December Edition
The Mothers' Club of Grosse Pointe South

A Parent Organization enhancing the South student body by supporting student scholarships, teacher enrichment and preservation programs.

General Membership Meetings
begin at 7:00 PM
September 9, 2020
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for location or Zoom link.
General Membership meetings are open to all.
Mothers' Club Monthly Highlights

Scholarship Update: Class of 2021! Scholarship applications will be available beginning January 25th on the Mothers' Club website or in the counseling office. Have questions, please contact Amy VanOsdol at

Enrichment Update: Attention Teachers! Enrichment applications for the Winter Cycle will be sent out the week of January 18, 2021. Have questions, please reach out to Karen Houting at

Important Dates
Important Reminders

Dear South Underclassmen Families,
The Yearbook Club is making every effort to put together a yearbook for South students and to include a portrait picture of our underclassmen. Because we have been unable to take school pictures, we need your help!  
Jostens has launched a new program which will allow you to take and upload a current picture of your child. In order to make this yearbook the best it can be, we are asking you to read over the directions and reach out to the yearbook staff with any questions at
We ask that the photo of your child be school appropriate and adhere to the school dress code. The yearbook staff will reach out if there are any issues with a photo and request an alternate picture. 
The deadline to submit photos is January 10, 2021. Click here for directions and go to the website here. Photos received after the deadline may not be included in the yearbook. Please make every effort to submit a picture by the deadline to be included.

Thank you for your assistance!

John Cilluffo,  Yearbook Adviser
(313) 432-3615

South Families: Is your student in need of 2nd semester textbooks and or novels?

We will be passing out textbooks and novels from the library following safe social distancing protocols. Students need to enter through the "J" entrance (as we did for Fall registration). 
Wednesday January 20th from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday January 21st from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Friday January 22nd from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST bring back 1st semester textbooks and novels, when they arrive to pick up 2nd semester books.

John Cilluffo,  Bookstore Manager
(313) 432-3615

Senior Parking Decals will be distributed during Second Semester Book Distribution in the Library as follows:
Wednesday  - January 20th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday     - January 21st 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday      - January 22nd 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Students will enter the Library through the J entrance following safe social distancing protocols. Students must present proof of insurance, registration, and a valid driver's license to receive their decal.

More detailed information is available in this Senior Parking Hybrid Update link.

School District Calendar Highlights
2020 - 2021 Grosse Pointe South Calendar
January 2021 Counselors' Corner

Happy New Year!

January 2021 is the start of a year like no other. Again we are challenged as parents to be the stable foundation for our students supporting balance and a grounded sense of security that our kids can lean on when the rest of the world feels so unbalanced and insecure. Here is a nice resource on How To Help Children and Youth Process the Capitol Insurrection There are many resources to support kids on the counseling center webpage including Mental Health & Wellness links and Academic Support.

This year school has canceled mid-term exams so the semester grade/credit will be determined by first and second quarter grades averaged 50/50. We strongly encourage students to attend academic support hours with teachers in the afternoons to help improve their grades before the end of the semester on Jan 22.

We are looking forward to the return to school with hybrid/face to face learning.  See email from Linda Schultz for details on start dates, times, and cohort schedules. Parents and Students can locate semester two classes on MiStar by logging into the parent portal or student portal and going to “Schedule.” This includes all relevant info: period, term (e.g. YS, S1, S2), course code, class name, teacher, room number, and entry and exit dates. Term YS are year-long classes. Students can also check their locker information  Click on the "Enrollment" area in the portal and scroll down until you see this:

