Panther Pulse

January 6, 2023

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News from Parcells Middle School

Happy New Year to our Panther families! Best wishes for health and happiness in 2023.

Ken Milch, Principal

Debbie Redlin, Assistant Principal

Samantha McGrath, Assistant Principal

Counseling Office

Counselors will begin the 2023-24 Registration process, extending over the months of January and February. All of the information will be shared with students in person, in addition to sharing with families via our Parcells Counseling Page early in January. Stay tuned!

Important Registration Information dates:

Rising Freshmen (current 8th graders):
January 11th: North counselors will join Parcells counselors to visit our 8th grade ELA classes to discuss course selection.
January 11th 6:30pm: Grosse Pointe North Rising Freshman Parent Night in PAC

Incoming 8th Grade (current 7th graders):
January 17-18th: Parcells counselors will visit ELA classes to discuss course selection

Incoming 7th Grade (current 6th graders)
January 19-20th: Parcells counselors will visit ELA classes to discuss course selection

Incoming 6th Grade (current 5th graders)
January 31-Feb. 1st: Parcells counselors will visit ELA classes to discuss course selection

Incoming 5th Grade (current 4th graders)
January 10th 6:30pm: Rising 5th graders Parent Night at Parcells Middle School Auditorium

January 11,12,13th: Mr. Milch/Parcells Admin to visit elementary feeder schools to discuss middle school life and courses.

Dr. Amy Macey, LPC - students with last names A-K.
Email: phone: (313) 432-4618

Carla Palffy, LPC - students with last names L-Z.
Email: phone (313) 432-4620

We are in the process of updating our Counseling Page on the Parcells website. Parcells Counselor Page Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.


Boys basketball team pictures are 1/10 and Cheerleading is 1/13 with pizza parties to follow, please talk to your coaches.

Girls Basketball tryouts begin 1/24 at 3:30 pm. Please make sure your athlete has a current physical.

A wrestling meeting is scheduled for 1/17, afterschool in the girls gym and an announcement will be made as well as an email blast sent.

Student Council

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Chess Club!

Parcells’ Chess Club is open to all students. All you need is a desire to play chess! No prior experience needed - we'll teach you!

The Chess Club meets on Wednesdays from 3:25pm until 4:10pm in room 103. The Chess Club is designed to provide an environment for students to play the game of chess. Play for fun or play competitively - it's up to you!

Family & Consumer Science

All 7th and 8th grade Life Skills students need to review and select a Final Choice Project to end the semester. Please discuss which your child would like to do. If students have not brought in their materials to sew by Monday 1/9/2023 they will complete the Career or Vacation project due to time constraints.

Here’s what we made this week- Homemade Hot Cocoa


Happy New Year! The band students ended the year on a high note performing at the Band-O-Rama concert last month. As we move forward into 2023, the 7th and 8th graders will begin to prepare for Band Festival (pre-festival concert on February 16th at Parcells & Festival the first week in March - date TBD).

The 6th graders are going to continue to learn new concepts and skills and will perform again n the spring. Keep encouraging your students to practice and as always reach out with ANY questions or concerns!

Mr. Torrento


Happy New Year! Parcells choirs came back from break this week energized and ready to start learning new music plus successfully sight reading daily as we prepare for MSVMA Choral Festival in March. Specific dates and times will be shared with families as information becomes available, but we will most likely participate in Choral Festival on March 13 or 14, 2023.



January PantherBucks are light blue and they are featuring Ms. Golitko!! Congratulations Ms. Golitko!!

January raffles are:

  1. Lou’s Pet Shop

  2. Wild Wednesday Helper

  3. Pick-a-Prize (Check out our new prizes!)

Students can also check out our Panther Challenge Bucket in the lobby. We are targeting 500 Panther Bucks in there so students can earn an extra 10 minutes of recess at the end of the month!!

Please sign up to donate!!

5th Grade

Happy New Year!! We are ready to roll into the new year with our students. Please remember to have your child charge their chrome books every evening.

