April 30, 2016

Greetings, Gryphons! The school year may be winding down at Greenhills, but the activity level certainly isn't! Here's some of what's been going on at Greenhills during a particularly busy April.
Visiting Artist Diana Wege '73 spends quality time with students
Noted NYC landscape artist returns to her Greenhills roots
Visiting Artist Diana Wege spent most of this week with Greenhills students as part of a program supported by the Greenhills Visiting Artist Endowment. Wege, whose early works included a 15 x 30-foot Japanese screen used on the set of a Greenhills production of  The Mikado, went on to become a noted painter of landscapes, especially in wilderness or other endangered areas. She shared her insights with students at separate assemblies for middle and upper school students, worked with art students in the classroom, and helped judge entries for a school art exhibit. Highlights also included leading an art class field trip to Matthaei Botanical Gardens and signing copies of a new children's book she illustrated,  A Day with Bonefish Joe, at two Ann Arbor bookstores.
Ethics team rolls to strong finish, cash prize at nationals
The Greenhills Ethics Bowl Team overcame a big challenge, reconstituted itself as a new squad, and made a historic showing for the state of Michigan this month by finishing fourth in the National High School Ethics Bowl Competition. 

The Parr Center for Ethical Study once again hosted the national competition, which drew 24 state-championship-winning teams from across the nation. The high finish ensured the Gryphons were rewarded for their hard work, as it came with a $4,000 prize for the school. Learn more
Greenhills teachers publish paper on writing across curricula

The ability to communicate across disciplines, both verbally and in writing, has never been more important.  That's why four Greenhills middle school teachers who teach those skills in various disciplines collaborated on a peer-reviewed paper on the topic, published in the academic journal 
Science Scope.  Learn more

It's State Championship weekend for forensics!

And if you're wondering what they're up to ... here's a preview.

Greenhills forensics competitors are at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant this weekend, taking part in the state finals for interpretive and public address individual events. Among the interpretive events, in which groups or individuals perform someone else's works, are dramatic, prose, and poetry interpretations, and storytelling. For public address events, categories include informative, impromptu, sales, broadcasting, and more. While it's too early to know the results from this weekend's competition, please take a look at a Flickr gallery from the forensics preview assembly competitors presented earlier this month.

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"A2Y" Service Day sends Greenhills students into their community
Greenhills students and faculty descended on area organizations last month as the sun beamed down on the school's fourth annual all-school service day.

I n even-numbered years like this one, that community includes Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In odd-numbered years, it's Detroit. Learn more

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Assembly honors new Cum Laude Society inductees
Fifteen new inductees joined Greenhills classmates, alumni, and faculty this month as members of the Cum Laude Society, a century-old group founded to honor academic excellence. 
Courtney Allen, a 2010 Greenhills alum and a recent Central Michigan University graduate, addressed the crowd. She works now for MLive Media Group and is also at work on a documentary about the Flint water crisis.   L earn more
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Dia de Amiguitos brings Academy of the Americas students to Greenhills

Middle school Spanish teachers at Greenhills organized a special Dia de Amiguitos in April for first-graders from the Academy of the Americas. The bilingual school on the southwest side of Detroit has hosted Greenhills Spanish students in the past, so teachers Elaine Moffat, Kevin Olson, and Lisa Ortiz worked with Service Learning Director Alyssa Friendly to make sure the "little pals" who came to Greenhills this month truly enjoyed their time here with games, snacks, and more. 
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 Gryphons Sports Update
Photo courtesy StudentandAthlete.com

Spring sports season is well underway at Greenhills, with athletes notching victories in every sport. Girls sports took the lead earlier this week, with injury-plagued and numbers-challenged soccer and softball squads both notching their first victories -- the softball team by an 18-1 mercy ruling in three innings. The boys golf team also is off to a good start, turning in its lowest-ever 9-hole score earlier this week. Several athletes have already qualified for regionals in track and field, including junior Sarah McNally in discus, Avery Jones in the 100 and 200 meters, and Kelsey Musio in the 100 meters and pole vault. Lacrosse also has put up winning numbers, with a 6-3 record at press time, including a dramatic 9-8 win over Liggett Thursday afternoon -- all despite losing a couple of tough one-goal games.

In other news, parents and athletes interested in learning more about college recruiting are invited to attend a session with recruiting expert Jack Renkins in the Campbell Center at 7 p.m. May 18. We'll follow up with more details, but more information on Renkins is available at  www.recruitingrealities.com.

Stay up-to-date with the latest athletic scheduling news and more by clicking here for the Greenhills athletics site.
Coming up at Greenhills School
Filmmaker to discuss latest documentary
On May 9 in the Campbell Center, documentarian Beth Murphy will screen her newest documentary, on the reaction in an Afghan village where girls are being educated for the first time, and answer audience questions.
Senior class golf outing May 15
Tee up for Greenhills at the 2016 Senior Class Golf Outing, set for 12:45 p.m. May 15. Help the Class of 2016 with its most important fundraiser by registering to play or sponsoring a hole. Learn more and register!
Reunions, forum dedication June 3-4
Five classes celebrating reunions and a year-end celebration of Greenhills featuring the dedication of the new Friedlander Outdoor Forum highlight the first weekend in June. There's something here for everyone.
Learn more and register!
From the Educators' Blog
MR. MONTE-SANO ON ROBOTICS: The extracurricular activity where every participant can go pro
Mr. Pelofsky introduced students to the 2014-2015 school year with   a clip from the movie Apollo 13, adding that a Greenhills education would teach them the thinking skills to make "this" using nothing but "that." Nowhere do students more explicitly engage in the complex problem solving Mr. Pelofsky referenced than on the Greenhills Robotics Team, for which I am a mentor.  Learn More