E-Blasts from the Principal

Week of April 16th

Good Afternoon Stevenson Saints and Families,

This Wednesday is Volunteer Recognition Day!!!

I felt this was a wonderful opportunity to thank all of our Stevenson families! Many may think of volunteering as helping in a classroom, or with picture day, or with our book fairs or field day, which is certainly true. We could not put these events on without the gracious help of our families, however, volunteering comes in many forms that are often overlooked. Your help comes in so many selfless and giving ways: taking yet another fundraiser form to your neighbors and co-workers, saving box tops by the dozen, baking for hours for a club bake sale, running to Meijer at 10pm for that final touch on a History Day presentation board, using your 30 minute lunch hour to run your child's forgotten lunch to the school with no time left for your own lunch, driving back and forth from practices, clubs, and sports, sending in flashdrives of photos for the yearbook and website of our activities, sitting at Relay for Life for hours in the hot sun, watching and cheering on the sidelines sometimes in the pouring rain, trying to decipher the math problems that look like another language to us adults in an attempt to help your 7th and 8th grader with their homework, sending in kleenex & hand sanitizer in flu season without even being asked, taking the time to send a positive email to lift a teacher's spirits, helping your child value the spirit of giving as you rearrange your budget to afford a toy for your student to donate at Christmas, cleaning your pantry out to donate food to our pantry, offering to drive another student who may not have transportation to participate in an after school activity, and for sticking by your child as they go through their most difficult years in which they will change, grow, make mistakes, test boundaries, and start to see the world in a new and different way. For all of that, I thank you on behalf of myself, our staff, and most importantly, your children. They may not know to thank you now, but will one day! Happy Volunteers Day!

National Teacher's Appreciation

Senator Hopgood is planning to honor teachers on his Facebook Page in recognition of National Teacher's Appreciation Week May 7th through the 11th. If you would like to send a "Thank you" to a teacher, you may log on to his website at www.teachersformichigan.com for an easy opportunity to thank him/her and have them recognized. I know it is easy to pass these type of opportunities by with our busy lives, but your kind words and time will mean more than you can imagine!!!!

Stevenson Yearbook

This is the last week to order a Stevenson Yearbook. All yearbook orders are DUE this Friday, April 20th by Midnight. To order a yearbook, please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbooks start at $24 and can be upgraded to include hardcover and personalization. This is the only way to guarantee a yearbook. Last year, we sold out in less than 30 minutes. If you are unable to order online or have any questions, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net or (734) 419-2350. Once the deadline passes, there is no way to add an order, so please make sure to order by April 20th.

Chicago trip

Any 7th grade students having an outstanding balance for the Chicago trip, MUST pay their balance by Tuesday April 17. If it is not paid in full, your student will be unable to attend the trip. Unfortunately,we are unable to add any additional students to this trip.

Pennies for Pasta collections 

Pennies for Pasta collections will be happening in every 5th hour for the month of April. The 5th hour that raises the most money could win lunch from Olive Garden or Hungry Howie's. The money raised benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan. The NJHS is striving for a school wide goal of $1200.00.

The SMS Food Pantry

The SMS Food Pantry is still open for the year. Students or families in need of non-perishable foods, such as cereal, canned vegetables, or macaroni and cheese are invited to visit their counselor or teachers to take a backpack of food home with them. The pantry is open to students at all times- we know sometimes it's hard to make it to the grocery store in the midst of all life's chaos! Please use this resource in any way that it will be helpful to you. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Shultz at schultzs@wwcsd.net

Chicago: High School Edition

The John Glenn Theatrical Guild will be presenting: Chicago: High School Edition.  This promises to be an exciting musical and dance extravaganza.  The spring Musical will make its run this April 26,27,28 at 7:00 pm in the John Glenn High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.  Tickets will be available at the door. This is one not to be missed. Come early for the best seating!!

Nursing Career Advise

Oakland University's Camp RN is a two week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. Camp will be held at Oakland University's main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2018. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories!

Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University's campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing).

Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found attached to this email or at: https://oakland.edu/nursing/RNatOU/ Applications are due on May 30th 2018 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.

Upcoming Career Opportunities 

Here are a few upcoming opportunities for students to explore career and post-secondary options.  Here are some brief descriptions with links for further information:

The Technology & Engineering Career Pathways Open House at Schoolcraft College is coming up on Saturday, April 14.  Students can tour with their parents to learn about manufacturing, mechatronics, plastics, metallurgy, welding, CAD, and electronics.

"Your Future is Electric" is being hosted by the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center in Warren.  There are two event dates left: Friday, April 20 and Friday, May 11.  The event has a hands-on experience and an introduction to electrical apprenticeships. (Flyer attached).

The Michigan Regional Carpenters Career Fair is for graduating students seeking employment with a union contractor in the construction trades.  This type of position is a requirement for entrance into the apprenticeship program. The event is Thursday, April 26 at the Ferndale location.

Michigan Construction Career Days is a unique event where students "use real tools, materials and heavy equipment under the direct guidance of construction professionals from all sectors of the industry".  The event is May 3-4 in Howell.

Camp Henry at Henry Ford College is accepting applications now for their summer camps which include a focus on STEAM related careers.

Summer Camp at Lawrence Tech University is also accepting applications for their engineering, technology, design and science summer camps.  Register by June 1st.

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) will be posting their Summer Camp selections online April 14.  The camps include both on-campus residential and day camp opportunities.

Champions After School Program

Champions before and after school care is now enrolling for the 2018-19 school year! Champions is a licensed program that will help your child reach their full potential so they can shine all school year long. Children can make new friends, get active and outdoors, engage in curriculum-based activities, play sports, receive homework help, gain confidence, and of course, have tons of FUN! Don't miss out, Enroll today at www.discoverchampions.com

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The week at a glance:

  • Monday - M-STEP continues for 8th graders.
  • Tuesday - Bring your book for our all school read tomorrow!
  • Wednesday - National Junior Honor Society meeting in the IMC at 7:15am. Boys and girls track team pictures will be right after school.
  • Thursday - Improv Team will have a meeting after school until 3:30.
  • Friday - Happy Friday!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Here are some important upcoming dates for those who like to plan ahead:

 

  • Mon April 30th - M-STEP begins for 7th graders.
  • Thurs May 3rd thru May 4th - 7th grade Chicago Trip.
  • Wed May 16th thru May 19th - 8th grade trip to Philadelphia.
  • Thurs May 24th - School Drama Show.
  • Fri May 25th - All District Half Day! Dismissal at 11am at Stevenson. *Dismissal will vary at other schools.
  • Mon May 28th - No school due to Memorial Day weekend.
  • Thurs May 31st - Vocal & Instrumental Concert
  • Wed June 6th - Honors assembly at Stockmeyer aud. 6:30pm.
  • Fri June 8th - 8th grade dance 6:30pm in cafeteria!
  • Mon June 11th - 8th grade celebration breakfast.
  • Tues June 12th - Cedar Point Trip for all school qualifying fundraiser students.
  • Wed June 13th - Field day!!!!
  • Thurs and Fri June 14 and 15 - Half days! Dismissal at 11am.
  • June 15th is our last day of school!

Have a wonderful afternoon!!!!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of April 9th

 

Good Afternoon Stevenson Saints and Families,

What an exciting week! We wrapped up our week of learning with a fun-filled day of spirit and talent! Our students participated in games, the band performed lively hits, and the "Stevenson's Got Talent" show brought out an array of gifts and talents!!! It was our first "all school" pep assembly!!! In the Fall, we had 2 pep assemblies, one for each grade level. We were unsure if the entire school would fit comfortably at one time. The students organizing the assembly wanted to give it a shot, and they did! It was so much fun celebrating together. At the assembly, students participated in our talent show, "Stevenson's Got Talent"! We were all blown away by the talent and bravery of these students to perform their talents in front of the entire school...and so well!!!! It was incredible! We had singers, musicians, dancers, even an opera singer! Congratulations and kudos to all of these performers and to our student body for being a super audience! A special thank you to Mrs. Shipley and Mrs. Sullivan for guiding our students in their planning and organizing of our assembly, thank you to Mr. McKay for capturing our memories on film (you may see the pictures on our school website at wwcsd.net), our students for producing the event, and our staff for their support!  

M-STEP testing 

Monday - M-STEP testing begins for 8th graders. Report cards and NWEA reports issued.

M-STEP TESTING for 8th grade only begins immediately after Spring Break. These scores are often used to place students appropriately in future classes, to gage instruction and instructional needs of our students, and drive curriculum based decisions. Please talk with your student about the importance of this test and how it impacts him/her. Please be sure students have a good night's sleep and eat breakfast, either at home or school, and he/she may bring a comfortable pair of headphones or earbuds for the portion that includes using headphones. We will have headphones available as well but are allowing students to use their own if more comfortable. These are not allowed to be worn or out at any other time of the day as usual. Testing will last for approximately 2 weeks.

March Leaders!

Congratulations to our March Leaders! We are so proud of your leadership! Gabby Tripp, Donya Davis, Angelina Smith, Madison Ogden, Junia Williams, Heleana Moses, Koby Bohr, Felecia Clark, Abigail Organ!!!!

Hungry Howie's all school fundraiser

Thank you so much to all our students and families who participated in the Hungry Howie's all school fundraiser. The certificates will be given to your student later this month!!!!

The Art and Music fundraiser

The Art and Music fundraiser will be arriving this Wednesday! More details, for pick up, will be shared with your student.

A special thank you to our volunteers who helped with our Spring picture day!!!!

SMS Yearbook pre-order sales

The SMS Yearbook pre-order sales will be ending soon. Your last day to guarantee a SMS Yearbook is on Friday, April 20th. The company only sends a limited amount of extras so the end of the year sales is first come, first serve. We sold out last year in the first 30 hour. If you are interested, please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to purchase a yearbook. Orders start at $24.00 and can be upgraded to include hardcover and personalization. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

Chicago trip

For those 7th graders attending the Chicago trip, Mrs. D'Angelo has asked me to attach the itinerary for the trip! Please see the attachments for details. In addition, any 7th grade student going on the Chicago trip needs to pay their final balances. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to add students to the trip.

Choral and Instrumental Concert Date Change

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF DATE: The choral and instrumental concert will be on May 31st together! My last eblast had these concerts on 2 seperate evenings. If attending, please plan to stay for both performances to support our students and their hard work. Music students will also be expected to stay for the entire music concert in support of one another!

Pennies for Pasta collections

Pennies for Pasta collections will be happening in every 5th hour for the month of April. The 5th hour that raises the most money could win lunch from Olive Garden or Hungry Howie's. The money raised benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan.

State of Address by Superintendent

The Wayne-Westland Community School District would like to invite you to attend the first annual State of Address by Superintendent, Dr. Shelley Holt. The event details are in the attached invitation.

Please be sure to RSVP for the event by copying and pasting this link into your search engine:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c5RV6ihXoyqXdabBEZ6-oli8y9rRXexm7gUSiWJzV20/edit

Oakland University's Camp RN

Oakland University's Camp RN is a two week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. Camp will be held at Oakland University's main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2018. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories!

CPR/First Aid certified

Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University's campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing).

Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found at:https://oakland.edu/nursing/RNatOU/ Applications are due on May 30th 2018 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.

School Safety for Students

As we continue to be proactive in protecting our students and keeping their safety and security one of our top priorities, it is important to remind our students of the dangers that can emerge as the nice weather nears. As our students grow, we may assume they know about "Stranger Danger", how to recognize a potential danger and protect themselves. I have attached some conversation starters and tips to remind them as they are walking home or exploring their independence by being out in their neighborhoods with alone or with friends.

  • Always try to walk with one or more fellow students when going to and from the bus stop or anywhere else.
  • Do not walk alone whenever possible.
  • If a stranger approaches and attempts to have a conversation with you, do not respond to him or her.  By responding, you could encourage their actions.
  • Do not accept anything from a stranger.
  • Do not get in the vehicle of a stranger, regardless of what they tell you.
  • In the event a stranger pursues you, go to the nearest door and knock loudly, and yell, if necessary.  While we would not typically knock on the door of someone we do not know, when a stranger is pursuing, we must take every action to ensure safety.
  • Keep in mind, that when you approach someone's door, the stranger has no idea whether you know the people living in that residence.  Such action alone may deter the stranger and prompt them to leave the scene immediately.
  • While we do not encourage you stopping to get a good look at the stranger when a stranger makes contact with you, make every effort to take a mental picture of the stranger in terms of their physical characteristics and what they are wearing.
  • Do the same if they are driving a vehicle. What color is the vehicle?  What type of vehicle?  Is there a significant dent or scratch on the vehicle that stands out?  When possible, try to get the license plate numbers or even part of the number.  HOWEVER, do not put yourself in danger in order to secure any of these details.  Think SAFETY first.

Report the incident to your parents/guardians and/or school personnel, and most importantly, the police.  Additionally, please review with students that any school bus driver, Wayne Westland  or city service vehicle may also be a safety resource during these events.  Employees of the school or city are dispersed across the community as a matter of service and will have quick access to law enforcement during such an event.

Please recognize our intent is not to alarm students.  Our goal is keep students safe, and these are precautions that can be taken in an effort to keep them secure.  Fortunately, we live a society where most people are good-intentioned.  However, there are some people in our society who take advantage of others.  For that reason, we need to be vigilant and cautious.

If you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to speak with police and school officials regarding your concerns.

The week at a glance:

  • Monday - M-STEP testing begins for 8th graders. Report cards and NWEA reports issued.
  • Tuesday - Bring your book for our all school read tomorrow!
  • Wednesday - National Junior Honor Society meeting in the IMC at 7:15am.
  • Thursday - Great Learning!
  • Friday - Happy Friday!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Important Upcoming Dates

Here are some important upcoming dates for those who like to plan ahead:

  • Mon April 30th - M-STEP begins for 7th graders.
  • Thurs May 3rd thru May 4th - 7th grade Chicago Trip.
  • Wed May 16th thru May 19th - 8th grade trip to Philadelphia.
  • Thurs May 24th - School Drama Show.
  • Fri May 25th - All District Half Day! Dismissal at 11am at Stevenson. *Dismissal will vary at other schools.
  • Mon May 28th - No school due to Memorial Day weekend.
  • Wed May 30th - Choir Concert
  • Thurs May 31st - Instrumental Concert
  • Wed June 6th - Honors assembly at Stockmeyer aud. 6:30pm.
  • Fri June 8th - 8th grade dance 6:30pm in cafeteria!
  • Mon June 11th - 8th grade celebration breakfast.
  • Tues June 12th - Cedar Point Trip for all school qualifying fundraiser students.
  • Wed June 13th - Field day!!!!
  • Thurs and Fri June 14 and 15 - Half days! Dismissal at 11am.
  • June 15th is our last day of school!

Have a wonderful afternoon!!!!

Sheri Grove
Principal,
Stevenson Middle School

Week of March 26th

Good Afternoon Stevenson Saints and Families,

We are so excited to wrap up our week with a day filled with reflection and excitement!!! This week will conclude our 17 days of kindness in honor of the Florida tragedy!!! The students have planned all our events for this Thursday, and I am so proud of all their hard work and dedication!!! We will be doing an all school picture in the form of a 17 in the morning! This should be an interesting task with 850 students, but we are excited to give it our best shot. I will be sure to post the pictures. We will be having them taken by a professional drone. A special thank you to Marv Cosgrove, Mrs. Cosgrove's husband! In the afternoon, we are wrapping up the week with our Spring pep assembly and our school talent show!! The band will be playing, games will be played, and students will demonstrate their talents and gifts! A special thank you to Mr. McKay, one of our fantastic parents, who will capture this fun event on camera! We will be sure to post those pictures on our website as well!!! We can't wait for this exciting day!!!

Stevenson Bowling Team

Congratulations to our Stevenson Bowling Team, led by Mrs. Gulian, on bringing home the Championship Trophy!!!!! YAY!!! We are super proud of you!

Special Fundraiser

A special thank you to all of our NJHS students, their families, JGHS NHS students and sponsors, our staff, and Mrs. Perlman for putting on a movie event to help support students with cancer. The movie, "wonder" was shown and all the items sold were donated by families, students, local businesses, and staff at both SMS and JGHS. It was especially heartwarming and humbling as a student at JGHS, struggling with a rare form of cancer, joined us, with his mom, to watch the movie despite a very recent diagnosis and surgery. Our students were so loving, respectful, and caring, it was a very emotional evening. The cafeteria was packed!!! Overall over $1200 was raised in the 2 hour event by all those who attended and participated! I would like to personally thank everyone who helped, donated, and attended on behalf of the SMS family!!!

Spring Break

VERY IMPORTANT.......NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK, throughout the district, as we begin Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, April 9th. Reports Cards and NWEA reports are issued the Monday we return from Spring Break on April 9th

Hungry Howie fundraiser for Cedar Point Trip

Hungry Howie fundraiser ends this Wednesday! Please bring order forms and money (cash or money order only) to Ms. Calka in the main office! Thank you so much for your help and support with this!!! These profits are used to put on memorable year-end events for our students!!!! Information about the Cedar Point trip and the certificates will be coming home mid-April. If your student sells 10+ pizza certificates, he/she may buy a ticket to attend the Cedar Point trip. If your student sells 30+ certificates, he/she will be able to attend the trip for free. Participating in and selling the designated amount is the ONLY way to attend the Cedar Point trip with the school. It is an incentive for participating in the all-school fundraiser much like other prizes offered. It is NOT an all-school trip, it is directly tied to the Fall and Spring all school fundraiser. Thank you to one of our parents for noticing the error, on the fundraiser cover sheet, for the Cedar Point date. The CORRECT DATE for the CEDAR POINT TRIP is Tuesday, June 12th.

M-STEP TESTING for 8th grade

M-STEP TESTING for 8th grade only begins immediately after Spring Break. These scores are often used to place students appropriately in future classes, to gage instruction and instructional needs of our students, and drive curriculum based decisions. Please talk with your student about the importance of this test and how it impacts him/her. Please be sure students have a good night's sleep and eat breakfast, either at home or school, and he/she may bring a comfortable pair of headphones or earbuds for the portion that includes using headphones. We will have headphones available as well but are allowing students to use their own if more comfortable. These are not allowed to be worn or out at any other time of the day as usual. Testing will last for approximately 2 weeks.

Boys Track

Any boys interested in track, try-outs are Monday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 28th! Please see Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Alcorn for information/paperwork. Please be sure your sports physical is on file with the school! We are not allowed to allow your student to try-out without a physical on file!

School Store Hours

The school store will be open on Thursday, March 29th next week since we do not have school on Friday.

State of the District

The Wayne-Westland Community School District would like to invite you to attend the first annual State of Address by Superintendent, Dr. Shelley Holt. The event details are in the attached invitation.

