From the Desk of Principal Jackson

Week of June 5, 2023


Help your scholar finish the school year strong!

It is the final lap, and we are still going strong. This is a magical month for our scholars. It’s a time to celebrate all their accomplishments and successes. I can feel the excitement and energy throughout the building, and it is awesome! The scholars have worked so hard this year, and I am proud of all their accomplishments.

This is a very exciting time. We celebrate all the scholars on a job well done, but especially our eighth-grade scholars. They will participate in a promotion ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th @ The Millennium Center (Triumph Church). It has been an exceptional middle school journey. Our scholars have grown in all aspects of life and are prepared for the next chapter of their education, High School. Congratulations to all our eighth-grade families!

Have a fabulous week,

Principal Jackson

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8th Grade News

Important June Dates and Events

8th - Schoolwide Field Day

14th - 8th Grade Promotion

16th - Half Day Last Day for Students

19th - Juneteenth


Our schoolwide Field Day is June 8th. We are in need of the following donations:

  • water
  • chips (individually wrapped)
  • cookies (individually wrapped)
  • juice
  • popsicles

All donations are greatly appreciated! Please drop off donations in the main office.

The Levey staff and 8th grade scholars are so excited about our upcoming activities. The following information will help you prepare for the end of the school year activities.

  • Spirit Week June 5th - 9th

  • June 9th Field Trip CJ Barrymore's

  • 8th Grade Dance June 12th; 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • Promotion Ceremony June 14th @ 10:00 a.m. The Millennium Centre 15600 J L Hudson Drive (Triumph Church) Southfield, MI.

  • Information regarding 8th Grade Activities (contact Mrs. Holland @ or Ms. Austin @


Students are not allowed to distribute or sell unauthorized items (such as food of any kind) without authorization of building administrators. Violators of this provision shall be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion. Items being sold and money collected will be confiscated and not returned.



Ava E. (6th grade)


Just a friendly reminder Schoology and MiStar are always available for you to keep track of your scholar's academic, behavioral progress and attendance. If you need your log-in credentials for MiStar please contact Mrs. Taber in the counseling center. I have included a tutorial video for Schoology (click on the link below). If you have any issues logging in or other technical difficulties, you must submit a ticket to Oakland Schools. You also have the option of emailing Melanie Hemmert, Technology Integration Specialist of Oakland Schools for help. See her contact information listed below.


Phone: 248-209-2060

Video - Schoology Overview for Parents

Character Trait for June is Community

A community is a group of people living or working together in the same area. People in communities might go to the same schools, shop in the same stores and do the same things. They also help each other and solve problems together. If it's a bigger community, the people in it might not always go to the same places, but they might like or believe in the same things.

What kind of communities are you in? Let us start with your family. They are a type of community because they usually live together and do a lot of the same things. Then there are your friends. They share your ideas and probably go to the same school. Your neighborhood is a community. Your town or city is a community in your state. Your state is a community that is part of the United States. What is the biggest community? Probably the universe. We are all part of it.


We strive to keep parents as informed as possible. Every Monday a weekly Newsletter is emailed to you in hopes that we can keep you updated on important information happening a Levey Middle School.

You can also stay informed by visiting our Levey website at

or our Instagram page @ leveymiddleschool_southfield

While we don’t always get it right, we are committed to our Levey families as our approach to building a strong school community.


To teach scholars, not subjects

To believe the best, hope for the best, and cheer for the best in every person

To make learning engaging

To be proactive rather than reactive

To teach in ways that respond to our scholars’ needs

To meet scholars where they are

To keep in mind that learning is a process that takes time and commitment

To keep relationships at the core of how we work together

To help each scholar feel valued

To create an environment that welcomes every scholar and they feel belonged

To dream big and to work hard

To challenge all scholars to learn at high levels

Levey is a Title I School!

