Crusader Nation Weekly

Your source for all things Reuther Middle School

April 17th - 21st

Monday, April 17th


Professional Development

Tuesday, April 18th

Homework Help -- Media Center 2:30 - 3:30pm

Wednesday, April 19th


8th - Science

Thursday, April 20th


6th -7th ELA

8th - Science

Homework Help -- Media Center 2:30 - 3:30pm

Math Peer Tutoring -- Room 124 2:30 - 3:30pm

Friday, April 21st


6th -7th ELA

Next Week........

Monday, April 24th

M-STEP 6 & 7

Track vs. West (Home)

Tuesday, April 25th

Wednesday, April 26th

State Band Fesitval @ RHS

M-STEP Math 6 & 7

Thursday, April 27th

8th Grade D.C. Trip

M-STEP Math 6 & 7

Friday, April 28th

8th Grade D.C. Trip

M-STEP Math 6 & 7

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Oakland University's "Careers in Demand"

Oakland University’s "Careers in Demand" program will take place on May 3rd, 2023 from 9:45 am to 1:30 pm at Oakland University. The program is open to all 8th-grade students, and participation is free. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation to and from Oakland University but are not required to stay throughout the program.

If you are interested in having your student attend, please apply by filling out this survey: Oakland University- Careers in Demand, applications will be accepted until 4/24 and applicants will be notified of attendance by 4/28. Thank you for considering this opportunity for your student.

Important Dates for 8th Grade

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8th Grade Farewell Party

Calling all Crusaders!!! Join Track!

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Boys and Girls!!!

Reuther Track will begin on Monday, April 10, 2023.

We will have an informational meeting in the gym during homeroom on Wednesday, March 8

Please check in with your teacher for attendance between 7:15 and 7:20 AM and then come down to the gym with something to write with. We will have information on schedules, how to purchase uniforms, and much more!

Join Track! It’s the Only Sport Left!

The Reuther Track Coaches

AIA Book Club - Start Date 3-23-23

Please join us for the Author and April Book Club. Start date is Thursday, March 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations Mr. Klak on 35 Years in education ALL at Reuther!!!

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Link to volunteer for Science Day event

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No Place For Hate Presentations

Over the past week, our NPFH (No Place for Hate) student members did a wonderful job in presenting powerful messages about acceptance, inclusion and being an “up-stander” to help stop hate. Their presentation included interactive activities, videos and a Q & A. Our NPFH student members planned and led all three assemblies themselves. After the presentations, students had an opportunity to sign the pledge.

The purpose of the assembly was to introduce our school community to the No Place for Hate pledge.

· I WILL SEEK TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING of those who are different from myself.

· I WILL SPEAK OUT against prejudice and discrimination.

· I WILL REACH OUT to support those who are targets of hate.

· I WILL PROMOTE RESPECT for people and help foster a prejudice-free school.

· I RECOGNIZE that respecting individual dignity and promoting intergroup harmony are the responsibilities of all students.

· I BELIEVE that one person can make a difference - no person can be an “innocent” bystander when it comes to opposing hate.

To learn more about No Place for Hate, or to access family resources on challenging bullying and bias, please go to:

Thank you,

Mrs. Hoekstra, Mrs. Prashar & Dr. VanLaan

Counselor's Corner

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**Parent Drop Off and Pick up in the front parking lot**

Please do not utilize the front parking lot to drop-off or pick-up your child.

Crusader Families, we are asking that you please do not use the front parking lot for drop off and pick-up. This lot is for staff parking only. There are 6 parking spots for visitors that are parking and entering the building. Over the past several weeks we have watched potentially dangerous situations unfold. We understand that the parent loop is long and congested. When the front lot is used as a drop off area this causes even more congestion and traffic back-ups. Please allow for plenty of time to drop off your student in the drop off loop or in the back of the building. We appreciate your cooperation with this to keep our students and staff safe. Below please find the Arrival & Dismissal Procedures and a map for your information.