Please be sure to RSVP for the event by copying and pasting this link into your search engine:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c5RV6ihXoyqXdabBEZ6-oli8y9rRXexm7gUSiWJzV20/edit

Peep's Photo Competition

Since the Westland library is closed on March 31st, the first-day students can pick up an entry form for the peep's photo competition will be on March 30th. Here is the updated calendar from the library with the correct dates. Please disregard last week's calendar sent.

Cell phone policy

I would like to thank all of our families for your support with the changes to the cell phone and electronics policy. I realize it is a huge inconvenience for you to pick up your child's electronic device if they had it out and were sent to the office as a result. It has, however, made a significant impact on the students complying with the policy. Everyone has been very supportive and nice when picking up the devices, despite the huge inconvenience. I have also noticed some of you "choosing" to pick the phone up several days later to allow your student to feel the impact as well. Either way, you can be sure your child's property is always locked up in the office safe.  When I see the devastating impact social media has had on our children, as a nation, I am deeply concerned. It is usually at the root of the social issues we encounter at school and perpetuate the issues when we do attempt to resolve them. We allow the students to use their electronics at lunch but will be reviewing that practice for next year. Thank you so much for helping us battle this social media issue and keep the student's focus on learning first, even if it is only one small step. We encourage you to continue monitoring their phone use, social media connections, and "friends" on those sites. This is a very difficult age for our young people and these influences can have great impact on them. Thank you for your continued support!!!!! It truly takes a "village"!!!!!!

The week at a glance:

  • Monday - Boys track try-outs after school. Please dress appropriately! (Wed. too)
  • Tuesday - Great Learning :)
  • Wednesday -  National Junior Honor Society meeting in the IMC at 7:15am. Boys track try-outs after school! Hungry Howie's fundraiser orders and money due today.
  • Thursday - 17 days of kindness celebration in the AM! Pep assembly and talent show in the PM!
  • Friday -  NO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

More Important Dates

Here are some important upcoming dates for those who like to plan ahead:

  • Mon April 9th - M-STEP testing begins for 8th graders. Report cards and NWEA reports issued.
  • Mon April 30th - M-STEP begins for 7th graders.
  • Thurs May 3rd thru May 4th - 7th grade Chicago Trip.
  • Wed May 16th thru May 19th - 8th grade trip to Philadelphia.
  • Thurs May 24th - School Drama Show.
  • Fri May 25th - All District Half Day! Dismissal at 11am at Stevenson. *Dismissal will vary at other schools.
  • Mon May 28th - No school due to Memorial Day weekend.
  • Wed May 30th - Choir Concert
  • Thurs May 31st - Instrumental Concert
  • Wed June 6th - Honors assembly at Stockmeyer aud. 6:30pm.
  • Fri June 8th - 8th grade dance 6:30pm in cafeteria!
  • Mon June 11th - 8th grade celebration breakfast.
  • Tues June 12th - Cedar Point Trip
  • Wed June 13th - Field day!!!!
  • Thurs and Fri June 14 and 15 - Half days! Dismissal at 11am.
  • June 15th is our last day of school!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

From our Champions after school Program:

SUMMER CAMP 2018

Registration is OPEN!!

2018 Summer Camp in Wayne Westland
 

  • Location: John Marshall Upper Elementary School
    35100 Bayview St
    Westland, MI 48186
  • Enrolling ages: 3 years old - 15 years old (Split into 4-5 separate different classrooms per age group)
  • Hours: 6:30am - 6:30pm Monday - Friday

We can't wait to spend Summer Break with you! Our fun and varied program is made up of hands-on activities, with local field trips and fun themes that give kids the opportunity to play, learn, and discover all summer long. Be sure to invite your friends and family to join too, even if they don't attend champions during the school year.

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FAMILY NIGHTS

We love our Champions families! This year we want to plan more time where we can all enjoy time getting to know each other and have fun during Champions Family Nights. We have fun events planned like a family BBQ, STEM night, an art show, a family board game night, a family sports night and of course our end of summer yearly Talent Show. We hope your family can join us for one, a few or all these family nights and we hope to see you there!

SPIRIT DAYS

Every Tuesday will be Spirit Day! We have fun days planned like pajama day, mismatch day, crazy hair day and so many more!

STAFF COMPETITIONS

On Thursdays, our camp staff will gather with the camp and participate in some fun staff competitions. Campers will have fun cheering on their teachers as they compete against each other.

CLUB DAY

Fridays are Club days where campers decide what they want to do. Do they love Computer-Free Coding or Legos? We have some activities for that! Do they love drama and music? We have some activities for that! Are they really into sports or science? We have some activities for that! Club days are designed by the campers with activities that they are most interested in.

Summer Testimonials From Kids:

  • I get to play with my friends and the same teachers every day. We do a lot of activities and go on a lot of field trips!
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If you are in a financial situation and need before and/or after school care, please reach out to the Champions Coordinator. Her contact information is above.  They do have Champions scholarships available for students to attend at a discounted rate.

 

Week of March 19th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Students,

We are well into our 17 days of kindness and have seen so many beautiful gestures along the way. We had planned to do a balloon launch at the end, but decided the large quantity of balloons would not be good for the environment, even biodegradable. In lieu of this, our lighthouse students came up with a wonderful idea to form a 17 on the field, with orange and blue paper over their heads, as a professional drone will take our picture! We will then remove the paper and all wave at the drone for a second picture. In the afternoon, we are going to have an all-school pep assembly and talent show. We plan to share the details with the students in the next week, so don't be surprised if they don't know about all these fun things! Congratulations to our amazing drama students who put on a comedic and fantastic comedy and improvisation night. It was so much fun and tons of laughs!!!! Congratulations to the undefeated league champion Stevenson Saints Wrestling team!!!!! Wow!!!!! We are so proud of you!!! In addition, I am so proud of our girl's basketball players for playing hard this season and taking on some tough competitors with heart and pride!!!!!!!! That is what our athletics programs are about, first and foremost!!!!! Awesome Job Saints!!

NJHS students

The  will be hosting an after school movie event this Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm. The movie night is to raise funds for children with Cancer. All proceeds will be donated. The entrance donation is $2. There will also be concessions and items for purchase. There is currently a student at John Glenn High School suffering from a rare form of cancer. He is hoping to make an appearance, with his mom, at the event. There will also be bracelets, shirts, and other items, honoring him, available for purchase that evening as well. The John Glenn Honor Society students and staff will also be joining us. If you would like to attend as well, we would love to have you!  If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate items to be sold at the event (snacks, water, pizza, baked goods, etc), it would be greatly appreciated! Please email perlmanj@wwcsd.net to donate. We will be showing the movie "Wonder". Students should be picked up no later than 5:30pm from the event.

Spring Picture Day

Tomorrow is Spring Picture Day!!! Please remind your student so he/she can plan accordingly....we all know how they worry about their hair, clothes, etc. This will not be for the entire student body, but only for those wishing to have a spring school picture taken and is planning to purchase photos. Your child will only be allowed to take a Spring photo if they have his/her photo order form and payment with them. Picture order forms are available in the main office.

Track Boys Tryouts

Any boys interested in track, practices, and try-outs begin at the end of March. Please see Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Alcorn for information/paperwork. Please be sure your sports physical is on file with the school!

Hungry Howie fundraiser

Hungry Howie fundraiser ends next week! Thank you so much for your help and support with this!!! These profits are used to put on memorable year-end events for our students!!!!

School of Choice

If you turned in an application for School of Choice at the board office, you may be receiving an acceptance letter in the next few days. You must sign the letter and return it to our main office at Stevenson to finalize your placement before Spring Break!!!!

Important Dates/Information

Important Dates/Information: Spring Break begins on Friday March 30th. There is no school on Friday the 30th. Students return from Spring Break on Monday April 9th. Reports Cards are issued the Monday we return from Spring Break on April 9th

Celebrate school's sweetest moments:

Stevenson Middle School has a year's worth of memories that'll become more cherished as time goes by. Your child will love seeing friends, favorite places and everything that makes this year so much fun.Order today at Ybpay.lifetouch.com

The Stevenson Art & Music classes

The Stevenson Art & Music classes are wrapping up their fundraiser this week. All orders and cash are due by Wednesday, March 21st to your child's Art or Music teacher. If you would still like to place an order?, please see any of these students or visit centuryresources.com (group number 39648) to place an order. All funds raised go to help support our Art & Music classes by purchasing supplies such as clay, glaze, metal, tools, music, music field trip, clinics, and regular maintenance on musical equipment. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. DeLisle at delisler@wwcsd.net.

SMS Food Pantry

The SMS Food Pantry is still open for the year. Students or families in need of non-perishable foods, such as cereal, canned vegetables, or macaroni and cheese are invited to visit their counselor or teachers to take a backpack of food home with them. The pantry is open to students at all times- we know sometimes it's hard to make it to the grocery store in the midst of all life's chaos! Please use this resource in any way that it will be helpful to you. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Shultz at schultzs@wwcsd.net

Some Opportunities and Resources

1) Champions offers scholarships, and DHS assistance payments. They also have room. If you have a student who needs before and after care and is in financial need, please let them know. They also provide care for homeless students for free. Info for their program is attached. Registration is also free for homeless and scholarship students.

2) Salvation Army is enrolling for Summer Day Camp. They have overnight camps that are only $20 ($10 of which goes back to the student to spend!). They also have summer camp (day only) which is $60 for the 1st child, reduced rate for additional children. This rate is per week- and they also have scholarships. These slots fill up quick! Info on their camps is attached.

3) Wayne Youth Assistance and Westland Youth Assistance are both holding Strengthening Families Programs. Space is limited- I am attaching the flyers. This is a family skills program designed to improve family relationships, parenting skills and improve youth's social and life skills.

4) Westland Library events for the month of April are attached.

5) Oakland University's Camp RN is a two week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. Camp will be held at Oakland University's main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2018. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories!

Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University's campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing).

Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found attached to this email or at:https://oakland.edu/nursing/RNatOU/ Applications are due on May 30th 2018 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.

Reminders

VERY IMPORTANT: Reminder, students should have no phones out at any time in the building, except in the cafeteria only. Students are allowed to have backpacks and a locker to have a safe place to keep it. Also, students are responsible for these items. The security staff will not be dedicated to monitoring these items or investigating issues with these items. If they are secured and stay put away, there would be no reason for issues to arise with them. In light of the issues I continue to see, that originate through social media use by students, I continue to be diligent and firm in the expectation that students DO NOT have phones, earbuds, or headphones out at any time, except while in the cafeteria. Despite my continuous reminders, some students continue to have phones out and/or use them. This must be a black and white expectation, we cannot pick and choose who had their phone out for a "valid" reason and who did not. As a result, anyone having their phone, electronic device, earbuds, or headphones out at any time, in the building, outside of the cafeteria, will be required to leave the item in the main office until a parent/guardian is able to pick it up. In addition, we will be issuing consequences. The consequences may include loss of attending school activities, detentions, etc. We cannot fight this battle without the support and involvement of parents/guardians. Although it is not our intent to inconvenience you, requiring parents/guardians to pick the item up will motivate more parents to be firm, supportive, and diligent in enforcing this expectation as well. Your students are here to learn, electronics should be used at home. The electronics are monopolizing our staff resources, perpetuating social issues, distracting students, utilizing class time as teachers address the issue, and is becoming of greater importance to some students than learning. We can't allow this to happen. Our students are too important! We already do the steps mentioned, but will now be adding the parent/guardian pick up. Please have a conversation with your student about this issue, the expectation, and consequences. Learning First! Thank you for your support!

This week at a glance:

  • Monday - Picture Day!!!!!! Welcome back Mr. Walker! (He has been out with an injury for two weeks after falling on the ice)
  • Tuesday - Happy Tuesday!!! Bring your book for all school silent reading tomorrow!
  • Wednesday -  Last bowling meet and party at Wayne Bowl at 4:15pm. Go get em Saints!!!! NJHS meeting at 7:15am in the library.
  • Thursday - Music students at the district music clinic. NJHS movie event to benefit Kids with Cancer right after school at 3pm. Details above.
  • Friday -  The 3rd Marking Period Ends! Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!!!!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of March 12th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Congratulations National Junior Honor Society 

This week was so exciting as we honored and inducted 86 new students into the National Junior Honor Society for their academic achievements and contributions of service, citizenship, and leadership to the community. This is in addition to our current membership! The ceremony filled the cafeteria with standing room only as parents, families, and friends gathered to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students!

17 Days of Kindness

This week is very special at Stevenson as we begin our 17 days of kindness! This was our way to honor the victims of the Florida tragedy and to do something positive to promote change. We also understand students want to feel they have a voice and can use that voice to promote positive change. Although some schools have spoken of participating in walkouts to have their voices be heard, we have explained to our students that making positive change and realizing even one person can make a difference in someone else's life through kindness speaks more volumes than walking out ever would. In addition, I am not comfortable allowing our student body and staff to go outside, unnecessarily, on a nationally designated day and time, as I feel that compromises their safety and security. This is my decision as the principal given the charge to protect your children. Although other school leaders may feel differently, I have to do what I think is best for our students and staff. I hope everyone understands! We are going to conclude our 17 days with a balloon launch to share our kindness and message outward! Should be spectacular!!!!! I'm sure I will need some volunteers to help, but I will share more information as the time nears. P.S. The balloons, clips, and strings, we are purchasing, are biodegradable :)

Important Reminders

VERY IMPORTANT: Reminder, students should have no phones out at any time in the building, except in the cafeteria only. Students are allowed to have backpacks and a locker to have a safe place to keep it. Also, students are responsible for these items. The security staff will not be dedicated to monitoring these items or investigating issues with these items. If they are secured and stay put away, there would be no reason for issues to arise with them. In light of the issues I continue to see, that originate through social media use by students, I continue to be diligent and firm in the expectation that students DO NOT have phones, earbuds, or headphones out at any time, except while in the cafeteria. Despite my continuous reminders, some students continue to have phones out and/or use them. This must be a black and white expectation, we cannot pick and choose who had their phone out for a "valid" reason and who did not. As a result, anyone having their phone, electronic device, earbuds, or headphones out at any time, in the building, outside of the cafeteria, will be required to leave the item in the main office until a parent/guardian is able to pick it up. In addition, we will be issuing consequences. The consequences may include loss of attending school activities, detentions, etc. We cannot fight this battle without the support and involvement of parents/guardians. Although it is not our intent to inconvenience you, requiring parents/guardians to pick the item up will motivate more parents to be firm, supportive, and diligent in enforcing this expectation as well. Your students are here to learn, electronics should be used at home. The electronics are monopolizing our staff resources, perpetuating social issues, distracting students, utilizing class time as teachers address the issue, and is becoming of greater importance to some students than learning. We can't allow this to happen. Our students are too important! Please note we will begin this practice on Monday. We already do the steps mentioned, but will now be adding the parent/guardian pick up. Please have a conversation with your student about this issue, the expectation, and consequences. Learning First! Thank you for your support!

Fundraisers and Special Trips

On a positive note, thank you so much to all our families for participating in our fundraisers!!! I know it can be cumbersome, so I hope you know how much it is appreciated. The Hungry Howie's pizza certificates fundraiser is launching this Wednesday the 14th and will continue until the 28th!!! Please note your child must participate in either the Fall or Spring all school fundraiser to be eligible to attend the year-end trip to Cedar Point. The Cedar Point trip is directly associated with the fundraiser as a prize/incentive, therefore, it is not open to the entire student body unless he/she participates in one or both of all school fundraisers. In addition, your child must meet the requirement, of selling 10 pizza certificates or more, to qualify to purchase a ticket and attend the trip. If your child sells 30 certificates, his/her trip is FREE. There was also a minimum number of items to be sold in the Fall to qualify as well. Your child does not have to participate in both to qualify. If you missed the Fall fundraiser, the Hungry Howie's pizza fundraiser is another chance to qualify and participate. This is my favorite. You simply sell a gift certificate for a medium pizza with one topping for $8, and the recipient simply turns it in at any participating Hungry Howie's location for the pizza.  

Picture day

Picture day is coming! Picture day will be on Monday, March 19th. There is information on purchasing picture packets in the main office. Only students with an actual order and payment will take a Spring school picture.

Stevenson Music and Art classes Fundraiser

The Stevenson Music and Art classes are currently hosting a fundraiser through Century Resources. Students from these classes will be selling wonderful treats from now until March 21st. To order, see any of these students or visit century resources.com (group number-39648). Thank you for your support!

Movie Night

The NJHS students will be hosting an after school movie night on March 22nd. The movie night is to raise funds for children with Cancer. All proceeds will be donated. The entrance donation is $2. There will also be concessions and items for purchase. There is currently a student at John Glenn High School suffering from a rare form of cancer. He is hoping to make an appearance, with his mom, at the event. There will also be bracelets, shirts, and other items, honoring him, available for purchase that evening as well. The John Glenn Honor Society students and staff will also be joining us. If you would like to attend as well, we would love to have you!  If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate items to be sold at the event (snacks, water, pizza, baked goods, etc), it would be greatly appreciated! Please email perlmanj@wwcsd.net to donate. We will be showing the movie "Wonder". Students should be picked up at 5 pm from the event.

This week at a glance:

  • Monday - Girls basketball at 3:30 @ Stevenson.
  • Tuesday - Happy Tuesday!!! Bring your book for all school silent reading tomorrow!
  • Wednesday -  Practice lockdown drill today. Please be patient if you call or arrive and we do not respond right away. The drill takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Wrestling Team pictures right after school. NJHS meeting at 7:15 am in the library. Bowling Team at 4:15 pm at Wayne Bowl.
  • Thursday - Drama Performance 6:30 to 8 pm. Break a leg!!!
  • Friday -  Fun Friday attire: Green in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day!

Remember, all away games are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Spring Break

For those who like to plan ahead: Spring Break begins on Friday, March 30th. There is no school on Friday the 30th. Students return from Spring Break on Monday, April 9th. The marking period ends on Thursday the 29th. Reports Cards are issued the Monday we return from Spring Break on April 9th

Have a wonderful evening!!!!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

 

Week of March 5th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Our first week back after Mid-Winter break was filled with fantastic news, outstanding student accomplishments, and more Stevenson pride!!!!! Our finalist, Joseph Nunez, competed at the WXYZ State Spelling Bee! He was a wonderful representative of Stevenson and our district. We are so proud of him!!!!! In addition, 250 students, from Wayne County, competed in the Regional History Day Competition this past Saturday. The competition was fierce considering all who attended were already chosen as the best from their home schools. Stevenson students had numerous regional competitors, and 19 students are moving onto the State finals at the end of April! Also, we will be inducting 86 new members into our Stevenson chapter of the National Junior Honor Society this Tuesday evening during our induction ceremony! Our Stevenson Saints continue to achieve, grow, and amaze me more and more as the year progresses. I am so proud of all of them!!!!

