Get to know Birmingham Public Schools at our Open House events this fall! Join us for any of our three upcoming open house events and learn how character education, rigorous academics and competitive athletics can lead to a wealth of opportunities for your child!
Open House events include:
Seaholm High School Open House
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
2436 W. Lincoln, Birmingham
Groves High School Open House
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
20500 W. 13 mile, Beverly Hills
BCS Districtwide 3-8 School Open House
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills
This Nov. 6, voters will see new faces on the ballot vying for three open BPS Board of Education seats. Steve Scheidt (2011-18), Walter Rothschild (2015-18) and Jessica Thomas (2015-18) will end their terms on Dec. 31. Learn more about the candidates running by attending a community forum to meet the candidates. Upcoming forums include:
Board Candidate Forum with Next
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Birmingham, MI 48009
Join Next – Your Place to Stay Active & Connected - for a Candidate Forum to meet the candidates running for BPS Board of Education. Visit www.birminghamnext.org for more information.
Board Candidate Forum with the League of Women Voters
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
BPS Education and Administration Center
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Join the League of Women Voters Oakland Area for a Candidate Forum to meet the seven candidates running for BPS Board of Education. Email email@example.com with questions.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Birmingham Covington School - Media Center
1525 Covington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Has reading ever been hard for your child? Have you wondered why they seem to be challenged in ways that are confusing? Come and explore reading-related learning differences through a review of the film The Big Picture and a panel discussion. Join BPS Instructional Specialist and Special Education teacher Danny Pruzinsky at Birmingham Covington School for the event. The event was coordinated by the BCS Diversity Committee and was designed to spread awareness and understanding for those with learning differences in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
Groves Performing Arts Center presents
Nov. 2&3, 9&10, 2018
Nov. 4&11, 2018
Groves High School Auditorium
20500 W. 13 Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
The Groves Performing Arts Company presents Hairspray , directed by Mr. John W. Rutherford. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18. All shows are in the beautiful and newly renovated Groves High School Auditorium. Entrance is off of Cranbrook/Evergreen Road. Contact Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Birmingham Covington School
Please join Friends of Different Learners for "ALICE for Different Learners: Trends in safety & how different learners may be affected." The meeting will focus on best practice in school safety for violent critical incidents and how those practices apply in a classroom of students with unique needs.
Learn more at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org.
Paraprofessionals, Kids Club staff and Noon Aides needed throughout the district. Contact your local school to see how you can apply to become a Noon Aide, Paraprofessional, Kids Club Staff or other vital support personnel within BPS! For a district directory, call 248.203.3000.
Do you have a question, compliment, concern or suggestion for us? Contact us through Let’s Talk, where users can remain anonymous or provide contact information to receive responses from administrators at the district or school level. http://www.k12insight.com/Lets-Talk/embed.aspx?k=WY8F6NLT
Birmingham Public Schools is now accepting applications for guest educators - substitute teachers and substitute paraeducators! Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must register online with EduStaff and complete required new hire process. Register with EduStaff here. If you have additional questions, you may contact EduStaff directly at 1-877-97-GOEDU (46338).
BPS has amazing students and staff! Take a quick look at a few of the amazing things they are doing and achieving:
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 Talen 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.