The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Students have an opportunity during the school day to recieve math support from our Title I teacher, Mr. Holland. For additional information please contact Mr. Holland @


Students that violate the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to an after school detention or suspension. That includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Dress code violation
  • Loitering
  • Cell phones
  • Earbuds, headphones, air pods, etc.
  • Inappropriate behavior

Please note: Parents will be contacted when a scholar receives a detention or suspension. It is also the responsibility of the scholar to inform their parent/guardian of any disciplinary actions.

Daily Schedule

School begins daily at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Scholars are permitted into the building starting at 8:30 a.m. and must report to the media center or cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Scholars should be in their 1st hour classroom by 8:45 a.m.

Registration Information: Southfield Public Schools “Annual Information Update”

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). This link is also available on the Southfield Public Schools website.

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 Levey’s main office or the counseling center at 248-746-8740 or 248-746-8760.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

We are pleased to inform you that Southfield Public Schools will be participating in the

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School

Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2022-2023. The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.

Please read and fill in the Household Information Report Survey 2022-2023 -Letter to Households by clicking on the link: Household Information Report. Completed forms can be returned to Levey’s Main Office. Click on the link below for additional information.



Over the last two years of this pandemic it has been a struggle for many people. Obstacles have risen and times are uncertain. However, at GLenn W. Levey Middle School we are hopeful as we work together to build our community up again, a simple gesture can go a long way and you can begin today by supporting us through our hassle-free fundraising method.

We have partnered with RXfundraising and Rite Aid to establish a fundraising program that earns funds every time a registered participant fills a prescription or shops at their local Rite Aid using their Wellness+ Rewards Number.

The program is free for participants to use and Glenn W. Levey Middle School will receive funds at the end of each quarter based on the number of prescriptions filled and qualifying purchases that its registered participants make. We need your support to help fund fun activities for students and our therapy dog program. By following these simple steps below, you can make a difference for our community.

All you have to do to get started is to click on our link and register:

Once you have completed that, please make sure to register for a Rite Aid Wellness+ Rewards Number if you haven’t done so already. Then, transfer your existing prescriptions to Rite Aid and start using your Rite Aid Wellness+ Rewards Number to accrue funds for us on prescriptions and qualifying purchases.

If you would like more information on how you can register you may email us at or call us at (248) 746-8740.

We look forward to your full support!

E-Cigarettes/Vaping-What You Need to Know

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among kids, with nearly 12 percent of high school students nationwide using e-cigarettes on a regular basis. One-third of US middle school and high school students report using e-cigarettes at one point. The most common type of e-cigarette, when it comes to teens, usually looks like other everyday items, such as highlighters , flash drives or smartwatches (or these). Plus, they come in fun shapes and colors that appeal to younger consumers. You can even buy a hoodie with an e-cigarette in the string.

What teens and most adults don’t realize is that almost all e-cigarettes (Vape) contain nicotine. Even when the packaging states zero nicotine, research has found that most actually do contain nicotine. For example, an individual JUUL cartridge contains the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes. Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control as the brain keeps developing until about age 25

This past March, the FDA authorized that e-cigarettes can remain on the market. However, it does not mean the products are safe, nor are they "FDA approved," the agency said. "All tobacco products are harmful and potentially addictive," the FDA said in a news release. "Those who do not use tobacco products shouldn't start."

If your student is using e-cigarettes/vape pens, consult your primary care physician to help develop a plan to stop this harmful habit. For additional resources: visit My Life My Quit.

E-Cigarettes/Vape pens are prohibited on school grounds. If students are found in possession of an e-cigarettes/vape pen they will be suspended long term and taken before the superintendent to decide their future as a Levey student.


With our school year in full swing we just wanted to send out a few quick reminders:

  • Dress For Success: Our expectation is that students dress appropriately for school. Details regarding our dress code can be found below or on the Southfield Public Schools website.
  • Cell Phones: Should be in the student's locker. We want to encourage our students to unplug and interact face-to-face.
  • Masks: Highly recommended from the Oakland County Department of Health all students and staff must wear a mask.
  • SMORE Newsletter: Please read the newsletter weekly to stay up to date regarding important information.
  • Be WHERE You Are Supposed To Be, WHEN You are Supposed To Be There: Timeliness is a life skill.

