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  • GPPSS Weekly Update August 9, 2017

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 8/9/2017

    Pointes of Pride

    Have a Pointe of Pride you’d like to share with the community about GPPSS students or staff? Please email fannonr@gpschools.org

     

    Online Pre-registration opens August 10

    All families will need to complete the online pre-registration which opens August 10. You should have received an email from gpregistration@gpschools.org within the past week that contains instructions. If not, all you need is your student number 150…… and birthdate xx/xx/xxxx. If you have multiple children in the district, you only need to log in with one, and all sibling accounts are linked (so you won’t need an email per child). Here is a link to pre-registration instructions: https://mi01000971.schoolwires.net/registration

     

    Have a student entering middle or high school?

    All students entering 6th and 9th grade must verify residency at the administration building, 389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe City, or they will not receive their final class schedule. 209 families remain on the list (down from 806 so thank you to all those who have done so already!) Here is the checklist of what you need to bring.

     

    GPPSS Robotics community night August

    Do you want to learn about FIRST Robotics and the Grosse Pointe North and South robotics team The Gearheads? Come join us for a night of learning, fun, and most importantly- robots!

    When: August 17, 2017 from 6-9pm

    Where: Auto Shop off Morningside entrance of GP North, 707 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods

     

    Reminder about increase in athletic fees

    As you plan your Back to School budget, please remember there will be an increase in fees for participation in the 2017-18 school year as follows:

    • High School:  Increase to $220 per sport with a family maximum of $880 per year
    • Middle School:  Increase of $27 to $125 per year

     

    Limited space available in GPPSS preschool sites

    We have limited space available in our Ferry Preschool and Maire and Trombly Pre-K classrooms. Please contact our preschool office by phone at (313) 432-3809 for more information.

     

    GPPSS Email migration this summer

    Summer is an incredibly busy time of year for our technology staff. In addition to summer maintenance and inventory, this year the district is also undergoing an email migration. We ask for your patience as we transition from Outlook to Google. During this process, the district learned that the standard district format for emails will be changing to the first 6 letters of lastname + first initial @gpschools.org (example: fannonr@gpschools.org). Please update your contacts. Thank you for your patience.

     

    Calendar

    The calendar is part of the bargaining agreement with the GPEA teachers union. That agreement was formalized at this morning’s board meeting, so we can now release the rest of the calendar. District staff are working now to update the website and share a google doc, but here are key highlights in addition to the major breaks shared with you this past winter.

    Sept. 5        First day of school for students; this is a Full Day K-12

    Sept. 22      North-South Football Game, 7 p.m. at South

    Sept. 29      South Homecoming Game 7 p.m. (Dance 9/30)

    Oct. 6          North Homecoming Game 7 p.m. (Dance 10/7)

    Oct. 11        No school for seniors, grades 8-11 taking PSAT

    Oct. 18-19  High School evening conferences

    Oct. 31        A.M. classes only for elementary and middle school students*

    Nov. 7         No school for all students (staff dev./election)

    Nov. 12       GPPSS Open House 1-3 p.m. — all schools

    Nov. 16       Middle school evening conferences

    Nov. 21       A.M. classes only for elementary and middle school students* (Middle school conferences)

    Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving break — all schools closed

    Nov. 27       Classes resume

    Dec. 6          A.M. only for high school students*

    Dec. 6          North South Holiday Tea & Concert 1 p.m., PAC

    Dec. 6          Elementary evening conferences

    Dec.  7         A.M. classes only for elementary students* (conferences)

    Dec. 20       GPPSS String Extravaganza, 7 p.m., South Gym

    Dec. 21       GPPSS Band-O-Rama, 7 p.m., North Gym

    Dec. 25       No school 12/25-1/2; Winter break

    Jan. 3           Classes resume on Wednesday

    Jan. 10        High School Info Night — for incoming 9th

    Jan. 15        No school for all students (MLK holiday)

    Jan. 16        Middle School Info Night — for incoming 6th

    Jan. 16-19 High School Mid-term Exams

    Jan. 18        Kindergarten Info Night — all elementary schools

    Jan. 19        A.M. classes only for elementary, middle and high school students (exams, records day)

    Jan. 25        District Multi-age Info Night, 7 p.m. at Trombly

    Feb. 19       No school 2/19-23; Mid-winter break

    Feb. 26       Classes resume

    March 6      A.M. classes only for elementary students

    March 7      A.M. classes only for middle school students (conferences)

    March 8      High School evening conferences

    March 14   Elementary evening conferences (full day of school)

    March 15   A.M. classes only for elementary students (conferences)

    March 16   A.M. classes only for elementary and middle school students

    March 21-24 South Art Fest

    March 30   No school 3/30-4/6; Spring break

    April 9    Classes Resume

    April 10   SAT/PSAT (Grades 9-11), No school for seniors

    April 26       A.M. classes only for high school students (staff development)

    May 21-23 North Art Show

    May 28       No school for all students (Memorial Day)

    June 1         Annual Outdoor Concert at North 7 p.m. 