Congratulations to our History Day Regional Winners

Congratulations to our History Day Regional Winners that will be advancing to the state finals late April. History Day is growing in Wayne County with almost 250 students competing, doubling the size and the competition for our students. We are so proud of them and our fantastic teachers, Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. D'Angelo for all their hard work preparing our students. Congratulations to our state competitors: Alana Stone, Greta Diroff, April Grace, Elizabeth Guldner, Christina Fuller, Sophia Biber, Madison Ogden, Alyssa Kiekens, Tina Vu, Kennedy Parker, Morganna Rodriquez, Brooklyn Betke, Kai Tolu, Vivian Tran, Emmanuela Nwizu, Alexiandra Cripps, Aaron McKay, John Harris, and Elizabeth Parker.

Middle School College Night is this Tuesday

Middle School College Night is this Tuesday!!!!!!!At the VisTaTech center at Livonia's Schoolcraft College campus on Haggerty Rd., there will be 14 college and universities available to speak with Middle School families and students, including U of M, Michigan State, Lawrence Tech and more!!!!!! It's an opportunity to look at future career options, scholarships and financial aid options, and how to prepare in high school to create options for college!!! The event will be this Tuesday, March 6th from 4:30 to 7 pm. It is never too early to begin planning!!!!!!!! There are flyers, from Schoolcraft, available in our main office too!!!

Child Pick Up Reminder

IMPORTANT: Parents and guardians, you must pick up your child every day when school dismisses. We have several students here after the bell rings waiting for rides to go home, sometimes up to an hour after school. This is simply unsafe and unacceptable. You must make arrangements for your child to be picked up at dismissal time. As I have mentioned multiple times, we do not have the staff to supervise and monitor these students. This is a safety and security concern! If we have an athletic event starting at 4 pm, students MAY NOT stay at school to wait for the game to begin. We do not have any staff members present to supervise them for the hour and a half. I'm sure you can imagine how energetic they are after sitting in classrooms for 6 hours prior. When we have 20 to 30 plus students waiting for the game to begin with no staff to supervise them, this is extremely dangerous and unsafe. I simply will not compromise the safety and security of our students for any reason, so I really need your cooperation with this matter. Students MUST be picked up or leave on the bus as usual and return to the game at 4 pm if attending. I realize some may not be able to attend in this case, but I would rather they are safe and miss the game than jeopardize their safety and security. Thank you so much for understanding and helping with this important security and safety matter.

Thank you, Volunteers

I would like to thank all our parent volunteers for your time and commitment to our students and school!!!! As we know, it takes a partnership and "a village" to ensure our students receive the support, encouragement, and opportunities they so deserve to achieve greatness!! If you are interested in volunteering, we have many opportunities, and it's never too late!!! We have several end-of-the-year events and activities which are always smoother with additional help. We have picture day on March 19th in the morning hours. In addition, we have Field Day on June 13th!!! We need lots of volunteers to organize and run these events. My hope is to keep teachers with their students to ensure safety and supervision, so I am hoping for parents/guardians/family members to run the events if possible. Please contact Dorothy Grace, our volunteer coordinator, to sign up @ stevensonsaints@gmail.com if interested. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session (7th grade in the am and 8th grade in the pm). You are welcome to sign up for one or both if available!!! In addition, the 8th-grade dance is on Friday, June 8th in the evening. Cedar Point trip on Tuesday, June 12th for those who qualify by selling a designated amount in the all-school fundraiser. 8th-grade breakfast on Monday, June 11th.

 

Picture Day is March 19th. This will not be for the entire student body, but only for those wishing to have a spring school picture taken and is planning to purchase photos. Your child will only be allowed to take a Spring photo if they have his/her photo order form and payment with them. Picture order forms are available in the main office.

Celebrate school's sweetest moments:

Stevenson Middle School has a year's worth of memories that'll become more cherished as time goes by. Your child will love seeing friends, favorite places and everything that makes this year so much fun.Order today at Ybpay.lifetouch.com

Spring school-wide fundraiser

We are launching our Spring school-wide fundraiser on Wednesday, March 14th!!! Hungry Howies has provided us with certificates to sell for $8. The certificate entitles the recipient to a Medium one-topping pizza (Carry-out only). This is another opportunity for your student to qualify to go on the Cedar Point field trip. There will be more information attached to the fundraiser packet. Information about the Cedar Point trip will be coming home mid-April. If your student sells 10+ pizza certificates, he/she may buy a ticket to attend the Cedar Point trip. If your student sells 30+ certificates, he/she will be able to attend the trip for free. Participating in and selling the designated amount is the ONLY way to attend the Cedar Point trip with the school. It is an incentive for participating in the all-school fundraiser much like other prizes offered. It is NOT an all-school trip, it is directly tied to the Fall and Spring all school fundraiser.

Additional Reminders

There is information from the Westland library of activities for families and teens. In addition, here is a link for a really informative article regarding internet safety: https://www.moneysavingpro.com/blog/child-internet-safety/. It has some really good tips and reminders as we continue to monitor and protect our children from possible cyber dangers. Lastly, the Champions after school program is offering an option for families needing child care over Spring Break. 

Track & Soccer

Track and soccer information regarding try-outs will be near the end of March. More information to come! You must have your sports physical on file to try out!

This week at a glance:

  • Monday - Great Learning :)
  • Tuesday - Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Middle School College Night at Schoolcraft College in Livonia 4:30 pm to 7 pm.
  • Wednesday -  Tornado Practice Drill 2nd hour (rescheduled from last week). Bowling at Wayne Bowl - 4:15 (last bowling date is March 21st)
  • Thursday - Girls Basketball at 4 pm for 7th grade and 5 pm start for 8th grade @ Stevenson.
  • Friday -  Fun Friday attire: Stevenson Spirit Day!!! 7th graders in Orange and 8th graders in Blue or your Stevenson Apparel!!!

Remember, all away games and daily student video announcements are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

For those who like to plan ahead: Spring Break begins on Friday, March 30th. There is no school on Friday the 30th. Students return from Spring Break on Monday, April 9th.

Have a wonderful evening!!!!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of February 26th

Good Morning Stevenson Saints and Families,

I hope everyone is having a fun-filled and relaxing break with your families! I'm sure our students are anxious to get back to school! I know I am!!! I want to begin by celebrating some of our amazing students!!! Greta Diroff, Karley Chouinard, Kylie Smyth, Ryann Jansen, Norah Bader, Conner McMahon, Abby Organ, Stephanie Weier, Joe McKissick, and Caden Carriethers all earned a medal at the solo and ensemble event for their excellent musical talents and hard work. We are so incredibly proud of all our musicians and the outstanding talents they demonstrate every day!!! In addition, our Stevenson Saints continue to exceed my expectations as student leaders, role models, and kind individuals. Our February student leaders are Rogelio Vasquez, Laila Jackson, Madison Ogden, Aaron McKay, Destiny Rush, and Koby Bohr. Thank you for doing the right thing just because it was the right thing to do!! Big Welcome to Ms. Azanov, our new Social Studies teacher!!!!

As I write and think about the outstanding students and families we have, the accomplishments, the joy and laughter that fills our halls, the care and kindness shown by so many, the mentoring, the giving, the charity work, the pride, and the compassion and heart in our students, staff, and school, I am literally overwhelmed with emotion. I truly wish each of you could have the pleasure of knowing these amazing kids. I know this has been an emotional week for all of us as we watched tragedy from afar and could only respond by pulling our children just a little bit closer. As a mother of two children myself, in Wayne Westland Schools, I emphasize with your concerns, fears, and disbelief in the issues that we face as a society of parents and schools, as we pass those we treasure and love most in the world to another to protect, care for, and nurture as they learn the tools they need to, one day, tackle the world without us. As a principal, I want you to know I take that honor and trust very seriously. I try to lead and love our students, as I hope another is for mine. I can also assure you this district is filled with parents, families, educators, teachers, bus drivers, community members, and most importantly, children who may not have the most money, resources, technology, or bells and whistles that other districts may have, but we are a district and community of people who band together, take care of one another, and face challenges together. We will do the same, as a community, to ensure our children are safe, have the best caring for them and teaching them, and can and will succeed! My children will be our third generation to graduate from Wayne Westland schools, and I am 100% confident in our district. Our new superintendent is already working with district officials to dig deep into our safety procedures to ensure we are and will do everything we can to keep our children and staff safe, to ensure learning is possible, and that all our children can and will find success. Our middle school may not be perfect, nor am I, our staff, or our students, but I can assure you, we give 110% of our best every day and will not compromise for any reason! I hope as you share information, comments, thoughts, and opinions to others in your daily conversations. I hope you see what I see, I hope you share how incredible our students are, I hope you feel the pride we do! Our 850 middle school aged teens may keep us busy, as they figure out who they are, what they are all about, and how to make it in a world where childhood is simply a glance back, but young adulthood is just within reach, but we think the world of them! Thank you for all you do and for being a community to be proud of!


Important reminders: 

This Wednesday, Feb 28th is a half day!!!!! Students are dismissed at 11 am!!! Please be sure all students have a ride if needed.

The Westland Youth Assistance after school program is canceled Monday the 26th. Please plan to attend next Monday if you are a part of this program.

URGENT:

"School of Choice" applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available.

These applications can be picked up at our school or the Board Office.

Your completed application will be accepted at our Board Office ONLY, this week only thru Thursday, March 1st. *****If you are School of Choice, you MUST reapply each year!!!!!

Special Thanks

I would like to thank all our parent volunteers for your time and commitment to our students and school!!!! A special thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who helped with our 4.0 Sundae bar celebration!! I can't thank you enough!! As we know, it takes a partnership and "a village" to ensure our students receive the support, encouragement, and opportunities they so deserve to achieve greatness!! If you are interested in volunteering, we have many opportunities, and it's never too late!!! We have several end of the year events and activities which are always smoother with additional help. In particular, we have Field Day on June 13th!! We have several events from bouncers, games, a video game trailer, the kona snow cone truck, etc. We need lots of volunteers to organize and run these events. My hope is to keep teachers with their students to ensure safety and supervision, so I am hoping for parents/guardians/family members to run the events if possible. Please contact Dorothy Grace at stevensonsaints@gmail.com if interested in helping with various activities: Book fair, field day, picture day, 8th-grade farewell dance, and more.  There will be a morning session and an afternoon session for field day (7th grade in the am and 8th grade in the pm). You are welcome to sign up for one or both if available!!! Spring Picture day is March 19th! In addition, the 8th-grade dance is on Friday, June 8th in the evening. Cedar point trip on Tuesday, June 12th for those who qualify through one of our all school fundraisers (the next one will be starting soon). 8th-grade breakfast on Monday, June 11th.

Notes for Parents and Guardians

Parents and Guardians, please speak with your students about the importance of getting to classes on time and making good choices in regards to behavior. As we approach the final months of school, we are confident our students know the rules and expectations, as we communicate them daily over the PA and in the hallways. In particular, not being tardy, not wearing hoods or hats, and not having electronic devices and headsets/earbuds out or visible outside of the cafeteria at lunchtime are some of the rules. From this point forward, we will be issuing stronger consequences for these infractions, as they now fall under the category of "Failure to Comply" with the excessive reminders, warnings, and communications the students have had. We have to begin to prepare them for high school and the responsibility of knowing, remembering, and abiding by the rules in place for their learning and safety. We will also be tying consequences to the end of the year activities. If a student makes a poor choice in handling a situation, and it results in a suspension or continues to have excessive tardies or lunch detentions for minor infractions, we will begin to remove end of the year activities from that student. We must be able to trust students will conduct themselves well when allowing them to attend fun activities and trips out of state (cedar point and 8th-grade trip). We communicate these expectations and consequences to our students daily. We are also present, with many of our teachers, counselors, support staff, and security, in the hallways and cafeteria daily and at each passing time. We also tell them our expectation is to tell us immediately if they are having a conflict with another student. We are teaching them how to handle conflicts without risking a consequence. Please have these conversations with your student(s), so we can we have an excellent second semester as we did the first semester. Thank you so much for your continued support!!!!!

Attention 7th Grade Parents:

We are no longer taking additions for the Chicago Trip. If you have an outstanding balance, please make sure to make a payment towards your balance by March 2, 2018. In addition, because we are only taking one bus, unfortunately, we are not able to take as many parent chaperones as we originally hoped. We have filled our two spots and are no longer in need of others. Thank you so much for supporting us!

Middle School College Night is coming!!!!!!!

At the VisTaTech center at Livonia's Schoolcraft College campus on Haggerty Rd., there will be 14 college and universities available to speak with Middle School families and students, including U of M, Michigan State, Lawrence Tech and more!!!!!! It's an opportunity to look at future career options, scholarships and financial aid options, and how to prepare in high school to create options for college!!! The event will be on Tuesday March 6th from 4:30 to 7pm. It is never to early to begin planning!!!!!!!! There are flyers, from Schoolcraft, available in our main office too!!! No registration is required to attend.

Celebrate school's sweetest moments:

Stevenson Middle School has a year's worth of memories that'll become more cherished as time goes by. Your child will love seeing friends, favorite places and everything that makes this year so much fun.

Order today at

Ybpay.lifetouch.com

 

The Stevenson School Store is now open! Visit us Friday mornings from 7:20-7:40am for all of your school supply needs. We are located next to the cafeteria, across from the gym. Thank you to Ms. Campo and her math students who designed this store through Project Based Learning in which all their math state standards are applied through the implementation, design, management, and hands on experience of this new store. This is great learning!!!!!! The students are so proud of their achievements and new store!!!! Congratulations!!!

This week at a glance:

  • Monday - Welcome back Mrs. Skutt! We missed you! Wrestling Tri meet with Howell and Franklin from 4 to 5:30 pm @ Stevenson.
  • Tuesday - Bring your book for tomorrow's all school read in 1st hour :)
  • Wednesday - Half day!! School dismisses at 11 am. Bowling at 4:30 pm at Wayne Bowl.
  • Thursday - Practice Tornado Drill. Girls BBall vs. Holmes at SMS from 4 to 6 pm. NJHS meeting at 7:15 a.m. in room 106. Yearbook Meeting from 2:45 to 3:45.
  • Friday -  Wrestling Team pictures at 2:50 pm

Remember, all away games and daily video student announcements are posted on our google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful day!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of February 12th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Wow!!! What a weekend of snowfall!! I hope everyone stayed warm and that our students had a chance to go outside and enjoy some winter fun! As a result of having no school Friday, I wasn't able to check with all my staff, coaches, and teachers for reminders for the week ahead, so if you see something missing, please follow the regular sports or activity schedule your coach or teacher has given you for the week. Thank you for your understanding. On a different note, I am bursting with pride over our Stevenson Saints!!!! I am proud to announce we had 411 students make the Honor Roll for the semester and over 100 students complete it with a 4.0 cumulative GPA!!!!!! Fantastic work by our students!!!!!! We have the district spelling bee champion, Joseph Nunez, going to the WXYZ state spelling bee over Mid-Winter break. We have over 20 students competing at the next level with their History Day presentations and projects for the National History Day competition! The work our students and staff are doing daily is remarkable!!!!!

Important upcoming dates to plan for:

  • Midwinter break - Feb 17th thru the 25th - NO SCHOOL!!!!
  • ½ Day on Feb. 28th - Dismissal at 11 am.

Wednesday the 14th is the official Count Day!!!! It is extremely important that all students attend school all day on that Wednesday, including the first hour, if possible!!!! This is the official count the state uses to determine funding that is given per pupil. This is essential to providing our students the best and most resources and opportunities possible!!!!

The district would like to invite you to the:

Climate and Culture Survey Results Overview

 

  • February 14, 2018
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • John Glenn High School - Media Center

WWCS recently engaged in a district-wide climate and culture survey.  This process, facilitated by an organization specializing in this work, gathered information in a series of individual and group interviews across all stakeholder groups of the organization.  You are invited to attend this open session where the survey findings will be presented and key items that surfaced identified. Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact Jenny Johnson at 734-419-2000.

Stevenson Honor Roll Window Clings are coming!!!!!!!!!

I know our parents and families are also proud and excited to honor their student's hard work and success!!!!!! We have posted the names of our Honor Roll students on the office windows. Honor Roll students have earned a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher!!! Congratulations students and families!!!

Middle School College Night is coming!!!!!!!

At the VisTaTech center at Livonia's Schoolcraft College campus on Haggerty Rd., there will be 14 college and universities available to speak with Middle School families and students, including U of M, Michigan State, Lawrence Tech and more!!!!!! It's an opportunity to look at future career options, scholarships and financial aid options, and how to prepare in high school to create options for college!!! The event will be on Tuesday, March 6th from 4:30 to 7 pm. It is never too early to begin planning!!!!!!!! Visit www.schoolcraft.edu/mscn or call 734-462-4683 for more information. There are flyers, from Schoolcraft, available in our counseling office as well!!!

Celebrate school's sweetest moments:

Stevenson Middle School has a year's worth of memories that'll become more cherished as time goes by. Your child will love seeing friends, favorite places and everything that makes this year so much fun. Order your yearbook today at

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VERY IMPORTANT:

"School of Choice" applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available.

These applications can be picked up at our school or the Board Office.

Your completed application will be accepted at our Board Office ONLY, from now thru March 1st. *****If you are School of Choice, you MUST reapply each year!!!!!

This week at a glance:

  • Monday - NWEA Social Studies begins! 7th graders get scheduling materials in advisory. Students will be bringing those materials home to share.
  • Tuesday - Bring a book for school-wide silent reading every Wednesday!
  • Wednesday - OFFICIAL COUNT DAY!!! Please try to be at school today if not ill :)  NJHS Valentine bake sale at all lunches, $ .25 to 1.00 items available. Happy Valentine's Day! National Junior Honor Society meetings for current members on Feb. 14th and 28th at 7:15 a.m. in room 106.
  • Thursday - 4.0 Sundae Bar at lunches for our 100 4.0 students. (Shhh, it's a surprise!). Home wrestling match at 4 pm @ SMS.
  • Friday -  Last day before mid-winter break!!! Students do not report back until Monday, Feb. 26th!
  • Wednesday, Feb 28th (the Wednesday after Mid-Winter break) is a half-day!!!!! Students are dismissed at 11 am!!!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of February 5th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

It has been another exciting week at SMS! Our spelling bee finalists carried Stevenson to a victory!!! Joseph Nunez is the district spelling bee winner and will be competing in the state competition representing Stevenson and Wayne/Westland Schools! We are so proud of him and all our participants! Our 7th graders will begin scheduling in their Social Studies classes as they prepare for their 8th-grade year on Monday the 12th! In addition, we are so proud to of our over 100 students for their accomplishment of earning a 4.0 GPA for the first semester!!! We are also ecstatic to announce we have 411 students on the HONOR ROLL for the first semester with a 3.5 GPA or higher!!!!!!!!!!! This is over half of our student body!!!!!!! Fantastic work Saints!!!! The Honor Roll is posted outside of the office windows!!!!

Stevenson Honor Roll Window Clings are coming

Stevenson Honor Roll Window Clings are coming!!!!!!!!! Mrs. Scott, our secretary, is busy getting the list together and will be getting those to our students to take home!!!! We know our parents and families are also proud and excited to honor their student's hard work and success!!!!!! Honor Roll students have earned a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher!!! Congratulations students and families!!!

