• Pierce Middle School  

    15430 Kercheval , Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230

    Office:  313-432-4700 

    Fax:  313-432-4702

    Sara J. Dirkse, Principal

    Judith Gaffery, Assistant Principal


    Grosse Pointe Public School System #OneGP - where everyone learns, every day                _________________________________________________________________________________________________


    Dear Parents & Guardians,


    We are excited to be welcoming back our 5th grade students to Pierce next week Monday, October 19th--Cohort A, and Tuesday, October 20th--Cohort B.  The attached Pierce Middle School Return to F2F plan will give you detailed information on safety protocols and procedures.  We also have created a short Pierce Return to F2F Video highlighting some of those very important points.  


    When our 5th grade students return it will be in a Face to Face Hybrid schedule.  Students will attend Pierce on alternating days.  School will start at 8:15 am and end at 2:15 pm.  Cohort A will meet on Monday, Thursday, and every other Wednesday.  Cohort B will meet on Tuesday, Friday, and every other Wednesday.  Our students will not have specials on F2F days, instead specials will be synchronous during “At-Home” days.  The schedule attached here identifies time during all students’ At-Home days when specials courses will be offered.  


    Specific arrival and dismissal procedures are defined in the Pierce Middle School Return to F2F plan.  We would like to ask that parents and students pay special attention to the entry doors, as they have changed for students.  We also have worked closely with the Safe Routes to School project and made specific changes to our traffic flow around the campus of Defer and Pierce.  Both the entrances and traffic changes are detailed in the plan as well as spoken to in the Pierce Return to F2F Video.


    We would like to help our 5th grade students celebrate their start at Pierce Middle School.  We invite all our 5th grade students and parents to the Pierce Field to meet their teachers as well as be clapped into the building by Pierce Staff.  Families should enter the back field from St. Paul.  We encourage families to be on the Pierce Field at 8:05 am, when the first bell rings, to line up by Homeroom Teachers.  Students will be led into the building on this first day (Monday, October 19--Cohort A, Tuesday, October 20--Cohort B) by their teachers at approximately 8:10 am.

    •  Next week Cohort Days will be as follows:

    Monday 10/19

    Cohort A

    Tuesday 10/20

    Cohort B

    Wednesday 10/21

    Cohort B

    Thursday 10/22

    (½ Day)

    Cohort A

    Friday 10/23

    Cohort B


    We look forward to seeing all our 5th grade students and families next week. In the meantime please call or email with any questions.  We will also be hosting a live Parent Informational Zoom meeting to review the Pierce Middle School Return to F2F.  This will be held Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm.  This will be geared specifically towards 5th grade but all Pierce families are welcome to attend and listen in.  See you all soon! 


    Very truly yours,


    Sara J. Dirkse