December 2022

Important Dates

December 8

Yule Be Boppin'

Pierce & South Jazz Bands Perform

South School Store open from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

December 9 & 10

South Choir - Sounds of the Season

December 9 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm

December 10 - 2:00 - 3:00 pm

December 19

South Faculty Holiday Luncheon

11:00 - 1:00 pm / Cleminson Hall

December 19

String Extravaganza (Main Gym)

7:00 - 9:00 pm

December 20

South End Band-O-Rama (Main Gym)

7:00 - 9:00 pm

December 24 - January 3

Winter Break

(class resumes January 4, 2023)

January 11

Rising Freshmen Parent Meeting

(Class of 2027 / Information Night)

January 16

Martin Luther King Day

No School

January 17 - 20

Mid-Year Assessments

(see schedule below)

January 18

Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting

Meeting 7:00 pm / Social time 6:30 pm

January 28

South Athletics Booster Bash

The holiday season has officially begun!  As always, the Mothers’ Club is very proud to be taking the reigns of bringing a festive flair to our Cleminson Hall showcase.

We were fortunate to have Tricia Hexter leading a wonderful group of volunteers in the effort this year. A truly beautiful part of our historic school, Cleminson Hall looked even more gorgeous after this group’s hard work!   I’d like to thank each of you for sharing your amazing time and talents.

I would also like to extend my gratitude to Tricia Bower, Michele Lindsay and their amazing volunteers who compiled, proofread, and distributed the student directories to all Mothers’ Club members in the past few weeks. One of South’s talented students, Elise Harr, designed the cover art. If you did not receive your copy, please contact our Directory Chair, Michele Lindsay, at [email protected].

Finally, our annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Monday, December 19th.  If you signed-up to donate, please watch your email! 

I wish you all safe and happy holidays.

Beverly Bennert

Mothers’ Club President

[email protected]

Mothers' Club 2022-2023 Executive Board

Senior All Night Party 2023




Plans are underway for the Grosse Pointe South 2023 Senior All Night Party! The party will be held at Assumption Cultural Center (on Marter in SCS) on graduation night, June 5th. It will be a fun and exciting night for our graduates to spend together.


If you have not purchased your tickets, the price is still $85 through March 1, 2023. There are three ways you can purchase tickets:


1.)   K-12 Registration – All Night Party is located under South Webstores.

2.)   Mothers’ Club Website (

3.)   Bring a check payable to “GPS Mothers’ Club – ANP” to the main office.


We will be posting updates on social media, as well as sending out emails.

Class of 2023 Facebook:

Class of 2023 Instagram:



Baby Pictures:


The night of the event, the seniors will take time for a slideshow comprised of their baby pictures! Please start looking for that perfect baby shot for the slideshow now. The deadline will be May 1st.


Complete instructions will be out early next year.


Yearbook Ads – South Senior Families


Please see for all the information on Senior Ads.

Save $25 on all senior ads placed by December 17, 2022.

Questions? Please contact John Cilluffo - GPS Yearbook Adviser at (313) 432-3615

Counselors' Corner - December 2022

Happy Holidays! Is there a busier month than December? Make sure you ‘do busy’ on your terms, saying ‘no, thank you’ to preserve your own peace is a priority. It is so important to build healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress and anxiety over the holidays – especially as we model coping mechanisms for our kids! All of us can be affected by the stressors of the season so consider taking time out of every day to breathe, live in the present, and feel gratitude for our many blessings. Here is a great blog to get started. Meet-holiday-stress-with-mindfulness

I went to a professional development session on resilience and, wow, was it powerful! I was reinforced by the message that our current culture is building anxiety with obstacles in technology, isolation, and the developmental challenges of adolescence. Check out the Spark and Stitch Institute, a strong parent resource. I have read the author’s book Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen. I thought it was fantastic.


Senior Parents

83% of our seniors have completed at least one application to college. This is wonderful! I would expect another 10% or so to apply based on last year. Students may still be unsure about where to apply or what steps to take next. Counselors are always happy to help! Just send your student to see us to discuss post-high school options, including college, military, trades, and work.

As we move into the second semester, we begin to shift our senior focus from admissions to financing college.  Click here for the counseling center’s slide deck on Understanding Different Sources of Financial Aid.


We strongly encourage parents to apply for federal student aid via FAFSA as a first step toward financing college. Some schools may also require the CSS Financial Aid Profile. Parents can only apply for the FAFSA online. FAFSA worksheets are available to print in PDF form to prepare. Step one is to apply for your financial aid ID (FSA ID) now at the website. Once you get your FSA ID, you can fill out the application immediately. If you are not sure that the FAFSA will be fruitful, we recommend that you complete it anyway as an opportunity to trigger institutional aid offers that you may not otherwise receive. Colleges will start awarding money as soon as they receive your information from the federal processing center, so don’t delay. Some schools may require the CSS Financial Profile. Click here to see the list of schools on the profile. 


Tips on Applying for Financial Aid

  1. If you are in doubt as to whether or not to apply for aid…apply.
  2. Students will need their social security number.
  3. Secure the necessary forms. Check which form is needed by each college.
  4. Always read the entire form carefully.
  5. Download the FAFSA Worksheets and use them as a rough draft.
  6. Use the FAFSA Chatbot for help.
  7. Double-check that proper school code numbers are used. PROOFREAD!
  8. Keep a copy of everything you send (electronically or via mail).
  9. Do not send a copy of your taxes with the FAFSA or Profile.
  10. Investigate possible outside sources of aid.
  11. Read carefully any responses you get and respond.
  12. Call the college’s financial aid office for help with forms or problems.
  13. Develop a personal calendar.
  14. Meet all required deadlines.


Junior Parents

Counselors will once again be going into Junior’s English classes and/or present on Monday mornings during PLC time at 8:00 am for our College 101series. The goal is to share important information and education about post-high school planning and process for our juniors. Counselors will meet with students monthly.

Students should register now for the ACT and/or SAT tests that will be given in the second semester. Keep in mind the dates for AP testing and final exams. Remember that your child will take a free SAT at South in April as a part of the state tests. This score is official and may be used for college applications. Taking an April or June ACT is an excellent idea since students will have addressed the entire Algebra II math curriculum required for the test.

You can go directly to the testing companies’ websites ( and ) to register and obtain more information about the tests.

We recommend registering early to secure a spot at your preferred testing center. Please pay attention to deadlines; there are financial penalties for late registration. When registering, you must use the Grosse Pointe South school code: 231-802. 


Freshmen Parents

Counselors are working to meet individually with each of the freshmen so we can get to know each other better. If your freshman hasn’t met with his or her counselor yet, please encourage them to get in touch.


Wishing Health, Peace, and Joy to you and your family this holiday season!


The next Mothers' Club meeting will take place at Cleminson Hall

Wednesday, January, 18th at 7:00 pm

Meet and Greet begins at 6:30pm

Mr. Hamka is our guest speaker.

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