Child Pick Up Reminder

IMPORTANT: Parents and guardians, you must pick up your child every day when school dismisses. If we have an athletic event starting at 4 pm, students MAY NOT stay at school to wait for the game to begin. We do not have any staff members present to supervise them for the hour and a half. I'm sure you can imagine how energetic they are after sitting in classrooms for 6 hours prior. When we have 20 to 30 plus students waiting for the game to begin with no staff to supervise them, this is extremely dangerous and unsafe. I simply will not compromise the safety and security of our students for any reason, so I really need your cooperation with this matter. Students MUST be picked up or leave on the bus as usual and return to the game at 4 pm if attending. I realize some may not be able to attend in this case, but I would rather they are safe and miss the game than jeopardize their safety and security. Thank you so much for understanding and helping with this important security and safety matter.

Important upcoming dates

  • Midwinter break - Feb 17th thru the 25th - NO SCHOOL!!!!
  • ½ Day on Feb. 28th - Dismissal at 11 am.

Advanced Placement night

JGHS is hosting their Advanced Placement night this TUESDAY at 6:30 pm in JG's auditorium. They are encouraging all Accelerated or TAG students and families to attend as they will be meeting with you to give specific information about the Accelerated program and track for those attending John Glenn next year. 7th-grade students and families are welcome, as well as all our students and families, however, the information will be focused on the accelerated 8th-grade students heading to JG next year.

Surprise Sundae Bar

We would love some parent volunteers for our 4.0 surprise sundae bar on Feb. 15th during lunches approx. 11 am to 1 pm (shhh! They don't know). In addition, we will need adult volunteers for our school Field Day on June 13th. I know it is quite a while from now, but I also know it is helpful to know those opportunities well in advance for planning and requesting time from work schedules. Please respond to our parent volunteer email: stevensonsaints@gmail.com if interested in helping with either event. Thank you so much!!!!

The Stevenson School Store

The Stevenson School Store is now open! Visit us Friday mornings from 7:20-7: 40 am for all of your school supply needs. We are located next to the cafeteria, across from the gym. Thank you to Ms. Campo and her math students who designed this store through Project Based Learning in which all their math state standards are applied through the implementation, design, management, and hands-on experience of this new store. This is great learning!!!!!! The students are so proud of their achievements and new store!!!! Congratulations!!!

Cheerleading

Attention anyone interested in cheerleading!!!  John Glenn HS Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders will be holding a cheerleading camp February 5th and 6th at John Glenn HS from 6-8pm.  Come learn what it takes to be a Competitive Cheerleader, receive a free t-shirt and get to perform at their city championship home competition Feb. 8th when they battle Wayne Memorial for the city championship title!!  This camp is open to all ages and is sure to be a blast!  More information is available in the office as well as the waiver forms you need to have filled out!

Official Count Day

Wednesday the 14th is the official Count Day!!!! It is extremely important that all students attend school all day on that Wednesday, including the first hour, if possible!!!! This is the official count the state uses to determine funding that is given per pupil. This is essential to providing our students the best and most resources and opportunities possible!!!!

If you call to speak to or email a principal, teacher, counselor, or any of our support staff, please allow 24 hours for a response or a return phone call if he/she is unavailable to take your call. We always make every attempt to return calls or emails as soon as possible, as we realize any concern regarding your child is the most important to you and us. However, we try to spend our time with our students during the school day to ensure safety, to enhance learning, and to be available to them. As a result, we are not in our offices often and sometimes do not sit down and check email or phone messages until much later in the day when the students have left. In addition, we are trying to utilize our experts on staff to give you the best assistance and attention possible, so your call or email may be routed to the professional who specializes in that area versus the staff member you requested. Please know this is not to divert your concern but to give you the best, quickest, and most attentive assistance possible. Our middle school serves over 840 students and families. Our two administrators are unable to address all calls, emails, answer questions, and look into all concerns that surface from 840 middle school students and families while supervising and impacting instruction, maintaining safety and order, and being present and available to our students without utilizing the support, assistance, and involvement of our team and support staff. We rely on their expertise in various areas to address issues/concerns, answer questions and to look into items for you in a quick and timely manner. Thank you for your understanding!

FOR THOSE STUDENTS/FAMILIES PLANNING ON ATTENDING Wayne Memorial HS IN THE FALL AS A 9TH GRADER:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8th Grade Parent Night at WMHS at 6:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, the power points that we discuss and scheduling materials will be available to families on the www.zebracounseling.net website.
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Mr. Fick will meet with the SMS students on this day to collect all course request sheets for students who will be attending WMHS. Mr. Fick is a counselor at SMS and WMHS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call WMHS to speak to any of their counselors at 734-419-2225. They are happy to help in any way needed.

VERY IMPORTANT:

"School of Choice" applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available.

These applications can be picked up at our school or the Board Office.

Your completed application will be accepted at our Board Office ONLY, now thru March 1st. *****If you are School of Choice, you MUST reapply each year!!!!!

This week at a glance:

  • Monday -  Wrestling Home opener at SMS at 4 pm! Go Saints! Marching Band informational meeting at 7 p.m. in the SMS Band Room for anyone interested in joining the JGHS Marching Band next year. John Glenn HS Varsity Competitive cheerleading camp February 5th and 6th at John Glenn HS from 6-8pm. English classes begin NWEA testing!
  • Tuesday - Accelerated meeting at JGHS @ 6:30 pm for current Accelerated 8th graders. WMHS 8th grade family night for those attending WMHS next year at 6:30 at WMHS. John Glenn HS Varsity Competitive cheerleading camp February 5th and 6th at John Glenn HS from 6-8pm.
  • Wednesday - Bowling at 4:15 @ Wayne Bowl. Girls basketball 7th grade 4 pm, 8th grade 5 pm @ SMS.
  • Thursday - Wrestling vs Novi 4 pm @ SMS.
  • Friday - School Spirit Day!!! Wear your blue and orange!!!!!!

Remember, all away games and daily video announcements are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of January 29th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Our second semester is off to a wonderful start! Students are settling into their new schedules. We have students preparing to compete in the district spelling bee this Thursday and had an amazing conclusion to our week with an astounding display of student presentations in the first round of the National History Day Competition. It is truly an honor to be apart of such an amazing school and to share these experiences with our students and staff!

Best of luck to our spelling bee winners as they compete this Thursday for the district title!!!!!

Report Cards come home tomorrow (Monday)!!!!!

I'd like to take a moment to thank all our families for your time and commitment in helping our students every step of the way. It is your love and support that give them the courage and confidence to try new things and reach their fullest potential. Thank you for all the hours you donate to judging our history day, attending banquets to honor our students, donating canned goods for their community service efforts, to helping them at night with math homework (that half of us still struggle to understand ourselves)! Thank you on behalf of our staff and students!

Special Thanks for History Day

A special thank you to our social studies teachers, Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. D'Angelo, for putting on a memorable History Day with our students!! Our finalists will be moving on to compete at the Regional level the first weekend in March.  We wish you the best of luck! Go get em' Saints!!!! A special thank you to our History Day parents,  judges, &  volunteers: Barb Guldner, (Elizabeth Guldner mother), George Wyniarsky (Elizabeth Guldner's Grandfather) Dorothy Grace (April Grace, mother), Moneak Parker (Kennedy Parker, mother), and our very own Shawn Fick (Counselor). plus 5 other judges from the Henry Ford, Wayne Resa, Monroe Historical Museum and the Michigan Historical Society).

MHD Competition Winners and Alternates:

Group Documentary:
 

  • Alyssa Kiekens, Madison Ogden - A Conflict & Compromise: The Salem Witch Trials
  • Tina Vu, Kennedy Parker - Stonewall Riots
  • Tyler Szelazek, Zack Stronski - The Toledo War

Individual Documentary:
 

  • Joseph Nunez - The Meiji Constitution of 1889

Group Performance:
 

  • Elizabeth Guldner, Brooklyn Betke, Elizabeth Grace - The Battle of the Overpass

Individual Performance:
 

  • Morganna Rodriguez

Group Exhibit:
 

  • Aurora Brendtke, Bailey Fallows - The Salem Witch Trials
  • Maila Hutson, Trevor Teague - The Toledo War
  • Vivian Tran, Emmanuela Nwizu - Apartheid
  • Alternates: Hanna Ponczek, Blake Morales, Jayden McCowin

Individual Exhibit:
 

  • Allison Hardin - Rosie The Riveter: How WW2 Helped Shape the Women's Workforce
  • Kaia Tolu - The Untold Genocide
  • Gretta Diroff - Rosie The Riveter
  • Alternate: Madysen Steele - The Holocaust

Group Websites:
 

  • Aaron McKay, Jon Harris - SALT 1 Treaty
  • Alana Stone, Elizabeth Parker - Nellie Bly
  • Nick Farrell, Alex Carroll - Jackie Robinson
  • Alternates: Gabrielle Mack, Kalin Baldwin - Shirley Chisholm

Individual Websites:
 

  • Alexander Geralds - The March on Washington
  • Alexandria Cripps - The Way to Freedom
  • Marissa Neubecker - The Toledo War
  • Alternate - Taggy Hollins

Individual Papers:
 

  • Carlee Wicker - Female Pilots WWII
  • Christina Fuller - The Salem Witch Trials
  • Sophia Biber - The White Rose
  • Alternate: Joshua Carter - The Salem Witch Trials

School of Choice

"School of Choice" applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available.

These applications can be picked up at our school or the Board Office.

Your completed application will be accepted at our Board Office ONLY, from January 25th thru March 1st. *****If you are School of Choice, you MUST reapply each year!!!!! If you do not submit your application before March 1st, your student will be placed on a waiting list. Applications should not be turned in a the school site, but rather the board offices ONLY, located on Marquette Rd. east of Newburgh Rd.

7th & 8th Grade Scheduling

Early February, our counselors will be meeting with the current 7th graders to begin scheduling for next year. There will not be a parent meeting to walk you thru this process as it is very simplistic transitioning from the 7th to 8th grade. Core classes will transition naturally to the 8th grade curriculum. Students will simply need to choose from the same electives they were offered this year. If you do have questions, please do not hesitate to call our counseling department at any time. Scheduling information will go home with your student for discussion before they turn their selections in.

Accelerated/Advanced Placement Night

John Glenn High School will be hosting an Accelerated/Advanced Placement Night to highlight the advanced programs, courses, and opportunities available at JGHS. If you have a student in the middle school accelerated program or are simply interested in learning more about the programs and courses, please feel free to attend the event on Tuesday February 6th from 6:30 to 8pm at JGHS. It is not mandatory to attend, simply an invitation. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Cieszynski, Asst. Principal at JGHS, or the counseling office at 734-419-2300.

Caught being a leader

Congratulations to two outstanding students, "Caught being a leader", by our staff! We appreciate the leadership skills and traits our students demonstrate everyday! Thank you to Daniaya Williams and Ethan Eddy Ortiz!!!!

The Stevenson School Store is now open!

Visit us Friday mornings from 7:20-7:40am for all of your school supply needs. We are located next to the cafeteria, across from the gym. Thank you to Ms. Campo and her math students who designed this store through Project Based Learning in which all their math state standards are applied through the implementation, design, management, and hands on experience of this new store. This is great learning!!!!!! The students are so proud of their achievements and new store!!!! Congratulations!!!

Scheduled Pickups

Families, we need your help with a small matter! We have several students waiting in the building after school for rides for extended periods of time and for short times. The office staff is still conducting school business and the other staff have went home. As a result, we do not have the staff to properly supervise these children while they wait. I'm sure you can understand, they have been in class for 7 hours, at that point, so they are very energetic and excited to be visiting with their friends. This can make it more difficult to conduct the office business needed to be completed at the end of the day and to ensure students are safe and supervised at the same time. We understand unexpected things happen on occasion, but it seems to be the same students on a daily basis. Please be sure you have made arrangements to have your child picked up at the 2:40pm release time. Thank you for your understanding!

SUPER DUPER BIG BOX TOP COMPETITION:

This contest is going to run from Jan 24-Feb 16. The school goal is to collect 7,000 box tops, that is about 7-10 per person in the building. The Advisory that collects the most by Feb 16 will win a donut breakfast. Please keep track of students who bring in any large amounts, because the top 7th grader and 8th grader will win medium pizzas to share with their friends at lunch after Feb. break. We collected over 3,000 in December, hoping to double that to get to 10,000 to send in March 1. Thanks to Mr. McKay, one of our awesome parents, we have a flyer to remind you of all the products that provide box tops!!! Lets go Saints!!!!! Thank you for your support!!!

Cheerleading

Attention anyone interested in cheerleading!!!  John Glenn HS Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders will be holding a cheerleading camp February 5th and 6th at John Glenn HS from 6-8pm.  Come learn what it takes to be a Competitive Cheerleader, receive a free t-shirt and get to perform at their city championship home competition Feb. 8th when they battle Wayne Memorial for the city championship title!!  This camp is open to all ages and is sure to be a blast!  More information is available in the office as well as the waiver forms you need to have filled out! Flyer is also attached in my eblast!

District Partnership Agreement Community Meeting Reminder:

Please join us from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the Board of Education meeting room, 36745 Marquette, Westland to hear about the Partnership Agreement opportunity with the Michigan Department of Education and Wayne County RESA. There will be a brief presentation and a question and answer period.

FOR THOSE STUDENTS/FAMILIES PLANNING ON ATTENDING Wayne Memorial HS IN THE FALL AS A 9TH GRADER:

Schedule of Events

Week of January 29, 2018- Middle school advisory teachers (1st hr) will distribute scheduling materials and show the students the scheduling video that will be provided by WMHS. Advisory teachers will collect these materials if students return them prior to the high school counselors coming to the middle school for the course request collection.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8th Grade Parent Night at WMHS at 6:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, the power points that we discuss and scheduling materials will be available to families on the www.zebracounseling.net website.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Mr. Fick will meet with the SMS students on this day to collect all course request sheets for students who will be attending WMHS. Mr. Fick is a counselor at SMS and WMHS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call WMHS to speak to any of their counselors at 734-419-2225. They are happy to help in any way needed.

I would just like to take a moment to point out the awesome support staff we have at Stevenson to assist you and your students with any issues that may arise. These positions/staff were not present in elementary, so I thought it may be important to share their names and a brief overview of their areas of expertise. Mr. Glenn Walker is our School Mediator. He has been trained in mediation, conflict resolution, and social issues of concern. This is his primary purpose in the building, so please ask for him when requesting assistance with social issues that may arise in a building with 850 young teenagers. Mr. Witherspoon is our security supervisor. He also assists with the same areas that Mr. Walker does as well as monitoring cameras and supervising security processes. We also have 3 school counselors, Ms. Schoeninger, Ms. Reinick, and Mr. Fick. They also specialize in counseling issues that range from personal to academic. They also deal with all scheduling matters and questions you may have regarding your student's academic path or needs. Ms. Wolf is our school social worker. Mrs. Swanson is our school psychologist. Mrs. Daniels is our counseling office secretary. She takes care of all attendance items, enrollment, student data bases, and parent connect in addition to her numerous duties. We also have an Assistant Principal, Mrs. Szalai. Currently Mr. Chall is filling this role s Mrs. Szalai is helping out at Adams upper elementary while their principal is out. This is also a difference from elementary school. He/she can assist you with all the same items as the principal. Lastly, we always recommend you contact teachers first whenever you have a concern regarding a grade or any issue/concern that took place in the classroom. They are most informed and can speak to the issue best. Please utilize our support staff for their area of expertise when calling for assistance. The office secretaries will also assist you in getting your concern or question to the appropriate staff member.

This week at a glance:

Monday - Science classes begin NWEA testing! Report Cards are coming home!!! Scheduling materials given to those 8th grade students planning to attend Wayne Memorial High School in the Fall. Please call our counseling office immediately if your student plans to attend WMHS in the Fall, and you have NOT already notified his/her counselor, or he/she does not bring materials home. Thank you!

Tuesday - Another day of Great Learning :)

Wednesday - Bowling team will compete at 4:15pm at Wayne bowl! Go Saints! School wide silent reading! Don't forget your book!!! District Partnership Meeting 6 to 7pm at the board offices on Marquette Rd.

Thursday - District Spelling Bee at Adams Upper Elementary. Go Saints!!!! Home girls basketball at 4pm versus Hillside @ SMS. Students must go home between school and the game. We do not have supervision for the students from 2:40 to 4pm. Thank you!

Friday - Spirit Day: Favorite football team attire (in honor of the Superbowl)!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of January 21st

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

We have reached the halfway point in our school year with the conclusion of semester one. Our students and staff have accomplished so much in such a short time. It has been such a wonderful year so far, I am excited to see how much the students grow in the next few months as leaders, academically, and through their service work. Many of our leadership lighthouse teams are in the implementation stages of their focus areas. It is amazing to see their initiative, creativity, and drive. As a result of their work, we will see things like a student-led tutoring program and events, celebrations of our school and student victories, and more community service work. I am so proud of our students and staff!!!!!!!!!

Second Semester of Classes

Tomorrow starts our second-semester classes. Students will go to his/her current first-hour advisory class as usual and will receive his/her new schedule. This will allow us to release students to their new classes in an orderly manner and allow us to have a few moments to provide answers to questions or directions to their new classes. We will all be in the hallways to help students find their new classes, however, changes should be minimal from semester 1. In addition, please remind your student this is a wonderful time to clean out lockers, re-organize backpacks, and check to be sure you have the school supplies needed to start fresh. If your student is in need of school supplies or a backpack, please encourage him/her to stop by and see their counselor for assistance.

Young Inventors Program

Congratulations to all of our students participating in the Young Inventors Program in partnership with Alpha USA: MaKenna Brown, William Phillips, TJ Oyer, Nicholas Tomlin and Patrick Bowie. Special mention to Nicholas Tomlin for receiving 1st place overall and to Patrick Bowie receiving 2nd place overall! I was fortunate enough to celebrate with our students, our wonderful teacher Kim Mandrelle, and our student's families at Schoolcraft College, this past week, in an elaborate banquet with dignitaries, our Supt. Dr. Holt, School Board President Shawna Walker, and many more. It was a wonderful night to see the incredible talent of our students!

Spelling Bee

I would like to congratulate and commend all the students who participated in this year's spelling bee. It takes a great deal of courage!!!! They were amazing!!!! The 7th-grade winners of the spelling bee are Landon Balko, Tywan Moore, James Grady, and Isabella Cook. The 8th-grade winners are Taggy Hollins, Joey Nunez, Emmanuella Nwizu, and Vivian Tran. The winners will participate in the district bee on Feb. 1st representing SMS!!! Go Saints!!!!!

8th Graders Scheduling

In coordination with John Glenn, we have completed scheduling for our 8th graders attending John Glenn in the Fall. Please check with your student to be sure he/she turned in his/her course selection scheduling sheet. This is the only way the counseling team will know what electives your student is interested in. If a scheduling selection sheet is not turned in, electives will be assigned randomly to your student. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the JG counseling team at 734-419-2300.