Student Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

As we all know, Student Arrival and Dismissal are the busiest times of the day. In order to keep our students safe, it is important for us to all follow the guidelines listed below.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students, staff and visitors safe!

The map below is detailed with information to show where students should be dropped off and/or picked up from school. Please follow the directions below so that we can move traffic efficiently while keeping our students safe!

Parent Loop Drop Off/Pick Up Directions: To drop off or pick up your student from school, you will access the Parent Loop (in bright pink above) from Culbertson Road. Please continue to pull forward as much as possible to keep the line moving. Students should exit your car at the sidewalk anytime you are in the area indicated by the green arrows. If students wait to exit until they are in front of the entrance, the line will move very slowly and increase the back up on Culbertson and Auburn Roads. When you reach the area indicated by the orange arrows, it is appropriate to form two lanes.

Please note:

1. Students should not be exiting vehicles on Auburn Road, Culbertson Road or in the Reuther Staff/Visitor Parking Lot. The only place students should be exiting a vehicle is in the drop off loop which is accessed off of Culbertson Road.

2. Students who are walking or riding bikes must remain on sidewalks at all times. They should not be walking in the roadway or cutting through roadways for any reason.

3. If students need to cross Auburn or Culbertson, please remind them to cross at the intersection of Auburn & Culbertson where the crossing guard is there to assist.

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2022-23 Yearbook Orders

Click HERE to order your yearbook!

Safety Message from Sheriff Bouchard
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CONGRATULATIONS CRUSADERS!!!! CITY CHAMPS 2022!!! We are so proud of you!!

Chromebook Information From Technology....

When students take screenshots or download pictures/content for assignments, these files are saved into a Downloads folder which is stored directly onto the student’s Chromebook. Chromebooks are not designed to have a lot of internal storage so eventually the Chromebook will have low disk space and, as a result, websites or printers will not load. In order to curb these issues, the files in the Download folder will be deleted from the Chromebook whenever the student signs out or shuts down. If students need to save these files, students can go to the Files folder on their Chromebook and move these files to their Google Drive (My Drive) before signing out or shutting down. This short video walks students through how to access and move files located in the Downloads folder. Students can reach out to their building ILS if they have any questions.

Students Learn to Help a Friend in Crisis

Dear 7th Grade Parent/Guardian,

Depression affects about 20% of adolescents by the time they become adults. In addition, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death of individuals aged 10-14 and the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth 17-24. (2017 CDC WISQARS)

In an effort to create awareness and help reduce the risk of negative stress, depression, & suicide among our students, your student’s counselors (Mrs. Prashar & Mrs. Suhajda) began presenting a prevention program to ALL 7th Grade students through their World Studies classes this week and will continue through next week. Students will also learn about healthy coping strategies to manage stress and will have an opportunity to practice stress management techniques along with creating their own “Wellness Plan.”

The goal of this program is to help students:

  • learn the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide & self-harm

  • understand that depression is a treatable illness

  • understand what ACT stands for: A- (Acknowledge) C- (Care) T- (Tell)

  • help students know whom, in the school and at home, they can turn to for help

  • discuss and share healthy ways to “manage stress and deal with challenges”

  • encourage students to create their own Mental Health & Wellness Plan

Please also check out our Counseling Weebly for additional information & resources. We encourage you to take a few minutes to read over this very important topic with your student.

Parent Newsletter

9-8-8 is now the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and mental health crisis hotline number. It provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you!

Mrs. Prashar: or call (248) 726-4717.

Mrs. Suhajda: or call (248) 726-4716.

Cell Phone Policy Reminder

The cell phone policy has been in place for many years. Below is the PDF of the policy for your information. At the beginning of the year we reviewed the rules on cell phone usage with each grade level. We continue to remind students often that cell phones are to remain off, and in their lockers at all times.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Darga or Mrs. Collier

Media Center Volunteers

Do you love books? Do you enjoy helping students find the next perfect read? Do you have an hour a week to volunteer? The Media Center might be the place for you! We need volunteers to help check out/check in books, shelve, shelf-read, label & cover new books, tidy up the space, etc. Please click HERE to sign up!

