The last snow piles are melting and the breezes are warming up. Many of us think of Spring as a beginning and renewal. However, others have a more difficult time when the temperatures rise. Research on seasonal effects of suicide rates suggests that the prevalence of suicide is greatest during the late spring and early summer months, despite the common belief that suicide rates peak during the cold and dark months of the winter season.
Mental health is a topic that we take very seriously at Grosse Pointe South, proactively building suicide prevention into our training and everyday practices. All staff members in the school have been trained in helping to identify students at-risk. Every Fall the South Counselors, School Psychologist and School Social Worker spend time with each of the classes reminding them about the warning signs of suicide and prevention tools to support our school community.
for a good info-graphic for reference so that you can be our partners from home.
Grosse Pointe Public Schools is also pleased to present our 5th Annual Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk and mental health fair on Sunday, May 5 10am-2pm at GP North. You can register at
If you or your student has any concerns or would like to talk through ideas on this subject we are here to support.
College Night will be at Grosse Pointe South on Tuesday April 30 from 6:00-8:00 in the Main Gym. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students to meet with representatives and alumni from over 80 schools and ask some questions.
As students and families begin to make their final college decisions, please ask your student to input the “College I’m Attending” section in Naviance. Connect with the counselor if you are not sure where to find this. Also, seniors will need to request their final transcripts to be sent to their selected college. Students can stop by Mrs. Williams’ office in the counseling center to set up for automatic delivery after graduation.
All graduating seniors who will enter college in the fall of 2019 must send their final transcript to their college, since the colleges require final proof of graduation and want to see final grades.
Colleges reserve the right to rescind offers of admission if they do not like what they see on final transcripts so we ask you to help us to keep your senior focused on doing their best in this last lap of high school.
In order for AP scores to be sent to a desired college, students need to indicate that on their registration answer sheet
when they take the AP exam(s).
Score reports will be sent directly to the designated college by the College Board in July after the May exams. Students can have scores sent at a later time by the College Board, but then will need an additional score report, which will cost a fee. AP scores are never automatically sent with transcripts.
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Juniors will took the SAT Tuesday, April 11 in school. This is a college entrance reportable school for applications next fall. Counselors would love to meet with each of their students (at the student’s convenience) to have a thorough conversation discussing the next steps in planning for college, financial aid consideration, and careers. Step one is for students to complete the Junior Information Form found on Naviance. Students should make an appointment to meet with their counselor at their earliest convenience one they have completed this form. Parents are welcome to join this meeting.
Students may still choose to take the ACT for their college entrance exam in addition to the SAT. The ACT is offered in June and students should register at
SAT and SAT Subject tests for the June 1 test is May 3. Students can register online at
Students who are applying to highly selective colleges that require the SAT Subject Tests should be consider this timing since they will have completed their AP test prep around the same time. No Michigan colleges require SAT Subject Tests.
We want to express our appreciation to those families who spent some extra time with scheduling to think through developing appropriate time management and life balance. Parents will receive a letter from Mr. Hamka detailing the course selections that you made and offering you another window of opportunity to adjust these selections. If you have any changes feel free to connect with the counselor. This is the last open opportunity to change classes.
AP Testing will take place over a two week period beginning Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17. Exact locations and times will be posted in the AP classrooms and outside the Counseling Center bulletin board. Students should check one of those locations for room assignments. Please direct questions to Mrs. Williams in the Records Room or call (313) 432-3535.
April 17, 2019, 7:00 pm
In today’s digital world, parents can feel both empowered and overwhelmed. With the up-to-the-minute access to our teenager’s grades, location, social media posts, the healthy urge to monitor and set boundaries can become smothering, intrusive, and developmentally inappropriate. Learn about the best ways to guide your children through coming of age in today’s interconnected world, while maintaining space, strong communication, and comfort in your family.
Featuring Lori Warner, PhD, Beaumont CHD
April 29, 2019, 7:00 pm
The Importance of Empathy
“At GPA, I will be examining the importance of self-regulation and empathy, how they develop, and how to influence their development,” said Sornson, a father of four who’s also a best-selling author of many books, including Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy, and Meeting the Challenge: Using Love and Logic to Help Children. “These are critical skills along the path to resilience and character, which are outcomes that ultimately improve lives, families and society.”
May 1, 2019, 7:00 pm
According to a study from Florida Atlantic University, 34% of students reported having been bullied online at least once in their lifetime while another survey says only 1 in 10 will tell their parents. In this presentation you will learn about Michigan’s new laws making cyberbullying a crime, how can you protect and educate your children, and how to help reduce the instances of this alarming trend.
Featuring Detective Ryan Schroerlucke, Criminal Investigations, Grosse Pointe Woods Dept. of Public Safety
May 2, 2019, 5:00 pm
Northeast Guidance Center’s Annual Anti-Stigma Forum promoting mental health awareness month – topic: Suicide Prevention: A Paradigm Shift in Mental Health.
· April 16 - Report cards will be available on the Parent Portal
· April 30 – College Night at South 6:00-8:00
· April 25 – Half Day for students
· May 5 – Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide prevention
· May 10 – 4
· May 21 – Senior Honors Night
· May 27 – Memorial Day. No school