7th Graders Scheduling

At the start of February, our counselors will be meeting with the current 7th graders to begin scheduling for next year. There will not be a parent meeting to walk you thru this process as it is very simplistic transitioning from the 7th to 8th grade. Core classes will transition naturally to the 8th-grade curriculum. Students will simply need to choose from the same electives they were offered this year. If you do have questions, please do not hesitate to call our counseling department at any time. Scheduling information will go home with your student for discussion before they turn their selections in.

History Day

History Day for Advanced Social Studies (7th and 8th Grade Classes) is this week!!!! Friday,

January 26th: 8:30  - 11:00 (In the Media Center). Students have been working extremely hard on this big event!!!! I know it will be a great day of learning for all of us!

The SMS Food Pantry

The SMS Food Pantry is now open for the year. Students or families in need of non-perishable foods, such as cereal, canned vegetables, or macaroni and cheese are invited to visit their counselor or teachers to take a backpack of food home with them. The pantry is open to students at all times- we know sometimes it's hard to make it to the grocery store in the midst of all life's chaos! Please use this resource in any way that it will be helpful to you. Questions can be directed to Miss Wolf @ wolfh@wwcsd.net

I have included the calendar of events and some flyers for family events happening at the Westland library.

The Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - New semester begins. Schedules will be passed out in current 1st-hour advisory classes.
  • Tuesday - Bring your book for tomorrow's Schoolwide silent reading.
  • Wednesday -  School wide silent reading in an advisory.
  • Thursday - The newspaper staff will meet from 2:50-3:30 in Lab 310.
  • Friday - History Day in the library!!!!!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of January 15th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

This week seemed to fly by with the excitement of the students returning and their excitement of seeing all their friends and teachers again!!! We did spend some time reviewing expectations and the importance of staying focused on our purpose of learning and teaching as we approach final exam week!!!

Electronic Policy

We have reminded all students daily that no electronic devices, headphones, earbuds are permitted or to be visible at any time during the instructional day, except for lunchtime. With many students getting new items during the holiday. We are seeing these items being worn, carried, and used by a few. Please speak to your student about the importance of these items being stored in their backpacks and lockers for the security of their items and to keep the focus of their day on learning. We will be issuing consequences to those who fail to comply with the multiple reminders. This also applies to hoods and hats being worn. We will not compromise our student's security and safety at any time. Thank you so much for your support in helping us to be consistent in our policies.

High School Scheduling

This past week, the John Glenn counselors met with our eighth graders to begin discussing their options for their high school schedules. All schedule sheets were due back to 1st-hour teachers this past Friday. It is extremely important that your student returns his/her scheduling sheet this week or he/she will not have a say in their elective choices. As a result, the counselors will assign their schedules based on available spots in classes. If your child has not turned in his/her sheet, have no fear, we will still be collecting them for the start of this week. As a previous scheduling principal for John Glenn last year, I am very knowledgeable in this arena and am happy to help you with any questions you may have. In addition, all our counselors have also worked in the HS and are very knowledgeable about the high school classes and scheduling process. In addition, you are always welcome to call the counseling department at JGHS for information or to have questions answered at 734-419-2300. They will take you through every step of the process to make it as comfortable as possible. Ninth grade students have a very restrictive schedule, due to the state requirements, so there aren't many decisions to make in 9th grade.

Young Inventors Showcase

The following students will be representing SMS at the Young Inventors Showcase at Schoolcraft College at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018: MaKenna Brown, William Phillips, TJ Oyer, Nicholas Tomlin and Patrick Bowie. We wish you all the best and are so proud of your accomplishments! Go Saints!!!!

Spelling Bee

The school spelling bee will be Thursday, January 18th. 7th grade in the AM and 8th grade in the afternoon. If your student has not signed up and would like to, please have him/her see Ms. Oberski or Ms. Clark. The top 4 from each grade level will go to districts!

School Playdate change

The date for the school play has been changed from Thursday, January 18, 2018, to Thursday, March 15, 2018.  There will be NO rehearsal on Thursday, January 18.

Girls Wrestling

FYI: Girls Basketball and Wrestling begin soon. Physicals must be turned in ASAP. Information, on both sports, and try-outs are and will be on daily video announcements, which are also available for families to view daily on our school website at wwcsd.net.

SMS Food Pantry

The SMS Food Pantry is now open for the year. Students or families in need of non-perishable foods, such as cereal, canned vegetables, or macaroni and cheese are invited to visit their counselor or teachers to take a backpack of food home with them. The pantry is open to students at all times- we know sometimes it's hard to make it to the grocery store in the midst of all life's chaos! Please use this resource in any way that it will be helpful to you. Questions can be directed to Ms. Wolf at wolfh@wwcsd.net

7th grade and 8th-grade Advanced Social Studies Students

7th grade and 8th-grade Advanced Social Studies Students will be participating in the school Michigan History Day Competition on January 26, 2018, at SMS. We are honored and excited to be hosting this event and wish our students the best as they compete in this statewide academic competition.

Box Tops

Yes, we collect BOX TOPS for EDUCATION! I know, as a parent, I collected them while my child was in elementary, but didn't know that continued into middle school! Well, it sure does!! So, keep collecting those box tops please and send them to the main office with your student. Thank you so much! I have attached a flyer for products offering box tops to remove and collect! Thank you, Mr. McKay, for your attention and help with this fundraising effort!

7th grade trip to Chicago

There is still time to sign up for the 7th grade trip to Chicago. If you are interested and need more information, please email Mrs. D'Angelo at dangelol@wwcsd.net

We do have enough chaperones at this point.

SMS Yearbook

The semester ends this week so we are now halfway through the school year. It is not too late to order an SMS Yearbook. Yearbooks are available to order at ybpay.lifetouch.com and can be ordered until April 20th. Yearbooks begin at $24 and can be upgraded to include hardcover and personalized. Please make sure to order your yearbook now, it is the only way to guarantee a yearbook. We are contracted to order a certain amount, and last year, we only had 20 yearbooks leftover to sell. The extra remaining yearbooks are sold on a first come, first serve basis, so we sold out in the first 20 minutes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

FOR THOSE STUDENTS/FAMILIES PLANNING ON ATTENDING Wayne Memorial HS IN THE FALL AS A 9TH GRADER:

Middle school advisory

Week of January 29, 2018- Middle school advisory teachers (1st hr) will distribute scheduling materials and show the students the scheduling video that will be provided by WMHS. Advisory teachers will collect these materials if students return them prior to the high school counselors coming to the middle school for the course request collection.

Parent Night at WMHS

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8th Grade Parent Night at WMHS at 6:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, the power points that we discuss and scheduling materials will be available to families on the www.zebracounseling.net website.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Mr. Fick will meet with the SMS students on this day to collect all course request sheets for students who will be attending WMHS. Mr. Fick is a counselor at SMS and WMHS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call WMHS to speak to any of their counselors at 734-419-2225. They are happy to help in any way needed.

Give Back To Schools program

As you may be aware, OfficeDepot/OfficeMax has a Give Back To Schools program!

5% of qualifying purchases made during each program period will be offered quarterly as an OfficeDepot/OfficeMax merchandise certificate to the participating designated by each customer. This is a year-round program and not just a back-to-school program.

Many parents and families purchase school supplies and office supplies through OfficeDepot/OfficeMax. Some BoxTops items are available at OfficeDepot/OfficeMax such as Boise X9 printing paper (which is, more often than not, on sale).

Why not earn 5% of our purchases for the schools?

Customers just have to mention this school ID code ( 70053087)  to the cashier and have the cashier enter the school code and/or use it for online purchases.  This is an opportunity to supplement the supplies needed in our schools - additional paper for printing, additional pencils and folders for classrooms where children and families may not be able to provide them.

This is not a huge opportunity, but as the OfficeDepot/OfficeMax website mentions, "It's a small act that can make a huge difference".

Please visit this site for more information:  https://www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/

Champions Program

Wayne Westland Families,

Did you know that Champions Before and After School Programs accept DHS state assistance?

If you qualify for state assistance in any way, you likely qualify for Child Care Assistance and discounts as well!!

Here are a few ways to look further into this if you are interested!!

First, you can follow the link below to the MDHHS website child care assistance page. Then, you can either contact your state worker or apply for a new assistance program.

[MDHHS - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)]

http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_73804---,00.html

Next, Champions office located inside of John Marshall Upper Elementary will have forms available for you to fill out and hand into the state as well, providing all information you need to apply!

How does it work?

If accepted, the state will give you a number of hours you are approved to attend child care with their assistance.

For example, they usually approve for between 70 and 80 hours every 2 weeks.

Then, they will pay $2.75 per hour you attend our program!!

On average our families use 3 hours per day, 3 to 5 days per week. That means the state would pay $24.75 per week towards a 3 day After School rate of $38, leaving your co-pay only $13.25 per week!!!!!

Stevenson Middle School, with your tuition rate, your co-pay would only by $3 per week!!!

Please reach out to Area Manager Cassie Nickels at cnickels@klcorp.com or call 734-776-8983 for more information!

Upcoming dates to mark on your calendar:
 

  • Monday, January 15 - NO SCHOOL! MLK Day!
  • Friday, January 19 - Half Day!!!! The school will be dismissed at 11 am!!!!
  • Monday, January 22 - Second Semester Classes begin! New schedules will be distributed in current 1st-hour classes.
  • Tuesday, February 6th - JGHS will have information for their Advanced Placement night and accelerated program and parent meeting. All interested 8th-grade students and families are welcome to attend!


Our Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - NO SCHOOL!
  • Tuesday - Please bring your book to the all-school silent reading every Wednesday morning.
  • Wednesday -  Young Inventors Showcase at Schoolcraft College at 6 p.m. Bowling at 4:15 on Wednesday at Wayne Bowl on Mich. Ave. in Wayne at 4:15 pm. Come on out and cheer them on!
  • Thursday - School spelling bee! 7th in the am and 8th in the pm. No play or play rehearsal as previously scheduled. The play has been moved to March to allow more students the opportunity to participate and prepare.
  • Friday - Half day! Dismissal at 11 am.

Remember, all away games are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove, 
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of January 8th

Welcome Back Stevenson Saints and Families,

I know it is Saturday, and you typically receive my weekly e-blast on Sunday, but I thought you may need an extra day to prepare and to get ready to get the kids back to school!

I am so excited to see all our students and hear all about their two weeks of winter break!

I hope it was relaxing and full of fun and memories for all! We return to school tomorrow and are ready to get back to work, I'm sure your children are too.......well, maybe not the "work" part :)

Thinking about next year

As the first semester begins to wind down, it also brings the time of year to begin thinking about next year. This includes scheduling for the next school year! This Tuesday and Wednesday, the John Glenn counselors will be meeting with our eighth graders to begin discussing their options for the high school schedule. They will be getting information to bring home to share with you. In addition, there will be an informational meeting for parents at 5 pm on Wednesday, Jan 10th at JGHS followed by the Elective Expo in the gym at 5:30 pm. The JGHS Counseling team will take you through every step of the process to make it as comfortable as possible. Ninth grade students have a very restrictive schedule, due to the state requirements, so there aren't too many decisions to make for this first year. Our 7th graders will begin scheduling at the start of February.

Congratulations to Music Department

Congratulations to our music department on their beautiful performances before break!!! We have such amazing and talented students!!!!! Your hard work really showed!!!!

Young Inventors Showcase

The following students will be representing SMS at the Young Inventors Showcase at Schoolcraft College at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018: MaKenna Brown, William Phillips, TJ Oyer, Nicholas Tomlin and Patrick Bowie. We wish you all the best and are so proud of your accomplishments! Go Saints!!!!

Our Students and Families Accomplishments

Here is an update on all the great work our students and families accomplished during the last few months of 2017: Through our canned food drive, we collected almost 2,000 items of food to be dispersed to our local families and community and collected hundreds of toiletries for the homeless. Special mention to Mr. Fedulchuk, Mr. Smorch, and Mr. Hnatuk's 1st-hour classes for winning the boxtops contest, and to Mrs. Sullivan's 7th-hour class for the most canned food and toiletry items. Our NJHS students raised funds to help a family, at our sister middle school, who had been faced with a recent tragedy. In addition, NJHS collected several toys and gifts to help local families. I can't thank you enough for all your support and generosity. Our students have learned so much by participating in these community service events and through the spirit of giving!

7 habits of leadership and success

We continue to learn, teach, and practice the 7 habits of leadership and success every morning in our advisory classes. Our discipline/behavior data has decreased significantly from last year, and I am so proud to see our students demonstrate honesty, integrity, and pride every day from turning in lost items and even money to picking up a piece of trash in the hall to helping others when they see someone in need. True leadership!!!! I remind our students daily they are leaders and our school is one of leadership and pride! Thank you to our outstanding Stevenson Leaders for December: Richard Marchwinski, Gerrod McCain, Isaias Hernandez, Tatum Butchart, Vi Le, Samantha Justice, Aubry Schoonover, Arnold Clark.

School spelling bee

The school spelling bee will be Thursday, January 18th. 7th grade in the AM and 8th grade in the afternoon. Students will have an opportunity to sign up and will receive practice lists in the next two weeks in their ELA classes. The top 4 from each grade level will go to districts!

SMS Food Pantry

The SMS Food Pantry is now open for the year. Students or families in need of non-perishable foods, such as cereal, canned vegetables, or macaroni and cheese are invited to visit their counselor or teachers to take a backpack of food home with them. The pantry is open to students at all times- we know sometimes it's hard to make it to the grocery store in the midst of all life's chaos! We invite parents to contact Ms. Wolf if you are interested, but would rather pick up the items directly. Please use this resource in any way that it will be helpful to you. Questions can be directed to Ms. Wolf at wolfh@wwcsd.net

Faculty Updates

Mrs. Szalai, our Assistant Principal has been asked to go to Adams Elementary for an interim period in the absence of one of their principals. In her absence, Mr. Dennis Chall, a retired principal, will be filling in at SMS. We wish Mrs. Szalai the best in her new position and will all miss her at SMS!! Hurry back Mrs. Szalai!!!

Calendar Events

Wrestling begins.January 17.  Turn in physicals by January 12.  

Important Scheduling Dates for our 8th-grade students planning to attend John Glenn High School:

  • January 9 & 10 - JGHS Counselors will be at SMS to present to our students and provide materials.
  • January 10 - Parent Scheduling Meeting at JG Library at 5 pm. This will be followed by the "ELECTIVE EXPO", in the gym, at 5:30 pm for students and families to explore the class opportunities available at JGHS.
  • January 12 - Scheduling sheets must be turned in to all advisory teachers to be returned to JG Counselors.
  • February 6th,  JGHS will have information for their Advanced Placement night and accelerated program and parent meeting.

****If your student is attending Wayne Memorial HS, please let your counselor know, so he/she can help you in working with WMHS Counseling for scheduling.

Upcoming dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Monday, January 15 - NO SCHOOL! MLK Day!
  • Friday, January 19 - Half Day!!!! The school will be dismissed at 11 am!!!!
  • Monday, January 22 - Second Semester Classes begin!

Week at a Glance

  • Monday - Welcome back Saints!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tuesday - JG counselors at SMS for scheduling.
  • Wednesday - JG Counselors at SMS for scheduling. Scheduling meeting at 5 pm and Elective Expo at 5:30 pm at JGHS. Bowling club bowls on Mich. Ave. in Wayne at 4:15 pm. Come on out and cheer them on!
  • Thursday - Swim team pizza party in the cafeteria 2:50-3:30.
  • Friday - College day! Wear your college attire!

Remember, all away games are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of December 18th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2017, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to work with your children each day and to share in such a wonderful community of families. I hope your winter break is filled with joy and wonderful memories! I'd like to share and congratulate our students and staff on their increases and efforts on the 2017 M-STEP state assessment recognized at our school board meeting this month: Exceeding the county average in 8th grade Math and 7th grade ELA in various subgroups and for a Longitudinal increase over two years in both math and ELA. Congratulations to all!!!

Winter Break

The winter break will begin on Saturday, December 23rd and school will resume on Monday, January 8th.

Congratulations

A huge congratulations to our student, Emma Socia, for applying for and WINNING the Disney Empower Kindness YCA Grant!!! This grant will allow Emma and her team of lighthouse students and faculty to spread the idea of kindness across Stevenson. We are so proud of Emma and can't wait to see the exciting things her and our students will achieve and implement in spreading the message of kindness throughout our school community! I will keep you updated on Emma and our students go on this journey!

Spirit Week

Spirit Week is this week!!! We hope students will have fun with our student-led spirit week and 1st pep rally!!!

Special Days

Monday is pajama day! No slippers, please!

Tuesday is Hat day!

Wednesday is Winter White Day!

Thursday is Holiday Day!

Friday is Spirit Day! 7th graders in orange, 8th graders in blue!

Holiday Candy Grams

Holiday Candy Grams will be on sale Monday-Thursday for just a dollar at all 3 lunches. Students just need to know the 7th-hour teacher of the friend they are sending the candy gram too, and they will be delivered on Friday, December 22nd.

Book fair

Our book fair was a huge success, even with the day and a half that school was out!!! A special thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped with our book fair and Mrs. Grace and Ms. McComb for organizing the event. We appreciate all you do!! For those who missed the in-person book fair this week, have no fear, you may still order online until December 19th. The link is http://www.scholastic.com/bf/stevensonmiddleschool10 . All books purchased online come to the school and will be distributed to students when they arrive in January.

Class contests

Our students will be challenging one another in two exciting class contests: 1st-hour classes are competing to see which class will bring in the most box tops!!! Yes, we still collect Boxtops in middle school!!! It is a great way to raise funds for activities and items for the students. We would love to purchase some games for lunchtime as one idea!!! The winning advisory receives a donut party! CONTEST #2: Our students would like to help our community by collecting canned foods and toiletries for those in need. I am offering a pizza party for the 7th hour that collects the most before we wrap up 2017!!!! Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students and our community with your donations and boxtops!!!! Wednesday is the last day to bring in box tops, canned foods, and toiletries.

Spelling bee

The school spelling bee will be Thursday, January 18th. 7th grade in the AM and 8th grade in the afternoon. Students will have an opportunity to sign up and will receive practice lists in the next two weeks in their ELA classes. The top 4 from each grade level will go to districts!

Mrs. Szalai

Mrs. Szalai, our Assistant Principal has been asked to go to Adams Elementary for an interim period in the absence of one of their principals. In her absence, Mr. Dennis Chall, a retired principal, will be filling in at SMS. We wish Mrs. Szalai the best in her new position and will all miss her at SMS!! Hurry back Mrs. Szalai!!!

