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  • GPPSS On Pointe - no school for students election day

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 11/4/2019

    Pointes of Promise

    • On October 26, alumni Graham Romer was pinned Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps. This requires many years of hard work, dedication and leadership. Only 1% of Sea Cadets ever achieve this level. Graham anticipates continuing his career as a leader and proud American. He is currently applying to Navy and Maritime academies. 
    • Kerby retiree Lyndsey Briggs continues her involvement with Grosse Pointe Theatre as part of the crew for the production of Neil Simon's Rumors running November 15-17, and 21-24, 2019 Visit www.gpt.org for more information.
    • Have a student, staff member or alumni you would like to celebrate? You can always email Pointes of Promise to fannonr@gpschools.org and please put Pointes of Promise in the subject line!

    No school for students tomorrow November 5 - Election Day

    65% of GPPSS parents voted in the 2018 election. How many will vote this election cycle - either by absentee or in person tomorrow?

    Key points about the millage reauthorizations on the November 5 ballot:

    • They represent approximately 25% of the district budget.
    • The ballot language says increase because when the millages expire, the rates re-set to zero. Then if passed the millages would "increase" from zero to the rate homeowners were paying.
    • These are not new taxes - they are reauthorizations.

    For more information, including actual ballot language, go to www.gpschools.org, and click on Ballot Proposals 2019. Have a question? Call 313-333-8421.

    All Michigan voters are now eligible to vote by absentee ballot.  Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot application from their local Clerk's Office. Remember, the polls will be open on Tuesday, November 5th from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

    North presents The Sound of Music

    Tickets are on sale now for showings of The Sound of Music at the North PAC, November 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. November 23 as well.

    Calendar

    • November 5 - Election Day, no school for students, staff professional development
    • November 6 - Parcells Fall Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., Parcells Auditorium
    • November 7 - Brownell Fall Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., Brownell MPR
    • November 7-9, at 7:30 p.m., the Pointe Players will present "The Game's Afoot" by Ken Ludwig in the South Auditorium. Tickets are available after October 28 at Duffy and Co. in the Park and at the door ($12 adults/ $8 Students/Seniors).
    • November 12 - South Tri-M Concert, 7 p.m., South Auditorium
    • November 21 & 26 - Middle School Conferences
    • November 21-23 - North Fall Musical "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m., North PAC (additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday)
    • November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break (return to school Late Start Monday 12/2)
    • December 7 - Parcells Middle School Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., get info on booth rental at parcells.bazaar@gmail.com
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  • GPPSS On Pointe

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 10/29/2019

    Pointes of Promise

    • Fun fact: 92% of all GPPSS parents and guardians attended parent teacher conferences last year (100% at several elementary schools). Do you know what percentage voted in the November 2018 election?
    • The Grosse Pointe North Advanced Placement and regular environmental science students visited Lake St. Clair Metro Park to study water quality over the past two weeks. In total, nearly 90 students engaged in genuine science to test the lake’s dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates and E.coli levels. This is the sixth year that GPN students have observed the park’s hydrology. We now have a baseline for water parameters to ensure that if changes happen in the future, we can work with conservation officials to mitigate any degradation in the future. See the GPPSS web banner for a great photo from North’s Christopher Skowronski.
    • Brendan Cwiklinski (Grosse Pointe North -senior) received the Great American Rivalry Scholar Athlete Award at the North/South Game on 10/18/2019
    • Have a student, staff member or alumni you would like to celebrate? You can always email Pointes of Promise to fannonr@gpschools.org and please put Pointes of Promise in the subject line!

     

    Family Center and Library support parents

    The Family Center and the Grosse Pointe Public Library are partnering to offer an opportunity for parents to meet with therapists Amanda Be and Maureen Light this Wednesday night 10/30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ewald branch in the large room.  There will be a short presentation on the topic of how to talk to your children about tragedy and then Q and A. If your child is in need of support, please contact the crisis team led by Stefanie Hayes hayess@gpschools.org for a connection to our amazing social workers, psychologists and counselors, or a referral for outside help.

     

    North Trunk or Treat Moved Indoors

    Due to Mother Nature's inability to cooperate with their fundraiser, the Grosse Pointe North Trunk or Treat event is moving indoors to the gym area.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and they ask that attendees use the main gym door entrance. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.  

