From the Desk of Principal Jackson

August 23, 2021

Dear Levey Families,

I hope upon receiving this newsletter our Levey students and families are safe and ready to start the new school year. As you know this year will look different as we begin in person classes on August 30th! The entire staff including myself have missed seeing you in person tremendously!


The building will be prepared for the first day of school. To assure students and staff are safe, COVID-19 protocols are in place. The building has been deep cleaned and sanitized ready to receive our students. I’d also like to thank all of you for your support and patience.


To stay informed of all that is taking place at Levey, please visit our website or our Instagram page on a regular basis for current news and upcoming events. If you have not done so already, please be sure to download the Schoology App for additional school communications and to receive our weekly SMORE newsletter.


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome back new and returning students and families to Levey Middle School! Take advantage of the culture and family atmosphere that has become a way of life at Levey. Evidence has shown that students involved in extracurricular activities are more successful. I encourage you to help your scholar find a club, sport or other activity of interest to become involved.


I’m so excited to meet each and every one! Again welcome, thank you for being a part of the Levey family! We are proud to have you and we look forward to a successful school year.


Let's Go Jaguars!


Please stay safe!

Principal Jackson

Virtual Orientation

Virtual Orientation for all grades is:

Date: August 25th

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Meeting link: https://oneoakland.webex.com/oneoakland/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea8f7cbc7e2e6c2652e39644c410e1634

Prepare BEFORE the First Day of School

  • Start going to bed and getting up a little earlier each day
  • Organize school supplies
  • Know your class schedule
  • Practice logging in to your @sfldk12.org email
  • Resolve any problems with your password BEFORE the first day! First, try restarting your computer. If that doesn't work, contact Oakland Schools 248-209-2060.
  • Make sure Chromebook is in your bookbag.

What do I do on the first day of school August 30, 2021?

  • Get up early
  • Get dressed – you’ll feel more “together” if you are work & camera ready
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Let your family take that “First Day of School” picture that they probably want you to – you will all want to remember this years from now!
  • Check your @sfldk12.org email
  • Make sure you have your chromebook
  • Have a POSITIVE attitude and patience!

First Day!

First Day of school is August 30, 2021 this is a full day of school for all students. School begins for all scholars at 8:45 am. Staff will assist in guiding our scholars to their classrooms. Due to the increased number of COVID cases in the State of Michigan, parents and guardians will not be allowed inside of the building until further notice. During the first days of school, staff and student leaders will facilitate building tours, lead community building activities and acclimate students to the culture and climate of Levey Middle School.

DON'T PANIC!

Whatever you are not sure of the Levey team is here to help you navigate through these challenging times.

Student Registration & Schedules

Please sign on to your Parent Connect Account and complete the online Annual Information Update packet (in the red letters in the upper right of the screen) no later than August 24th. You will need to complete this process in order to see your child's schedule on August 24th for the 2021-2022 school year.

Below is the Link to sign in to Parent Connect. This link is also available on the Southfield Public Schools website.

https://mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/southfield/parentportal/

If you need your Login credentials (PIN and Password), please click on the "Need Your Login Information?" link and be sure to use the email address you have on file with the school. If you need to update your email, you will need to contact your child(ren)'s school to make this change.

If you need assistance or have any questions about the use of MISTAR, please contact the front office of your child's school.

Levey's Bell Schedule

Staff Email Addresses

important information to note:

Because of the many changes this past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this upcoming year, many things are still the same, but many things will be different.


  • Hallways will be marked with directional arrows, and students will be encouraged to stay to the right when passing between classes.
  • We will continue utilizing Schoology as the primary delivery platform for instructional materials. Thus, we can continue to remain largely paperless and fully leverage the capabilities of the one-to-one technology devices
  • Ensure that if it should become necessary, all instructional materials can be seamlessly accessed virtually
  • To help make the transition back into the school building we would like to invite parents and students to attend our virtual Student Orientation. The virtual orientation will take place Wednesday, August 25th
  • SPS is a one-to-one device division and all students have been issued an electronic device. If your student does not already have a SPS-issued device, please contact Oakland Schools @ 248.209.2060.
  • Per SPS mask guidance, masks will be required for all participants inside the building.
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Southfield Public Schools Parent Up to date COVID Information

Safety Protocols

Take a few moments to read the latest safety protocols update from our superintendent, Dr. Green and the State of Michigan.

Southfield Public Schools Fall Covid Update

Covid Guidance for Operating Schools Safely


Please visit the Southfield Public Schools Website (https://www.southfieldk12.org/) regularly for a wealth of information, including:

· Return to “new normal” key points

· Technology

· Mask Guidance

· COVID-19 updates

· FAQ

School Calendar

Forth Coming

Click on the link below to order your Levey spirit gear!

