Headshots of Anirudh, Lindsey, Tanmaya and Lalitaditya.
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Last spring, Novi Middle School became the first middle school in Michigan to be accepted into the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs program. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a project-based learning program that supports teachers and young people to report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video reports for local media outlets and the national PBS NewsHour.

Four Novi Middle School Media Technology students will have their sound bites aired on the One Detroit program on Detroit Public Television.  They recorded rapid response messages to the next President and Vice-President.    


Congratulations to the four students: 

Anirudh Kundurthy

Lindsey Conner

Tanmaya Reddy

Lalitaditya Akkaraju

You can view the One Detroit episode.  


The segment will aired on One Detroit on Detroit Public TV at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2021 and will also air  at 9 a.m. on Sunday, January, 24, 2021. 

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Dr. Matthews speaking at Oakland County press conference at Middle School on Aug. 27, 2020.
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Novi Middle School hosted a news conference Thursday to announce the Oakland Together Schools COVID-19 Support Program.

County executive administration and the board of commissioners will allocate $28 million of federal CARES Act funds to support public and charter schools‘ plans for reopening safely so students, families, and staff may begin the school year confidently in the midst of the pandemic.

This will bring the county’s total support for schools to $30 million after it appropriated $2 million to hire over 60 public health nurses to work with schools through the end of the year.

The Novi Community School District offered a hybrid and virtual option to start the school year. A grant process will be used to allocate the $28 million. In June, the Oakland County Health Division and Oakland Schools began collaborating on a $2 million COVID-19 school nurse initiative to give students, parents, school faculty and staff confidence they will be safe when school resumes.

Superintendent Dr. Matthews thanked County Executive David Coulter at the news conference. 

"In order for us to communicate with our families that this is a safe in-person experience, we have to provide personal protective equipment such as a mask," Matthews said. "We also have to provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, and all of those things cost money."

Oakland County news release

The Oakland Press story

The Detroit Free Press story

The Detroit News story


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Two Novi Middle School students earn Best in Show honors. 

Emma Adams and Lindsey Levine earned Best In Show honors at the Michigan Student Film Festival for "Social Media Impact on Middle School Students." The video will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 14 on the Michigan Student Film Festival's Facebook Page by Digital Arts, Film & Television and DIA's Detroit Film Theatre. 


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A Novi student holding a plaque from the America & Me Essary Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
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Three students from Novi Middle School were named local winners in the 51st Annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The winning essays from Novi MIddle School were: 
  • First place: Katherine Pegg 
  • Second place: Maddie Vartanian
  • Third place: Arushi Singh
Katherine Pegg earned first place in the contest and her name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Her essay now advances to the state level competition. Ten essays from Michigan will be selected. Those winners will earn a plaque, medallion and a cash award of $1,000. Each school placing a student in the statewide top 10 will also be awarded with a $1,000 check.
Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2019-2020 America & Me Essay Contest. The topic of the contest was "My Personal Michigan Hero." 
The contest, which began in 1968, is open to all Michigan eighth grade students. The contest encourages Michigan students to explore the greatness of America and its people. 
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