March 2019
I hope you all enjoyed your time off during Mid-Winter break and were able to relax and recharge your batteries!

First, and foremost, I would like to thank YOU for your support of our successful “fun”raiser- Date with the Devil ! Because of YOU, we are able to continue to offer classroom enrichment funds to teachers, merit and need based scholarships to graduating seniors, and support to the school to assist with preserving our historic building. None of this would be possible without your continued support. And, behind every successful event is an amazing committee that spent endless hours organizing. A HUGE thank you goes out to Jim and Trish Moritz , who spearheaded the event, along with their talented team of committee chairs:  Kim Nehra, Bonnie Leone, Gail Micuda, Nicole Kuhnlein, Renee Palazzolo, Michelle Bonamy, Sarah Monahan, Jamie Manji, Cristy Lundh, Melissa Smith, Alicia Turnbull, Kristi Kline, MaryJo Harris, Sara Fischer-Hodges, Stephanie Rogers and Nancy Degrand.  We also could not have pulled off this amazing feat without the dozens of volunteers who made the evening run smoothly- thank you!
Our March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm in Cleminson Hall.
We will be voting on additional Enrichment Grants at this meeting. Enrichment grants are submitted by teachers twice per year and are requests for funding programs or items they feel would greatly improve the education they are providing.

ArtFest will be held March 20-23 rd in the Multi-purpose room. Come in and check out the work of South’s amazing art students.

College Night, an evening in which representatives from colleges throughout the country will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the Main Gym.

Our Annual Scholarship Night, where we grant scholarships to our many deserving seniors in the class of 2019, will be held on Thursday, May 2 nd . The scholarship application is available on our website and is due back to the counseling office by Friday, March 8 th .

Thank you for your continued support!

Wendy Bruetsch
2018-2019 Mothers' Club President         
March 13
Mothers' Club General Meeting
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Cleminson Hall

March 13 & March 15
Pointe Players One Acts
7:00 - 11:00 PM
GP South Auditorium

March 14
5:00 - 8:00 PM
March 20, 21, & 22
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
GP South MPR

March 22
ArtFest Awards Night
8:00 - 9:00 PM

March 23
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
GP South MPR
Parents, we appreciate the time that you spent with your students discussing course selections and schedules for next year. Please remember that families are still welcome to make changes to next year’s course requests through all of 3 rd quarter and much of 4 th . Feel free to make adjustments as necessary so that we can support healthy students. Evening Conferences will be March 14 at South. This is great timing as it is halfway through the 3 rd quarter. Most teachers will be located in the Main Gym from 5-8 pm. Counselors will be in the library computer lab.
College Night will be Tuesday, April 30 at GP South from 6 pm to 8 pm. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information about their institutions and answer questions. More information to follow in April High Pointes
Financial Aid Night will be Tuesday March 26 at 7:00 in South’s auditorium. Parents of Juniors are especially encouraged to attend.

It’s not too late to search for Scholarships and Financial Aid. Be sure to check Naviance and the Career Resource Center webpage for an ever updating list of scholarships. Be aware that the Mother’s Club Scholarship application is available on the Mother’s Club website and in the counseling center. This is an excellent local opportunity! Make sure that you have completed your FAFSA , as well. Even if you don’t think you will get any grant (free) money you will get loan offers that you may accept or decline in whole or in part. Also, it's a great idea to show interest in receiving money – sometimes this opens doors that were previously hidden. For general scholarship searching, I am a big fan of and  These are both packed with GREAT information and resources. 

AP Students:
AP test registration will be online now until the Friday, March 15, deadline. All payment is made online through the K-12 Web Stores registration portal . If the student is in need of financial assistance please contact his counselor.

Current Juniors who are planning to apply to colleges in the Fall of 2019 should make sure that they are doing the following:
1.    Register in time and take the necessary ACT and/or SAT tests. You can do this online at or
2.    Visit your counselor for the Junior Meeting to discuss possible choices that match your individual profile.
3.    Plan to visit college campuses.
4.    Visit the College Resource Center in the library to see college brochures and other information that is available.
5.    Remember that your junior student will be taking a complete SAT in April along with the rest of the state required tests. The days of testing will be April 9, 10 and 11 at Grosse Pointe South. Each student has the opportunity to send their test scores to four colleges for free.
6.    Your student will register for the test in school on March 26. You do not need to do anything to sign him or her up online.

Sophomores and Freshmen will be taking the PSAT test again on April 9. Have your students linked their College Board account with Khan Academy for Free and effective college test prep? Check out this You Tube video about how to do this. Finally, consider attending College Night on April 30 (see details above).

Upcoming Events:
The Family Center does a great job listening to the needs of our community and responding by programming events to meet those demands. 

