October 2019 Newsletter

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Kids These Days

At dinner with my parents and their long-time friends, we were sharing our “rose, bud, and thorn,” a dinner table protocol in our home.

After my boys shared their roses - "I ate a donut," and "I played on the swings," my parents’ friend Dave, a former teacher and big, deep-voiced, gruff guy, choked up before sharing his:

“Today I visited my granddaughter** at U of M. When I talk to her and other young people today, I am so impressed by how thoughtful they are. How articulate and mature they are. And I have to thank teachers for this.”

His wife Joanne chimed in: “Unfortunately the media doesn’t show this. Young people now are so much smarter than I was at their age. So much more engaged.”

My first thought: “Man, I hope I’m that positive when I’m 70.”

But my second thought was to acknowledge how spot-on they were (although they missed the part about how teachers and parents are to thank – probably playing to their audience). When I think about our students, Eagle Scholars or not, I don’t see the cliche teenager: narcissistic, superficial, entitled. I see selfless, deep-thinking, and resilient kids, some thriving despite unspeakable traumas which would have sunken most healthy adults. I see kids who inspire me with their focus, determination, creativity, and insight. Not to sound corny, but I see hope.

So when your kids come this week with papers in the wrong folders, lost homework, lost phones, lost glasses, Cs on quizzes, a note from the teacher about drooling on the desk, remember that smart, thoughtful, engaged people recognize that your kids are pretty darned awesome. That despite the criticism, “kids these days” are well-suited to take care of us someday—as long as we get out of their way.

photo credit: https://sailinganarchy.com/2019/04/24/get-off-my-lawn/

**Side note: Dave's granddaughter shares a dorm with Sasha Obama; one of our grads, Zach Lassen, was quoted in a recent story about the former first daughter.

Something else worth reading: "Practice Makes Perseverance," By Angela Duckworth

Wayne State Partnership

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Wayne State's Upward Bound, a federally-funded college prep program that includes a summer residency at Wayne State. UB is open to 9th-12th graders with qualifying income levels whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree. Best part: it's completely free!

More here: https://federaltrio.wayne.edu/upward

We will have 5-10 of our scholars enrolling in this program this fall. Please contact me if I have not reached out and you believe you may qualify.

Nuts and Bolts

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10/2 Student Count day - make every effort to be at school

10/3 After school study sessions (Pierce and Thurston) - required for probationary students

10/7 Hope College Representative Visiting (Thurston)

10/10 After school study sessions (Pierce only) - required for probationary students

10/10 Parent-Teacher Conferences (Thurston)

10/17 After school study sessions (Thurston only) - required for probationary students

10/17 Parent-Teacher conferences (Pierce)

10/24 After school study sessions (Pierce and Thurston) - required for probationary students

10/24 Activity Night (Pierce)

10/31 No Study Sessions (Halloween)

11/13 Michigan State visit (11th and 12th graders)

12/4 A Christmas Carol at Wayne State (7th grade)


  • Seniors meet with me in the media center on Mondays during Advisory for college prep work; 9th, 10th, and 11th graders can attend drop-in study sessions during Advisory on Wednesdays
  • Put my Google Voice number in your phone in case you need immediate assistance: 313-444-2590. Please identify yourself if you send a text.


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Tony Mufarreh (c/o 2015) started grad school this fall at Emory University

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Seniors fine-tune their all-important college essays

“It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting.” --Jerry Sternin


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