GPPSS On Pointe - October 10

Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 10/10/2019

Pointes of Promise

  • The Monteith Elementary School Pollinator Garden has been designated a Monarch Waystation and is now listed on an online world wide registry! Way to go, Monteith Green Team!
  • Paul Lyke 7th grade Brownell student was just accepted into the GM Automotive Design Program for youth. He is mentored by Jane Plieth, GPPSS art teacher.

Alumni update:

  • South alumni Nina White (’16) and Luke Bove (’17) have lead roles in fall musicals at the University of Michigan. Nina performs in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 17-20. Luke performs in “A New Brain,” Dec. 5-8.

Have a student, staff member or alumni you would like to celebrate? You can always email Pointes of Promise to and please put Pointes of Promise in the subject line!


GPPSS is seeking your feedback

The Grosse Pointe Public School System will have two proposals on the November 5th ballot.  The first proposal requests a renewal and extension of a homestead millage to be levied on primary residences and a non-homestead millage to be levied on rental properties and businesses.  Both millages in this proposal were originally approved by voters in 1995. 


The second proposal seeks to restore and extend a one mill sinking fund for five years.  The sinking fund expired with the 2019 levy.  It was originally approved by voters in 2004.


There have been several community presentations, mailings to residents about the millage proposals, and detailed ballot proposal information posted on the school district website.  There has also been significant news media coverage.


Please tell us how you feel about the ballot proposals by completing a brief, one-minute survey.  If you have a Facebook account, you may receive an ad directing you to the survey.  Or, you can go to, click on Ballot Proposals 2019, and then click on the survey link.  OR, you can go to which  will take you directly to the survey.


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 and clicking on Absentee Voting in the left column. Thank you for your feedback.


Want a lesson in Schoology?

If you missed the informational meeting for parents about accessing Schoology, the materials are posted online under the District Schoology Page.


Last call for this round of reconfiguration volunteers

If you are interested in serving on the curriculum or social/emotional committees (or any subcomittee) please email and put COMMITTEE in the subject line. Provide your preferred contact info and your area(s) of interest. Work groups are forming now and will be meeting soon.


No more video streaming

As of last Monday, October 7, the GPPSS guest network no longer allows for video streaming (except YouTube). Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video will still be available on our internal network and internal wifi which is what most District owned devices are on. This is another effort to keep limited bandwidth focused on educational resources.


Upcoming South Players performance

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).


Lead and copper testing – we passed

Results from the re-tests for lead and copper testing are back and are good news. The old drinking fountains were replaced with new bottle filling drinking fountains that contain copper filters. Everything passed. The full report is posted on the district website.



  • October 10 – Half day for elementary (11:36 a.m.) - Elementary Conferences
  • October 14 – Safe Routes to School walking audit for Parcells, Poupard and Mason team
  • October 15 – Safe Routes to School meeting for Pierce, Trombly and Defer team
  • October 14 & 28 – Regular Board Meetings, 7 p.m., Brownell MPR
  • October 16-17 – High School Conferences, 5-8 p.m.
  • October 17 – Millage Q&A, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Kerby Elementary, 285 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • October 18 – Chamber of Commerce Tailgate 5 p.m., South High School before the North-South football game at 7 p.m.
  • October 20 – At the annual Explore GP Mega Open House, schools will be open 1-3 p.m., homes will be open 12-4 p.m. with passes to the parks for those that attend an open home. Multiple offers throughout the community are being shared by businesses and restaurants. Please invite friends! Include neighbors who haven’t been inside our schools in a while. Visit the next school on your student’s educational path. The Poupard and Trombly school communities have chosen to not be open that day, and are encouraging their families to attend at Defer, Monteith, Mason, Pierce or Parcells. 
  • November 5 – Election Day, no school for students, staff professional development