Music Concerts

The music concerts will be this week in the SMS cafeteria. We hope everyone will come out to hear the beautiful holiday music. The Instrumental Concert will be on Wednesday, December 20th with strings performing from 6 to 6:30 pm and band members from 7 to 7:30 pm. We encourage all families and performers to support and attend both performances. Our students love an audience and would enjoy performing for all.  On Thursday the 21st, our choir students will be singing a variety of fun and enjoyable hits! The concert will last from 6:30 pm to 7 pm in the cafeteria. See you there!

Scheduling Dates

Important Scheduling Dates for our 8th-grade students planning to attend John Glenn High School:

  • January 9 & 10 - JGHS Counselors will be at SMS to present to our students and provide materials.
  • January 10 - Parent Scheduling Meeting at JG Library at 5 pm. This will be followed by the "ELECTIVE EXPO", in the gym, at 5:30 pm for students and families to explore the class opportunities available at JGHS.
  • January 12 - Scheduling sheets must be turned in to all advisory teachers to be returned to JG Counselors.

Later in January, JGHS will have information for their Advanced Placement night and accelerated program and parent meeting.

***7th graders will schedule at SMS in early Spring.....more info. to come.

****If your student is attending Wayne Memorial HS, please let your counselor know, so he/she can help you in working with WMHS Counseling for scheduling.


Save the Date: See the flyer here

Middle School College Night

Schoolcraft College - VisTaTech Center, DiPonio Room

March 6, 2018

4:30pm-7:00pm

Registration will begin as early as 4 pm.

Stevenson Yearbook 

The Stevenson Yearbook is still on sale. This is a great time of year to order a yearbook for your student as a gift. Prices start at only $24 and can be upgraded to include being personalized and hard-cover. There is no guarantee that there will be extra yearbooks to sell at the end of the year. We receive only a limited quantity and we sold out last on the first day of sales. The ONLY way to be sure that you will receive a yearbook is to order one during this time. Please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to order your yearbook today. If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net or call (734) 419-2350.

School event photography submissions

Do you have a great school event photograph that you know would make a wonderful addition to the Stevenson Yearbook? For the first time ever, the Stevenson Yearbook has a community upload page for pictures. Please visit community.lifetouch.com and use the following access code: LTRKQR to create an account where photographs can be uploaded. Please remember that pictures must be school appropriate. Also, uploading an image is not a guarantee that it will be used in the yearbook. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Supervisor, Ms. Cosgrove, at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

Student Pickup Information

Parents and Families, please pull up as far as possible when picking up your child. There are large gaps, with no cars, causing backups entering the driveway and out onto Palmer.  This blocks the busses (who are on a schedule) from entering the lot. When dropping off in the mornings, please pull to the left, next to the sidewalk, to drop off. This is for the safety of your child and allows one lane for moving traffic. Thank you for your cooperation!!

We have noticed several students waiting after school for rides, for extended periods of time. Please be sure your student's ride is on time when picking him/her up after school. We understand unexpected circumstances occur on occasion, but it seems to be happening frequently lately. My concern is that staff have left for the day and administration may not be there to supervise the students, due to after school meetings. This is a safety and security concern when students do not have proper supervision. Thank you for your understanding of being sure all students are picked up at the conclusion of school.

Week at a Glance

  • Monday - Pajama day! No slippers, please.
  • Tuesday - Hat day!
  • Wednesday - Band Concert: Strings performing at 6 pm, and the band starts at 7 pm. Details above. Last day to bring in canned food, toiletries, and box tops to support our community and school and compete to win the 7th-hour pizza party and 1st-hour donut party! Honor Society holiday meeting on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:15 am in room 106. Home Swim meets John Glenn vs Hillside Wednesday, Dec. 20- 4 pm start.  Bowling team will meet/compete!  Winter White attire day!
  • Thursday - Boys basketball versus Franklin at 3:30 pm. Choir concert in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm. Holiday attire day!
  • Friday - Last day of school!!! Pep Rally day! Spirit attire: 7th grade in orange, 8th grade in blue.

Remember, all away games are posted on our Google website found under Stevenson Middle School on our district website at wwcsd.net!

Have a wonderful evening!!!!!!

Sheri Grove, 
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of December 11th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

I hope everyone is safe and sound inside for the night on this beautiful winter evening! This may be a great time to remind everyone that Channel 4 news is our first contact for any school closings in the upcoming months. In addition, the superintendent usually sends a robocall as well to the district families.

As we wrap up 2017, we have many things happening at Stevenson and many things ahead:

Progress Reports

This past Friday, progress reports should've arrived home with your student to help you monitor his/her progress in addition to our parent connect to the resource. Please do not hesitate to contact teachers if you have questions or concerns. All email addresses may be accessed by clicking on the teachers underlined name while in your parent connect portal. In addition, all emails are listed on our district website under Stevenson Middle School at wwcsd.net. In an attempt to align your experience at the middle school and high schools, we will no longer be calculating and generating progress reports from this point forward. Students will have the 4 report cards (every 10 weeks) to reflect mid-term progress and the final semester grade. I encourage everyone to access your student's progress, daily, on the parent portal. If you need assistance with the portal or your password, please contact our offices for more information. Your student also has access to the same information through his/her student portal.

 

The music concerts will be next week in the SMS cafeteria. We hope everyone will come out to hear the beautiful holiday music. The Instrumental Concert will be on Wednesday, December 20th with strings performing from 6 to 6:30 pm and band members from 7 to 7:30 pm. We encourage all families and performers to support and attend both performances. Our students love an audience and would enjoy performing for all.  On Thursday the 21st, our choir students will be singing a variety of fun and enjoyable hits! The concert will last from 6:30 pm to 7 pm in the cafeteria. See you there!

Items in Classrooms brought from home

Please do not allow students to bring stuffed animals, blankets, and toys to school. It is a huge distraction in the classrooms and hallways. In addition, we do not allow pajama pants or slippers as school attire as well. Thank you for your support with this.

School spelling bee 

The school spelling bee is coming up in January! 7th grade in the is and 8th grade in the afternoon. Students will have an opportunity to sign up and will receive practice lists in the next two weeks in their ELA classes. The top 4 from each grade level will go to districts!

Tours at the Career Tech Center

I received several messages from staff at the Career Tech Center, along with our staff, complimenting our students on how well they represented Stevenson while touring their facility this week. I'm very proud of our students and their leadership!!!!

Student Drop off / Pick up

We have noticed several students waiting after school for rides, for extended periods of time. Please be sure your student's ride is on time when picking him/her up after school. We understand unexpected circumstances occur on occasion, but it seems to be happening frequently lately. My concern is that staff have left for the day and administration may not be there to supervise the students, due to after school meetings. This is a safety and security concern when students do not have proper supervision. Thank you for your understanding of being sure all students are picked up at the conclusion of school.

Important Scheduling Dates

Important Scheduling Dates for our 8th-grade students planning to attend John Glenn High School:

  • January 9 & 10 - JGHS Counselors will be at SMS to present to our students and provide materials.
  • January 10 - Parent Scheduling Meeting at JG Library at 5 pm. This will be followed by the "ELECTIVE EXPO", in the gym, at 5:30 pm for students and families to explore the class opportunities available at JGHS.
  • January 12 - Scheduling sheets must be turned in to all advisory teachers to be returned to JG Counselors.

Later in January, JGHS will have information for their Advanced Placement night and accelerated program and parent meeting.

***7th graders will schedule at SMS in early Spring.....more info. to come.

****If your student is attending Wayne Memorial HS, please let your counselor know, so he/she can help you in working with WMHS Counseling for scheduling.

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Stevenson Middle School,  Monday, December 11th- December 15th during school hours. On Wednesday,  December 13th during the home basketball game, it will also be open to parents and students to shop. Students will come to their English classes as follows:

  • Monday:  Rosinski, Moschetta 2nd hour, Shultz, Clark, Wagner       
  • Tuesday: Griffith, Oberski
  • Wednesday: Rourk, Abate, Eiwen, Moschetta 5th hour

Students are able to purchase books on the same day they preview with their English teachers. If you would like your student to be able to purchase a book you may send them with money on their day. Fliers went home this week with students in their 7th-hour classes. Taxes are not included in the price of books. Students will be allowed to come to the book fair on Thursday and the first ½ of the day on Friday only if they have money with them.

Purchases can also be made online if you prefer. The link is http://www.scholastic.com/bf/stevensonmiddleschool10. The online fair is open now until December 19th. All books purchased online come to the school and will be distributed to students when they arrive in January.

Volunteers are still needed.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49aeac29a3fd0-stevenson1

Stevenson Yearbook

The Stevenson Yearbook is still on sale. This is a great time of year to order a yearbook for your student as a gift. Prices start at only $24 and can be upgraded to include being personalized and hard-cover. There is no guarantee that there will be extra yearbooks to sell at the end of the year. We receive only a limited quantity, and we sold out last on the first day of sales. The ONLY way to be sure that you will receive a yearbook is to order one during this time. Please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to order your yearbook today. If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net or call (734) 419-2350.

Great school event photograph

Do you have a great school event photograph that you know would make a wonderful addition to the Stevenson Yearbook? For the first time ever, the Stevenson Yearbook has a community upload page for pictures. Please visit community.lifetouch.com and use the following access code: LTRKQR to create an account where photographs can be uploaded. Please remember that pictures must be school appropriate. Also, uploading an image is not a guarantee that it will be used in the yearbook. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Supervisor, Ms. Cosgrove, at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

Food and Soda Reminder

Teachers have asked that I please remind parents to remind students that food and soda pop are off limits in classrooms. We do allow water! All students have an opportunity to eat a free breakfast before school in the cafeteria as well! Please encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity to start their day with some nourishment.

December Friday's

Every Friday in December will be "Festive Fridays"! Your student is welcome to dress in festive attire or an ugly sweater on Fridays, however, there is no obligation to participate. No hats, please!!!

Stevenson Pep Rally

Our students are gearing up for our 1st ever Stevenson Pep Rally!!! They have taken complete ownership and leadership over planning and implementing the event. It will take place on the last day of school in December. They have planned a free throw event, invited a competitor from the popular TV show, "So you think you have Talent" to sing the National Anthem (I love that they wanted to include this piece in the rally), and a student skit and dance performance, involvement from the SMS band, and a staff/student volleyball game. Please know this is an event we have planned to reward our students for a great year. As a result, students who make bad choices and do not demonstrate leadership behavior, in the next few weeks, may be excluded from attending the event. We know they will continue demonstrating great leadership!!! Thank you to Mrs. Shipley for assisting these students in their work.

Class contests

Starting on Monday, our students will be challenging one another in two exciting class contests: 1st-hour classes are competing to see which class will bring in the most box tops!!! Yes, we still collect Boxtops in middle school!!! It is the great way to raise funds for activities and items for the students. We would love to purchase some games for lunchtime as one idea!!! The winning advisory receives a donut party! CONTEST #2: Our students would like to help our community by collecting canned foods and toiletries for those in need. I am offering a pizza party for the 7th hour that collects the most before we wrap up 2017!!!! Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students and our community with your donations and boxtops!!!!

Other Reminders

Just a reminder as winter has arrived, all coats and hats need to be kept in student lockers. Hats and hoods should be removed immediately upon entering the building for security purposes. Some students are losing cell phones recently. This is another important reason to encourage students to keep their phones in their backpacks or lockers at all times. We cannot be responsible for these belongings. In addition, EVERY student has a gym locker and lock. If your child has gym class, please be sure she/he is using the locker. When we have something go missing, it is almost always in the locker room and the student has left belongings out and unattended. Thank you for reminding them. It always saddens us when something goes missing and we are unable to find it for a student.

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - Great Learning!
  • Tuesday - Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday!
  • Wednesday - All School Read!!! Boys Basketball at SMS at 4 pm. Bowling team at 4:15 at Wayne Bowl on Michigan Ave. in Wayne!
  • Thursday - Swim Meet at John Glenn High School 4 pm start.
  • Friday - "Festive Friday"! Feel free to wear your holiday attire or an ugly sweater.

 

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal

Stevenson Middle School

Week of December 10th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

As I mentioned in an earlier e-blast, we have started a wonderful new program for recognizing our outstanding student leaders. It is so hard to capture all the great things our students do every day, but this is one more effort to do so. The program is called, "I was caught being a leader".

I was caught being a leader

Staff members nominate students, on our form, for doing something extra special above the normal expectations we have for our student body. The form is turned in to the principal. Myself or Mrs. Szailai, our Assistant Principal, write additional comments on the form praising these efforts. Forms are then given to the student to share at home. In addition, students are given a few special "treats", his/her name is announced over the PA, and a special phone call home is made by a principal. I plan to share these names monthly in future e-blasts too!!!

Congratulations to our November student leaders!!!

  • Muhammed Atkins
  • Teya Adham
  • Ranell Browder
  • Ryan Gregoire
  • Darius Spruce
  • Delaney Kowalczyk
  • Maurleon Clawson
  • Tueron Boswell
  • Keyonna Davis
  • Aurelia Kent
  • Christyn Lackey
  • Jaila English
  • Maya Braxton
  • Morganna Rodriguez
  • Dontavion Rogers
  • Kaylie Hernandez
  • Shayanna Henry
  • Kaden Ambriz-Kelly
  • Na'Zarah Wiggins
  • Samantha Justice
  • Kalie Ambriz-Kelly
  • Alyssa Brooks
  • Sydney Brown
  • Ryan Hyche
  • Jonathan Turner
  • Tion Greer
  • Joe Hayes
  • Jaime Vasquez
  • Kylie Smith
  • Bryan Mireles
  • Arnold Clark
  • Gentlemen of Route 1

Sheri Grove

Principal,
Stevenson Middle School

Week of December 3rd

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Our week was filled with the joys of our students exploring new interests, pursuing existing ones, and classrooms stirring with engagement and learning. Social Studies put their creative skills to work making beach ball size, multi-sided, projects highlighting visual and textual information about the Bill of rights, applications to real life, and their ideas. Constitution posters, mini books, and a graffiti wall lined the walls and represented their journey through learning.

Teya Adhams represented Stevenson at the MCWT finals Saturday morning, in Southfield, with her website: Power: How I Use Archaeology for Good.  Teya designed this website in the Get it Girls program for girls interested in technology, Engineering, and STEM endeavors.

One classroom of students explored one of our Leadership Habits, Synergy, with a Dutch Auction of items made and designed by the students including a homemade hand sanitizer dispenser and a Teacher of the Year Award. Wondering if they are going to make a Principal of the Year Award....maybe in a future eblast..lol!

In Math, students studied patterns and measurement by building playing card houses. Science showed off their creative skills with their 3D cell projects! I could go on and on, but I will save the other departments for next week!!! I continue to get "blown away" by the unbelievable things I see our students and staff accomplishing every day.

Festive Fridays

Every Friday in December will be "Festive Fridays"! Your student is welcome to dress in festive attire or an ugly sweater on Fridays, however, there is no obligation to participate. No hats, please!!!

Stevenson Pep Rally

Our students are gearing up for our 1st ever Stevenson Pep Rally!!! They have taken complete ownership and leadership over planning and implementing the event. It will take place on the last day of school in December. They have planned a free throw event, invited a finalist from the popular TV show, "So you think you have Talent" to sing the National Anthem (I love that they wanted to include this piece in the rally), and a student skit and dance performance, involvement from the SMS band, and a staff/student volleyball game. Please know this is an event we have planned to reward our students for a great year. As a result, students who make bad choices and do not demonstrate leadership behavior, in the next few weeks, may be excluded from attending the event. We know they will continue demonstrating great leadership!!! Thank you to Mrs. Shipley for assisting these students in their work.

Class Contests

Starting on Monday, our students will be challenging one another in two exciting class contests: 1st-hour classes are competing to see which class will bring in the most box tops!!! Yes, we still collect Boxtops in middle school!!! It is a great way to raise funds for activities and items for the students. We would love to purchase some games for lunchtime as one idea!!! CONTEST #2: Our students would like to help our community by collecting canned foods and toiletries for those in need. I am offering a pizza party for the 7th hour that collects the most before we wrap up 2017!!!! Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students and our community with your donations and boxtops!!!!

Reminders

Just a reminder as winter has arrived, all coats and hats need to be kept in student lockers. Hats and hoods should be removed immediately upon entering the building for security purposes. Some students are losing cell phones recently. This is another important reason to encourage students to keep their phones in their backpacks or lockers at all times. We cannot be responsible for these belongings. In addition, EVERY student has a gym locker and lock. If your child has gym class, please be sure she/he is using the locker. When we have something go missing, it is almost always in the locker room and the student has left belongings out and unattended. Thank you for reminding them. It always saddens us when something goes missing and we are unable to find it for a student.

VERY IMPORTANT!!!! There is a half day on Tuesday with dismissal at 11 am.

Chicago trip

The deadline for the first payment for the 7th grade Chicago trip has been pushed back a week! Please be sure to get your payment in ASAP to Mrs. D'Angelo. Also, if parents want to chaperone, you will need to contact your OWN CHILD's  Social Studies teacher. Please inquire if interested as the cost is more for adults attending. Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in your child attending. As much as we would love to provide these opportunities, at no expense, to our students, we simply do not have the funds or ability to do so. Our deepest and sincere apologies! Your deposit may be turned into Mrs. D'Angelo in room 32. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. D'Angelo at  dangelol@wwcsd.net

The Stevenson Yearbook is still on sale

This is a great time of year to order a yearbook for your student as a gift. Prices start at only $24 and can be upgraded to include being personalized and hard-cover. There is no guarantee that there will be extra yearbooks to sell at the end of the year. We receive only a limited quantity and we sold out last on the first day of sales. The ONLY way to be sure that you will receive a yearbook is to order one during this time. Please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to order your yearbook today. If you have any questions or cannot order online, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net or call (734) 419-2350.

Community Photography

Do you have a great school event photograph that you know would make a wonderful addition to the Stevenson Yearbook? For the first time ever, the Stevenson Yearbook has a community upload page for pictures. Please visit community.lifetouch.com and use the following access code: LTRKQR to create an account where photographs can be uploaded. Please remember that pictures must be school appropriate. Also, uploading an image is not a guarantee that it will be used in the yearbook. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Yearbook Supervisor, Ms. Cosgrove, at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

Snacks

We are noticing students purchasing large numbers of snacks and bags of chips at lunchtime. We are going to limit chip purchases to a maximum of 2 bags of chips. Please speak with your child about the importance of making good choices at lunch for their health and learning. Thank you so much!

Books Swap

Does your child have a pile of paperback books sitting in their room that they have already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for more exciting reading materials?

The Book Swap is for you!

How it Works

From November 20- January 31st students may bring in any "gently used" paperback

books to the Media Center for donation. We will track the number of books brought in. The maximum number of books a student may bring in is 15. We will not be able to accept books after January 31st.

In the beginning of January, I will allow students to start exchanging books for any of the books I have on the cart in the media center for swap or any of the books other students have brought in.