The locker ID # is displayed here, and by clicking on the gold lock icon on the left, you will get a pop-up window that shows both the locker ID and the combination. This extra step is required as a safety measure so that the combination only displays when it's safe for the student to look at it. Please be sure students check the portal for all of this information before semester two begins.
We will be scheduling classes for the 2021-22 School year in February. The process will be digital.  More details to follow next month. 
Senior Parents
If your senior needs a mid-year transcript sent they can request it here. Transcripts will be sent out as soon as they are ready in February. We are still very happy to support senior’s initial applications to college.  If they would like additional help they can get in touch with their counselors here to call/text or schedule a meeting. For every college application that a student completes they should fill out this form so that counselors know to send all of the supporting materials from the school like letters of recommendation and transcripts.
If you haven’t already completed the FAFSA, now is the time. This is the first step to seeking financial aid support from the school. Some colleges will also require the CSS Financial ProfileClick here to see the list of schools on the profile. See December High Pointes for more details. Here is the video I created last spring on Understanding Sources of Financial Aid and the Powerpoint Slide Deck used in the presentation if you would rather skip to that.
Junior Parents
Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26. This is primary a practice test for Juniors that was rescheduled from October. However, this is the National Merit Qualifying Test so it is significant for students that are top performers on standardized tests. Ms. Parravano will be sending details on test administration closer to the date. Students in the 9, 10, and 12 grades will not have classes on this date. 
Junior Meetings!  Each year we attempt to meet individually with each Junior (and parents if they would like to join us) to have an in-depth, personalized discussion about college searching, applying, and financing.  In efforts to meet with more students, we have moved these meetings up from Spring to Winter, so make your appointments now!  We are anxious to get started.
Students should register now for the ACT and/or SAT tests that will be given in the second semester. Keep in mind 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 a great 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 to obtain more information about the tests. 
We recommend that you register early to secure a spot at your preferred testing center. Please pay attention to deadlines; there are financial penalties for late registration. When you register, you will need to use the Grosse Pointe South school code: 231-802. If you are in financial need please talk with your counselor about having these test fees waived.  
Sophomore Parents
If your student is thinking about pursuing a technical career like Cosmetology, Auto Mechanic, Construction Trades, and the like there are many programs available beginning next year. Check out this video. Many of these are two-year certificate programs so now is the time to look into potentially building this into the school day for Junior and Senior year. Take a look at potential CTE program offerings here and here.
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.
Class of 2021 - Seniors
Roaring 2021

Instagram: GPSouth2021

Class Advisor: Kendra Caralis
Class of 2022 - Juniors
Journey Juniors

Instagram: GPSouth.22

Class Advisor: Meg Pierce
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
Circus Sophomores

Instagram: GPSouth.2023

Class Advisor: Katie Parent
Class of 2024 - Freshman
Florida Freshman

Instagram: GPSouth2024

Class Advisor: Shannon Sugamele
Band & Orchestra Updates

January 25-31: MSBOA High School Solo & Ensemble Festival
● December 15, 2020 - January 13, 2021
● Done through Opus Events 
● All events are $10, paid online through Opus Events
● Payment link will arrive in parents' email 7-10 days after the event is registered

● All students will upload their recorded events to Opus Events
● No ensemble recordings will be uploaded through other platforms
● Students have *one time* to record with a pause to their recording only after that section of the event is completed (ex: proficiency students must perform the solo all the way through, then may pause before recording the scales, etc.)

● An accompaniment is encouraged, but not required this year
● Students’ ratings will not be affected by an accompaniment

● Students will receive ratings and comments from adjudicators
● Adjudicators will record feedback and comments after listening one time to the recording

● Literature performed must be performed by one of the approved publishers from the Publisher list found on the MSBOA website
● If the publisher is not on the approved website, the director may contact that publisher for approval and must email approval documentation
● Students must present the original score to the judge at the beginning of their recording

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: there will not be a separate District and State S&E this year, so students in grades 10-12 have the option of taking a proficiency solo (with scales and sight-reading).
- 10th graders may take proficiency I
- 11th graders may take proficiency I or II
- 12th graders may take proficiency I, II, or III
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** Due to COVID restrictions and in the interest of health/safety, the GPPSS Music Department will only register solos or small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets) of siblings who live in the same household. ** 
Final thoughts . . . . .
The Mothers' Club is dedicated to continuing to enhance and support the students and teachers at South. Alumni, parents, grand parents and guardians are all welcome to lend their support by joining the Mothers' Club.

If you have all ready joined, thank you!

If you are still considering joining, please help us make this school year memorable, uphold as many traditions as possible, and find new ways to support our students and teachers.
High Pointes | Grosse Pointe South Mothers' Club