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THE DIVIDING LINE | Crossing over Detroit’s Alter Road into Grosse Pointe Park, student-teacher Donald Hightower identifies the street as a prominent separation between social status, financial status and safety. “Alter Road is, to me, one of the most defining roads of not only a culture divide, an economic divide, even way back when it was even a racial divide,” Hightower said. “Alter Road is one of the largest, if not the largest wealth divides in the country. And that is very alarming to me.”

Unsafe stigma remains for Detroit

By Katie Madigan, Sasha Poradun, and Donell James February 12, 2024

As someone who grew up in Detroit, student-teacher Donald Hightower remembers the city as his home and his place of comfort. By the time Hightower was 4 years old, he relocated to Grosse Pointe and started...

A NEW ERA OF LEADERSHIP | Expressing commitment to actively engage with all stakeholders and collaborate closely with the Board of Education, the new superintendent, Andrea Tuttle, aims to align efforts towards shared objectives. “I will listen to all stakeholders and work with the Board to ensure we are working toward common goals,” Tuttle said.

Dr. Andrea Tuttle appointed new Superintendent

By Isabella Boedeker, Kenzie Dera, and Ian DuVernay January 24, 2024

Following the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Jon Dean on Aug. 23, 2023, the Board of Education has spent the last 3 months carefully choosing a replacement. In a unanimous 7-0 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 12,...

Navigating education finance: FAFSA redesigns aim to simplify application process

Navigating education finance: FAFSA redesigns aim to simplify application process

By Mia Schultz, Brandon Eshman, and Elissa Singh January 24, 2024

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] is a significant document that students complete to request financial assistance for college. This program is designed to support students from lower-income...

Conflict in Gaza impacts youth globally

Conflict in Gaza impacts youth globally

By Elly Meteer, Donell James, and Vinny Wilhelm December 17, 2023

The Israel-Hamas war is a multifaceted challenge, characterized by generational tensions rooted in historical, religious and cultural complexities. The protracted struggle has resulted in diplomatic challenges...

Trustee Collins appointed new board member

Trustee Collins appointed new board member

By Katie Madigan and Sasha Poradun December 13, 2023

After attending and voicing his opinions at the Board of Education meetings over the past few years, Terry Collins was appointed on Oct. 26 as the new Grosse Pointe Public School System trustee following...

Gone with the ruff: Pitbull ban in Grosse Pointe Shores

Gone with the ruff: Pitbull ban in Grosse Pointe Shores

By Sasha Poradun, Allie Mattes, and Molly Lau November 8, 2023

Following several recent dog attacks, the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council met on Sep. 19 and voted 4-3 to ban pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Grosse Pointe Shores. Then, on Oct. 10, the City Council...

QUALITY LEADERSHIP | Choosing the role of the superintendent is one of the most important roles for the Board of Education, according to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Roy Bishop Jr., which is why they included the Michigan Association of School Boards in their search for the best candidate. “Im sure theyll have a candidate profile, a portfolio that will be created based upon community, student, teacher, paraprofessional support staff input, and then from there they will look to be able to find the best candidate for someone to fill in that role,” Bishop said.

District searches for new superintendent after Dr. Jon Dean’s retirement

By Katie Madigan, Kenzie Dera, and Akasha Teel October 6, 2023

When Deputy Superintendent Dr. Roy Bishop Jr. reflects on former superintendent Dr. Jon Dean’s time spent in GPPSS, it is Dean’s contributions to the district Bishop believes will be remembered most....

FAMILY FIRST | Following her brief speech at the podium, North senior Naima Wright invited members of North’s choir to join her at the front of the room. “We have found a tight knit community, some may even say family in many of the extracurricular programs offered at North,” Wright said. “We will be singing the North alma mater to demonstrate the support that not only exists in the performing arts program, but in the Grosse Pointe community as a whole.”

Board meeting lasts nine hours due to district budget discussion

By Grace Cueter, Annabelle Julien, and Katie Madigan June 9, 2023

When senior Naima Wright walked to the podium to give her allotted 3 minute public comment at the May 22 board meeting, she was followed by 15 choir students who joined together to sing North’s alma...

NEW ATTRACTION | As the Metro-Detroit area has introduced numerous fast food restaurants, Taco Bell will become the latest addition to the area at the cross section of Mack and East Warren. According to business teacher Richard Cooper, there are benefits when establishing chains due to their widespread appeal. “[A benefit] is foot traffic,” Cooper said. “Its going to bring a lot of people to the specific location where it is so those businesses will thrive.”

New fast food additions shorten lunch commute

By Elly Meteer and Stephanie Karoutsos June 8, 2023

Alongside other students who go out to eat, junior Lea Paluzzi can often be found taking a trip to Starbucks during her lunch period. However, drive-thru fast food restaurants are prohibited in all Grosse...

TikTok, the clock is running out: Social media app poses potential safety risks

TikTok, the clock is running out: Social media app poses potential safety risks

By Isabella Boedeker and Maggie Dunn May 9, 2023

Nearly two and a half years ago the previous presidential administration threatened to ban TikTok in the United States if it did not break away from its Chinese owners. Now, a bipartisan group of senators...

District proposes new budget cuts: Potential halt on band and orchestra instrument funds

District proposes new budget cuts: Potential halt on band and orchestra instrument funds

By Kaitlyn Barr and Sophia Dragich May 2, 2023

The school board has recently tasked a group of administrators with identifying $3 million in budget reductions by asking them to find places where district spending can be cut or reduced. Some of these...

Detroit ozone reaches dangerous levels: City fails to meet federal air standards

Detroit ozone reaches dangerous levels: City fails to meet federal air standards

By Sophia Dragich, Shayla Andrews, and Sage Cole April 11, 2023

The Detroit area has recently experienced increased air pollution, which has led to high levels of ozone in the atmosphere. This issue caused the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to reclassify Detroit...

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