August 16, 2022
August is a time for deep learning. Today our administrators are focused on instructional coaching. Tomorrow they begin a book study on "Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World," by McEachen, Quinn and Fullan. The text identifies Six Global Competencies for Deep Learning: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Student accounts not available August 16 - new passwords tomorrow
Student account rollover is taking place today. Students will not be able to access their accounts during this process. New passwords will be available in MiStar tomorrow morning and all students will have access at that time. Thank you for your patience.
Don't forget to complete K12 registration
On August 11, parents and guardians received an email from GP Registration for each student in the household with the subject line: 2022-23 GPPSS Registration Information. This email contains information including your pin and password to complete online pre-registration and make purchases from the online webstore. This must be done before secondary students head to in-person registration.
Please check your email for more detailed information from your school about Back to School timelines and activities. It's going to be a great year in GPPSS!
Join our GPPSS Team
There are still positions available to join the GPPSS team! Click here to visit our Job Postings. We currently have postings for:
- Elementary principal
- Kids Club (before and after school care)
- Buildings and Grounds
Interested in subbing? GPPSS works with Edustaff to hire substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and buildings and grounds staff.
Join us for a listening session
GPPSS is offering three more listening sessions this fall at various times, days of the week and locations. If any fit your schedule, please bring a chair and join us outside these schools (inside if weather doesn't cooperate).
Summer Reading Inspiration from GPPSS Literacy Specialists
Summer is a time when we think of backyard BBQ's, pool time, popsicles, neighborhood bike rides, and more. It's a time of relaxation and recharging for the next school year ahead. However, don't let the "summer slide" happen to your child! Your child has worked hard all year long to make gains as a reader. To maintain their reading progress, your child should read 15-30 minutes daily (depending on their age/stamina). Just as you brush your teeth and get dressed for the day, make reading a part of your child's daily routine. They can read when they wake up in the morning and you could read to them before bed. That way when they're exhausted from the day, they've already "put first things first." Here are some resources to inspire summer reading.
Summer Reading Offerings from GPPSS and GPPL
Digital Content Summer Access
During the summer months, GPPSS students who were enrolled during the 2021-22 (excluding 12th grade) school year will continue to have access to all of the digital content that has been provided by the District. Google, Schoology (Groups), Freckle, Lexia, and Raz Kids are just a few of the examples that will continue to be made available for all students.
If you do not know your student’s login information, you can find it in MiStar Parent Portal under “Student Login Information” near the top.
BYOD for 2022-23
As you are aware, GPPSS is a Bring Your Own Device district in all middle and high schools. Students are asked to bring their own charged device, which will be used to assist in their learning.
For families who have indicated a financial hardship, the District will provide a device to the student. If you would like your student to receive a device for the 2022-23 school year due to a financial need, please fill out the following request form. Please make sure that you have signed the contract that goes along with the form. Students who have indicated a financial need will be given a device during in-school registration in August.
For more information on the BYOD initiative, please see the following GPPSS BYOD Handbook.
If you are interested in purchasing a device for your student, the District works exclusively with SEHI which can assist your needs. Devices also may be purchased through other retailers.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your building administrators.
Summer food resources
The waivers expired that allowed our district to participate in the summer food service program (SFSP). However, schools that are participating in a SFSP can be found on the Meet Up and Eat Up site locator. Hours and offerings vary so click each site for details -- some offer breakfast and lunch! Another great resource is www.findhelp.org where you can plug in your zip code to access local services ranging from food to housing, and from health to work.
Summer edition of GPPSS Psychologists & School Social Worker newsletter
The Summer Send-Off Edition of the GPPSS Newsletter from School Psychologists & School Social Workers highlights summer wellness resources, summer enrichment activities (like a Top 20 list of things to do in Detroit with Kids, or Cloud Thoughts relaxation), volunteering opportunities, and what to do in those "I'm bored!" moments. Check out the Me Tree drawing activity linked from the Summer Bingo page. There are so many fun and easy ideas!
Next Year's School Calendar!
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