Book Criteria

Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Books must be paperback and appropriate for middle grades.
  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges
  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted

Please note that the selection of books available will be based on books donated. We

cannot ensure specific titles, etc. If you have any questions please contact Ms. McComb at (734) 419- 2360 or at mccombk@wwcsd.net.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Stevenson Middle School from December 11 - 15, 2017. We need volunteers! Students come with their ELA classes. There are no "preview days" in middle school. Purchases may be made from 7:50 a.m. on Monday through C lunch on Friday during school hours. Students must have a pass from a teacher if they are not with a class. We may be open from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, during the home basketball game, if we have volunteers to cover that time. The daily volunteer shifts are AM from 7:50 - 11:20 and PM from 11:15 - 2:40. Please click this link to the SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49AEAC29A3FD0-stevenson1 to select a shift. Thank you!

Week at a Glance:

Monday -  Boxtops (1st hours), Canned food, and toiletries (7th hours) contest begins!!!!!!!!

Tuesday - Half Day!!! Dismissal at 11 am!!!!! Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday!

Wednesday - All School Read!!! Honor Society meetings today at 7:15 am and from 2:50 to 3:50 pm, wrap gifts for our Salvation Army families that we have adopted for the holiday season. Boys Basketball at SMS at 4 pm. Bowling team at 4:15 at Wayne Bowl on Michigan Ave. in Wayne!

Thursday - Swim Meet at John Glenn High School 4 pm start. Field trip to tour the Career Technical Center for our 8th graders today!!!

Friday - "Festive Friday"! Feel free to wear your holiday attire or an ugly sweater. Progress reports sent home with students today and can be accessed through the Parent Connect portal as well! Basketball Team pictures. Field trip to tour the Career Technical Center today for our 8th graders!!

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of November 26th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families

I hope everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable holiday with family and friends! Although short, we had lots of exciting things happen in our few days. Our NHS officers led the city council in the Pledge of Allegiance at City Hall Monday evening. This followed a fantastic night of basketball by our Stevenson Saints and cheerleaders!!! Our students celebrated our school spirit with a variety of fun-filled spirit days, and our staff learned some awesome Google Virtual experiences to share with students and engage them in more real-life experiences!!!

Chicago

We are extending the 7th-grade first deposit for Chicago by one week. Make sure to get your first deposit into secure your spot on the trip. Your deposit may be turned into Mrs. D'Angelo in room 32. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. D'Angelo at  dangelol@wwcsd.net

Newspaper Staff Meeting 

The next newspaper staff meeting will be held on Thursday, November 30th from 2:45-3:30 in Computer Lab 310. If you have not joined the staff, but would like to, it's not too late. Just show up at the meeting on Thursday.

Snacks at Lunch

We are noticing students purchasing large numbers of snacks and bags of chips at lunchtime. We are going to limit chip purchases to a maximum of 2 bags of chips. Please speak with your child about the importance of making good choices at lunch for their health and learning. Thank you so much!

Student Pick Up

We do not have supervision or staff to supervise students between the dismissal of school and the start of athletic events (which often begin as late as 4 pm). Please make arrangements for your child to be supervised or picked up between these times. We do not want any child left unsupervised, for their safety and care, at any time. Most staff and teachers have left school for the day. If you are unable to provide a pickup or supervision for your child after school, please have him/her leave at the end of the school day per his/her normal mode of transportation. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but our student's safety must be our top priority. Thank you for your understanding!

Book Swap

Does your child have a pile of paperback books sitting in their room that they have already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for more exciting reading materials?

The Book Swap is for you!

How it Works

From November 20- January 31st students may bring in any "gently used" paperback

books to the Media Center for donation. We will track the number of books brought in. The maximum number of books a student may bring in is 15. We will not be able to accept books after January 31st.

In the beginning of January, I will allow students to start exchanging books for any of the books I have on the cart in the media center for swap or any of the books other students have brought in.

Book Criteria

Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Books must be paperback and appropriate for middle grades.
  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges
  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted

Please note that the selection of books available will be based on books donated. We cannot ensure specific titles, etc. If you have any questions please contact Ms. McComb at (734) 419- 2360 or at mccombk@wwcsd.net

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Stevenson Middle School from December 11 - 15, 2017. We need volunteers! Students come with their ELA classes. There are no "preview days" in middle school. Purchases may be made from 7:50 a.m. on Monday through C lunch on Friday during school hours. Students must have a pass from a teacher if they are not with a class. We may be open from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, during the home basketball game, if we have volunteers to cover that time. The daily volunteer shifts are AM from 7:50 - 11:20 and PM from 11:15 - 2:40. Please click this link to the SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49AEAC29A3FD0-stevenson1 to select a shift. Thank you!

Stevenson Yearbook

The Stevenson Yearbook is currently on sale. Orders may be placed by visiting ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbook prices start $24 and may be upgraded to include a personalized cover and/or hardcover. Please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net if you have any questions or are not able to order online.

Week at a Glance:

 

  • Monday -  Boys Basketball vs Meads Mill start time 4 pm
  • Tuesday - Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday! Swim Team pictures Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 4 pm at John Glenn
  • Wednesday - All school Read!!! Honor Society meetings today and December 6th to prepare gifts for our Salvation Army families that we have adopted for the holiday season.
  • Thursday - Swim Meet at John Glenn High School vs Meads Mill 4 pm start. John Glenn HS Fall Play at 7 pm.
  • Friday - JGHS Fall Play 7pm.

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

Week of November 19th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

We also had a nice evening with parents and families at parent-teacher conferences this week. Thank you to our NJHS students for volunteering and making our nights so enjoyable! Thank you to Bigby Coffee (on Ford Rd.) for providing coffee for our families, and to our families for donating baked goods for our refreshment tables. As a result of your time and generosity, we had another wonderful event for our families to attend! Our school has embraced the 7 Habits of Leadership and spend each morning teaching them to our students. The impact has been tremendous as our students have begun forming leadership teams throughout the building with focuses on developing events and activities, environment, culture, community service and more. It is so exciting to see our students driven and empowered!

Students have been participating in career cruising the past few weeks! This is a computer program and aptitude test which helps students identify their strengths to begin looking at what career fields they might enjoy and excel in. This is one of the steps taken to prepare students for their high school experience and beyond. Thank you to our counselors for their time away from their daily responsibilities to assist our students with this important step.

Our school fundraiser items came on Friday afternoon. They were sent home with students. If your student was absent, please encourage them to stop by the office tomorrow to pick them up. We will as well :)

If you would like your student to ride the bus with another, BOTH students MUST have a note from his/her parent/guardian and it must be signed by the principal BEFORE SCHOOL. We cannot call parents to get permission and facilitate these arrangements. Thank you!

Just a reminder as winter has arrived, all coats and hats need to be kept in student lockers. Hats and hoods should be removed immediately upon entering the building for security purposes. Some students are losing cell phones recently. This is another important reason to encourage students to keep their phones in their backpacks or lockers at all times. We cannot be responsible for these belongings.

Holiday Break

VERY IMPORTANT!!!! There is a half day on Wednesday. Dismissal at 11 am. There is NO SCHOOL this Thursday, and Friday to celebrate the Holiday weekend!!!!!

Food Service Rules

Please know we cannot allow food from other establishments to be eaten in the cafeteria. It is a violation of our district's contract with the food service department. As a result, if you bring food from a fast food restaurant, we will provide an opportunity for a friend to eat in the office with your child, but will be unable to allow him/her to eat the lunch in the cafeteria. In addition, we do not allow any food and drinks, other than water, in the classrooms at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

Student Drop-off Reminder

Just a reminder, when picking up and dropping off your child, please pull up as far as possible to allow cars behind you to get into the lot as well. In addition, please pull to the lane closest to the school to drop your child off whenever possible. It is dangerous for our students to cross in front of cars from when coming from the other lane. Once you have dropped off your child, please exit the parking lot to allow for others to drop off as well. Please do not sit in either lane after dropping off your child. I apologize for sending out these expectations, but we have limited personnel and must be where the children are. We have to count on our families to help keep our parking lot safe and moving. Thank you for your understanding!

Book Swap

Does your child have a pile of paperback books sitting in their room that they have already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for more exciting reading materials? The Book Swap is for you!

How it Works

From November 20- January 31st students may bring in any "gently used" paperback

books to the Media Center for donation. We will track the number of books brought in. The maximum number of books a student may bring in is 15. We will not be able to accept books after January 31st.

In the beginning of January, I will allow students to start exchanging books for any of the books I have on the cart in the media center for swap or any of the books other students have brought in.

Book Criteria

Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Books must be paperback and appropriate for middle grades.
  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges
  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted

Please note that the selection of books available will be based on books donated. We cannot ensure specific titles, etc. If you have any questions please contact Ms. McComb at (734) 419- 2360 or at mccombk@wwcsd.net

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Stevenson Middle School from December 11 - 15, 2017. We need volunteers! Students come with their ELA classes. There are no "preview days" in middle school. Purchases may be made from 7:50 a.m. on Monday through C lunch on Friday during school hours. Students must have a pass from a teacher if they are not with a class. We may be open from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, during the home basketball game, if we have volunteers to cover that time. The daily volunteer shifts are AM from 7:50 - 11:20 and PM from 11:15 - 2:40. Please click this link to the SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49AEAC29A3FD0-stevenson1 to select a shift. Thank you!

The Yearbook Cover Competition

The Yearbook Cover Competition ends tomorrow, Nov. 20th. All submissions are due to Ms. Cosgrove by 3:00 pm. No late work will be accepted. Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 28th during all lunches. The winner will be announced later on that week. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net

The Stevenson Yearbook

The Stevenson Yearbook is currently on sale. Orders may be placed by visiting ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbook prices start $24 and may be upgraded to include a personalized cover and/or hardcover. Please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net if you have any questions or are not able to order online.

Toy Drive

One of our bus drivers is a minister at a local church in Westland.  Every year he heads a huge toy drive that allows the church to help many of our families and others in the community enjoy a nice Christmas.  The attached flyer is information that we would greatly appreciate you sharing with all of your shoppers who will help stuff the buses so that our community families can reap the benefits of your generosity.  The recipients of the toy drive include our students and others in the community. Please see the attached flyer if interested in contributing.

Week at a Glance: Spirit Week!!!!!!!!
 

  • Monday - Wrestling meeting during advisory (1st hour). Home Boys Basketball vs Emerson at 4 pm @ SMS. Stevenson students will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance at City Hall for the monthly city council meeting. Tye Dye Day!!!!
  • Tuesday - Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday! Twin Day!!!
  • Wednesday - ½ Day!!!! Dismissal at 11 am! Honor Society meeting on Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. in room 106. No bowling due to Thanksgiving break! Hat Day ($1 fundraiser for Student Council led Events)!!!!
  • Thursday - NO SCHOOL!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!!
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL!!!!!!

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove
Principal,
Stevenson Middle School

Week of November 12th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

I am so excited to share this with you tonight! As you know the first official card marking ended and report cards will be sent home on Monday with your child. Here is the exciting news.........we had 122 students earn a 4.0 on his/her report card!!!! In addition, we had 461 students make the Honor Roll with a 3.0 or higher. That is almost half of our student body!!!!! That is absolutely incredible!!! This is a true testament to the great things our students are learning and doing every day and how hard they work. Regardless of their GPA, all our students work so hard and do great things every day!!! Thanks to our amazing teachers for all their dedication and commitment to helping our students succeed. Lastly, congratulations to our families for your support, encouragement, and success as well. It truly takes all of us to help our students reach their full potential. I hope you will share this with all your friends and share all the positive and wonderful things happening at Stevenson Middle School!!! I am beaming with pride in our students and school!!!!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be happening this week!!! There are 2 sessions: Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm, and Wednesday from 3:10 to 6:10 pm. All conferences will be limited to 5 minutes with the option to make an additional apt., with the teacher, if more time is needed. I am going to encourage teachers to set a timer for consistency in the process.

Conferences will be held in the cafeteria and gym areas to create a convenient and efficient way of seeing all your student's teachers without traveling throughout the building and being unable to assess the length of lines. Seventh-grade teachers will be in the gym area, along with elective teachers. Eighth-grade teachers will be in the cafeteria. There will be light refreshments and a sibling station for siblings to color and do puzzles while waiting for parents and students to see their teachers. National Junior Honor Society students will supervise the sibling table. Please park at the rear of the building, either side of the building, and on the sides of the building. We will only have the rear east and west doors unlocked for security and safety. There will be a locator to direct families in finding their teachers and counselors. Ms. Daniels, our counseling secretary, will also be available to help with signing families up with our Parent Connect program which allows you to monitor your student's attendance, tardies, grades, missing assignments, and more.

The following teachers will only be available for one of the 2 sessions because they work at more than one school: Ms. Laidlaw, Ms. Mandrelle, Ms. Green, Ms. Resseguie, Mr. Heitjan, Ms. McKinney, Mr. Woodard, and Mr. Wagner. I will include their schedule in a separate email tomorrow (Monday). All other teachers will be available both sessions. Lastly, we will have Stevenson spirit wear available for purchase. Most items are around $10 to $25. Cash only, please! We hope to see everyone there!!!!!!!!

Special Thank You

A special thank you to our wonderful new superintendent, Dr. Holt, for volunteering to come in and spend time with our WSMS (student video announcement team) students this week. The students had so much fun interviewing Dr. Holt and just spending time with her! Her interview is on our video announcements which can always be found on our school website daily for your enjoyment and school information. I encourage everyone to check them out!!

Winter Reminder

Just a reminder as winter has arrived, all coats and hats need to be kept in student lockers. Hats and hoods should be removed immediately upon entering the building for security purposes. Some students are losing cell phones recently. This is another important reason to encourage students to keep their phones in their backpacks or lockers at all times. We cannot be responsible for these belongings.

Yearbook Photos

Do you want a lasting memory of this awesome year at Stevenson? Then remember to order your SMS yearbook at ybpay.lifetouch.com. There is no guarantee that there will be any yearbooks left at the end of the year. This is your only way of guaranteeing a  yearbook for your son or daughter. If you have any questions or are unable to order, please contact or see Ms. Cosgrove in Room 330. You can either e-mail at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net or call (734) 419-2350.

Other Announcements

There is no bowling for the next two Wednesdays due to conferences on the 15th and Thanksgiving Break on the 22nd. The next time we bowl is November 29th.

Boxtops- if each person could collect and turn in 20 box tops we could raise $1,000 for games to play in the cafeteria!

Student Pickup Reminder

Just a reminder, when picking up and dropping off your child, please pull up as far as possible to allow cars behind you to get into the lot as well. In addition, please pull to the lane closest to the school to drop your child off whenever possible. It is dangerous for our students to cross in front of cars from when coming from the other lane. Once you have dropped off your child, please exit the parking lot to allow for others to drop off as well. Please do not sit in either lane after dropping off your child. I apologize for sending out these expectations, but we have limited personnel and must be where the children are. We have to count on our families to help keep our parking lot safe and moving. Thank you for your understanding!

Do you enjoy participating in team building activities and making friends? 

John Glenn High School's JROTC leadership program is seeking to get middle school students involved in a fun, hands-on after-school club called the Leaders of Stevenson.  At this after-school club, you can learn drill movements, leadership, and team building skills.  You can also improve your confidence, grades, self-esteem and your ability to communicate.  The Leaders of Stevenson group will run from 3:00 until 4:00 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 15th.  Bring your friends and get ready to have fun while improving yourself and your school.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools needs your help

We need your participation in a process that will allow students, staff, parents and community members to provide perspectives on how we will invest in our facilities in the years ahead. This process will include face-to-face meetings and an opportunity to participate in an online format.

Please join us at one of the community meetings:

November 14, 2017
5:15 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

or

November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

Or share your input by completing the survey on our website https://www.wwcsd.net/

If you have any questions about the Choicework process, please contact Jim Larson-Shidler at 734-419-2042 or Larson-shidlerJ@wwcsd.net.
 

Calendar Dates

There are MANY important dates coming up in November. Please mark your calendars so you don't miss any of these events and planning dates!

  • Monday, Nov. 13th - Report Cards Issued.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Wednesday, Nov 15th - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:10 to 6:10 pm. JROTC meeting at 3 pm for students who would like to join. See description above.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Half Day! Dismissal at 11 am.

     Nov. 23rd thru Nov. 26th - NO SCHOOL! Due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - Report cards come home!!!!!
  • Tuesday - Conferences 5 to 8 pm at the rear of the building! Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday!
  • Wednesday - Conferences 3:10 to 6:10 pm at the rear of the building! NO BOWLING due to conferences!
  • Thursday - Happy Thursday!!
  • Friday - *Donuts and water are sold each Friday before school to support the Peer to Peer program! $1 each.

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Week of November 5th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

This week was filled with fun and excitement as many celebrated the holiday and came with their many treasures in hand (Kit Kats, Snickers, Smarties, etc.)! Before school, I started seeing wrappers randomly appearing in the hallways, I made an announcement asking our students to help the custodians keep our building beautiful and was so impressed with their willingness to help. We also had a practice "passing time" lockdown drill to test our students and staff on the procedures when they weren't already in classrooms. They were fantastic!!!!! Mrs. Szailai and I are even bringing treats to one class, on Monday, for running their own lockdown procedures to the letter when the teacher had been held up helping a student in the hallway unexpectedly. She entered the classroom to find the lights off, smartboard powered down, students completely silent and sitting against the walls out of sight!!!! When we commended them, they simply said, "we did what we were supposed to do". Those are the moments that just make your heart warm inside!

Just a reminder that it is Daylight Savings Time this weekend!!! Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before school starts on Monday!

This Tuesday, Nov. 7th, there is NO SCHOOL all day for staff professional development!!!

It's not too late to join the newspaper staff. If you are interested, please join them from 2:45 till 3:30 in Lab 310 on Thursday, November 9th.

Boxtops- if each person could collect and turn in 20 box tops we could raise $1,000 for games to play in the cafeteria

Swim team tryouts/practice for any 7th and 8th-grade boys and girls begin Monday through Thursday, November 6,7,8 and 9, 3:30-5pm at the John Glenn High School pool. Must have a physical on file to try out.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be happening on November 14th and 15th!!! There are 2 sessions: Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm, and Wednesday from 3:10 to 6:10 pm. All conferences will be limited to 5 minutes with the option to make an additional apt., with the teacher, if more time is needed. I am going to encourage teachers to set a timer for consistency in the process. Conferences will be held in the cafeteria and gym areas to create a convenient and efficient way of seeing all your student's teachers without traveling throughout the building and being unable to assess the length of lines. Seventh-grade teachers will be in the gym area, along with elective teachers. Eighth-grade teachers will be in the cafeteria. There will be light refreshments and a sibling station for siblings to color and do puzzles while waiting for parents and students to see their teachers. National Junior Honor Society students will supervise the sibling table. Please park at the rear of the building, either side of the building, and on the sides of the building. We will only have the rear east and west doors unlocked for security and safety. There will be a locator to direct families in finding their teachers and counselors. Ms. Daniels, our counseling secretary, will also be available to help with signing families up with our Parent Connect program which allows you to monitor your student's attendance, tardies, grades, missing assignments, and more. The following teachers will only be available for one of the 2 sessions because they work at more than one school: Ms. Laidlaw, Ms. Mandrelle, Ms. Green, Ms. Resseguie, Mr. Heitjan, Ms. McKinney, Mr. Woodard, and Mr. Wagner. I will include their schedule for next week's e-blast. All other teachers will be available both sessions. Lastly, we will have Stevenson spirit wear available for purchase. Most items are around $10 to $25. Cash only, please! We hope to see everyone there!!!!!!!!