    June 12-15 Final exams for grades 9-11 (seniors 5/29-6/1)

    June 14-15 A.M. classes only for elementary and middle school students (6/15 last day for teachers)

     

    * If a level is not listed, students have a full day of instruction.

     

    Regular School Day Start/End Times:

    Elementary:       8:20 a.m.-3:38 p.m.

                             *PLC Mondays: 9:05 a.m.-3:38 p.m.

    Middle:               8:15 a.m.-3:18 p.m.

                             *Monday delayed start: 9:00 a.m.

    High School:       8:00 a.m.-3:05 p.m.

                              *Monday delayed start: 8:42 a.m.

     

     

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  • GPPSS Summer Update July 21

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 7/21/2017

    Pointes of Pride

    • Our high school graduations and video yearbooks are running on the district’s cable Channel 20!
    • Did you congratulate the Grosse Pointe South boys JV hockey team for winning its conference? Full story here!

    GPPSS Middle School Students are invited Gearheads and Blown Fuses Robotics Design Challenge!

    FRC team 1189 The Gearheads and FTC team 7045 The Blown Fuses are hosting a Design Challenge to learn about FIRST Robotics. The Design Challenge will be emailed July 28th at 6PM to registered students. Overnight, enrolled students will brainstorm solution (Parents, siblings, and others can contribute too). Then Saturday, July 29​th, from 11:30AM-4PM​ join The Blown Fuses & The Gearheads at the GPNHS Robotics shop to work in teams to build their vision and compete for awards (Old Auto shop behind North H.S. Enter off Morningside, near the gates to the Athletics Fields)

    • Who can join? GPPSS Middle School Students, Their Parents (or Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Galactic Guardians, etc.)
    • What’s in it for me?
    • Have fun
    • Build team and design skills
    • Learn what it takes to develop effective Middle school robotics teams

    Sign up with attached link using Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/rm2xQN2l9cU2PEdD2  Space is limited, so sign up as soon as you can. Email confirmation will be sent to those who are selected.

    Increase in athletic fees

    As you plan your Back to School budget, please note there will be an increase in fees for participation in the 2017-18 school year as follows:

    • High School:  Increase to $220 per sport with a family maximum of $900 per year
    • Middle School:  Increase of $27 to $125 per year

    GPPSS Email migration this summer

    Summer is an incredibly busy time of year for our technology staff. In addition to summer maintenance and inventory, this year the district is also undergoing an email migration. We ask for your patience as we transition from Outlook to Google. The good news is that our email addresses will not change; they will still follow the firstname.lastname@gpschools.org formula for all employees. There may however, be a lag in response time as batches migrate in July. Thank you for your patience.

    Meet Up, Eat Up

    Did you know only 1 in 6 students who receive free or reduced price lunch take advantage of free meal opportunities over the summer (Summer Flyer) and that GPPSS has several schools where over 20% of the student body receive free or reduced price lunch? Help us get the word out. The Summer Meals program provides youth under 18 free meals each summer. How can you find where  meals are served? Download Range, a free mobile app that locates free meal sites, offers contact information, and provides directions so you can easily guide a youth to a nearby site. Visit www.RangeApp.org and help youth find a free meal this summer. You can also text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back to the closest place where they can get free summer meals.

    Enroll today in Summer Programs

    Check out Digital Media Boot Camp, Summer Music Festival, That’s Entertainment, and more online today! Deadlines vary by course and camp so register today!

    Calendar

    • The administration building is open 8-4, Monday-Friday, all summer. Those with students entering 6th or 9th grade or new to our school system, must come in and verify residency. While high school families have received course request documentation, final fall class schedules will not be released until residency is verified. Please don’t wait until August when lines are long. This week the process is averaging 2 minutes for families that bring in all the required documents! Here is the checklist of what you need to bring.
    • Monday, July 31 (changed from July 24), Regular Board Meeting at 7 p.m., Brownell Multi-Purpose Room, 260 Chalfonte
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