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  • GPPSS On Pointe March 11

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 3/11/2020

    Pointes of Promise

    • The Scholar Athlete All-America Team represents the top 25 Scholar Athlete Award winners from over 500 games featured in the 2019 Great American Rivalry Series season. Last fall, nearly 200 nominations were received for this Award which recognizes the hard work of senior student-athletes and their commitment to both academics and athletics. The 25 members of the 2019 All-America Team have been selected as they exemplify the very best within their respective communities. Among that select group was Aidan Walsh, OL – Grosse Pointe South High School (MI), Coach – Tim Brandon.
    • North’s George Graham was honored to represent GPPSS among the MHSAA 2019-20 Scholar Athlete Finalists.
    • Grosse Pointe South Choir had a sweep of the entire competition at the 46th Annual Bishop Luers Show Choir Invitational held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 7th. For the 4th consecutive year, the Pointe Singers were named the Grand Champion Show Choir, earning the caption award for Best Vocal Sound. They were also awarded class A champion. Grace Ryan won Best Female Soloist and Bobby Conlan was named Pointe Singers Outstanding Performer. For the 5th consecutive year, the Tower Belles were named Women’s Grand Champion. Lily Geer was named outstanding performer for the Tower Belles. The South Singers were named Class C Champions and for the first time in the groups history, they qualified for the finals competition along side of Pointe Singers. In the finals, as the only junior varsity show choir in the competition, the South Singers edged out other schools varsity groups to capture the sixth place trophy. Henry Fish was awarded South Singers Outstanding Performer. Alice Walsh was first runner-up in the solo competition, placing ahead of 30 other soloists!
    • Congratulations to Brian Levinson and Richard Cooper and all 21 of North’s DECA students who competed against 4000 students last weekend at the state competition.  Andrew Sheffield and John Latiff each earned state runners up medals.  William Eckerman earned a first place overall for his exam score.  Grace Haynes and Annabel Schlachter earned a gold medal for The North Store.  Ronnie Latiff earned back to back state championships in his category--this is the first time this has happened in North's history!  Grace, Annabel and Ronnie all qualified for the international competition next month.
    • Jason Wolfsen and our unified Robotics team have been busy as well.  At the competition in Milford the robot went through a lot of trials and tribulations and ended up 34th out of 39 teams. However we were selected for the 1st Alliance (1st seed) for the tournament and our alliance ended up winning the tournament! What an awesome lesson in determination and resilience! The Gearheads had two students: Steven Spangler (South) and Alexa Rigotti (South) who were nominated for the Dean's List for this event and Alexa Rigotti won for this event! She will move onto the State Championship in April.


    GPPSS plan for COVID-19 – update from this afternoon’s Wayne County Meeting

    Earlier today you should have received another email regarding the GPPSS plan to address Coronavirus COVID-19. GPPSS continues to follow CDC and Health Department guidance and updates will be posted on the district website under Headlines. As stated in our earlier email, this afternoon central office administration in GPPSS attended a meeting held at WRESA that included central office administrators from other districts in Wayne County.  The meeting included a representative from the Wayne County Health Department.  At this meeting the following information was shared:

    • The Wayne County Health Department is advising that at this time it is not necessary to curtail student/staff/community events or activities.
    • In general, the superintendents in Wayne County are planning to continue school as usual.
    • The Wayne County Health Department is closely monitoring this situation.
    • Wayne County Health Department has a daily status call with the CDC to receive updates.
    • Both Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (WRESA) and the Wayne County Health Department will keep all schools in Wayne County updated.



    • Middle School Conferences are Thursday, March 12 in the afternoon and evening. Please note 3/12 is a half day of school for middle school students.
    • Elementary School Conferences are Wednesday, March 18 in the afternoon and evening, and Thursday, March 19 in the afternoon and evening. Please note 3/19 is a half day of school for elementary school students.


    Poupard Celebration

    Poupard is throwing a party to commemorate the 68 years our school served the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods community. The celebration will take place on June 5th from 4-7 p.m. We plan on sharing a slideshow of pictures and videos, having food vendors, live music and guest speakers. Additionally, there will be activities for students and families to leave their mark on this wonderful school. We hope to see you there!  


    Youth Football Fundamentals Clinic

    Try football for free in a non-contact fundamental skill clinic. The Grosse Pointe North Football Staff is offering a free skill clinic on March 28 from 9-11:30 am. Weather pending we will either be on North’s Football Field or in North’s Gym. Led by the Norsemen football coaches, current high school football players will instruct the basic skills needed to be successful and make football fun. The camp is open to all skill level 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. In order to keep a proper coach/participant ratio spots are available to the first 50 athletes to sign up. Please contact Coach Joe Drouin drouinj@gpschools.org no later than Monday March 23 to sign your child up for the camp. Please include child’s name, grade, and current school attending when signing up.


    Bond and Sinking Fund Projects Update

    Approved unanimously at the board meeting Monday, March 9 meeting were the abatement contractors, Defer Elementary, Ferry Elementary, Wireless Bids, and Cabling/AV Equipment. Previewed for approval at the March 23 meeting were Monteith Elementary, Parcells Middle School, South High School (year 1 of 2), and Monteith first floor lockers. All projects go through the Bond Oversight Committee for budget review and to ensure they fit within the scope of the projects proposed to our community. Then they go to the board for discussion and approval.


    Middle School Camp Info

    There will be a 5th Grade Camp Parent Info Night on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., in the Brownell MPR. Parking is behind the building, 260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.


    Everyone counts: Census 2020

    Here is a 2-minute video about why it is critically important everyone counts on the 2020 Census: What is the Census? https://youtu.be/Eq-FMB4epyw. For more information, visit www.becountedmi2020.com



    • March 12 – Middle school half day for students, and afternoon and evening conferences
    • March 18 – Elementary evening conferences
    • March 19 – Elementary school half day for students, and afternoon and evening conferences
    • March 20 – Half day for Elementary and Middle school students
    • March 23 – Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Brownell MPR
    • March 25-28 – South Art Fest
    • March 29 – South Spring Benefit Crazy for Fashion, 12-3 p.m.
    • April 6-10 – Spring Break
    • April 23 – 5th Grade Camp Parent Meeting @ 6:30 at Brownell MPR
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