Pioneer Family Communication

Week of March 13 - March 20, 2022

From the Desk of Principal Mr. Tracey Lowder

Pioneer Families,

Good Evening Pioneer!

Congratulations to our boys swimming team for winning the 2022 State Championship! Spring sports begin this week! Below are important dates for the week of March 13 - March 20, 2022.

March 13 - Daylight Savings

March 14 - NAAPID @ Night

March 16 - Early Release Day

March 18 - Hat Day - wear your favorite hat!

Upcoming Events/Dates

March 25 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 28 - April 4 - Spring Break

April 13(10th & 11th), 14(9th & 11th), 19(11th only) - Spring Testing - PSAT 9, PSAT 10, SAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP 11

*ALL students in 9th - 11th grade will be tested.

If you have any questions/needs. Please email me directly at

Mr. Tracey Lowder, Principal

Pioneer High School

Congratulations to the Pioneer Boys Swimming - 2022 STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!

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Early Release Day Schedule - March 16, 2022

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Congratulations to our Pioneer Band Programs: Below are results from last weeks festival.


VB I, II, II - overall II


CBW I, I, I, - overall I

JB @ WMU Jazz Invitational - Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention Soloists:

Loui Gabaron - Bari Sax

Alex Kripfgans - Trumpet

Xander Salsitz - Clarinet/Ten Sax

Zoe Resendez - Vocal

Cole Oswalt - Tenor Sax

Outstanding Soloist of the Festival: Xander Salsitz- Clarinet/Tenor Sax

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Are you spring cleaning and have some great like-new or gently used books you would like to donate? The Pioneer Library and English Department would love to put them into the hands of students! Please drop them off inside the Clock tower entrance the week of April 25th. We are looking for books that would be interesting to K-12 students and are in great condition. We will pass on books we can't use here to our AAPS K-8 schools. You are always welcome to contact Ms. Hughes (one of the Pioneer Librarians) at to set up a book drop off anytime during the school year.

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Spring Testing Update #3: 3/11/22

M-STEP Testing for Juniors will be 4/19/22 - Sessions will be AM & PM by last name. Chromebooks will be needed for the test/s on 4/19/22. Please be sure to restart your chromebook while on wifi at Pioneer for any testing updates. SAT and WorkKeys will be paper/pencil tests on 4/13 & 4/14.

Spring Testing Update #2: 3/6/22

We will be pre-bubbling for the tests on April 7th and 8th. Students will be called down in groups to the cafeteria. Parent permission is preferred for students to participate in the SAT Suite of Assessments College Search Process. If you would like your student to participate, please have them bring this signed form with them to pre-bubbling (please see the link on the form for more information): CLICK HERE FOR FORM

Spring Testing Update #1: 2/28/22

For spring testing, all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will automatically be tested and there is no need for families to opt-in. On Wednesday, April 13th, 11th graders will take the SAT + Essay, and 10th graders will take the PSAT. On Thursday, April 14th, 11th Graders will take the Work Keys, and 9th Graders will take the PSAT. There will be a modified bell schedule for all students after morning testing culminates. Testing room assignments for students will be posted outside the Cafeteria Annex, outside the library, and outside the counseling offices prior to the day of testing. For 11th grade students who have unavoidable conflicts, there will be a make-up date of April 26th for the SAT test.

Please see the following links if you would like to access free practice tests prior to the exam:

SAT Practice Tests College Board

Kahn Academy SAT Official Practice

PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests College Board

Questions? Please contact Dean Bullinger -

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Pioneer Interact Club - Annual Rotary Food Drive

There are 2 ways to participate:

  1. Bring in any non-perishable food items and drop them off in the blue bins by the main office or outside at the Clock Tower entrance from 03/07/22-03/23/22
  2. Donate to the Annual Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Campaign through a "virtual food drive" with a monetary donation from now until 03/18/22.

    To donate via Pioneer High School INTERACT CLUB visit:

    or scan here and click the green donate button

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* New Information* Senior Class Updates - Class of 2022


*Graduation Announcements - If you were unable to pick up your graduation announcements last week you can pick them up from C311.

Senior Prom - May 20, 2022 @ THE BIG HOUSE!! - tickets go on sale May 9, 2022!

The survey results are in! This year's prom theme will be Enchanted Fairytale. The prom colors will be sage, ivory, and gold! Thank you to all of our seniors that participated in the student led prom survey.

Upcoming Events:

Tickets for the Senior ALL NIGHT Party will go on sale soon!! Want to donate?



Please review the links below to identify scholarship opportunities specific for Pioneer Seniors.

2022 Pioneer High School AAPS Scholarship List

Pioneer Announcement: AAPS Scholarships

Please feel free to email our 12th grade team with any needs/questions: Dr. Hyliard - or Ms. Roumanis -

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Virtual College/University Visits.....

Attention Students, Families, Counselors....

The 2021-22 college application season continues! Meeting with college admission representatives is a great way to get to know about their unique and important educational opportunities. Our calendar can be viewed live at:

Saturday, March 12

National Art Portfolio Days:

1:00 – 5:00pm

Sunday, March 13

National GAP Year Fair:

12:30 – 3:30pm

Wednesday, March 16

Williamette University (OR):

11:00am – 12:00pm

Monday, March 21

Stevens Inst. of Technology (NJ):

3:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, March 22

Campbell University (NC)

3:00 – 4:00pm

Thursday, March 24

National GAP Year Fair

6:00 – 8:00pm


Questions for PTSO? Email Susan Brimacombe -

Looking for another way to give back to our Pioneer Community?

There are committees forming soon to help with Prom 5/20 and the Senior Bon Voyage Party 5/27. These events run much more smoothly if we have a lot of help. You don't have to be the parent of a senior! We need help with finding donations, communication, working the event, and cleaning up. Please contact Jenni Wilkening or Colleen Creal for more information.

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