Birmingham Public Schools Mission: By ensuring educational excellence, we challenge and inspire all learners to positively impact their world.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Join School Community Partnership as they host a welcome reception for BPS Superintendent Mark Dziatczak at the BPS Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills.
Discussing Race, Religion & Privilege with Our Kids and Why It’s Important
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. BPS Education & Administration Center (EAC)
31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills
For students to be successful in an ever-changing global society and have a positive impact on their world, it is important for them to understand, value and respect the range of diversity in schools. It is also critical for adults to foster communities where students can be intellectually curious in socially supportive environments. This presentation will help parents/guardians develop skills to successfully navigate discussions with children about race, religion and privilege. All Birmingham Public Schools parents/guardians are invited to join us for practical information on facilitating candid conversations with kids and to hear information about district resources from Drs. Jay Marks, Diversity & Equity Consultant at Oakland Schools and Jamii Hitchcock, Director of Character Education, Diversity & Equity in Birmingham Public Schools. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Academy of the Sacred Heart
1250 Kensington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Register kids and adults for each of the conferences
From babies to tweens and teens, screens have become a dominant part of our families and schools. As parents and educators, how do we determine…
This session will outline the hidden nuances and dangers of digital access as well as the dilemma of problematic overuse of devices. Practical tips and strategies for balance will be provided as immediate takeaways to implement in the home and at school. Click on the flyers below for further details:
Join the district and Birmingham Police Department’s Commander Scott Grewe at one of the following upcoming ALICE informational sessions. You may attend any event, regardless of your student’s feeder pattern.
Tuesday, March 5 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Berkshire Middle School
21707 W. 14 Mile Road in Beverly Hills
Please reach out with your own questions, concerns or encouragement at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Birmingham Covington School
Join the Friends of Different Learners for their regular meeting at Birmingham Covington School, 1525 Covington in Bloomfield Hills. The group will focus on “Co-Teaching: How does that work?” Join the group for an informative evening about co-teaching with a guest from the BPS Specialized Instruction and Student Services department. Visit www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org for more information.
More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org.
Power of Human Connection: Community Message
International Youth Motivator & Human Connector: Joe Beckman
Thursday, March 14 - 7:00 – 8: 30 p.m. Location: West Maple Elementary, Media Center
6275 Inkster Road, Bloomfield Hills
Joe Beckman’s mission has been to reclaim human connection through student keynotes, leadership workshops, staff trainings and video-based advisory curriculum that reignites connection and unleashes potential. Joe has shared his infectious energy, humor and passion in over 1,000 schools: positively impacting over 1 million people worldwide. All BPS parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join us on Thursday, March 14, 2019 for a Community Message from International Youth Speaker, Joe Beckman, at 7:00 p.m. in the West Maple Media Center. To learn more information about Joe Beckman, please click on the “Birmingham Schools!!!” link for a video message. For more information, please click on Joe Beckman’s website at https://joebeckman.com/programs/. A special thanks to the School Community Partnership for funding the assemblies and community message event. To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at email@example.com.
Academic Summer School
View the 2019 Academic Summer School brochure, available now!
BPS has amazing students and staff! Take a quick look at a few of the amazing things they are doing and achieving:
Birmingham United JV win
The Birmingham United JV team recently won their conference Championship and will face Eisenhower in a three-game series to determine a victor this weekend. Cheer them on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Birmingham Ice Sports Arena - puck drop at 6:45 p.m. Congratulations to BU seniors Captain Andrew Beggs, Captain Dylan Resnick, Captain Will Sanders, Captain Daniel Zalesin, Alternate Captain Brett Hutchison, Goalie Gabe Barish, Alex Bradley, Andrew Siver and Michael Valk.
Battle of the Books
On Saturday, Feb. 2, nearly 1,200 elementary school students and parents geared up for Battle of the Books for a day of trivia and teamwork. Fourth and fifth grade students at Birmingham Public Schools formed teams and read six selected books. The books chosen were Astrotwins: Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly; Freakling by Lana Krumwiede; Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson; Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Story Thieves by James Riley; and Zoe in Wonderland by Brenda Woods. After ninety minutes of trivia, six winning teams were awarded gift certificates to Book Beat bookstore in Oak Park. Congratulations to
* First Place: Savage Pagers from Quarton Elementary
* Second Place: Bookie Monsters from Quarton Elementary, Theater Readers from Beverly Elementary, and The Page Burners from Pierce Elementary
* Third Place: Fre Sha Vaca Do from Pembroke Elementary
BPS thanks the Baldwin Library for their continued work to organize and support this program.
Groves senior and football player Khalil Dawsey is headed to Harvard! Read about his decision and big dream in the Detroit News.
Stevens honors Seaholm
Congresswoman Haley Stevens, a Seaholm graduate, recognized her alma mater by hosting her local swearing in ceremony in her old high school auditorium last month. Stevens was joined at the ceremony by fellow elected officials Mari Manoogian (Seaholm graduate and State Representative) and Jeremy Moss (Groves graduate and State Representative).
