Birmingham Public Schools

Inspiring all learners to positively impact their world.

BPS Accolades

Groves Varsity Pom-Pon
The Groves Varsity Pom-Pon team took 1st place this February at the MPA (Michigan Pom Association) 2017 championships! This is the first Pom team at Groves to take first place at a state-wide competition.  

Team members include:
Brooke Tushman
Lindsay Thomas
Laura MacClean
Joclyn Mitchell
Rachel Allen
Kalaya Anderson
Claire Cassar
Emma Gillard
Scotti Peterson
Natalia Biszczanik
Lindsay Martin
Jordan Hammonds
Jazmin Kareem
Asia Allen
Leila Kensey
Jilianne Kowalchuk
Love Hairston

2017 American Scholastic Press Association awards 
For the second year in a row, the American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Groves Scriptor three first place awards in their national competition: National First Place for Newsmagazine,  National First Place for Investigative Reporting, and a National First Place for Sports Photography. Birmingham Public Schools congratulates the Groves High School Scriptor newspaper staff and adviser Laura Redman.  
Each year ASPA’s panel of journalists and educators rank student newsmagazines from colleges and high schools across the United States based on the following criteria: coverage, ethics, research and writing, page design, general plan, art/photography, business acumen, creativity, editing, and community leadership.
Each category is further broken down into multiple rubrics related to writing, design, and research ethics.  This year, the Scriptor scored in the highest on the rubrics to earn a these first place Awards. 
In this year's, congratulations letter to the Scriptor staff, the ASPA 2016 the judges wrote: “Scriptor is an excellent publication, which deserves first place.  Creating a magazine teaches students the fundamentals of publishing and a variety of writing modes,  proofreading and editing skills, concepts of design and composition and promotes a community of young writers, thereby promoting esteem and school-wide status.  Your magazine shows the superior efforts of talented and creative writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphics designers, staff members, and adviser.”
The judges ranked the Scriptor especially high on research, writing, photography and creativity.
The following Groves newspaper students were especially instrumental in helping the Scriptor win this award:
Christian Zietvogel
Charlotte Beggs
Connor Bradbury
Justin Sherman
Ali Abdalla
Misha Adler
Eric Gaines
Connor Mason
Molly Ryan
Chris Biddle
Gavin Barry
Shane Donovan
Rebecca Gonska
Derrik Lockhart
Jaxon Bumbaugh
Derrik Lockhart 

For more information on the successes at BPS, visit our Succeed with BPS page. 

District News and Events

"Mindful Self-Compassion for Juniors and Seniors"
Birmingham Community Education is offering “Mindful Self-Compassion for Juniors and Seniors.” This eight-week program is designed to promote self-discovery, mindfulness practice where students develop skills of being able to focus on the present moment, without all of the distractions and preoccupations of a busy and compelling academic and social calendar. This program was designed to help young people develop a strong inner voice of acceptance and understanding. The program runs March 29-May 24 (no class April 5), from 3:30-5 p.m. at the BPS Education and Administration Center. Program tuition is $100/student. Register now at Mindfulness
Attention Boys Soccer Players & Parents!!!
Interested in playing soccer at Seaholm in the Fall?  (Returning players from the Fall 2016 season do not need to sign up.)
Please register your contact information by clicking on the Player Sign-Up link in the upper banner at
Summer camp dates are confirmed and other information will be shared.  Thank you!
Groves Basketball Booster Club needs Volunteers
Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Look no more.  The Groves Basketball Booster Club is hosting tutoring sessions starting in January. To learn more and to volunteer to tutor
Chartwells Food Services is Hiring
Looking to work a few hours a day while your children are in school? Apply in person 2205 Holland Street, Birmingham or contact Pattie Guck at 248.228.7172.
Struggling Reader? We have a Group for That!
The Dyslexia Advocacy Group of Birmingham is a community based parent group that shares resources, hosts discussions and advocates on behalf of dyslexic students and families. If you would like more information about meetings or resources you can find us on Facebook at:
If you are interested in more information about dyslexia click this link...
FEBRUARY  17, 18
Seaholm High School presents Beauty and the Beast, for information Beauty
FEBRUARY 18 Deadline
February 11, March 4, 18 (Session II: registration deadline 2/18

BPS Super STEM Saturdays Enrichment Program
Session III: 4th-7th Grade March 25, April 22 & 29. Registration Deadline 3/10
Session IV: Coding and Programming, 6th-8th Grade Only, April 22 & 29. Registration Deadline 3/10 Limited to first 20 students.
Our mission is to expose, engage, and excite BPS students about Science Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) - and don't forget Art!  The Super STEM Saturdays Enrichment Program is designed to inspire students to become tomorrow’s STEM innovators. This program offers interactive hands-on engineering/science lessons, activities, and opportunities to hear from guest speakers in STEM and medical related fields.  In addition to STEM related themes, there will be a focus on team building, problem solving, questioning, character building, and communication.  
Space is limited - sign up soon.  Full STEAM Ahead !
Go to Clubs and organizations.
For questions or comments, please contact Doug Baltz at
Midwinter Recess
Classes Resume
March 14, 21, 28
SAT Test Prep

