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District Newsletter -- November/December 2022 Edition
Learning and Leading for Tomorrow
24821 Hall Road
Woodhaven, MI 48183
CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
MARK GREATHEAD --- SUPERINTENDENT
Joshua Satterfield --- Director of Curriculum
Matthew Salah --- Director of Special Services
Gregory Roberts --- Director of Human Resources
Lyndsay Johnson-LeMieux --- Director of Technology & Instructional Integration
Joshua Smith --- Director of Finance
Michael Belcher --- Director of Facilities & Operations
2022 BOARD OF EDUCATION
Jenn Padgett --- President
Mikki Bertin-Kelsay --- Vice-President
Cara Pimer --- Secretary
Laura Berry --- Treasurer
Bruce Burke --- Trustee
Rob Harris --- Trustee
Shannon Bauer-Perry --- Trustee
WBSD Says Goodbye to Mr. Burke and Mrs. Pimer
As 2022 draws to a close, we say goodbye to two long-standing Board Members - Mr. Bruce Burke and Mrs. Cara Pimer.
Mr. Burke was first elected to the Board of Education in May 2009. He was then re-elected to two, four-year terms in 2014 and 2018. Mr. Burke is also a retired WBSD teacher having taught in the school district for 30 years.
Mrs. Pimer was first elected in November 2010 and like Mr. Burke, was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. She spent many years volunteering with Yake Elementary's PTO, and for the time being, will stay on as the Chairperson of the Woodhaven-Brownstown Education Foundation.
Both Mr. Burke and Mrs. Pimer have been strong advocates for the students of the WBSD and diligent stewards of the district's finances. They've been instrumental in setting policy and the direction for the WBSD. We wish them well in their future endeavors.
Wegienka Elementary is Busy, Busy, Busy
Wegienka Elementary School is a busy place. During the month of November, Principal Michelle Briegel and the PTO hosted over 300 grandparents the week of November 14th in celebration of the school's annual Goodies With Grandparents event. Grandparents were able to shop the Scholastic Book Fair that coincides with parent-teacher conferences and enjoy some treats with grandchildren.
Third grade students participated in Native American Night. The celebration ended the month's-long study of Native American culture which is part of the elementary social studies curriculum. Students created projects depicting Native American life, sang songs and gave presentations. The evening concluded with some delicious pumpkin pie.
The Wildbots, Wegienka's Lego Robotics team, is a member of the FIRST Lego League. FIRST Lego guides youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age. From Discover (ages 4-6), to Explore (ages 6-10) to Challenge (ages 9-16), students learn the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building good habits of learning, confidence and teamwork.
The Wildbots competed alongside 32 teams at the Charger Robotics competition held at Crestwood High School on Saturday, November 19th. The team did very well, winning a 2nd place award and earning an invitation to the state championship held at Troy Athens High School on December 18th.
The Wildbots placed 14th out of 48 teams and earned a trophy for placing third in core values, which includes teamwork, inclusion, innovation, discovery and fun. The team is led by sponsor Sara Assenmacher and two parent volunteers.
PHMS Inducts 24 Students into NJHS
On November 7, 2022, PHMS inducted 24 students into the National Junior Honor Society. Students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are eligible to apply. The application takes a look at how well students demonstrate the five pillars of NJHS - scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character - through their service to their community, involvement in extra-curriculars and academic success. Once inducted, students begin participating in service projects and must complete 15 hours of community service each year.
Congratulations to the following students:
2022/23 Executive Board
Zaina Husain --- President
Ava Gray --- Vice President
Noelle Cameon --- Co-Secretary
Yumna Chaudhry --- Co-Secretary
Brooklyn Shell --- Co-Secretary
Benjamin Victor --- Historian
Thank you to Co-Sponsors, Ms. Rachel Gilmore and Ms. Amanda Moseley, for guiding this group of dedicated and focused students.
