Pioneer Family Communication

Week of May 1 - May 8, 2022


From the Desk of Principal Mr. Tracey Lowder

Good Evening Pioneer,

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic teachers and staff at Pioneer High School. We are so very proud of the commitment and passion our teachers and staff model everyday at Pioneer High School. It is an honor to learn with them each and everyday. Please take a moment this week and show appreciation to a Pioneer Teacher via email, phone call, or written note.

MME testing is completed. Thank you to the students and the Pioneer Community for your patience and support during this time. This week we begin AP testing. If you did not get the newsletter from the AP Leadership Team please click HERE. Pioneer has a rich tradition of AP success and this year we have 933 Pioneer students taking 1507 AP tests. Best of luck to all of our AP students!

Below are important dates for the week of May 1:

May 1 - Start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 2 - AP Testing - US Gov, Japanese Language, Chem @ EMU

May 3 - NO SCHOOL for students

May 3 - AP Testing - Environmental Sci, Psychology @ EMU

May 4 - Club Day

May 4 - AP Testing - English Lit, Comp Sci A, Comp Gov

May 5 - 8th Grade Extravaganza

May 5 - Early Release

May 5 - AP Testing - Stats

May 6 - AP Testing - US Hist, Art Hist

*Senior Prom Tickets go on sale May 9

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

Mr. Tracey Lowder, Principal

Pioneer High School

Upcoming Community Sessions with Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

We are excited to share that the Ann Arbor Public Schools is hosting a community information meeting on equity with Dr. Sealey Ruiz on Tuesday, May 3rd, from 6 to 7:00 PM.

Equity is Everything: History, Humanity and Healing in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The meetings are designed to share with the parent and wider community more about the equity work that has been in progress in the AAPS, including highlighting key principles and shared language in the work among AAPS staff during the prior two school years. These community information sessions will serve as a springboard for convening a community Equity Advisory Group and continuing next steps in the community work during Fall, 2022.

You can join the zoom webinar on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6 PM here.

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Pioneer Club Day Schedule - May 4

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Good News @ Pioneer!

Thank you so much to our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Student Council led by Senior, Skylar Fletcher for leading Culture Day at Pioneer! It was beautiful to see so many cultures and traditions represented by attire, food, and music.

Pioneer students Bruno Garcia, Mason Holst, Ryan Chen, Andrew Chen were part of the Ann Arbor Academic Games team that won the National Championship in Tennessee last week. Congratulations to all who participated.

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PTG is proud to present our spring musical LES MISERABLES is May 13th-15th at Skyline High School! After a couple disappointing delays due to the pandemic and building construction, PTG is eager and excited to present this iconic, international award-winning musical to a live audience!

Advanced tickets are available now at

Click here for more info!

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Help PIONEER ATHLETICS reach our goal of $25,000!!

The Ann Arbor Pioneer Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce our 2022 Virtual Fundraiser to support Pioneer Athletics. Because we can’t quite yet gather in person to celebrate our success and raise funds to support our club and varsity sports teams, we are continuing with a virtual event again this year.



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9th Grade Vision Screening - May 16, 2022

9th grade vision screening is scheduled for Monday, May 16th.

The Washtenaw County Health Department will be at Pioneer performing 9th grade vision screening on Monday, May 16th during English classes. Parents may opt their student out of the screening by emailing our school nurse, Lauren Huissen, at


Attention ALL 2022 Pioneer Seniors! Do you aspire to be the keynote student speaker at Graduation? Please follow the rubric below to be considered for this prestigious honor. Submissions DUE 5/13/22
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The end of the school year is fast approaching, we are in dire need of YOU to help us host the Senior Bon Voyage All Night Party.

Because of the lapse in years without a party, many underclassman parents don’t know what the party is or how to organize it. We are concerned that in the coming years the party may be in jeopardy as there will be very few people who know how to continue the party as it is today. Past seniors have repeatedly walked away from this party saying it was one of the most fun nights of their lives, please help us keep this tradition alive by volunteering this year to help and see what it’s all about.

Attached is a PDF with some information on the party and below is the sign-up genius link for volunteer jobs and an Amazon wish list to purchase donations.

(In my opinion, two of the most fun jobs are still available, decorations and casino worker)

Volunteer Jobs:

Amazon Wish List for Raffle Items:

If you would like to make a monetary donation or would like to shadow a Committee Lead or the

Bon Voyage Chairs, please text/email:

Susan Brimacombe (734) 883-8100

Thanks for your consideration!

Susan Brimacombe and Susan Jaworski

Bon Voyage Co-Chairs

Tickets for Senior Bon Voyage - $40

Students can purchase Senior Bon Voyage Tickets on the following Dates @ Pioneer.

Tuesday, April 26 & Thursday, April 28

Tuesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 12

Tuesday, May 17 & Thursday, May 19

Thursday, May 26 at the picnic & Friday, May 27 at graduation rehearsal

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PIONEER Care Closet @ C311 - led by ACTION @ Pioneer

ACTION @ Pioneer is in need of donations of the following items for the Pioneer Care Closet. Items are available for Pioneer Students. Please send donated items to the Main Office or C311. Thank you for your support.

  • toothpaste
  • tooth brushes
  • kleenex
  • wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • floss
  • mouth wash
  • hair ties
  • Q Tips
  • chapstick
  • lotion
  • shaving supplies
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • dry shampoo
  • hair gel
  • men's deodorant
  • women's deodorant
  • feminine hygiene products
  • face wash
  • makeup remover
  • lint roller
  • tide wipes
  • bar soap
  • body wash

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SENIOR BON VOYAGE PARTY - Calling all parent volunteers!

Pioneer has a long tradition of hosting a Senior Bon Voyage Party for our graduating seniors. This tradition is led by Pioneer parents and we are in need of volunteers. In years past Pioneer Parents with students in any grade are welcome to volunteer and carry on this tradition. Please use the link below to sign up!!/showSignUp/10c0f4cadac23a3fe3-2022

Class of 2022 - Senior Exam/Final Week Schedule *SENIORS ONLY

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May 23 - Full Day for Seniors - Seniors attend hours 1-5, hours 6-7 (final exams)

May 24 - Seniors report to hours 2 & 3 only (final exams)

May 25 - Seniors report to hours 4 & 5 only (final exams) begin turning in obligations/technology

May 26 - Seniors report to 1st hour only (final exam) then report to Main Gym for senior class photo.

Senior Class Updates - Class of 2022


Graduation Update

During the two years of the pandemic, alternative graduation ceremonies were held for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. In 2020, drive-thru parades were held at each campus. In 2021, outdoor ceremonies were held. For the Class of 2022, we are returning to our traditional indoor graduation locations.

While the previous two years have offered great alternatives for the commencement ceremonies, the activities and locations had limitations and challenges. Most importantly, we want to hold ceremonies that afford all of our graduates the opportunity to share the celebration with family. Our indoor facilities allow students to invite siblings, grandparents, and other extended family members. As well, the indoor facilities are fully ADA compliant, and indoor ceremonies eliminate concerns for inclement weather.

We are very proud of the tremendous work that our high school teams put into the celebrations in 2020 and 2021, we are equally excited to once again offer our graduates a dignified and celebratory experience while welcoming all family members who wish to attend.


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.



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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