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April 25-28, 2019
Directed by John W. Rutherford and assistant director Duffy Wineman. Student assistant directors are seniors Keturah Heath and Brooklyn Scott, and costume assistance by senior Camille West.
The Groves Performing Arts Company’s production of Theophilus North will take place on April 25-27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at the Groves High School Little Theatre, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Park in the parking lot off of 13 Mile by the football stadium. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Groves Main Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days.
For more information, call 248-203-3530 or emailLPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us Tickets are also available online at: https://grovesperformingartscompany.ludus.com
Thursday, May 2, 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 “Navigating a holistic healthy lifestyle” with Dr. Katherine Erlich.
More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org.
Friday, May 31, 2019
BPS Family Pride Social
Join LGBTQ+ families and allies at the annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Greenfield Elementary School playground. Everyone is welcome! All are welcome and new families are encouraged to join. Bring a lawn chair or two for seating. For more information about the BPS Family Pride group, check out their facebook page @BPS Family Pride.
K-1 Summer Camp
Openings are available in K-1 Camp at the Birmingham Early Childhood Center! Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade this school year are welcomed to register. Most sessions are two weeks in length and occur throughout the summer. In addition to enriching activities to extend school year learning, students walk each day to the Seaholm High School pool to swim, as well as Lincoln park to play. Learn details and registration information or call 248-203-5803.
View the 2019 Academic Summer School brochure, available now!
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.
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BPS has amazing students and staff! Take a quick look at a few of the amazing things they are doing and achieving:
The Birmingham Robotics team, Automation Nation, comprised of students from Seaholm High School and Groves High School, qualified for the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Championship! The team competed at the Troy District tournament March 29-30, and reached the Semi-finals before being eliminated by the 1st place team. Their sustained effort over two district tournaments qualified them into the field at MSC. The Robotics team is led by Seaholm teachers Bernie Simms and Pat Hoover. For information about the State Championship visit https://svsu.edu/firstatsvsu/
OAA All League Team
This March, Groves senior John Garrett was nominated by his basketball varsity coach and elected by the district coaches to the OAA All League Team for their division. John was one of 11 players selected and was also the top scorer for the Groves Boys Varsity Basketball team this season. Congratulations John!
Student swim success
Congratulations to Groves student Tyler Austin. Tyler finished with his personal best times in all six of his events at the World Series Paralympic Swim Meet this month. He also won the men’s 100 breast stroke event with a time of 1:19:58. He is now a proud member of the U.S. National Paralympic Swim Team. Congratulations to Tyler, his coach Richard Forrest (Groves High School Swim Coach and Berkshire Middle School teacher).
Seaholm graduate honored
Congratulations to 1985 Seaholm grad Brad Shively - named the Division III Coach of the Year for Men’s Swimming and Diving. Read more at
LAFAN celebrates anniversary
The Latino Family Network is celebrating the first anniversary! LAFAN has focused on fostering educational excellence and equity, improving language fluency (Spanish and Portuguese), and celebrating family traditions and values. In partnership with Birmingham Community Education, LAFAN worked to create advanced Spanish classes for K-8 BPS students through a Saturday Immersion Class. To learn more about the classes or how to get involved with LAFAN, email email@example.com.
Groves varsity debater and state champion Lukis Bagdon placed second at the Birmingham Optimist Club Oratory Contest, held March 27 at the Community House. In the most competitive field of speakers in years, twelve (12) students from Groves, Seaholm, Detroit Catholic Central and Detroit Country Day, Luke received the 2nd place silver medal. Congratulations to all of our BPS participants!
Birmingham’s Robotics team, Automation Nation, team 2960, participated in the FIRST Centerline District Tournament March 15 and 16. After two days and 80 qualification rounds, Birmingham ranked 9 out of 40 teams. The team was the 6th alliance captain, and their alliance upset the #3 pairing, advancing to the Semi-finals. The combined team from Groves and Seaholm was awarded The Excellence in Engineering Award for their innovative climbing mechanism. Their next tournament is March 29 and 30 at the FIRST Troy District. The team is coached by teachers Bernie Simms and Patrick Hoover. The District congratulates Automation Nation and wishes the team well at the Troy tournament!