March 2 @ Parcells Middle School
8:30 am – 12:30 pm #OneGP Parent Camp: Embracing Community. This event is designed to empower parents with information and dialogue to support the children of our community. Topics include: social media, cultural competency, Leader in Me, bullying, suicide prevention, anxiety, trauma, unconscious bias, vaping, special education, early intervention and much more. FREE Register here: #OneGP Parent Camp Registration Survey
March 26 @ Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods Branch
7:00 pm College Launch to Empty Nest Transitions. Many of us put so much into the raising of our children that once they are launched it can leave an awful hole in our lives. But this transition is also a beautiful thing that allows our children to spread their wings in the way we’ve prepared them to do. It also gives us a new freedom we haven’t had for many years – but now with the wisdom of our maturity to enjoy it more richly. Join us for a presentation that will explore the complexity of this transition and ways we can help launch our children with joy and guidance to support and nurture their independence.   FREE
Featuring Mary Petersen, LMSW, ACSW, Private Practice Psychotherapist
March 27 @ Christ Church Grosse Pointe
7:00 pm    Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health. Learn about the optimal development of infants and toddlers within the context of secure and stable relationships with caregivers. Infants mental health services incorporate a relationship perspective that is nurturing, supportive and protective. A healthy attachment relationship between parents and infant/toddler is necessary for the competent development of the child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional capacities.   FREE
Featuring Evan Foster, LMSW, IMH-E® (II), Northeast Guidance Center
April 10 @The War Memorial
7:00pm Addiction Intervention: How to Help Someone you Love. Addiction recovery experts Jeff Jay and Debra Jay will explain the process of planning and carrying out an intervention for a loved one, including selecting the team, choosing a treatment center, writing letters, verifying insurance, helping with personal arrangements during treatment, and developing post-treatment plans – everything you need to make an intervention successful.   FREE
Featuring Jef Jay and Debra Jay and presented in partnership with the War Memorial

Free Registration and more information at:
Grosse Pointe South Mothers’ Club Scholarships

Each year the Mothers’ Club designates a one-third of its fundraising profits for need-based and
merit scholarships to graduating seniors. In 2018, the Mothers’ Club awarded over $56,200 in
scholarships. In addition to scholarships awarded directly from the Mothers' Club, some
scholarships are awarded from organizations and families in the Grosse Pointe community.

Any graduating senior continuing their education at a public or private college or university or
vocational school. 

Merit Scholarship Applicants: minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
Need-Based Applicants: minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA & completed/processes FAFSA form.

Applications will be available February 1, 2019. 
Click on the link below for an application or one can be obtained in the Counseling Center

The application deadline is March 8, 2019.
Mothers’ Club Scholarship Awards Night is Thursday, May 2nd 

Students submit both a written application and letter of recommendation. Applicants also
undergo an interview with the Mothers’ Club Scholarship and Enrichment Vice Presidents. All
applicants must demonstrate exceptional leadership, community service, involvement in
extracurricular activities and/or work experience.

If you have further questions, please contact
Paige George, Scholarship Chair at [email protected].
Through the Enrichment committee, the Mothers’ Club supports the educational experience of our students by funding in-class enhancements, extracurricular programs, and equipment and materials, which the district does not have the financial means to provide at the time. Each year, teachers and staff have two opportunities to request enrichment funds, one in October and another in February. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Mothers' Club. It is through your support that we are able to continue to enrich the classroom and academic environment of our students. 
Mothers' Club Alumni Membership

Do you know someone who is a former South student
or a parent/legal guardian of a former South student with no current students at South?
Invite them to become an Alumni Member of The Mothers' Club.
Alumni Membership Dues support  enrichment preservation,  and  scholarship  for South.  Alumni Members receive a copy of the student / alumni directory, invitations to Mothers’ Club events, a monthly email of the High Pointes Newsletter, and other emails showcasing what is happening at South.  Alumni Members may attend and vote at monthly membership meetings.  

To become an alumni member go to  (Alumni Membership information is at the bottom of the home page) or contact Julie Mathews Schuetze ([email protected]).  
Class of 2021
Class Officers

President: Jack M.
Vice Pres: Spencer R.
Treasurer: Jacklyn W.
Secretary: Kate B.
Eva M. & Keelin D.

Faculty Advisor
Todd Hecker
Parent Sponsors

Grant & Sue Gartrell
Roger & Isabelle Mason
Angela & John McBride
Tami & Todd Riley
David & Amanda Roraff
Tanya & Rob Rulison
Brian & Stephanie Schantz
Tracy & David Skupien
Elizabeth & Steve Tengler

  Class Council Meetings are Wednesday mornings at 7:15 am in Room 174. 
* All-School Musical: Beauty & the Beast
April 24-28 - Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center
The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Tickets will be available at and at Duffey & Co.15120 Kercheval.

* That’s Entertainment 2019 Summer Workshop
Michigan’s Premier Show Choir & Vocal Jazz Camp - August 2019 (TBD)
Students in upcoming grades 6-12 can train with top music and dance clinicians in this fun-filled, collaborative workshop. The week-long camp ends with a high-energy performance that amazes audiences every year. Registration and information updated soon at

* Broadway 2019!
Our Graduating Seniors’ Farewell Concert
May 23-24, 2019 - Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center
Don’t miss the final choir performance of the year featuring our graduating seniors! This concert promises a great variety of music provided by all the choirs and the much anticipated senior solos. Please join us to wish the seniors farewell and share in their joy and shining moment in the spotlight. Tickets available soon at and at Duffey & Co. 15120 Kercheval Ave.
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