Dropoff Policy

Just a reminder, when picking up and dropping off your child, please pull up as far as possible to allow cars behind you to get into the lot as well. In addition, please pull to the lane closest to the school to drop your child off whenever possible. It is dangerous for our students to cross in front of cars from when coming from the other lane. Once you have dropped off your child, please exit the parking lot to allow for others to drop off as well. Please do not sit in either lane after dropping off your child. I apologize for sending out these expectations, but we have limited personnel and must be where the children are. We have to count on our families to help keep our parking lot safe and moving. Thank you for your understanding!

Bowling Information

Stevenson Bowling met on Wednesday to kick off the season. If your student would like to join the fun, they are still welcome to come register on November 8th. The bowling club meets at Wayne Bowl on Michigan Avenue, Wednesdays at 4:15 to sign in and warm up. Bowling starts at 4:30. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Gulian.

Swimming

Boys and girls Swimming begins Monday, Nov. 6th at John Glenn High School 3:30-5pm.

Do you enjoy participating in team building activities and making friends? 

John Glenn High School's JROTC leadership program is seeking to get middle school students involved in a fun, hands-on after-school club called the Leaders of Stevenson.  At this, after-school club, you can learn drill movements, leadership, and team building skills.  You can also improve your confidence, grades, self-esteem and your ability to communicate.  The Leaders of Stevenson group will run from 3:00 until 4:00 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 15th.  Bring your friends and get ready to have fun while improving yourself and your school.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools needs your help.

We need your participation in a process that will allow students, staff, parents and community members to provide perspectives on how we will invest in our facilities in the years ahead. This process will include face-to-face meetings and an opportunity to participate in an online format.

Please join us at one of the community meetings:

November 14, 2017
5:15 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

or

November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

Or share your input by completing the survey on our website https://www.wwcsd.net/

If you have any questions about the Choicework process, please contact Jim Larson-Shidler at 734-419-2042 or Larson-shidlerJ@wwcsd.net.

There are MANY important dates coming up in November. Please mark your calendars so you don't miss any of these events and planning dates!

  • Tuesday, Nov 7th - NO SCHOOL due to teacher prof. Development and election day.
  • Monday, Nov. 13th - Report Cards Issued.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Wednesday, Nov 15th - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:10 to 6:10 pm.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Half Day! Dismissal at 11 am.
  • Nov. 23rd thru Nov. 26th - NO SCHOOL! Due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - The new Superintendent, Dr. Shelley Holt, will be interviewed by our very own WSMS student video team. You can check out the interview, along with all our daily video announcements, on our website!

Swim team tryouts/practice for any 7th and 8th-grade boys and girls begin Monday through Thursday, November 6,7,8 and 9, 3:30-5pm at the John Glenn High School pool. Must have a physical on file to try out.


Tuesday - NO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swim try-outs still!!!

Wednesday - Please bring your book to our school-wide reading every Wednesday!

  • Join the bowling club! 4:15 every Tuesday for 16 weeks. $5.00 for bowling and shoes each week. $10 the first day only. Bowling club bowls on Mich. Ave. in Wayne. Everyone is welcome!!!!!

There will be an Honor Society meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. to prepare for parent-teacher conferences in room 106.

Swim Tryouts!

Thursday - Swim Tryouts!

Friday - *Donuts and water are sold each Friday before school to support the Peer to Peer program! $1 each.

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Sheri Grove
Principal,
Stevenson Middle School

Week of October 30th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

Hang on families, this is a long one!!!!!

This was a wonderful week and full of fun and learning!!!I This week was so much fun with the Halloween Dance and activity night! Our students were perfect!!! I was so incredibly proud of them!!!! I'm not sure who had more fun...the students or adults!!! Thank you to our staff and parent volunteers for making the night so memorable and enjoyable for all!! We also had our Young Inventors team experienced and learned about opportunities in the automotive, engineering, and design industry with a visit from Alpha USA, race car driver, Danny Kellermeyer, and we had multiple brand new Corvette race cars gracing our parking lot at Stevenson for the students to see and get pictures with. Congratulations on a great job by our those band members participating in the Wayne Memorial Friday Night Lights performance with the WMHS marching band! We have such amazing and talented students!!!!!

Halloween

Tuesday, please do not send students in costumes. They are welcome to wear a Halloween shirt or attire, but no costumes, please! The student council is having an orange and black spirit day to celebrate!!!! Also, please do not allow them to bring their Halloween candy to school on the days following. You can imagine what all that sugar can do when it is paired with 850 middle schoolers :) In addition, the wrappers can cause quite a bit of clean up for our custodians. Thank you so much for your support!!!!

Thank you to all the families who helped with this year's school fundraiser. Your efforts are so appreciated!!!!

PLEASE DO NOT allow your student to bring homemade or store bought "slime" to school. In addition to the obvious disruption it causes to instruction, it has created quite a mess for our hard-working custodians. We really appreciate your support with this"slimy" issue!!!!

Student Dropoff / Pickup

Just a reminder, when picking up and dropping off your child, please pull up as far as possible to allow cars behind you to get into the lot as well. In addition, please pull to the lane closest to the school to drop your child off whenever possible. It is dangerous for our students to cross in front of cars from when coming from the other lane. Once you have dropped off your child, please exit the parking lot to allow for others to drop off as well. Please do not sit in either lane after dropping off your child. I apologize for sending out these expectations, but we have limited personnel and must be where the children are. We have to count on our families to help keep our parking lot safe and moving. Thank you for your understanding!

Field Trip Information

There is an opportunity to add a 3rd bus for the 8th grade Philly/Gettysburg trip if there is enough interest. Mrs. Sullivan needs parents, who have not already registered due to the trip being full but would like their child to attend, to email her at sullivans@wwcsd.net. As of last week, we were only 40 short.

Stevenson Bowling met on Wednesday to kick off the season. If your student would like to join the fun, they are still welcome to come register on November 1st or November 8th. The bowling club meets at Wayne Bowl on Michigan Avenue, Wednesdays at 4:15 to sign in and warm up. Bowling starts at 4:30. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Gulian.

The 7th graders are going to Chicago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a voluntary trip for the first 100 7th graders to register and turn in their deposit. The information and flyers are attached! There will be a parent meeting November 1 at 6 pm in Media Center for those interested. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. D'Angelo at DAngeloL@wwcsd.net.

Important Events

Boys and girls Swimming begins Monday, Nov. 6th at John Glenn High School 3:30-5pm.

The Yearbook Club will be starting on Thursday, Nov. 2nd. It will be held from 2:45 - 3:45 in Computer Lab 310. Meetings will be every Thursday and will run in conjunction with the Newspaper Staff.  Applications are located outside of Ms. Cosgrove's Art Room 330. Applications include parent signature and recommendation from another staff member. Applications must be turned in to Ms. Cosgrove by Wednesday, Nov. 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cosgrove at cosgrovet@wwcsd.net.

Do you enjoy participating in team building activities and making friends? 

John Glenn High School's JROTC leadership program is seeking to get middle school students involved in a fun, hands-on after-school club called the Leaders of Stevenson.  At this after-school club, you can learn drill movements, leadership, and team building skills.  You can also improve your confidence, grades, self-esteem and your ability to communicate.  The Leaders of Stevenson group will run from 3:00 until 4:00 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 15th.  Bring your friends and get ready to have fun while improving yourself and your school.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools needs your help

We need your participation in a process that will allow students, staff, parents and community members to provide perspectives on how we will invest in our facilities in the years ahead. This process will include face-to-face meetings and an opportunity to participate in an online format.

Please join us at one of the community meetings

November 14, 2017: 5:15 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

or

November 16, 2017: 6:00 p.m.
Dyer Senior Adult Center, 36745 Marquette, Westland

Or share your input by completing the survey on our website https://www.wwcsd.net/

If you have any questions about the Choicework process, please contact Jim Larson-Shidler at 734-419-2042 or Larson-shidlerJ@wwcsd.net.
 

November Important Dates

There are MANY important dates coming up in November. Please mark your calendars so you don't miss any of these events and planning dates!

  • Tuesday, Nov 7th - NO SCHOOL due to teacher prof. Development and election day.
  • Monday, Nov. 13th - Report Cards Issued.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Wednesday, Nov 15th - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:10 to 6:10 pm.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Half Day! Dismissal at 11 am.
  • Nov. 23rd thru Nov. 26th - NO SCHOOL! Due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - Happy Monday!
  • Tuesday - Happy Halloween!!! Orange and Black spirit Day!!!!!

*Join the bowling club! 4:15 every Tuesday for 16 weeks. $5.00 for bowling and shoes each week. $10 the first day only. Bowling club bowls on Mich. Ave. in Wayne. Everyone is welcome!!!!!

  • Wednesday - Boys Basketball Try-outs begin after school until 44:15 pm.Be dressed to play! You must have a sports physical on file to try-out! 6pm parent meeting for the 7th grade Chicago trip in the SMS Media Center. Please bring your book for our school-wide reading every Wednesday!
  • Thursday - Improv Team Rehearsal 2:50 to 4:30pm
  • Friday - *Donuts and water are sold each Friday before school to support the Peer to Peer program! $1 each.

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Followup Information

As I mentioned in an earlier eblast, we have started a wonderful new program for recognizing our outstanding student leaders. It is so hard to capture all the great things our students do everyday, but this is one more effort to do so. The program is called, "I was caught being a leader". Staff members nominate students, on our form, for doing something extra special above the normal expectations we have for our student body. The form is turned in to the principal. Myself or Mrs. Szailai, our Assistant Principal, writes additional comments on the form praising these efforts. Forms are then given to the student to share at home. In addition, students are given a few special "treats", his/her name is announced over the PA, and a special phone call home is made by a principal. I plan to share these names monthly in my future eblasts too!!!

Congratulations to our September and October student leaders!!!

  • Destiny Rush Teiana Abney
  • Ian Tolonen Ashton Thomas
  • Quinton Henderson Chelsea Hogan
  • Ethan Kuhn Anna Hesseltine
  • Abby Organ Jaydon Kazlawskas
  • Richard Marchwinski Demarius Gibson
  • Mykalah Garrison Hunter Russell
  • Cena Howard Tyrone Jones
  • Joseph Miller Samantha Kluesner
  • Ariona Beal Naveah Stevens
  • Darius Spruce Lily Tase
  • Chyanna Hooper McKenzie Southern
  • Shayanna Henry Gracie Moran
  • Emmanuela Nwizu Jaila English
  • April Grace Brianna Robb
  • Kassidee Dudley Tynisha Clemons
  • Lucy Elwell Jaime Vasquez

Have a wonderful evening!

Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School

 

Week of October 25th

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

As we continue to practice our leadership habits, we are seeing significant improvements in the areas of tardies and behavior. Please continue to talk with your students about making good decisions, being proactive versus reactive, and the benefits of being a leader. It is still a transition time, especially for our 7th graders, as they learn the expectations for success at middle school.

We had a wonderful and successful "Pink out" in honor of Cancer Awareness month. Thanks to your support, National Junior Honor Society was also able to raise over $150 towards our Relay for Life event at the end of the year!!!

Next week is our Halloween Dance and activity night on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7pm. Tickets were on sale in all lunches this week for $5, the last day to buy a ticket is Monday, so food and drinks may be purchased accordingly. This price includes admission, a pizza slice, and pop or water. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Students must have their ID. Costumes are allowed, but masks and weapon like props are prohibited!!! To volunteer, please sign up using this link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49adab2aa0fc1-stevenson

No costumes, accessories, or hats during school PLEASE!!!

Fundraiser forms and money are due TUESDAY, however, we will continue to collect them through the week. Cash and money orders only please! Fundraisers may be turned in to the main office!

Any student who would like to join the newspaper staff should attend the meeting on Thursday, October 26th in computer Lab 310 after school from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. If you did not pick up an application, ask your ELA teacher or Mrs. Rourk.

Reminder: The deadline for a first deposit for the 8th grade Philadelphia/Gettysburg trip is Oct 27th.

Please send in your Boxtops to the main office throughout the year!

Congratulations to our band students on an outstanding performance with John Glenn's Marching Band last Friday!!! It was so exciting to see our students on the arena field at JG!!!

Congratulations to our new cheer team and to our cross country and volleyball teams for a wonderful season!!! We are so proud of you!

Boys Basketball tryouts Nov. 1.   Sports physicals must be turned in before October 30.

We would greatly appreciate your support in reminding students to keep cell phones and earbuds put away at all times, except lunches. Also, all hoods and hats should be removed before entering the building for security purposes. Thank you for reminding your students!

Wayne Memorial is once again hosting Spooktacular - the free community event for children grades 6 and under.  It will be Friday, October 27th from 5:30 - 6:30 with free band show at 7:15 pm. The band show will include some of our own Stevenson Saints!!!!  Please bring your children and have a great time!

For those who like to plan ahead:

Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. The dates are Tuesday, November 14th from 5 to 8 pm and Wednesday, November 15th from 3:10 to 6:10 pm. If you are unable to make conference times and have a need or concern, you are welcome to make a phone apt as well.

No school on Tuesday, November 7th for Election Day!!

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday - Happy Monday!!!
  • Tuesday - Halloween Dance from 5:30 to 7pm. School Fundraiser Due to main office! Bring your book for the all school read tomorrow!
  • Wednesday - Young Inventor's Kick off in the cafeteria! All school reading!
  • Thursday - Newspaper Meeting at 2:45pm
  • Friday - Deadline for the 1st deposit for the 8th grade trip!!! WMHS Band Performance with some of our Stevenson Saints at 7:15pm and the free Spooktacular event at WM at 5:30pm.

**Don't forget to check our Google calendar, on our school website, for all away athletic games and events. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/middle-schools/stevenson-middle-school/  

Week of October 22nd

Good Evening Stevenson Saints and Families,

This week was filled with lots of life lessons! Mrs. Shipley held a hallway presentation, for each hallway, throughout the week. Several students helped her demonstrate proactive and reactive behaviors using fun props like ping pong balls and relays. She reinforced our Leader in Me habits and expectations for success. In addition, we had a special guest speaker, Anthony Ioanni, to speak about his struggles with bullying as an autistic child growing up and how he overcame though challenges to become a successful NCAA basketball star. Our student lighthouse team met for the first time to begin planning the many ways they can utilize the clubs, teams, and organizations they represent to make positive impact and experiences for our Stevenson students. They had so many great ideas.....the upcoming Halloween dance will be their first big debut!!!!  I think their inspiration came from the delicious pancakes Mr. Witherspoon and I served up during their brainstorming session!! Lastly, Mrs. Szalai, our Asst. Principal, rubbed salt in the womb, for all of us Michigan fans, by playing the Spartan MSU fight sound as she walked through the hallways and over the PA system on Monday morning!!! It was a tough start to the day for the maize and blue fans!!!! All in all, it was a fun, enjoyable, and exciting week of learning!!!

Our Honor Society students concluded the week by participating in the JGHS Homecoming parade!! Thank you, Mr. McKay, for the wonderful photos!!!! Great job representing the Saints NJHS!!!

The Stevenson Middle School 8th Grade Band will be joining the John Glenn High School Marching Band for their annual Friday Night Lights performance at 7 p.m. on October 20th. Participating students should report to the John Glenn High School Band Room for a Pot-Luck and rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. Students should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Please direct any questions or concerns to Mr. DeLisle at delisler@wwcsd.net. Have fun Saints!!!!!!!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Junior Honor Society will be sponsoring a Pink Out on Friday, October 20th. Students may wear as much pink as they want. We will be selling bracelets and stickers the morning that students may purchase. We will also be having Crazy Hat Day, for a dollar, any student can wear a hat, they will get a wristband and must wear the wristband all day. Remember, hoodies are not hats. All the money we raise will go to the Karmanos Cancer Center. Honor Society thanks you for your support.

Honor Society is still collecting diapers, non-perishable food items and clothing for the victims of the recent hurricanes until October 19th. There are bins for collection in the cafeteria, main office, and in room 106. Honor Society and Mrs. Perlman thank you for your support.

The Halloween Dance will be Tuesday, Oct 24th from 5:30-7pm. The cost is  $5 and includes a slice of pizza and pop. School appropriate Costumes only, no masks or weapon-like props.

Reminder: The deadline for a first deposit for the 8th grade Philadelphia/Gettysburg trip is Oct 27th.

Please send in your Boxtops to the main office throughout the year!

Student council applications are due Thursday, Oct. 19th.  Students may either turn them into the box in the counseling office or to Mrs. Shultz in room 327.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  A list of students eligible to run for office will be listed outside the main office on Friday, Oct 20th.  

Boys Basketball tryouts Nov. 1.   Sports physicals must be turned in before October 30.  

All girls trying out for cheer must have already turned in a permission form and are required to attend at least one clinic this week. Clinics are held in the SMS cafeteria on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Clinics will be run by JGHS cheerleaders and coaches. Try-outs are this Thursday, October 19 at 3:00 pm in the SMS cafeteria.

The Westland Public Library is now offering Homework Help for students grades 1-12. Please see attached flyer.

Week at a Glance:
 

  • Monday - Cheer Clinic 3 to 4 pm in the cafeteria.
  • Tuesday - Fire Drill at 2 pm. Please bring your book for our school-wide reading every Wednesday! Cheer Clinic 3 to 4 pm in the cafeteria.
  • Wednesday - Home Volleyball vs Franklin start time 3:30 for 7th grade, 4:30 for 8th grade. Cheer Clinic 3 to 4 pm in the cafeteria.
  • Thursday - Cheer try-outs at 3 pm in the cafeteria. Student Council apps due!
  • Friday - PINK OUT!!!!!!!!  Friday Night Lights band performance with JGHS at 7 pm at JG. Band students should arrive by 4:30 pm for the potluck!


In addition to our Friday NIght LIghts event at JGHS, we are excited to announce the same amazing experience for our students heading to Wayne Memorial for their high school experience next year!

WMHS Zebra Marching Band is hosting Friday Night Lights October 27.  It is a FREE performance of their show - without sharing the field with the football team.  It follows the WMHS Spooktacular and is open to the public.

The WMHS ZMB is an incredible program and has more than quadrupled in size in the last decade and a half while continuing to win multiple awards year after year.  Many/Most of its members are honor roll students.  The WMHS ZMB has the honor of being nicknamed The Pride of Wayne High.

We hope to see everyone at the WMHS Spooktacular event followed by the Friday Night Lights Band Spectacular on the football field!
Go Saints!!!!


Sheri Grove,
Principal
Stevenson Middle School