Groves raises over $70K for Bittker Foundation
Congratulations to Groves High School students on their recent Charity Week fundraiser. The Groves students and community raised over $70,000 to support the Matthew Bittker Foundation, honoring a West Maple student that passed away. Students organized events and activities, exceeding their $60,000 goal despite weather closures during key fundraising days.
Scriptor earns top awards
This year, the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) awarded The Scriptor 3 first place awards in this year’s national competition: National First Place with Special Merit, Best High School General Magazine and National Best Story. Congratulations to the Scriptor staff and their adviser, Laura Redman. Along with these national awards, the MSU-based magazine, “A Cut Above: The Best in Student Media,” published an article written by last year’s Scriptor editor, Christian Zeitvogel, who is now attending Kalamazoo College.
Choir students celebrate success
On Jan. 12, five Groves choir students traveled to Howell High School to participate in the MSVMA district level Solo & Ensemble. All five students qualified to move on to the state level of Solo & Ensemble that will take place in April. Congratulations to Clare Birley (sophomore), Jane Martin (senior), Kevyn Roessler (freshman), Maya Ousachi (freshman) and Caroline Kondak (freshman). The Groves Choir is directed by Carolyn Priebe.
Joseph appointed to NCTE Committee
Rick Joseph, Birmingham Covington School 3 / 4 teacher was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His 3-year term will begin after the 2020 Annual Convention, scheduled for Nov. 19-24.
Congratulations to Bennett Pompi, a junior at Seaholm. Bennett is the latest BPS student to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam! According to a press release by ACT.org, “On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.” Great work, Bennett!
Special National Merit Scholarship
Congratulations to Seaholm’s Sophia Ericson and Tyler Firestone! The two have been selected to continue in the 2019 competition for corporate-sponsored special scholarship administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Every year some 1,100 National Merit® Program participants, who are outstanding but not Finalists, are awarded Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations. Candidates for the scholarships must meet the sponsor's criteria and the entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program and submit an entry form to the sponsor organization. NMSC contacts a pool of high-scoring candidates through their respective high schools and these students and their school officials submit detailed scholarship applications. Evaluated by a professional staff, candidates are selected based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.
Last year as a 7th grader at Derby Middle School, Shriya Nama took ACT and SAT through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search organization, scoring a 36 in ACT reading and scoring high on the SAT. Based on this performance, she received an award from Northwestern University as an exceptional student in the Midwest as well as an award from Michigan State University for her performance.
Kendall earns academic all star
Seaholm graduate and Colorado School of Mines women's soccer senior Jennifer Kendall has been selected as a Google Cloud/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American for her outstanding combination of athletic and academic achievement. Kendall, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.996 GPA, was Mines' leader on the field this season, earning First-Team All-Region, First-Team All-RMAC, and RMAC Tournament MVP honors. Read more at https://minesathletics.com/news/2018/11/28/womens-soccer-kendall-earns-first-team-academic-all-america-nod.aspx
Congratulations to Groves senior Claire Hornburg (trumpet) and Groves freshman Clarice Kim (violin). The two were accepted to the 2019 Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra and will be performing with the top student musicians in the state at the Michigan Music Conference on Jan. 26.
Seaholm Student-Athlete Swimmers
The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) has named five student-athletes from Birmingham Seaholm High School to the 2017-2018 NICSA/Speedo Boys High School All American Swim Team. This All-American Team recognition goes to the top 100 swimmers in the United States, as determined by time in each event. Congratulations to the following swimmers:
Congratulations to these swimmers and Head Coach Thomas Wyllie!
Birmingham Robotics Champs
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Birmingham United Robotics Team, Automation Nation, competed at the Oakland County Robotics Championship. Ranked 4th overall out of 16 teams, the Birmingham team paired up with the Avondale Robotic team and only lost once in the elimination rounds on their way to their second victory in 7 days, winning the FIRST Robotics Female Tournament earlier this month. Next up for the team is the FIRST Robotics Challenge “Destination: Deep Space”, starting in January. The team is led by Birmingham teachers Bernie Simms and Patrick Hoover. For more information about the team, visit their website at www.team2960.org
Michigan Math Prize
Congratulations to the following students from Groves and Seaholm to have qualified for Part II of the Michigan Mathematics Prize competition. The finalists will compete in Part II on Dec. 5. The top 50 students in the state will be presented with scholarships ranging from awards of $250 to $2,500. These students are among the top 1,000 students of the more than 6,000 students in the State of Michigan who participated in Part I to qualify for Part II.
Groves Debate Results
Groves varsity and novice debaters had a successful weekend at Wayne State University's Ed Pappas Memorial Tournament, held Oct. 12-13, 2018. In the novice division, Groves took both first and second place, defeating Midland H.H. Dow High School in both semifinal debates. Representing Groves were Kevin Guich, Ryan Goodman, Amiri Walker, Ben Glick and Luke Lee. Ryan was 10th, Kevin 7th and Ben placed 4th in the individual speaker category. In the varsity division, the team of Lukis Bagdon and Sathvik Rajagopalan reached the semifinals before losing a close 2-1 decision to Midland H.H. Dow.