Warrior Athletes Shine in the Fall Season
Practice and hard work always pays off. Whether on the court, the course, the field or in the pool, Warrior athletes show up every day and put the work in it takes to be successful athletes.
The fall athletic season highlighted many successes for our Warrior athletics. The girls' golf team had an outstanding season. Not only did they win the Downriver League championship, they also were crowned MHSAA District and Regional champs and advanced to the state finals. This is a first in team and school history. Keep an eye on these ladies, they are going places!
The boys' soccer team earned its 5th consecutive Downriver League championship while the girls' volleyball team captured the Downriver League title and went on to become MHSAA District champs.
Kudos are in order for junior Payton Scheffler and freshman Pierce Scheffler who both punched their ticket to the state cross country finals held at Michigan International Speedway on November 5th. Payton finished 63rd and Pierce finished 192.
Many Warriors earned all league and all academic honors. Congratulations, Warriors, for an outstanding season both in and outside the classroom!
It's Not December Without Santa Shop
Elementary students have had the pleasure for years of taking part in some family holiday shopping at their school-sponsored Santa Shops. Santa Shop is designed to give all elementary students the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts they can then give to family members for the holidays. Santa Shops are very labor intensive, and it takes many volunteers to pull one off.
Our PTOs have risen to the challenge and year after year, they provide a valuable service to our students. Not only do parent volunteers do the shopping to stock the Santa Shops, they assist in the set up, and most importantly, they shop with and wrap gifts for students. Students also get extra math lessons during Santa Shop week, as they need to keep track of what their purchases cost so they can stay within their budget.
Santa Shop week is a fun week for students. Thank you to our PTO volunteers who always give so much to our students.
Warrior Charity Club on Fox 2 News
After a recent visit to downtown Detroit, PHMS 9th grader, Audrina Finn, witnessed many homeless people on the streets. With the cold of winter setting in, she wondered how these individuals would cope with the cold.
Finn is part of the the Warrior Charity Club. The club's mission is to make an impact in the community by helping out in small, impactful ways. Finn was instrumental in organizing the "Share the Warmth" blanket drive. Blankets were collected throughout the month of November and were then delivered to an area homeless shelter and animal shelter.
Fox 2 News got wind of the story and on Wednesday, December 14th, interviewed Finn and Mrs. Jennifer McCollum, the club's sponsor, at PHMS. The story aired twice, once on Wednesday, December 14th and again on Thursday, December 15th.
The club also collected over 80 toys and partnered with Woodhaven Kiwanis who then delivered them to Toys for Tots.
Job well done Warrior Charity Club!
Yake Elementary has the Holiday Spirit
Yake Elementary PTO hosted Breakfast with Santa on December 10th which has become a long-standing holiday tradition for the school. This year's Santa was none other than Mr. Larry Blackburn. Blackburn is the district's Accounting Specialist, and, as it turn's out, he's been playing Santa for years in his hometown neighborhood.
Blackburn stated, "Playing Santa at Yake Elementary was such an honor. The smiles and wonder on the children's faces said it all."
Thanks to Mr. Blackburn for lighting up Yake with the some holiday cheer. It really does take a village!
A Day in the Life of a Warrior ...
Wildbots Lego Robotics team attend the December 13th Board Meeting.
Yake Elementary Watch DOG Keith Hawkins with son Cody.
Warrior Wake Up --- some very cool dudes!
Erving Elementary's Student Lighthouse Team make dog biscuits to donate to local animal shelters.
BMS Choir students present a holiday concert for parents.
Erving Elementary Kindergarten celebrating 50 days of school.
BMS 1st Trimester Honor Breakfast for students who earned a minimum 3.33 GPA.
Wegienka students check out the new book on the Story Walk.
WHS National Honor Society hosts its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive.
WBEF 9th Annual Signature Event
Thursday, April 20th 2023 at 6-11pm
16703 Fort Street
Woodhaven-Brownstown School District
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday