WBSD Weekly Update
Friday, April 8, 2022
Dr. Dania Bazzi hired to lead The West Bloomfield School District as the next Superintendent
On Monday, April 4, 2022, the West Bloomfield School Districts’ (WBSD) Board of Education came to a united consensus regarding the terms of Dr. Dania Bazzi’s contract to serve as the District's next Superintendent.
Dr. Dania Bazzi is a Public School Superintendent offering more than 15 years of progressive leadership experience in teaching, learning, and improving student success in diverse PreK-12 environments.
Officially, Bazzi's start date is July 1, 2022 however, she will begin working with Team WB throughout the strategic planning process beginning with the Strategic Planning Retreat on April 9, 2022.
To read the full press release, click here.
Click here to read the Detroit News Article.
When you walk into Gretchko Elementary School, you automatically get the sense that it is an amazing place for young learners to be. There is an air of excellence both in the students and in the staff. Without question, this is the direct result of Principal Sally Drummond’s leadership. Sally’s professionalism is unparalleled, and her passion for ensuring that all of our learners have the very best opportunities and experiences is truly inspiring. Tens of thousands of WBSD’s learners have been lucky enough to feel the impact of Sally Drummond for the past 52 years. That is right: 52 years! She was a classroom teacher and reading consultant for 26 years at Doherty, Green, and Scotch Elementary Schools. Sally then opened Gretchko Elementary School and has been the principal there for 26 years, developing it into the excellent school we all know and value. When Sally recently shared with us that she will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year, we were in absolute shock. It is impossible to imagine Gretchko Elementary School and the West Bloomfield School District without her leadership.
Sally’s leadership will be greatly missed. We realize that this is a lot for our community to process. This is also a lot for Sally to process. Leaving the place she loves will not be easy. The more she talks about this being her last year, the more challenging it is for all of us to cope with it. As we move closer to the end of the year, let’s honor Sally’s phenomenal accomplishments by finishing this year in the best way possible: by living in the moment and focusing on the great things that are happening right now at Gretchko Elementary School.
2022-2023 Regional Teacher of the Year!
We are extremely excited and proud to announce that West Bloomfield High School social studies teacher, Jennifer Sepetys, has been selected by the Michigan Department of Education as one of the 2022-2023 Regional Teacher of the Year! Jennifer is looking forward to serving as an advocate to help support teachers and students in Michigan. Congratulations to Jennifer! Learn More.
Congratulations Dr. Hill
Person of the Week Feature
Congratulations to the West Bloomfield Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The students performed extremely well at the District 4 Band and Orchestra Festival at Bloomfield Hills High School and earned a Division I rating from all three judges! We are so proud of the students for their amazing work and musicianship! Go Lakers!
Field Trip to LTU
WBHS students attended Lawrence Tech University Exploration Day jam-packed with architecture, rapid sketching, interior design, game design, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering and so much more! WBHS Teacher, Kelli Mattson, graduated from LTU in architecture and lead the visit.
Congratulations Junior Saxophonist, Alexander Pranis!
Alexander was one of 10 high school students to earn a full-scholarship to the University of Michigan Jazz Ambassadors program this summer. The scholarship will pay for Alexander's tuition, on campus housing and meals for this highly selective 6-day jazz-intensive program. Congratulations, Alexander, and Go Lakers!
WBHS Symphonic String Orchestra and the combined Concert & Philharmonic Orchestra
Earned TOP RATINGS at MSBOA Orchestra Festival. The Symphonic String Orchestra earned all Superior ratings and the Concert/Philharmonic Combined Orchestra earned 2 Superior ratings and 1 Excellent rating creating an overall Superior rating.
West Bloomfield Girls Basketball Wins First State Championship
March 19, 2022 will be a date that will be remembered forever throughout the halls of West Bloomfield. The Lakers Girls Basketball team capped off a historic year with a 51-42 victory over Hartland to capture the school’s first ever Division 1 Girls Basketball State Championship.
Click here to read the C&G News Article
Congratulations to Jennifer Graham!
Congratulations to WBHS Co-ed Snowboarding Team!!!
Coach, Bill Lambert talks about the Boy's and Girl's Snowboarding season and what it was like for the Girl's to bring home the State Title!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
West Bloomfield High School presents Big Fish written by John August and composed by Andrew Lippa, Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7 p.m., and Saturday April 30, 2022 at both 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor, and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier, and BIGGER than life itself.
Tickets are reserved for $18 - and may be purchased now at showtix4u.com or throughout the run at the box office at WBHS
If you have any questions regarding Big Fish, please contact Karen Brody at firstname.lastname@example.org
View the video below for a sneak peak of a rehearsal with Broadway Star Bobby Steggert.
WBHS Theatre Program Fundraiser
Join us at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on TONIGHT 4/8 and TOMORROW 4/9.
Celebrating Diversity Month
Books, Resources, Videos and More! So much to celebrate in April - this month is Arab-American Heritage Month, Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month and National Poetry Month. Check out the newsletter below for more information.
APRIL: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY MONTH
Arab-American Heritage Month Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month National Poetry Month Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.
The American Mathematics Competition
Our most prestigious math event took place in January 2022. In the American Mathematics Competition, students are challenged to solve 25 difficult problems in 40 minutes. Congratulations to the West Bloomfield Middle School Top Scorers!
Yefim Glick, Sela Kubiak, and Jacob Peterson
Gralon Connor and Gavin Grondin
Neel Kamath and Logan Scheidt
WBSD & DSW Farmington Hills Community Partnership
Need a new pair of shoes for Prom or Graduation? Present the flyer and school ID to receive the discount.
West Bloomfield Preschool Academy
Registration is open! Please share with your friends and the community. More information can be found here.
Mark Your Calendar and TUNE IN!
On Thursday, April 21 the Virtual Tour will feature videos of students and teachers using materials funded from West Bloomfield Education Foundation. Tune in online to see how your donation helped fund these programs and classes!
WBHS Choir with Sheryl Hauk
WBHS Band with Jesse Sacks
WBHS Art Class with Margaret Squire
WBMS Lacrosse Program and iCenter
Students & Teachers from;
Doherty: Ryan Crowe, Shelly Valentine
Gretchko: Jacqueline Pace
Roosevelt: Kim Larson
Scotch: Amber Jones, Claudia Rodgers
Sheiko: Christina Tarnacki
50/50 Raffle Drawing will be at the end of the Virtual Tour on April 21. For more information call (248)521-0074 or visit www.wbef.org
Attention: Parents of students in 6th -12th grade
The Alliance 2022 Community & Parent Prevention Survey
The Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition is working with the Alliance to reduce substance use issues among youth and adults in our community. Your completion of this survey will help create a better understanding of the problems happening in our community. We will use this information to help in the planning of future coalition efforts. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete.
As a thank you for completing the survey, you will receive a link at the end to register for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Please click here to complete the survey
West Bloomfield Township Public Library
· If You Like Minecraft (Kids)
· Autism Awareness Month (Kids)
· Arab American Authors (Teen)|
National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week by sharing your library story at http://wblib.org/aboutus/story.php and follow the West Bloomfield Library’s social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Free April Craft Kits
This month, tweens and teens in 4th-12th grade can register for a blackout poetry kit in recognition of National Poetry Month. Toddler-preschool children can enjoy a different spring-related craft each week. Register while kits are available. Funded by the Friends of the Library.
Computer Workshop: Canva
Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Canva is a free graphic design website that allows you to create cards, flyers, social media images, and more. Learn how to use Canva through a virtual demonstration.
The library will delay opening until noon on Friday, April 8 due to staff training. The library will be closed on Sunday, April 17 for Easter.