Closing and Delays

When the School District is closed, delayed, or closing early due to inclement weather and/or other events that warrant a schedule change, information is posted to the district website and also on the local media sites listed below. It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. Please see below for ways to get this information:

District Website

Social Media

  • Facebook and Instagram page @ leveymiddleschool_southfield

Local Media


Class begins at 8:45 a.m. We have been very flexible with arrival time in the mornings this past year as a result of the many changes we have gone through the last year and a half. All students should arrive by 8:40 a.m. for advisories. Students being dropped off by car, can start arriving at 8:30 a.m. Students are allowed into the building at 8:30 a.m. Most of our student body is present on time for advisory classes. We believe we can improve this as we approach the new school year.

Attendance Robocalls

If your child has an unexcused absence, you will receive a phone call from the district. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding a call you receive, please contact the school’s main office. The number called will be the one listed in MiStar for your child. If you wish to change your phone number in MiStar, you can visit the district website and click on Parents & Students. Scroll to Parent Portal (MiStar). Here you will be able to change your phone number or any other information with the exception of your address. If you need to make an address change, you will need to contact the Enrollment Department @ 248-746-7607.

Excessive Tardies to School and Early Dismissals

Families, getting to school in the morning can be a hectic time. Tardies and early dismissals can negatively impact the learning of your scholar. Tardies and early dismissals are also disruptive when many scholars consistently continue to trickle into the classroom throughout the morning or are called down for early dismissals. School begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

The Levey staff is working very hard to improve literacy, reading and math skills in all of our scholars. Daily lessons are very important. When students are continuously tardy or leave early, they miss a considerable amount of crucial instruction time.

If a scholar is tardy every day by 10 minutes, that is 50 minutes of lost instruction per week.

This is 200 minutes a month of instruction time that is lost. Over the course of a school year this can have a negative impact on learning.



OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.

Click on the link below for additional information.

Important Reminders

  • If your child requires medication to be administered at school, a form must be filled out by your child's physician. Medication forms are available in the counseling center during office hours.
  • Medication must be delivered to our office by an adult.
  • Please do not send medications with your child to school.
  • Please allow 24-48 hours for email responses from your child's teacher or administrators. If you require an immediate response, please contact the main office.



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



8th Grade

Are you wondering why your child is struggling?

Click on the link to learn valuable information.

10 Habits of Successful Middle Schoolers

Click on the link to view the video.

Help your middle school student prepare for high school

6 Habits Your Middle School Students Can Build Now for High School Success: Help your middle school ELA students prepare for high school


Scholars should have their chromebook for class everyday and fully charged. SPS is a one-to-one device district and all students have been issued an electronic device. If your student does not already have a SPS-issued device, or if you are having issues with your device, please contact Oakland Schools @ 248.209.2060.


Students are allowed to bring cell phones to school. They are allowed to listen to music and play games on their cell phones before school and after school. Students must keep cell phones out of sight and turned off during the school day. Please reinforce this expectation with your scholar so they are well aware.

Also, please do not allow your child to call or text you from school using their cell phone for any reason, including to come pick them up when they do not feel well. Proper procedure is to report to the teacher first and then the student will be sent to the counseling center to call home if needed. Misuse will result in confiscation of the cell phone and the parent will be required to come pick up the phone and discipline will be enforced. If the student continues to misuse their cell phone, the student will be required to check their cell phone into the office each morning.

The district is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Please remind your scholar that cell phones, earbuds, headphones and airpods should be in their lockers. Scholars that are in possession of a cell phone, earbuds, headphones, airpods, etc. will be disciplined.

Students should not text parents during the school day; especially if they are not feeling well. They should go to the counseling center if they don't feel well and staff will call you if your student needs to be picked up.

For other circumstances, students may ask to use the office phone. Thank you for helping remind students we don't use our cell phones during the school day. We want to keep our focus on learning during the school day!