     

    Board Meeting Update

    The evening started with a moment of silence for our Richard family. Last night was a full agenda with seven presentations. There was a 20-minute presentation on the bond projects to date. The American Literature novel Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue was discussed, as were the revisions to the 6-12th grade art curriculum, making it easier for students to access art classes. The annual tuition-based preschool report was shared with plans for continued expansion of the half-day program next year as well as a 2% increase in costs that will be used for efforts to recruit and retain staff. There are 200 students being serviced through eight programs (infant, toddler I, toddler 2, preschool prep, preschool, pre-k, and half-day pre-K) at 5 buildings this year.

    Action Items

    The minutes and human resources report also passed unanimously. Of note in the HR report were the retirement of Steve Gulian and the resignation of CFO Robert Maleszyk for a position in Troy more aligned with his background in municipal finance. That position is posted on the district website. The “clean and unqualified” audit – the highest form of assurance an outside auditing firm can give – was discussed at length and also passed 5-0.  Items up for approval November 11 include: a resolution to honor distinguished employees, the American lit novel, the art curriculum revisions, approval of Strategic Energy Solutions (SES) as the commissioning agent for the bond (estimated to save $100,000), and approval of the sale of 389 St. Clair. The sale documents will be provided to the board for formal approval, but relevant information was discussed. The exterior of the administration building will remain, with the interior space converted to rentals. Townhomes will also be built along the back of the property facing Notre Dame.

    Discussion Items

    The Open House was a success with 105 families signing in. The Board of Realtors and Chamber of Commerce were thanked for their combined efforts organizing and marketing our community through a weekend of activities. Did you know 4049 people attended the North-South game that kicked off the weekend, and 98 homes were open on Sunday? Anyone interested in visiting our schools doesn’t need to wait for the next open house. Simply call any principal to schedule a personal tour.

     

    No school for students November 5 – Election Day

    Key points about the millage reauthorizations on the November 5 ballot:

    • They represent approximately 25% of the district budget.
    • The ballot language says increase because when the millages expire, the rates re-set to zero, and then if passed would “increase” to the rate homeowners were paying.
    • These are not new taxes – they are reauthorizations. The Operating Millage has been in place since 1995, and the sinking fund since 2004.
    • The sinking fund will continue to chip away at the facilities projects identified in the blue ribbon process, that did not fall under the critical needs category (those to be addressed within 1-3 years)  the bond covers.

    For more information, including actual ballot language, go to www.gpschools.org, and click on Ballot Proposals 2019. Remember, the polls will be open on November 5th from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.   All Michigan voters are now eligible to vote by absentee ballot.  Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot application from their local Clerk’s Office or by going online to www.michigan.gov/vote and clicking on Absentee Voting in the left column. Thank you for your feedback.

     

    Calendar

    • October 29 – GPPSS staff with The Family Center present The College Preparation Process for Parents and Students, 6:30 p.m., Brownell Middle School, 260 Chalfonte, free, register online
    • October 30 – Pierce Vocal Fall Concert, 7 p.m., Pierce Auditorium
    • October 31 – Half day for elementary and middle school
    • November 1 – Middle and high school end of semester 1
    • November 2 – South Instrumental Pops and Pastries Concert, 7 p.m., South Gym
    • November 5 – Election Day, no school for students, staff professional development
    • November 6 – Parcells Fall Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., Parcells Auditorium
    • November 7 – Brownell Fall Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., Brownell MPR
    • November 7-9, at 7:30 p.m., the Pointe Players will present “The Game’s Afoot” by Ken Ludwig in the South Auditorium. Tickets are available after October 28 at Duffy and Co. in the Park and at the door ($12 adults/ $8 Students/Seniors).
    • November 12 – South Tri-M Concert, 7 p.m., South Auditorium
    • November 21 & 26 – Middle School Conferences
    • November 21-23 – North Fall Musical “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m., North PAC (additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday)
    • November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break (return to school Late Start Monday 12/2)
    • December 7 – Parcells Middle School Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., get info on booth rental at parcells.bazaar@gmail.com

     

    Regular School Day Start/End Times:

    Elementary:       

    • 8:20 a.m.-3:38 p.m. (half day 11:36 a.m.)
    • *PLC Mondays: 9:05 a.m.-3:38 p.m.

    Middle: 

    • 8:20 a.m.-3:18 p.m. (half day 11:33 a.m.)
    • *Monday delayed start: 9:05 a.m.

    High School:       

    • 8:00 a.m.-3:05 p.m. (half day 10:55 a.m.)
    • *Monday delayed start: 8:42 a.m.
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