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September 2023


Labor Day 2023 will occur on Monday, September 4. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events. The School/University Partnership Office honors the labor, time, talent, and expertise by our public-school academy network of dedicated employees.  




Empowering Through Giving: Landmark Academy's Backpack Giveaway

Landmark’s incredible transparency and compliance were illuminated through the school's social media presence. Landmark Academy showcased its dedication to openness and collaboration with stakeholders by sharing the Harbor BBQ on their platforms. This act not only celebrates the giving spirit of the school but also invites the community to be a part of their meaningful initiatives.

In the tapestry of Landmark Academy's endeavors, the backpack giveaway event stands as a shining example of academic achievement and inclusivity. By providing students with the tools they need to succeed, the school aligns with SUPO’s core values while making a positive impact on its students and the community.

For more stories that reflect Landmark Academy's commitment to academic excellence and inclusivity, stay connected on their website and social media channels.


Our school leaders had the opportunity to experience their school websites through the lens of another leader. Special thanks to Carolyn Gilbreath for leading the digital scavenger hunt. If any leaders are interested in pursuing a degree in Technology Instruction or E-Learning, Carolyn can provide you with more information (

Sharing is Caring

Hilary Karnatz, the school leader at Flat River Academy shared an excellent resource that supports a free after-school math club for elementary students.

Click here for more information.

Next School Leader Meeting

Friday, November 17, 2023 @ SVSU (room TBD)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • Grants
  • Teacher/Student Scholarships
  • Cardinal Partnership Programs
  • School Budgets




Sub Permits/Certification

Sub permits go back to normal for the 2023-24 school year. That means Extended Sub Permits will need to be pulled.

Treasury is looking for positions that are filled with non-certified (or incorrectly certified for the position) teachers/individuals. The school will be penalized financially (the salary of the individual for as long as they are in the position).

Interim Board Appointments

Interim board appointments are available for those boards that are running with fewer than the minimum of 5 members. Contact the office for more information.


If you are borrowing for any reason, prior approval from the authorizer is necessary. Contact Dawn at if you need a sample Request Permission to Borrow letter.

Rescheduled/Canceled Board Meetings

If a board meeting is canceled or rescheduled, please inform Dawn at immediately.
If a board meeting is Canceled, please forward a Cancellation Notice.
If a board meeting is Rescheduled, please forward the public notice and a copy of the email that was sent to the board notifying them of the change.

Annual Report

The new Annual Report Format starting with the 22-23 school year was shared at the school leader meeting. A sample is provided: 2023 PSA Annual GCF Report Template (2,608KB)



Innovation Grants are being offered for the 2023-24 School Year. Up to $15,000 for school-wide programs (1 per building) and up to $1,000 for teacher/staff programs (2 per building).

The grant description, application, and report forms are located on our website.

Applications are due by October 2, 2023, to



The PSA Scholarship Offers high school seniors who graduate from an SVSU Authorized PSA that are admissible to SVSU, a 4-year $6,000 renewable scholarship.

The Public School Academy Scholar Program is designed to recognize and support outstanding students who are committed to academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. As an aspiring scholar, students will have the chance to receive various benefits including mentorship, networking opportunities, and financial assistance to pursue your higher education goals. To see if you qualify for the scholarship, visit our website.

To apply for the Public School Academy Scholar Program, follow these simple steps:


As we continue our SUPO outreach, we are in the final stages of setting dates for our upcoming 8th grade campus visits. If you or your teachers are interested in visiting our campus in October/November, please contact George Copeland at


Michigan Teachers and School Staff: Win a $50 Target eGiftCard** just for you!

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School/University Partnership Office
Office Location: Gilbertson Hall
Phone: (989) 964-4623