Student Code of Conduct:

Possession of Cellular Phones/Devices of Electronic Communication Students may be in possession of a cellular telephone, pager/beeper or other electronic communications device subject to the Administrative Rules and the terms contained herein. Cellular telephones and other electronic communications devices shall be turned off upon entering campus at the start of the school day and may not be turned back on until after the student completes his/her last class in the afternoon. Such devices shall not be used on any school property, which includes, but is not limited to, school buses. Further, students are prohibited from displaying and/or having the aforementioned devices visible during instructional time or in the passing time between classes.

In no case will students be allowed to use the device’s wireless, unfiltered connection to the Internet of the devices.

Parents or guardians are urged to teach their children the proper etiquette of cell phone use and to monitor the use of same.

The District is not responsible for lost or stolen cellular phones and/or electronic communications devices and recommends parents provide insurance for same. Students violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action (i.e., detention, suspension and/or expulsion).


Those students that do not follow the Levey expectations will receive a detention or suspension.

Please note: Levey will not be responsible for lost or stolen, cell phones, air pods, earbuds, or headphones.

Students are not allowed to use cell phones during school hours.

Southfield Public Schools Immunization Requirements

Michigan law requires that all students must be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases to attend school. If you received a noticed that your scholar is not in compliance with immunization requirements please make sure immunizations are complete by the date issued on the letter sent home. Unfortunately, all scholars that are not in compliance will be suspended until vaccinations are updated. Please click on the links for additional information.

In-school Birthday Celebration Policy

This year, we will once again be implementing our building-wide policy regarding birthday celebrations, we can NOT allow ANY treats/items to be brought to school. If unauthorized treats or trinkets are sent, unfortunately we will have to send them back home unopened. Also any deliveries such as flowers, balloons, etc… will be held in the front office until dismissal. After careful consideration and gathering feedback from various parties we have determined this to be necessary for the safety of all our students.


This is a friendly reminder students that violate the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to an after school detention or suspension. That includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Dress code violation (ladies must wear a long shirt to cover their bottoms when wearing leggings)
  • Loitering
  • Cell phones
  • Earbuds, headphones, air pods, etc.
  • Inappropriate behavior

Please note: Parents will be contacted when a scholar receives a detention or suspension. It is also the responsibility of the scholar to inform their parent/guardian of any disciplinary actions.


Our water fountain spouts are capped off for school safety reasons. Students still have access to the water fountains by using a water bottle. Students are allowed to bring water bottles with a lid from home. Water bottles are available for purchase in the counseling center for $1.00 or $2.00. Students are not allowed to use cups.

Frontline Health Portal for Parents

Southfield Public Schools has licensed the Frontline Health Portal to provide you with convenient, 24-hour online access to items in your child’s health record. Using a secure username and password, you can view district-designated health information, communicate with our health & wellness staff, review/sign forms, and even provide the district with new information from outside health services received by your child.


Families can activate their account via our Mobile or Desktop application. (*Note, you do not need to register separately to gain access to both options.)

· For Mobile, please go to the Apple App Store or Android Apps on Google Play, search for Frontline Health Portal, and download the app.

· As a Desktop user:

You will need to activate your account as a family with your personal email provided to the school district during your student registration with the district. (*If both parents/guardians provided their emails to the school district, you may use one of the emails to start one account or both emails to start more than one account.)

Click on the link below for additional information.

Masking is Optional Districtwide for all Students and Staff

At the current time parents/visitors are not allowed in the building for safety precautions.


If a student or staff member is not feeling well and has any symptoms of illness, even mild ones, please stay home. Symptoms could include cough, sore/scratchy throat, fever, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of taste or smell. One symptom is enough to warrant staying home as a precaution. We know it can be frustrating to stay home with mild symptoms. Children get sniffles, a cough, or upset stomach from time to time, and this is usually not cause for alarm. However, because of the ongoing pandemic we have to take extra precautions. Therefore, all students and staff should stay home even if symptoms are mild. If a staff member or student begin to exhibit symptoms while they are at school, they will be isolated and sent home as soon as possible. This means an ill student would be asked to wait in a dedicated room where they are not near others until a parent/guardian arrives to take them home. Students who are ill or are symptomatic should be picked up within 30 minutes of parents/guardians being contacted.