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Parent Network (DEIPN)

Welcome to a new school year! The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Parent Network (DEIPN) is excited to continue our work together this year!

Our first meeting will be on

Monday, September 19th

in the Rochester High School Media Center

from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

On the agenda: Meeting one another to build relationships. Learning about inclusive language. Exploration of ideas to promote diversity in our individual schools. Hearing from team members who helped create the district equity statement.

We ask that for the respect and safety of others, this meeting not be recorded.

For parking at RHS, please use the parking lot closest to the football fields off of Livernois road.

Please mark these future meeting dates on your calendar:

Tuesday, October 18

Monday, November 21

Monday, January 23

Monday, February 27

Monday, March 20

Tuesday, April 18

Monday, May 15


Parents who support, encourage, celebrate diversity, and human connections across all boundaries of difference within Rochester Community Schools. We are purposed to make RCS an environment where diversity is authentically included and equally respected in all aspects of the student’s experience. Where all students, especially those who have been historically marginalized, can fairly and equally achieve their full potential to build meaningful productive lives in a global society.

NEW PROCEDURE for Student Item Drop Off

In the event that you need to drop off an item for your student – a forgotten lunch, gym shoes, assignment, etc. – there is a new district wide procedure. In the secure entrance lobby, you will find a table with post it notes. Please label student items with your student’s name. Office staff will ensure items are delivered as soon as possible. You will not need to buzz in to the main office – the drop table will be checked each class period.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain our secure learning environment!

Reuther Athletics

Athletic Update for the 2022-23 School Year

Reuther's Athletic Director is Mr. Nick Klak (

Sports Physicals: You must have a physical form on file with the school for the 2022-23 school year in order to complete in athletics. Exception: RARA Cross Country does not require one. The Physical Form is attached below.

Season Schedules: Click HERE and then click on VIEW SCHEDULES on the right. You will be able to access all sports schedules except for Wrestling.

Pay to Participate: Click HERE for Middle School Contract Forms and Online Payment.

Winter I Athletics Update

We begin a new season of athletics at Reuther. We will be offering boys 7th and 8th grade basketball and girls 7th and 8th grade competitive cheer.

If you have not turned in a physical form (MHSAA—2 pages) for the 2022-2023 school year, please turn your completed and signed form in to Mr. Klak before tryouts. **You will not be allowed to participate in tryouts without turning in the physical form. You may check with Mr. Klak to see if you have turned in your physical form.

If you are unable to get an appointment for your physical with your regular doctor please go to an Urgent Care in the area. Here is the link for the physical form…Scroll down to the bottom of the screen where it says Middle School Physical Form (PDF).

Boys Basketball

Tryouts begin Tuesday, November 1, 2022 and end on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Tryouts are after school and go until 5 PM each day. Boys trying out need to be at each session each day for tryouts. We have double sessions each day to evaluate the boys. There is a 10 minute break in between sessions. Teams will be selected at 5 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Tryouts will be in the gym. Please wear t-shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes.

There is an informational packet for tryouts that Mr. Klak has given you. Please turn in the LAST page of the packet as soon as possible.

Boys: Please sign up for basketball in Mr. Klak’s Google Classroom. There is a Boys 7 and a Boys 8 Folder.

7th Grade Boys Code: bh5g2np

8th Grade Boys Code: j6mxosp

Questions: Please email Mr. Klak

Girls Competitive Cheer

Tryouts begin Wednesday, November 9, 2022 and end on Friday, November 11, 2022. Tryouts on Wednesday and Thursday will be from 5:30-7:00 PM and Friday from 5:00-6:30 PM. Tryouts will be in the cafeteria. Please wear t-shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes.

Questions: Please email Ms. Quaine

Please email Mr. Klak, Reuther Athletic Director if you have any other questions.

