District Newsletter -- November/December 2022 Edition

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Learning and Leading for Tomorrow

24821 Hall Road

Woodhaven, MI 48183





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


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.

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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.

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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 Inductees

Kashaf Ahmad

Kaden Campbell

Lilly Diaz

Sophia Germano

Robbie Gilmore

Rachel Godlewski

Francisco Guardado

Shiraaz Haidar

Brooke Hill

Han Hoang

Kaydence Jacobs

Zaina Javaid

Zoie Klavinger

Jayelynn Lines

Averi Mallord

Reese Messinger

Makenzie Muscat

Madalyn Rubino

Gurkaran Singh

JaMya Smith

Zander Stec

Cameron Thorning

Raveen Virk

Lane Weglarz

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.

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NJHS Executive Board

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!

Cross Country

Pierce Scheffler

Alex Vazquez

Evan Smith

Payton Scheffler

Raelyn McLauglin

Elliana Perugi

Joslyn Bechtol


Nathan Blaszczak

Isaac Perez

Devin Henry

Dominic Davis


Abi Saco

Adilynn Rushlow

Gabriella Randazzo


Dakota Klindt

Dominic Leonardi

Cameron Deon

Hunter Schnell

Nolan Smith


James Olbrich

Mike Budai

Reid Philabaum

Zach Owczarzak


Brooke Hart

Julie Downey

Alaina Craig

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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!

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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!

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Principal Mr. Tim Podlewski making the rounds with his Friday Fun Cart and delivering goodies to staff.

A Day in the Life of a Warrior ...

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Christmas came early for the Patrick Henry Middle School Brew Crew.
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Warrior Unified Basketball.
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Congratulations to the boys' middle school swim team - Downriver League Champs!

WBEF 9th Annual Signature Event

Thursday, April 20th 2023 at 6-11pm

16703 Fort Street

Southgate, MI

It's back!! The 9th Annual Signature Event returns after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark you calendars, you won't want to miss this!

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

Administration & Board of Education

Business Hours:

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday

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