Greetings, Gryphons! We're having our usual busy month here at Greenhills this January, with highlights including Spirit Week, MLK Day, a National Ocean Science Bowl tournament, and more. We hope you'll enjoy this brief update, and feel free to share it with your friends!
MLK Day speaker: Why diversity and excellence 
go hand in hand 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first convinced the country that the equality of all people before the law was the  right  thing. Then King and forward-thinking lawmakers began making that equality the  legal  thing. Scott E. Page, a Greenhills dad and a professor of complex systems, political science, and economics at the University of Michigan, visited Greenhills for an MLK Day special assembly -- organized by the middle school's Diversity in Action group -- and explained why it's also the  smart  thing.
Getting in touch with your inner Gryphon
Whether it was by rocking the Campbell Center, limboing lower than anybody else, or dancing through the walk-off Friday afternoon, the spirit of Greenhills students was on open display as Spirit Week took hold of the school. Be sure to check out the photographic record!

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First NOSB tourney at Greenhills a rousing success
Eight teams from four schools around the region took part in the first-ever Greenhills Invitational National Ocean Science Bowl Tournament, held on MLK Day.

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In honor of the holiday, the tournament began with reflections on the importance of diversity to science and other intellectual pursuits. The competition, organized by science teacher Deano Smith and co-directed by science teacher Julie Smith, also featured more than a dozen faculty, alumni, and parent volunteers. In the end the competition came down to a nail-biting contest between Huron-B and Greenhills-A, with Greenhills ultimately coming out ahead -- by a single point.
Juniors earn Optimist Club award
Academic achievement, leadership among judging criteria

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Ann Arbor recognized two leading Greenhills students with its Harold Eastman Outstanding Youth Achievement Award at a morning ceremony Wednesday. Read More
This Saturday is Middle School Hockey Night!
The combined hockey team of skaters from Greenhills, Steiner, and Father Gabriel Richard are reaching out to Greenhills middle school students, inviting them to check out their game Jan. 30 against Jackson Lumen Christi. The tilt begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube,at the corner of Scio Church and Oak Valley roads. The team's new locker room will be open for tours after the game. Admission for middle schoolers: a can of food for donation to an emergency food program. Read more
Strong showing at states by MS Forensics 
Middle School forensics competitors had a strong showing late last year at the state tournament at Birmingham Covington School in Bloomfield Township. More than 30 middle schoolers participated, with many ending up in the finals. Read more
Socks and Service helps those in need
This year's 7th Grade Socks and Service project raised 681 pairs of socks and a wide variety of mittens, hats, scarves, and toiletries for donation to local charities including the Salvation Army and the Delonis Center. In addition to the wearables, students involved in the 12th annual drive also put together 189 toiletry gift baskets, also for the Delonis Center, and 175 Valentine's Day placemats for our neighbors at Glacier Hills. The students and teachers thank you -- and ask that you please start saving up for next year! 
 Visiting Writer shares ideas with MS, US students

Acclaimed author Rachel DeWoskin 
explores fiction techniques

With her second visit to campus of the school year, Greenhills Visiting Writer Rachel DeWoskin encourages a new generation of writers to find their voices. Read more
Science Olympiad team captures hardware
The Greenhills Science Olympiad team captured six second-place medals and one third-place medal, along with several other medals, during the Clio Invitational tournament this month.  The strong showing was gratifying to the team's coach, science teacher Jim Lupton. 

" My congratulations to our hard working and very smart science students," he said.
Ethics Slam coming soon
Annual Ethics Slam to feature Greenhills team

The 6th Annual Big Ethical Question Slam, brought to you by A2 Ethics, is scheduled for  Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. at Conor O'Neil's in downtown Ann Arbor. Founded by former Greenhills faculty member Jeanine DeLay, the competition will feature a Greenhills team led by English teacher Mark Randolph. You won't want to miss it!   Read more

 Gryphons Sports Update

With the winter sports season well underway, Greenhills athletes are working hard. The girls basketball team is tied with Lutheran Westland for first place in  its division, while several members of the swim team have qualified for the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association meet, scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13. 

The school's combined hockey team, meanwhile -- comprising students from Greenhills, Rudolf Steiner, and Father Gabriel Richard -- won this year's Ann Arbor Dan Jilek Cup, beating Huron 4-3 and Skyline, in the finals, 8-1. It's the second straight year Greenhills skaters have helped win the tournament, an annual affair involving all of Ann Arbor's high schools. 

Coming up at Greenhills School
Chocolate for a cause 
coming Feb. 11
This year's fundraiser, hosted by the junior class, features lots of chocolate, jazz, and improvisational comedy and song. The event supports the Krystal Heitman Memorial Endowment, which helps ensure all Greenhills students can afford to participate in outside events such as field trips.  Read more
Mark your calendar: A Night for Greenhills set for March 5
The big event will be here before we know it! Our auction volunteers are working to make the school's premier social event a great evening, and we're always looking for great items to add. If you have something to auction off, or know someone who does, we'd love to hear from you! Read more