Student Representatives Monthly Report
Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology
Submitted: India Fizer & Tyshon Price Date: January 2019
Greetings from the Home of the Warriors!
As always we want to begin by thanking the Board of Education and our Superintendent for the opportunity to share with you all of the activities, upcoming events, and to uplift the positive aspects of our school community because we believe that Warriors are winners and success is the only option!
Here are a few highlights since last month’s session together and our Warrior forecast for the month of January:
As we continue to routinely celebrate student and staff success, we are proud to announce our December Student of the Month award recipients:
Gregory Dixon, Jr.
:Our December Staff Member of the Month and recipient of the Warrior Spear is our entire Restorative Practices Team: Mr. Eric Johnson, Mrs. Lisa Herman, Mrs. Carla Ware-Parker, Mrs. Kristyn Biondo, Mr. Nicholas Hamilton, Mr. Jamie Glinz. We are grateful for their leadership and their collective effort to work with students and staff to restore community and to help right the wrongs that resulted in harm.
We want to thank the middle and K-8 schools that allowed us to visit and to talk to 8th graders about Southfield A & T as an option for high school. We will host an Open House for 8th graders and their parents on January 24th at 6:30 p.m. to visit the Home of the Warriors, where every dream has a journey and every career has a pathway.
During the week of December 17th – 21st, the NHS and Mrs. Gibson hosted a HOLIDAY EXTREME school spirit week to close out the year of 2018 unlike any other. The week was full of FUN activities for every day to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to themed attire options, students had door decorating challenges, letter writing competitions, seminar activities, snaps with Santa, and more. This event taught us that helping others can be a fun experience for all. Thanks National Honors society for caring enough to do your very best to help others in need!
In addition to skills as educators, we discovered that some of our staff members are master chefs because they won the cooking competition that took place in the Home of the Warriors. The champions for each of the four categories are: Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. LaSovage, Mrs. Wadehra, and Mrs. Ward.
Our Fine Arts Festival was remarkable this year. It was an evening of drama, dance, art, music, and creative fun for all ages to enjoy. Dr. Charles, Mr. Martin, Mrs. Baldridge, Mrs. Schinke, Mr. Gary, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Hamilton, Mr. Paniccia, Mrs. McNeece, Mrs. Hermann and every single talented student and staff member that contributed to this event deserved a standing ovation for a December to Remember.
Our Senior Sponsors (Coach Conley and Mrs. Wardell-Stone) and the Class of 2019 hosted an exciting Lip Sync Battle, which got our hearts racing, hands clapping, toes tapping, and fingers snapping. In addition to the peer fun, and raising of funds, the teamwork exemplified by the large number of staff members and student leaders that lended a hand and supported the execution of this event is worthy of acknowledgement. Whether behind the scenes doing production, selling tickets, patrolling the isle, monitoring the door, choreographing a routine, or more, this event revealed school spirit and that we are Warrior Strong!
During the winter recess, our Business Professionals of America chapter participated in the regional competition on January 4th. Three people earned diplomat level torch awards, these people are Ashylnne Jackson, India Jhons, and Tyshon Price. We collectively learned a great deal from this experience, we bonded as a team, and have a greater appreciation for the hard work and effort invested in this process. We also want to thank our BPA sponsor, Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Williams, for giving us their personal time and working with us during the winter break.
As we embark upon the journey into the New Year, January 7th through 11th is welcome back week. After an extended break from school, intentional efforts are being made to help restore relationships, resume learning routines and school community expectations. OK-2-Say Presentations will also be held on January 9th and 10th in gender -specific grade level meetings to encourage students to demonstrate courage by using their voice to report harm and to protect others and themselves from danger.
The Senior Parent Meeting for the month of January is scheduled for Thursday, January 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Get ready, get ready, get ready Warriors! Final Exams are scheduled for January 17th, 18th, and 22nd. Each day will be an early release schedule upon completion of the designated final exams. The final exam schedule will be posted and communicated via robo-call, email blast, and school flyer.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be observed on January 21st. School will be closed, yet we look forward to all Warriors and their families participating in the MLK Walk. We all are responsible for keeping the dream alive and becoming the change we wish to see in the world.
Semester Two begins Wednesday, January 23rd. This will be a fresh start for all Warriors and the Class of 2019 will be one semester away from graduation.
In closing, here is an update on Warrior Athletics:
We are currently Ranked #7 in the State of Michigan
Our Women’s Basketball Team is on a roll… Their Record is 6 – 1 with convincing wins over the Winter Break our ladies defeated Birmingham Groves 73-31 on 1/4/19
also defeated Chicago Phillips High School 59-44 in the Motor City Round Ball Classic where Cheyenne McEvans was named M.O.P Most Outstanding Player.
Soleil Barnes also hit a personal Milestone 12/15 during the Best of Michigan Holiday Classic When she eclipsed the 1000 point mark for her High School career!
Our Boy’s basketball team is fighting hard game in and game out, Living up to the name Warriors.
They are currently 3-4 with many games being decided within the closing seconds of each game.
Most recently losing to Birmingham Groves 49-48 by one of those last second shots. They continue to fight with a great cast of Seniors being led on and off the court by outstanding student/athlete Sr. Cameron McEvans and Jr. Andre Lloyd.
Our ladies are Warrior strong! The cheer team continues to improve weekly. Each contest has 3 rounds. The 3rd round, which consists of stunting, has presented our girls with their greatest obstacle, until this weekend. They worked hard over the break and competed at Royal Oak High School where our girls finished 4th out of 15. They are competing twice this week at Troy on Thursday 1/10/19 and Troy Athens on Saturday 1/12/19.They are doing a great Job being lead by senior and Captain Isis Reed.
Our boys swim took the Winter Break to Prepare for the bulk of their upcoming season Kicking off Tuesday 1/8/19 at Royal Oak High School.
Wrestling has been grinding consistently throughout the new year. Wrestling closed out 2018 by hosting the Oakland County Wrestling meet at our home base. This 2 Day meet is recognized as one of the largest High school wrestling meets in the State of Michigan. Our young men did a great job with the extensive set-up for the matches to take place and then wrestled valiantly. Wrestlers had to compete and win two matches to move on to the next day there were some outstanding matches.
Terry Johnson (all-county)
Dejon James (all-county)
Torrance Ringgold (all-county)
Darnell Sumpter Jr
3 wrestlers earned all county status and as a team we finished in the top 15 out of 40 teams.
We also beat West Bloomfield and Groves to go to 2-0 in our league and 5-5 overall
We are extremely proud of all of our peer athletes and look forward to all Warriors Winning!