Student Code of COnduct

Prior to the first day of school, review the Southfield Public Schools Code of Conduct with your scholar to ensure their success academically and socially.

https://www.southfieldk12.org/downloads/public_relations/2019_southfield_code_of_conduct_1.pdf

COUNSELORS

Parents and students may schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor by sending an email to the counselor directly. Our Counseling Department is committed to the following:

● Assisting in the emotional and educational development of each student.

● Providing a variety of resources and interventions that prepare students for their post-secondary education/training.

● Helping students strive for a balance in character and academics.

● Meeting with students throughout the year.

● The counselors offer a series of workshops, seminars, and group sessions that reflect the students’ interests and academic needs.


Juantonia Hill

6th and 7th Grade

Email: juantonia.hill@southfieldk12.org


Taliah-Williams Hunter

8th Grade

Email: taliah.williams-hunter@southfieldk12.org

In Need of After School Care?

‘Field Zone

The ‘Field Zone tentatively plans to open on Tuesday, September 7th after school - 7:00 pm. If you are interested in enrolling your scholar, please send an email to rachel.frank@miclubs.org. (At this time the $50.00 enrollment fee is being waived.) In your email, you must include the following information: Your child(ren)’s name(s), age(s), grade(s), school(s), and indicate if there is a special program in which you’d like to enroll. For more information about the ‘Field Zone visit https://www.miclubs.org/southfield/. Transportation is provided from Levey to the ‘Field Zone. Add Flyer

Lockers

Locker use for the 2021-2022 school year will be determined by Southfield Public Schools. Information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Reporting Student Absences

Within 24 hours, parents/guardians should report an absence to Mrs. Taber at patricia.taber@southfieldk12.org or call 248-746-8760. Absences not excused after five school days will not be edited in Mi-Star.

Logging Into Schoology As A Student

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Logging Into Schoology As A Parent

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Technology Needs

The district is working hard to meet the needs of all SPS families. If you are still in need of a chromebook, please contact Oakland Schools 248.209.2060.

District Chromebook Tech Support

If you have any questions or require assistance,
please contact the Oakland Schools Service Desk
by creating a “service ticket” (click on the link below)
or by calling 248.209.2060.

Oakland Schools Service Desk

Phone: (248)209-2060

Email: osservicedesk@oakland.k12.mi.us

Online Ticket submission/LiveChat:

Click Link to: Create a service ticket

Apply for Internet Essentials from Comcast

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The Access program from AT&T

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How to Apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals APPLICATION FOR 2021-22(YOU MUST REAPPLY EVERY YEAR!)

Who Can Get Free Meals?

Children in households getting Food Assistance Program, Family Independence Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, can get free meals regardless of your income, if we receive your child's name from the state or with a completed application. Also, your children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.


Who Can Get Reduced Price Meals?
Your children can get low-cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

We sell reduced-price lunches for 40 cents and breakfast for 30 cents. You must apply and be approved for benefits each school year to receive free or reduced-price meals. Returning Southfield Public School students have a grace period to re-apply. This grace period expires on October 9. Please note if no new approved application is on file, the child will be charged full price for meals after the grace period. Approval notices are mailed to the address on file for your child or emailed to the email address provided on the lunch application.

Click on the links below to complete the application:

Free Reduced Price Meal Application (Online Version)

Free and Reduced Price Meal Application (Printable Version)
Please return printable version to:
Southfield Public Schools
24661 Lahser Road
Southfield, MI 48033
ATTN: Food Service

MiStar Parent Portal

We encourage families to make sure their information is correct in the MiStar Parent Portal by this link below:

To find out more about how to access the MiStar Parent Portal, please visit the link below: https://www.southfieldk12.org/parents-students/parent-portal-help-page/

Link to Parent Portal: MiStar Parent Portal account.


*Make sure to update your MISTAR information online or call the school office.

Did you know parents may access student information, report absences and complete back to school packets online via on our mobile app? The Parent Connection Mobile App is available for download on iPhone and Android devices. You can find these mobile apps on the iTunes or Google Play store by searching "Q Parent Connection"(vendor name is Aequitas), or by scanning the appropriate QR Codes (see attached) with your phone's camera.


**The Parent Portal is not updated yet-stay tuned for notification of when the update is complete

SCHOOL MESSENGER

Parents, Stay in the Know! You must text “Yes” or “Y” to 68453 to opt-in and receive text messages from Southfield Public Schools. If you haven’t opted in by Sept. 15th, you will receive an invite text message. Text “STOP” at anytime to opt-out of receiving the text messages.

COMMUNICATING WITH CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

HEALTH & SAFETY

A HUGE shout out to our custodians who have been working extra hard since March 2020 and all throughout the entire summer to ensure the building is clean and safe for those who are entering to work and pick up devices and other instructional supplies! Thank you!