SLCS District Update

12.16.2021

Superintendent's Update

Good evening SLCS Community,


I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and joyous Holiday season. For me, this is a time for a little relaxation and enjoying the company of family and friends. This is also a time of year for the giving and receiving of gifts. The opportunity to lead this wonderful school community remains one of the greatest gifts of all. Like past years, I will likely make a couple New Year’s resolutions and do my best to keep them well into the second week of January if they have anything to do with a healthier diet and more exercise.


Wishing all of you a happy, healthy New Year!


Steven Archibald

Superintendent

Buildings Closed

Please be aware that in observance of the December Break, all SLCS offices will be closed from December 23 through January 2, 2021. Buildings we will re-open on Monday, January 3, 2021. If you are in need of immediate assistance regarding an emergency please call 911 or your local police department. Resources for supporting those in crisis can be found here.

Reminder-Stakeholder Input Opportunity

This school year our district is working to develop what we will be calling “Snapshot of our Learners.” The purpose of this work is to collaboratively develop a timeless set of inclusive, universal skills and ways of being that unify and define South Lyon Community Schools. In other words, we are developing the compelling “why” that drives all of our work and interactions with students.


Our district steering committee has been working with facilitators from Oakland Schools to develop a series of questions we would like to ask of our stakeholders across the district, including district staff and families, to help identify the universal skills and dispositions we would like to include. We will be gathering feedback from our stakeholders through surveys and focus groups and plan to use that input to help develop a final product over the spring of 2022.


We invite you to provide your feedback by taking a few moments to complete this short survey.


Survey Link: https://tinyurl.com/South-Lyon-Stakeholders


The survey will be open from December 9th - 17th. The survey will ask you to rank your choices for several of the questions, which you can do by dragging and reordering the answer choices.


Additionally, the last question of the survey will ask for your input on how the district should best utilize upcoming funding from the Federal government through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER). These funds are provided to districts to help address the ongoing impact of the pandemic.


If you are interested in participating in a focus group session, please look for an interest form that will be sent out right after the new year. Our parent focus group sessions will be held in-person on the following dates/times:


January 11, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

January 20, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

January 28, 2022 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


If we have more interest in these sessions than available slots, we will do a random draw to select participants for each session. We will also be holding focus group sessions for students, staff and business leaders throughout the months of January and February.


Kindergarten Enrollment 2022-23

Enrollment for our 2022-23 Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten classes will open on January 27, 2022.


To be eligible for Kindergarten, students must be 5 on or before September 1, 2022.

Students turning 5 between September 2 and December 1 may enroll in either Junior Kindergarten or in Kindergarten with a signed waiver.

Students who turn 5 after December 1, 2022 are NOT eligible for Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. Students in this group may be eligible for the Great Start Readiness free preschool program coordinated by the district’s Early Childhood Center, depending on your family’s income. Children in this age group can enroll in the tuition preschool programs at the Early Childhood Center as well. Call the Early Childhood Center at 248-573-8330 or visit their page on the district website for additional information.


Junior Kindergarten is a free, optional first year of school designed for students who turn five between September 2 and December 1 of 2022 (students who would only qualify for kindergarten using a waiver). Students who attend Junior Kindergarten go on to attend a full year of traditional Kindergarten the following school year. When space permits, students who turn five between June 1, 2022 and September 1, 2022 may be considered for the Junior Kindergarten program and there is often room within a few of the JK classrooms for these students with late summer birthdays.


Enrollment forms for Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten will be available on the district’s website in late January and we highly encourage families of incoming kindergarten students to visit the district’s website now to learn more about what documents are needed to enroll. We suggest you begin gathering the needed documents now as it takes time to be sure you have all the required items.


Please note, vision screenings are required to begin Kindergarten but are often completed by families in the summer months leading up to Kindergarten. Immunization records are updated as your child has his or her well check visits at your pediatrician’s office. If you do not have those documents ready at this time, both can be turned in at a later date but must be provided before your child begins Kindergarten. All other required documents must be provided at the time of enrollment.


Additional information will be shared in January about Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten enrollment details.


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SLHS Band Accomplishment

Six students from South Lyon High School (SLHS) have been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2022 Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California. These students were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. The six SLHS students include:


· Emily Berg, Senior, Sousaphone

· Layne Malek, Senior, Alto Saxophone

· Kyle Schang, Senior, Tenor Saxophone

· Nathan Schang, Sophomore, Trombone

· Marianna Riminelli, 2021 graduate, Trumpet

· Maranda Willey, 2021 graduate, Alto Saxophone

Pathway Changes-After Break

As a reminder, families are only able to make pathway changes from January 3-7, 2022. Changes would be effective as of January 31, 2022.


Please note, requests to move out of VLP and into in-person are dependent on space being available within in-person sections. Information regarding secondary schedules and elementary school and classroom placement will be sent following the January 3rd through 7th pathway change window.


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