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  • GPPSS Weekly Update - Town Halls, Surveys, Conferences, Board Update, Meals Wednesdays, Watch Sports

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 2/23/2021

    Town Halls

    GPPSS will be hosting community Virtual Town Halls the next two weeks:

     

    These will all be livestreamed and recorded for you to watch at your convenience. Use the links above to submit questions in advance specific to each topic.

     

    Please take the Superintendent Search Survey

    Here is the link for all our learning community members to take the Superintendent Candidate Profile Survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9B7SFHQ

     

    This survey will expire at 4 p.m., Friday, March 5th. Summary results will be shared. We appreciate your participation in this first of many opportunities for our school family to provide input in this important search process. Please feel welcome to share this link with family and friends who live in our district, including those who don’t currently have a child in GPPSS.

     

    Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

    For Young 5-12th grade Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, the District will be using an online platform called PTCWizard. This is the same conferencing platform that was used during Fall Conferences for Middle and High School. In the coming days, the District will be sending families a link and login information to be able to access your student’s Teacher Conference Schedule - please keep an eye out for that email. If you have students in multiple buildings, you will be using the same link and login information for all of your students.  Note: Your student’s building will provide communication as to when families can sign up for Conferences with directions.

     

    Do you have questions about voluntary COVID Testing?

    Starting the week of March 1, GPPSS will be providing opportunities for high school students to be tested regularly. GPPSS will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, with Dr. Phillip Levy of Wayne Health regarding voluntary COVID testing at our high schools. Please know you are welcome to submit questions here regarding voluntary high school testing, and watch the recorded Town Hall at your convenience. Local testing data helps inform our weekly Covid Dashboard which summarizes key metrics that measure COVID transmission risk and impact on the local health care system. The dashboard is modeled off the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Indicators for School Reopening Guide. 

     

    Free Meals Wednesdays

    Thanks to Chartwells, GPPSS weekly free meal distribution continues at two locations from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays:

    • North High School, 707 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods
    • South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms

     

    Board Update

    At their regular meeting Monday, 2/22, teachers within the OneGP Virtual Program shared a good news update about how they are connecting with students. Admin also provided an update on strategies to prepare for a return to Face to Face learning for those in GP Traditional (March 1 for grades K-4 including Young Fives, and March 15 for grades 5-12). Action items all passed including the minutes, human resources report, and budget parameters for 2021-22. Bond projects that passed included: North High School specific trades, technology cabling, and Richard Elementary projects. Technology items that passed included the Mason Elementary Title I iPad purchase through those grant funds, and a change to a previously approved purchase of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Laptop carts to better meet student needs.

     

    Previewed for action March 8 were: PA 152 Resolution on health care cost sharing, approval of video surveillance and door access project for 2021 bond project buildings, a contract amendment for public address systems and clocks, the spring 2021 abatement contractors, the Parcells Auditorium rigging, and visual display improvements.

     

    Summer Learning Burst Survey Closes 2/24

    Tomorrow the GPPSS Summer Learning Burst Survey will close. We would love your input as we plan targeted summer learning opportunities for students. Thank you to the 689 who have provided input already!

     

    Missing sports during COVID?

    GPPSS is streaming sports in the main gym and on the main field in the spring from both North and South.The subscription is $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Users can also view all participating school districts. Viewable on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, mobile device or internet browser. Here are the links:

     

    Calendar

    • Daily - please be sure you’re using this Updated Daily Screening Form every day before school
    • 3/1 Full time return to face to face instruction for grades Young Five - 4th (GP Traditional)
    • 3/3 Elementary Half Day (records)
    • 3/4 BOE Facilities Committee Meeting, 6 p.m., Virtual
    • 3/4 High School conferences - watch for an email from your school for instructions
    • 3/8 BOE Policy Committee Meeting, 9 a.m., Virtual
    • 3/8 Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Virtual
    • 3/10 5th grade evening conferences
    • 3/11 Middle School conferences
    • 3/15 Full time return to face to face instruction for grades 5 - 12 (GP Traditional)
    • Spring Break is March 29-April 2 with students returning to school April 5 - our regular water testing will be conducted at this time
    • 3/24 and 3/25 Elementary conferences
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  • GPPSS Update 2/16 - Search Survey, Free Meals, COVID Testing & Town Hall

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon on 2/16/2021

    Please take the Superintendent Search Survey

    Here is the link for our community members to take the Superintendent Candidate Profile Survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9B7SFHQ

     

    This survey will expire at 4 p.m., Friday, March 5th. Summary results will be shared. We appreciate your participation in this first of many opportunities for our school family to provide input in this important search process. Please feel welcome to share this link with family and friends who live in our district, including those who don’t currently have a child in GPPSS.

     

    COVID Testing Info Coming Soon

    Monday, February 22, GPPSS is partnering with Wayne Health to provide voluntary, free COVID testing to community members using a drive-thru model from 4-7 p.m., at:

    • North High School, 707 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods
    • South High Schools, 11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms

     

    Links to register (adults and minors over age 3) in advance will be coming soon for this important mitigation opportunity right after mid-winter break. Local testing data helps inform our Covid Dashboard which summarizes key metrics that measure COVID transmission risk and impact on the local health care system. The dashboard is modeled off the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Indicators for School Reopening Guide. 

     

    Starting the week of March 1, GPPSS will be providing opportunities for high school students to be tested regularly. GPPSS will be hosting a zoom Town Hall 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, with Dr. Phillip Levy of Wayne Health regarding voluntary COVID testing at our high schools. Please know you are welcome to submit questions here regarding voluntary high school testing, and watch the recorded Town Hall at your convenience. Additional Town Halls are being scheduled in the coming weeks.

     

    Free Meals this Wednesday also - even over break

    Thanks to Chartwells, GPPSS weekly free meal distribution continues at two locations from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays:

    • North High School, 707 Vernier
    • South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard

     

    Calendar

    • Daily - please be sure you’re using this Updated Daily Screening Form every day before school
    • 2/15-21 - Midwinter Break, return to school Monday 2/22
    • 2/22 - Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Virtual
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