6th Grade

The annual 6th grade GRINCHFEST took place on Wednesday, Jan. 4th due to our much appreciated snow day.

We are nearing the end of the 2nd Quarter on Jan. 20th which is a ½ day. Please check Schoology for any missing/late work, schedule retakes, and turn in any extra credit.

Thank you for all of the paper lunch bags and craft paper donated to 6th grade to make snowflakes. Our hall is absolutely gorgeous and makes us happy each day.

7th Grade

We are nearing the end of the 2nd Quarter - Jan. 20th which is a ½ day. Please check Schoology for any missing/late work, schedule retakes, and turn in any extra credit.

Honors Algebra exams will be given on January 11th and 12th.

8th Grade

Welcome Back!

Some of our students have high school exams in their math and language classes in January. The high schools have block scheduling for their exams, but we do not. Therefore, those exams will take several days to complete. The date range is the following: Thursday, January 12th - Thursday, January 19th (students may be testing during these days, not necessarily testing all those days). Some classes may need fewer days, but the colossal Spanish 1 group will need that whole week.

Honors Algebra exams will be given on January 11th and 12th.

End of Quarter 2 is coming up - January 20th! Please work with your student by checking their Schoology classes for missing assignments.


This week we will review school expectations.

Bridge Club

Join us every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Parcells Library.

Remember: Bridge Club is an inclusive community, but also a group that practices confidentiality. Tell only your stories! We have a safe space for you to be your true authentic selves! Let’s build bridges of compassion and understanding to each other.

Let’s start with our school and let’s start with us. Parcells is a No Place For Hate school! See you there!

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Communities United in Diversity

Our next Communities United in Diversity meeting will be held here at Parcells from 6 to 8 p.m.

These monthly meetings provide a space for parents and other members of our school community to discuss topics around inclusivity. We also aim to be a conduit between the personal mission of our members and action groups in our communities doing the work around these topics.

News from The Family Center

See the flyer below to register for a Mindfulness Meet-Up at the Woods Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library sponsored by The Family Center.
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The Homework Station is OPEN!

The Parcells Homework Station is open for business! It's located in room 219 and runs from 3:25 - 4:25, Monday through Thursday. (No Homework Station on half days or Fridays).

The Homework Station is a place where students can get help with homework, just work on assignments or borrow supplies to finish projects. There is always a staff member present.

There is no sign-up needed, and students do not have to stay for the entire hour. You DO, however, have to remember you're there to WORK, and so is everyone else.

All students grade 5-8 are welcome.

Arrival and dropoff at Parcells Middle School

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The Sunningdale entrance to Parcells can be frustrating when drivers choose to disregard basic traffic rules. Under no circumstances should drivers cut through the parking spaces to exit the lot.

When using the back parking lot for drop off, please pull all the way forward into the circular driveway as far as traffic will permit. DO NOT STOP in front of the Sunningdale doors if traffic allows. Traffic entering Sunningdale can become congested, resulting in a backup on Vernier. Students should exit vehicles quickly; vehicles should proceed all the way around the drive and may NOT cut through the parking lot to exit. Your student’s safety is our first priority.

We have also recently heard from Grosse Pointe Woods Police that traffic on Sunningdale Park during dismissal is causing a major traffic concern on EB Vernier. Cars are not allowed to stop and park on Sunningdale Park to pick up students during dismissal. Impeding traffic on any street may lead to ticketing.

Please note: The secure vestibule entrance is not intended for morning dropoff unless students are tardy or have specific permission to access this entrance due to mobility issues.

Morning Basketball

Students who wish to play morning basketball may be dropped off at the Student Entrance off Sunningdale at 7:45am Tuesday - Friday.

I forgot my lunch!

Did your student forget their lunch at home?

If your child left their lunch at home you can drop it off by coming into our Secure Vestibule and leaving it on the shelves outside the office doors with their name and grade. We will deliver it for you to the cafeteria during their lunch!