WBMS August 15th Update

Important News for you: August 15, 2022

THIS WEEK: STUDENTS: Please attend your orientation--this is a DROP off event: students only please

These are student only, morning events--see times below.

August 16th is 8th grade orientation

August 17th is 7th grade student orientation

August 18th is 6th grade orientation

All days: drop off 7:30-7:45 and pick up 10:45-11:00 am.

The goals of each of these days are the same:

1. Students will get schedule of classes and a map of the school

2. Go to their assigned houses (meet in collaboration space)

3. Staff in that house will have a common powerpoint to share and students have a chance to ask questions

4. Students to take yearbook/ID photos. Lifetouch-ordering info to come shortly

5. Students will tour building with staff

6. Students will receive string bag for materials (write your name on it)

7. Conclude with a grade level meeting in the gym with administrators

Lockers, Lanyards and Agendas (planners) will be distributed the first day of school in Advisory.


7:30-7:45 am students arrive to the middle school. All drop off should take place in the front of the building. This is a student drop off event please--no parents.

Please plan to pick your student up your student from this event between 10:45 and 11:00 am. Please stay in your car, and use both car loops. Students will come to you.

Your photo will be taken for the yearbook at Orientation

Its Picture day!

When your student arrives for orientation, we will take the yearbook/school photo at this time. See picture ordering information below.

Unlike in elementary school, ordering a yearbook is a completely separate order process. Please see below for instructions to order a yearbook.

Order your 2022-23 School Yearbook Today!


Yearbooks are not automatically included in school picture orders like elementary school.

Our yearbook is a hard cover book.

THIS WEEK: PARENTS: Please attend your orientation (adults only)

We are hosting evening parent meetings for each grade level (please no students or other children due to space concerns)

Thursday, August 18th is 6th grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, August 17th is 7th grade parents 6pm-7

Wednesday, August 17th is 8th grade parents 7:30-8:30

The goals of each of these evenings are the same (but presentations will differ by grade level):

1. How we scheduled all students (houses, subjects, electives, etc.)

2. Carline/Bus loop procedures (drop off and pick up)

3. Overall procedures including communication, expectations, etc.

Make Up Dates for Students (Orientation)

These dates are for students who miss their orientation date to pick up a schedule, get their string backpack and have a chance to walk around the building. Yearbook/ID photos will be taken on the make up day during the school year. There is no formal presentation on make up days.

This process should take no more than 20 minutes, and parents can wait in the parking lot or accompany their students inside the building.

Aug 22-23 9:00 am-11:30 am and 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

Aug 26 9:00 am-noon

AUCH - WB Middle School - Drone - 8-11-22.mp4

You're Invited: Parent Info Meeting for ROBOTICS


We are planning to kick off the 2022-23 season the second week of September with practices held at West Bloomfield High School. The tentative meeting schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 p.m. (coach on site at 3:30 p.m. for early arrivals). FTC season is approximately 12 weeks in duration.

Check out the video trailer for the new season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-qwsMmkFwg

Andrea Frank is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

WBSD Robotics Parent Info ZOOM Meeting
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022
7 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 896 3421 4798

Required forms to be completed online this year

Dear Team WB,

We hope you are enjoying this last little bit of summer! WBSD has been busy preparing for the upcoming school year. The District will be collecting some of the Back to School paperwork differently this year.


ALL parents/families MUST complete the Back to School Form by August 26, 2022, at 3 p.m. The form can be found here.

The form can also be found on our Back to School Central page on our website at: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/back-to-school-central

We will continue to update Back to School Central over the next few weeks. Therefore, please refer back to this link for additional important announcements.

If you have any questions or problems with the form, please reach out to Johanna Mracna at johanna.mracna@wbsd.org.

Thank you for helping us streamline our processes!

We can’t wait to see our students back in our schools and we are looking forward to a great year of learning, growing, and connecting!

Meals at School

Please check out the letter below regarding meals at school.

There will be no more free for all meals at school (that grant expired)

Things to note:

breakfast costs $1.50

lunch costs $2.95

Please complete the application for free/reduced lunch to see if you qualify-link below

There will be NO CASH taken at registers--all meal funds must be on the student's meal account. See attached letter for directions.

Students with a ZERO account balance will be given a meal; however, it may not be the regular lunch of that day however, it will follow federal guidelines.

Meals at School--NO free meals unless paperwork is submitted and approved

In the fall, we will have lunch time for the students and staff. We are planning on offering 2 lunch times, assigned by the 5th hour class.

This past school year we had a grant and offered FREE breakfast and lunch to all students. For the upcoming school year, we will NOT continue with our free breakfast for all grant, so it is important that if you may be eligible for free or reduced lunch to complete that paperwork. This paperwork is available beginning July 1 at the link below.

This application must be completed EVERY year to be considered.

We also encourage parents to deposit money into their student's account so students do not have to carry cash to school. You can do that at the Food Services tab on the website-the link is also below. Funds are carried over from school year to school year.

Medication at school

If your student must have access to, carry or take ANY prescribed OR over the counter medication while at school, a form attached below, completed and signed by a doctor, must be on file in the main office.

This includes, but is not limited to Tylenol, Tums, prescriptions, and Advil. Under no circumstances can a student be in possession of medication without the proper forms on file. Students possessing medication without the forms on file or distributing medication to other students will be subject to discipline following the district's Code of Conduct.


We are very excited to announce that the West Bloomfield School District Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your student(s). The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season to season and year to year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your student(s), saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify that it is current. You will be required to sign your forms annually and after any update.

Click on the Parent Playbook West Bloomfield Parent Playbook.pdf to get started in FinalForms. If you require support during the process, scroll to the bottom of the pdf and click “Use Support.”

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.