Groves Honor Alumn
Wylie E Groves High School welcomed CPT Tara Middlebrooks (2007 Groves graduate) as their Honor Alumn and keynote speaker for Senior Seminar 2019. CPT Tara L.R. Middlebrooks (Roberts) commissioned as an Engineer Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in May 2011 where she received a B.S. in Comparative Politics. Upon completion of the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, CPT Middlebrooks was assigned to the 555th Engineer Brigade at Ft. Lewis, Washington. CPT Middlebrooks served as a Horizontal Construction Platoon Leader for 18 months, where she led construction projects in Washington, Idaho, and California. CPT Middlebrooks later served as the Executive Officer of a Horizontal Construction Company for 14 Months, deploying in February 2013 to Regional Command - East Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Congratulations and thank you, Captain Middlebrooks!
National Hispanic Recognition Program
Congratulations to Seaholm High School students Ryan Chekan, Diego Suazo De La Ros and Jackson Sumida Flores. The students scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT and have been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Each year, NHRP recognizes about 7,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Congratulations to the following Groves Orchestra students! They were selected to represent the Birmingham Public Schools at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) on May 9-11 at Western Michigan University: Ethan Biederman, violin; Claire Hornburg, trumpet; Tessa Irish-Minewiser, cello; and Aaron Stottlemyer, viola. The students will be performing with the Michigan Honors Band and Orchestra, along with the other top student musicians in the state. Students are chosen for this honor as a result of their extremely high scores at MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble. (Learn more about the S&E success.) In the world of music, this is equitable becoming an All-State athlete! This is a huge honor for our students, Groves High School, and the Birmingham Public Schools. Groves Orchestra students are directed by Paul Shawver. Congratulations!
Have you heard the latest? Take a look at some of the highlights happening in the District over this season!
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Congratulations to the Groves Performing Arts Company, under the direction of John Rutherford, on their recent recognition from the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA). GPAC earned First Place in the Studio-Division 1 competition using the one-act cutting of the musical Summer of Love by Roger Bean. Students scored the highest overall combined points, earning 95/100 for their performance, from all five judges.
Individual Awards were presented to (^=Previously received individual awards at the District or Regional competition):
Superior Awards, Technical-
Directors: Megan Darby^ & Scotty Lockwood^
Set Designers: James Laport^ & Noel Stanley^
Costume Design/Construction: Mateo Davis^ & Camille West^
Choreographers: Laiko Brown^, Trey James Hardy^ & Keturah Heath^
Hair/Makeup: Maddy Hardey & Becca Woodrow
Superior Awards, Acting-
Holly: Hailey Van Wordragen^
Coyote: Mateo Davis^
Donovan: Hunter Stabile^
Superior Award for the ensemble- Grace Balow, Laiko Brown, Annie Chernow, Sophie Dara^, Jordan Davis^, Mateo Davis^, James Hardy, Maddy Hardey, Keturah Heath, Josh Holmes, Nick Joseph, Griffin Kozlow, James Laport^, Beau Lerner, Noah Smalley, Hunter Stabile^, Noel Stanley, Hope Tushman^, Hailey Van Wordragen^, Camille West and Becca Woodrow.
Excellent Awards, Technical-
Program Design: Noah Smalley & Hunter Stabile
Vocal Direction: Griffin Kozlow & Hope Tushman
Excellent Awards, Acting-
Curtis: Griffin Kozlow
Rufus: Jordan Davis
Berkshire choir students participated in the Michigan School Vocal Music Choral Festival in March, earning 1st Division ratings with perfect scores in sight-reading. Berkshire’s choir is directed by Carolyn Priebe. Congratulations!
Seaholm Boys Swim and Dive team
Congratulations to the Seaholm Boys Swim and Dive team. The team brought home first place at the OAA Red Division League Championship on Friday, Feb. 22. In addition to the league championship title, senior team captain, Aiden O'Neill, was named Co-Senior of the Meet and All-League in the 500 Freestyle. Tom Girdler is All-League in the 100 Freestyle, Kameron Liberman was named All-League in Diving, and Head Coach Tom Wyllie was named OAA Red Division Coach of the Year. The team was also able to pick up 12 state qualified swimmers in one or more events each.
Seaholm is pleased to announce their 2019 Carson Scholar, Leah Kim. The Carson Scholars Fund awards college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Across the nation, only 505 students are receiving the designation of 2019 Carson Scholars. An interested student must be nominated by his/her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholar. The minimum requirements are a 3.75 GPA and involvement in community service. Congratulations Leah!
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!
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