Scholarships available
For more information SAT
MARCH  4, 11, 18, 25
Saturday School
In partnership with the Birmingham African American Family Network, Birmingham Public Schools provides tutoring for students who need help in any grade level, and in any academic area.  We ask for a $3 donation to help us provide snacks for the students. Each session begins with a guest motivational speaker and/or a welcoming activity led by Mr. Brooks, Mr. Fairchild, and Mr. Lince. From about 9:15-10:55, each student will be paired with a tutor. At 10:55, we bring the whole group back together for five minutes to discuss what students learned for the day. We believe firmly in creating a caring community of learners at each and every Saturday School.  All K-12 BPS students are welcome to receive tutoring for ALL subject areas.  We can't wait to see you on Saturday! 
BYA Dog Show

The Birmingham Youth Assistance 36th Annual Kids’ Dog Show will take place on Sunday, March 5th at Berkshire Middle School from 1:00 – 3:00.
You and your dog could win a prize from one of these wacky categories: Best Dog Costume, Best Behaved, Best Treat Catcher, Most Personality,
Best Trick, Waggiest Tail, Best Looking, and Best in Show. Kids age 4-14, Sign Up Your Pup!
We welcome our celebrity judge, Roop Raj from Fox 2 News!
The cost of admission is $10 per dog.  For registration information and all of the rules, visit the BYA website at or if you have questions call the office at 248-203-4300.
High School Students Attend AM Only

High School Students Attend AM Only with Two Exams

High School Students Attend AM Only with Two Exams
MARCH 9 & 10
BEF Garage Sale Coming!
Planning to do some Post-Christmas, Pre-Spring cleaning? Save your items, and donate them to the BEF Garage Sale! The donations will be collected at Bingham Farms Elementary School on March 9-10th. All donations made are tax deductible and everything will be accepted – electronics, home goods, clothing, books, toys, baby items, furniture and more! Proceeds from the sale go to benefit the Birmingham Education Foundation and our teacher grants program!

High School Students Attend AM Only with One Exam

Elementary Students Attend AM Only

High School Students Attend AM Only
The Oakland Parent Engagement Network is hosting a FREE learning event for all Oakland County parents on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Oakland Schools from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  The event, “Literacy and Your Child’s Success” will be facilitated by Oakland Schools’ consultants and will focus on Pre-K to 5th grade.
 A link to the informational flyer is provided below.  Please feel free to share with your principals, parent groups and social media as you deem appropriate.  Questions should be directed to Becky Brady at or Dr. Patricia Chunn at 248.245.4936.  Link to flyer and online registration:

Middle School Conferences 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Middle School Conferences 4:00 – 7:00 pm
BCS Presents Baja Blast – 3PM-7PM
Please join Birmingham Covington School for this annual celebration!
Carnival games, inflatables, prize room, cake walk, photo booth, face painting and auction!
All are welcome! We especially enjoy seeing BCS alumni at our event!
Tickets available at the door. Visit for more information.

Groves/Seaholm students looking for community service hours? Come volunteer at the Blast!
Contact for additional details.
An evening with Dr. Michele Borba
Dr. Michele Borba will return to the district to help us continue our journey into Empathy for an evening presentation in March. Dr. Borba will focus on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work helps strengthen character and resilience, builds stronger families and reduces peer cruelty. The session will help participants learn practical, research-based skills that will provide you with the tools needed to support our children. This event is free to the public and sponsored by BPS, Birmingham Youth Assistance, School Community Partnership and Baldwin Public Library.
7:00 pm
Seaholm High School Auditorium
2436 West Lincoln
Birmingham, 48009
Elementary & BCS Conferences 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Elementary & BCS Students Attend AM Only

Elementary & BCS Conferences 1:00 – 4:00 pm & 5:00 – 8:00 pm
APRIL 3 – 7
Spring Recess

Classes Resume

Grade 11 – SAT Testing
Grades 9, 10 – PSAT Testing
Grade 12 – Post-Secondary Experiential Learning

Grade 11 – WorkKeys
Grade 9, 10, 12 – Late Start

BCS & Middle Schools Attend AM Only

No School for Students and Staff 
APRIL 22, 2017: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Surviving  the Social Jungle Conference
This groundbreaking conference takes a fresh approach to managing unfriendly peer behavior and preventing bullying, with specialized tracks for adults and kids. Visit for more information and to register. 
Delayed Start Day – all schools delayed 90 minutes for staff professional development

Groves & Seaholm High School Conference – 4:00 – 7:00 pm