Spring Sports

Boys and Girls 6th-8th Grade Track—Practice will begin on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 in Reuther’s Main Gym. Practice will be from 2:30-4:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays and 2:30-4:00 PM on Fridays. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for practice. In the beginning of the season it will be cold outside so keep arms and legs covered.

**6th graders are allowed to practice but are not able to participate in meets.

Head Coach: Mr. Nick

Assistant Coaches: Ms. Hannah Schneider, Mrs. Laura Duff and Ms. Lindsey Belzyt;

Volunteer Coach: Mrs. Ericka Krajewski.

Fall Sports 2022

Football 7 and 8—Practice will begin on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Reuther. Practice will be from 3:30-5:00 PM this week for conditioning. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for conditioning. Our coaches are Mr. Gross—8th Grade:

Mr. Lindstrom—8th Grade: and Mr. Peklo—7th Grade: *We may hire an additional football coach.

Girls Basketball 7—Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at Reuther’s main/aux gyms. Practice will be from 3:00-5:00 PM. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for practice. Our coach is Ms. Tori Hawkins.

Girls Basketball 8—Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Reuther’s main/aux gyms. Practice will be from 4:00-6:00 PM. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for practice. Our coach is Mr. Jarrod Rice.

Girls Sideline Cheer 7 and 8—Practice will begin on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 in Reuther’s Cafeteria. Practice will be from 5:00-7:00 PM. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for practice. Our coaches are Ms. Emily Quaine and Ms. Angie Schaffhauser

Cross Country-- Cross Country is a Club Sport open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Practice will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Meet in the auxiliary gym after school at 2:30 PM. Practices are from 2:30-3:45 PM. Please bring water and proper clothing to wear for practice. Our coach is Mrs. Laura Duff

***In preparation for the season, Mrs. Duff will be holding optional practices beginning the Week of August 1, 2022. Every Monday evening from 7-8 PM and every Thursday morning from 9-10 AM we will do summer runs at Rochester Municipal Park by the duck pond. These practices will run from August 1-22.

Click HERE to sign up for Cross Country through RARA

Meet our Reuther Counselors

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Meet the Reuther PTSA Executive Board!

Srujana Vadlakonda

Imulde Sullivan

Michelle Miller

Nesreen Sabbagh

Stay involved in your student's success by joining the PTSA!

Choose what works best for you:

  • Join the PTSA...Attend a meeting, join and fuel our budget with your membership contribution and a One & Done fundraiser donation!
  • Join a Committee...Minimal time commitment and meet new parents! (1-2 hours/month)
  • Chair a Committee... Medium time commitment, meet new parents and put those leadership skills to work! (3-4 hours/month)
  • Join the PTSA Executive Board...Increased time commitment, meet new parents, and share your leadership at a greater level! (5-7 hours/month)

For more information, email one of our Executive Board Members!

PTSA Meeting Dates for the 2022-23 School Year

All meetings begin at 7:00pm.

September 22, 2022

November 16, 2022

January 25, 2023

March 16th, 2023

June 1, 2023

Keep up with the Reuther PTSA!

Attached below is the slide presentation from our PTSA Meeting on September 22, 2022.
  • Meetings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and occur on the THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 7PM
  • We support, educate, and advocate for special education families in all 20 SCHOOLS in the district and have and are always looking for more!
  • We meet with Special Education Administration monthly to DISCUSS AND SHARE IDEAS THAT SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES
  • Click HERE to visit our website
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Free & Reduced Meal Application for 2022-23 School Year

Families are encouraged to continue to fill out the online Free & Reduced Meal Application for the 2022-23 School Year. A new application is required for each school year. Applications for this program also support the district beyond food service including Title 1 and 31a grant funding. This program also connects families to additional community resources including Blessings in a Backpack, Neighborhood House and possible individual support for district programs.

You can click HERE for the online application. A hard copy of the application is attached below if you prefer.

For questions, please contact the food services office at 248-726-4618 or via email at

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