Successful Fun Run
Quarton Physical Education teacher, Kyle Cameron, was presented with an award from Jump Rope for Heart. Out of the 1,027 schools, Quarton Elementary was named the third highest fundraising school in the state, raising $31,109. Many thanks and congratulations to Mr. Cameron for his dedication and work with the students to keep them enthusiastic in their mission.
Birmingham Robotics Team
The Birmingham Robotics Team started the year off competing in the Oakland County Competitive Robotics League tournament #1 at Marion High School. With 20 teams competing in a round-robin format, the Birmingham United team (Automation Nation) won the third-place trophy, missing out on first place by one score. They were also awarded the Judge’s Award for “Design and Execution”. Automation Nation is led by teachers Bernie Simms and Patrick Hoover.
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to all the volunteers that joined Kids Against Hunger at Birmingham Covington Schools on Sept. 22 for Kids Feeding Kids. Over 22,800 meals were packed by 222 volunteers to feed children around the world!
Tyler Austin, a junior at Groves High School, was named to the 2017-18 Scholastic All-American Swim Team. The team honors the top high school swimmers who focused and maintained excellence in the classroom as well as the pool. This year 1,619 high school swimmers earned the distinction in the nation.
National Merit Scholarship
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalist in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We are happy to congratulate Seaholm’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists of 2019: Jeremy Bakken, Sydney Czako, Tatum Kreindler, Emma Morganroth and Owen Salciccioli!
Berkshire student recognized by Duke University Talent ID program
Lochlan Patterson, an eighth grade student at Berkshire Middle School has been honored by Duke University Talent Identification program for his exceptional scores on the SAT. The talent program recognizes students across the United States who’ve scored at or above the 95th percentile on grade-level standardized test. Duke TIP then hosts an annual recognition ceremony to honor the remarkable ACT or SAT scores. Congratulation to Lochlan!
Racing for Kids recognizes Sovran
Racing for Kids is a unique, national charity which supports children when they are most vulnerable – sick and hospitalized. Each year, Racing for Kids to the Hill, an annual RFK event, gives out a Courageous Kid Award to honor and celebrate children who have beat the odds and overcome their various health challenges. This year’s 2018 Courageous Kid Award was received by 14 year old, Kathleen Sovran of Southfield, Michigan and student at Groves High School. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation of whom nominated Kathleen, is also a partner organization to Racing for Kids and a proud beneficiary of this event.
Congratulations to our very own Mr. John Rutherford! He was featured by the Educational Theatre Association this month!
"We chose John based on the outstanding theatre advice he regularly contributes to our Theatre Education Community. The instruction John provides helps other theatre educators, students, and artists from all over the world."
Check out his spotlight from the Educational Theatre Association.
Service over the summer
Alex Pallone, a senior at Seaholm High School, spent the summer volunteering with the YMCA at Camp Nissokone. As a junior counselor, he trained and lead the camp activities with students ages 8-16 and lead a 52-mile canoe trip. Congratulations on earning 550 hours of community service hours, Alex!
Jackson Bergstrom, a junior at Seaholm High School, was honored by Birmingham Youth Assistance and the Optimists Club earlier this year with the Youth in Service award and Jane Parker Ward award and scholarship. Additionally, Jackson received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Medal for Volunteerism and is a past recipient of the President’s Gold Medal for volunteerism. Jackson directs an organization he created called “Lambs of Love” which has funded 13 years of education for each of over 500 girls in West Africa. At Seaholm, Jackson established the Young American’s for Freedom, which hosted School Safety Student Roundtables Civil Discourse assemblies with a state representative, U.S. congressman and students to have an open dialogue around important issues. He spent time over the summer planning additional opportunities. Additionally, Jackson spent the summer serving as a law clerk for a local judge this summer and traveled to Greece, Gettysburg, Williamsburg and DC where he attended several political leadership meetings.
Thanks to the Pierce Community Education Council and the teachers and students in 3rd grade ESL, Pierce has a new Free Little Library! Located on the playground, near the new Buddy Bench, the idea came from Mrs Papaghanian's 3rd grade ESL reading group. The group read a non-fiction piece about Free Little Library's around the world and how they are helping communities grow together and gain literacy skills. Mrs Papaghanian, Mrs Hilzinger and students created a plan to design and advertise this new resource for the Pierce community. Mrs Hilzinger's friend, Simona Lucutz, volunteered to help the kids organize their design ideas and paint the library. They chose to highlight diversity and community, two themes that Simona is famous for. Her art even won the Downtown Birmingham Art Contest! Congratulations to Simona, Pierce ESL and the entire Pierce learning community!
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BPS is now a State and National District of Character!
BPS is the first district in Michigan to be named a District of Character!
For more information about the district, explore our website or visit the Prospective Families section of our website.