If you need to sign your child in or out of school, please use the QR code located on the front door. All parents are expected to walk their child to and from the main entrance when signing a child in or out of school.
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2022-2023 Progress Reports and Report Card Timeline


Learning in Style

Drop off and Pick up Information


We usually send this message at multiple times throughout the year because it is so very important.

Driving in our Parking Lot

Please remember to drive with caution as you enter and exit our school parking lots. The traffic flow at all schools is slow and that is the safest for our kids.

Please try not to be in a hurry when dropping off and picking up your children. We have noticed some drivers who have not been driving cautiously and we need to be safe with our children, families, and staff all around.


Please also remember to always use the crosswalks. It becomes unsafe when children and parents walk in and out of cars in the parking lots. The crosswalks are the safest areas to use when walking in the parking lots.

No Unattended Vehicles in the Drop Off Lanes

Please remember, there is no parking in the drop off lane, so please pull all the way up to the front of the drop off lane (by the front of the school), drop your child off (parents/drivers need stay in the car) and then you may keep moving.

Before School Drop-Off

If you arrive early and don't want to let your child out yet, please park in a parking area in the rear of the school until ready to drop off. Remember, all students need to use a crosswalk with security before and after school.

After School Pick-up

All parents must park in the rear of the school. Students that are carpooled will exit the rear of the building. Students will enter parent's cars in the parking lot. Parents should proceed in the far right lane to exit the campus once their child is in the car.

Respecting Staff

Please respect the Levey staff. Their job is to keep everyone safe. At times they may ask you to follow certain rules you may not agree with. Please do not take it personal. They are doing their jobs. The goal is to keep you, your children, and everyone safe. Thank you for understanding.

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Assessment Schedule for 2022-2023

Parent Login to Schoology: Monitoring Your Scholars Academic Progress and Behavior

  • Our Learning Management System is Schoology. Schoology is a social networking service and virtual learning environment for K-12 school and higher education institutions that allows users to create, manage, and share academic content. Click on the link below for information.

  • Go to

  • Click sign up at the top of the page
  • Select Parent
  • Enter the parent access code. The 12 digit code is xxxx-xxxx-xxxx (this code comes from your child's teacher)
  • Fill out the form with your information
  • Click Register to complete
  • Note: when you use a parent access code to create an account, you are automatically associated with your child. You can add additional children to your account using the “add child” button.

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). You will need to complete this process in order to see your child's schedule for the 2022-2023 school year.

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

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.


Whatever you are not sure of the Levey team is here to help you navigate through these challenging times.
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"Students with school spirit do more than show support for their school. They perform better academically, are more socially and civically engaged, and are happier in general than their less-spirited peers. What's more, the majority of principals (92%) feel that school spirit is tied to high student achievement."

Order your spirit gear today! Every Friday is Levey Jaguar Spirit Day! Click on the link below to order your spirit gear.

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.

  • 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
  • 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 are optional for all participants inside the building.


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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.

In Need of After School Care?

‘Field Zone

The ‘Field Zone tentatively plans to open on October 7th after school - 7:00 pm. If you are interested in enrolling your scholar, please send an email to (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 Transportation is provided from Levey to the ‘Field Zone. Add Flyer

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Reporting Student Absences

Within 24 hours, parents/guardians should report an absence to Mrs. Taber at or call 248-746-8760. Absences not excused after five school days can not be excused. Changes can not be made.

Logging Into Schoology As A Student

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Logging Into Schoology As A Parent

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District Chromebook Tech Support and 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.

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


Click on the links below for additional information

Apply for Internet Essentials from Comcast

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The Access program from AT&T

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Parents can only upload money into their student’s lunch account. The district's goal this academic year is to expand our Community Pass to allow for families to pay for summer and Saturday school.


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.

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:

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