student athlete to also)

    After each sports season, GPPSS asks secondary parents and student athletes to take an athletic survey. This helps us continuously improve the quality of our offerings. New this season – if your student didn’t participate in a fall sport, please take the survey and tell us why. Individual results are confidential but a summary document is shared.

    Parent Version Fall 2018

    Student Version Fall 2019


    Watch for elementary gifted letters

    GPPSS is beginning the yearly process of identifying students for academic learning opportunities where they are most appropriately challenged for the fall of 2019. These include:

    • Formal cluster grouping in math, language arts or both within their homerooms, fall 2019.
    • The magnet program for academically gifted children in grades 2-5, fall 2019.

    Magnet classrooms are a 2/3 split and a 4/5 split, and are housed at Defer Elementary and Ferry Elementary. Students in grades 1-4 may be nominated for formal clustering or magnet by parents. Families of nominated students receive a formal letter in April 2019 with a recommendation for classroom differentiation strategies, for formal clustering or for magnet placement beginning fall 2019. Families who nominate their child will complete the nomination form and return it to the Administration Building, 389 St. Clair, second floor c/o Mrs. Chinyere Crutcher by Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. Please watch for a letter with additional information coming home soon or visit our website.


    Schedule your Carolers now

    South Choir caroling in the community will be December 7 and 8, 5-10 p.m.! Contact: Dan and Kim Tripp at 313-886-9469 or Choircaroling@gmail.com to schedule.


    Sixth Grade Families: Important Update on BYOD starting 1/22/19

    At the beginning of the second semester (January 22), GPPSS is excited to begin implementing BYOD with our sixth grade students. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allows students to bring and use their own personal electronic devices at school. Devices include but may not be limited to Chromebooks and laptops (smartphones and eReaders are not included). With teacher approval, students may use their devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, collaborate with other learners, and utilize productivity tools available to them. Professional development on classroom management with these tools is critical to our success. Our classrooms will continue to provide a healthy balance between screen time and traditional instruction.

    Although there are several device options that fit the GPPSS definition of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the following are two recommendations offered at a low price via Sehi:

    • HP Chromebook 11” G6
    • HP Chromebook 14” G5

    In order to receive these pricings, families will need to create an online account via the Sehi Online Store. Accounts can be created by clicking “Register” at the bottom of the page. Families will also have the option to add warranties to these devices. Computers will be shipped to you via Sehi.

    Please note that families do not have to purchase these exact devices; they are two recommendations at the lowest, affordable price that are compatible with GPPSS curricular needs. Families may choose to use alternate compatible devices. Students who cannot BYOD will have similar devices provided for them. See the BYOD Handbook for acceptable use guidelines, required device specifications, and a Q&A. More information will follow, but we wanted to give parents a reminder of these exciting developments.


    Save the Date and Tell Friends about these Info Nights

    • High School Info Night – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 1/9/19 (parents of current 8th graders attending high school in the fall) attend your neighborhood high school
    • Middle School Info Night – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday 1/15/19 (parents of current 5th graders attending middle school in the fall) attend your neighborhood middle school
    • Kindergarten and Young Fives Info Night – 6:30 p.m., Thursday 1/17/19 (parents of current preschoolers attending kindergarten or Young Fives in the fall) attend your neighborhood elementary school
    • Multi-Age Info Night – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday 1/15/19 (parents interested in learning more about our district’s Multi-Age program housed at Trombly Elementary, in the Trombly library, 820 Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park


    Brownell seeks diverse presenters for Career Day

    If you are interested in learning more about Brownell Career Day March 22, 8:20-11:33 a.m. or volunteering to help, please call 313-432-3903 or email Principal Rodger Hunwick at hunwicr@gpschools.org. Presenters and Volunteers Needed CLICK HERE



    Baseball Hitting Camp

    Healthy Communities Food Drive for Local Families

    More Flyers Online



    • Thursday, November 15, Middle school evening conferences 4:30-7 p.m. – full day of school for students
    • November 15-17, South Drama One Acts by Stephen Gregg, 7:30 p.m., South Auditorium
    • November 16-17, Pierce Musical “Guys & Dolls, Jr.”, 7 p.m., Pierce Auditorium
    • November 20, Half day for elementary and middle school students (8th grade visits high school), middle school conferences 12:30-3, and 4:30-7 p.m.
    • November 21-23, Thanksgiving Break
    • November 26, Regular Board Meeting, Brownell MPR, 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 1, Parcells Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar hosted by the Parcells PTO, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  For more information: Facebook Event for Parcells Holiday Bazaar


    If you have a calendar event or something for Pointes of Pride, please email the information to fannonr@gpschools.org with calendar or Pointes of Pride in the subject line. We’d love to celebrate with you!

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  • Thank you to our school community

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 11/7/2018

    November 7, 2018

    Dear Members of our School Community,

    The official results are in and School Bond 2018 passed with 55% of the votes amidst impressive voter turnout. Over 70% of our community spoke at the polls. And we as a district continue to listen.

    The proposal developed out of our Strategic Plan, was refined in the Blue Ribbon Facility Study, and crystallized in our 16 Town Halls.

    Now the real work begins and we look forward to seeing who steps forward from the community to help at the various levels of oversight. We congratulate the three board members chosen by the community – Margaret Weertz, Brian Summerfield, and Dr. Christopher Lee. Please help us thank all those who ran for the board. This was a close race and we are grateful so many offered to serve our community in this way. In addition to the board, volunteers will be needed to help with the professional service selection committee and the oversight committee. The district will do everything in its power to continue to build trust through transparency and act as wise stewards of all funds.

    Yesterday was a testament to our commitment to this community’s children. The bond provides additional resources to maximize the potential of our learning spaces, ensuring students are safe, warm, dry and connected. As plans move forward, regular updates will be provided. These will show how this bond supports our strategic plan and our mission and vision.

    Thank you for supporting our neighborhood schools that are such an integral component of our healthy and vibrant community.

    Your superintendent and neighbor,

    Dr. Gary C. Niehaus

    Our Mission: Promote Innovation -> Maximize Potential -> Embrace Community

    Our Vision: One GP: where everyone learns, every day

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