Please register at: www.westbloomfield-mi.finalforms.com

Follow the prompts to create your account, register your student(s), and sign your forms. Thank you for your assistance in helping us streamline our paperwork processes at WBSD.

Also, if you are interested in Laker gear visit our spirit wear store: https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/WestbloomQ

Consent for Disclosure of Immunization Information to Local and State Health Departments

Immunizations are an important part of keeping our children healthy. Schools and State and Local health departments must monitor immunization levels to ensure that all communities are protected from potentially life-threatening diseases and, if necessary, respond promptly to an emerging public health threat. It is important that disease threats be minimized through the monitoring of students being immunized.

Sharing immunization and personally identifiable information including the students name, Date of Birth, gender, and address with local and state health departments will help to keep your child safe from vaccine preventable diseases. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, requires written parental consent before personally identifiable information from your child's education records is disclosed to the health department. If your child is 18 or over, he or she is an "eligible student" and must provide consent for disclosures of information from his or her education records.

You may withdraw your consent to share this information in writing at any time.

I authorize the West Bloomfield School District to release my child's immunization record to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Local Health Department. I understand this information will be used to improve the quality and timeliness of immunization services and to help schools comply with Michigan Law. This includes any immunization information and limited personally identifiable information from the school.

Blessings in a Backpack

If your If child is a student (3 to 26 years of age) in the West Bloomfield Schools, s/he can also participate in the 2022-2023 Blessings in a Backpack program. This program sends six non-perishable meals home each Friday of the school year. Its goal is to make sure that no child goes hungry on the weekend. Run by volunteers, there is NO cost to you.

To enroll in this program, please fill out the form below and return it to your school office or email it to katherinesheiko@hotmail.com. This registers your child/ren in the Blessings program and alerts us to any allergies they might have. The first backpack of food will be distributed to your child at his/her local school the first week of October.


The locker dimensions are:

18.5 inches height

11.5 inside width

11 depth

We are providing STRING backpack for every student to use this year--and these fit in the locker. PLEASE do not purchase the big binders as they will not fit. Photos below. Students will be allowed to carry the string back pack that we provide from class to class.

Combination Lock Tutorial

Lockers--We will provide a string back pack to all students! See supply list for details

We recommend all students learn to use a spin lock. Every student will be assigned a locker with a pre-determined combination. If your rising middle school student is not familiar with this, please purchase a spin lock (sometimes the dollar stores will have them) and practice. We also use lockers for Physical Education class. The video below is taken from ANOTHER school--but the tutorial is great!

Lockers in the new building will be smaller than ones at our current school.

Fall 2022 Dates and Times for Middle School

Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School

First Day of school: August 29th

September 8th will be OPEN HOUSE. 6:30-8:30 Parents will travel (follow) your student's schedule.

NEW start and end times: 8:20 am to 3:12pm (students will be allowed in the building at 7:45 am.

Dismissal is 3:12 pm. All students should be picked up by 3:30 pm.

Students who leave the school grounds are not permitted to return for sports, events or to wait for a ride.

District dates to make note of:

Sept 15: Dr Bazzi meet and greet

Sept 16: Family Fun Night

Sept 22: WBMS Ribbon Cutting

Sept 29: Dr Bazzi meet and greet

Your Middle School Administration Team

Amy Hughes, Principal

Jermaine Evans, Assistant Principal

Blaine McDowell, Dean of Student Services

Lisa Graff, Assistant Principal

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Athlete Night

On August 23rd at 7pm we will offer Athlete Night (parents only).

All 7th and 8th graders are eligible to participate in all sports.

6th graders may participate in some middle school sports determined by state guidelines.

6th grade students may participate in: cross country, swimming, wrestling, and track.

On Athlete Night, we provide an opportunity to meet some coaches, and get information about middle school sports including practice information, paperwork, etc.

The sports we offer include: Football, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Cheer (sideline and competitive seasons).

Important things for sports:

1. Students must have a physical on file dates AFTER April 15, 2022 to be eligible to try out and/or participate. I would encourage you to get that paperwork completed now.See link below for the paperwork.

2. Registration forms are found on the district athletic site however we are moving to a NEW system provides by Final Forms--stay tuned for details.

3. The district has removed the pay to participate requirements therefore we will have caps on all sports for safety reasons.

Additional information can be found on the District Athletic Site below:

Our School Day

The school day is scheduled to be from 8:20 am to 3:12 pm.

Students can be dropped off at the building at 7:45 am.

Students must be picked up or in Tween Time by 3:30 pm

Transportation to and from school

We strongly encourage all students who have access to a district provided bus to take it. All district residents who live at least one mile from school have eligible for transportation and will be sent an email communication with the route number and times approximately 2 weeks before school begins.

We also have a few shuttles for out of district families. The exception to transportation forms become available on the website August 1 and is linked below. These shuttle requests are first come first serve.

At the new building, we will have a bus loop AND a car drop off loop.

College Preparatory Artificial Intelligence Program by Stanford and Harvard Graduates - Fall and Winter 2022

When we learn about programs outside of school that our middle school students may enjoy, we feature them in our weekly newsletter. Here is one that just came to us:

Inspirit AI is a precollege, live online project-based AI program that helps K12 students across disciplines develop essential college readiness skills like data science and Python coding. In small groups, students learn AI fundamentals from top university graduates and undertake applied project work for social good in domains ranging from journalism to healthcare to mobility and more. Interactive college preparation workshops showcase how AI is remapping traditional academic & professional domains, and instructor spotlights offer students a perspective on AI in careers. Applications for fall are due August 30. Please find the middle school program application here . Feel free to contact our program director, Jared, at jared.greene@post.harvard.edu with any questions. We look forward to guiding you on your AI journey!