Pioneer Family Communication

November 5, 2023 - November 12, 2023


Be Extraordinary!

From the Pioneer Leadership Team

Thank you Pioneer Caregivers,

Thank you to all of our Pioneer Caregivers that attended conferences in person or via zoom. We had a great turnout and it is always wonderful seeing you in person! Thank you to the PTSO for their continued support with the snacks for the teachers during conferences.

This week we had PD on Wednesday. We are so grateful to have amazing staff as we were led by Ms. Deacon and Ms. Macko on learning about about our EL students and SIOP strategies that we can implement in our classrooms that will impact all students learning! Thank you to Ms. Deacon and Ms. Macko.

We are looking forward to a great week at Pioneer. Don't forget that this weekend is daylight savings time and we "fall back" an hour. Enjoy the extra hour of rest. There will be no school for students or staff on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

The Pioneer Theater Guild starts their season this week with the Addams Family. Please read below to learn about showtimes and purchasing tickets. The shows sell out fast so hurry and buy yours today!

Be Extraordinary!

Desmond, Eve, Jodi, Kevin & Dan

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Pioneer Theatre Guild presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY School Edition!

Thursday, November 9th @ 7:00pm (*Opening Night Gala! more info below)

Friday, November 10th @ 7:00pm

Saturday, November 11th @ 2:00pm

Saturday, November 11th @ 7:00pm

Sunday, November 12th @ 2:00pm

Performances in Schreiber Auditorium at Pioneer High School

Reserved Seating Tickets on sale Wednesday 10/11 at 7:00am!

$15 Students/65 + Seniors/Pioneer Staff

$20 Adults

$50 Opening Night Gala Ticket 11/9 only (more info below!)

Box office opens one hour prior to shows for cash and check ticket sales.

Co-Directors: Lleyton Allen & Gabriel Sanchez

Choreographer: Logan Krushinski

Music Director: Ethan Swanson

Pit Conductor: Tyler Driskill

Flowers and concessions will be available for purchase in the lobby prior to each performance and during intermission. Cash/Venmo accepted.

Running time approximately 2 hours plus an intermission

Opening Night Gala!

Still waiting to get your ticket to Opening Night? Make sure to choose "Opening Night Gala" for your ticket option on on November 9th to join in the festivities!

Your $50 ticket includes...

  • An Addams Family themed dinner party with spooky decor!
  • Gourmet pizza from our corporate sponsor, Bigalora (GF/V options)
  • Salads and extras from Jerusalem Garden (GF/V options)
  • Decadent desserts!
  • Door prizes & party favors
  • Silent Auction with items from many local businesses, including Encore Theatre, The Kensington Hotel, Monty's Public House, Sam Hill, Schuler's Books, Sean Carter Photography, Massage Envy, Arbor Teas, Miles of Golf, Washtenaw Golf Club, Decode Escape Room, Chelsea/Norton's Flowers, Move Wellness, Enspire Dental, Mani Osteria, Imagine Fitness & Yoga...and more!
  • Music from jazz pianist Rowan Tucker-Meyer
  • AND...your ticket to Opening Night of The Addams Family!

Don't wait, get your Gala tickets while they are available! Silent auction participation will be open to everyone during tech week, so look for the link coming soon.

See you at the Gala on November 9th at 5:45pm in the Pioneer annex for dinner & fun before the show! (Black & white attire suggested)

All proceeds from the Gala will benefit PTG students through scholarships and educational opportunities.


AAPS High School Students and Families,

Only a few days remain for you to register and complete payment to take an Advanced Placement (AP) Exam this coming spring without an additional late fee of $40 per exam (late fees are imposed by the College Board, not AAPS). AP Exam registration and payment is a two-step process. Complete both steps by 11/8/23.

Linked HERE is the AAPS AP Test Payment & Registration Guide with the steps you must take in the next 7 days to avoid late fees.

Do you have a conflict with a testing date? Check the make-up testing dates via the link above and contact Mr. Cory Mcelmeel, to arrange for make-up testing if another one-time event conflicts with your AP testing date.

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Email for Absences:

We are seeing a rise of students arriving at the school under the weather. We encourage students and staff that are under the weather to stay home for the day. Coming to school and spreading germs causes the cycle of more staff and students to catch illnesses. It is best for everyone. Many assignments can be captured in Schoology. Students can easily communicate with teachers about work assigned and/or missed via email (Staff Directory) and within Schoology.

Attendance email:

Please do not call the attendance line until further notice. We are planning to hire someone to cover that position; it is currently not filled. The position of Book Depository/Attendance Office Professional will be posted soon and we would love for someone connected to the Pioneer community to serve in that capacity.

Regular Schedule - Monday, Thursday, & Friday

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Club Day - Wednesday

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Friends of AAPS School Libraries - Startup

Do you love our school libraries?

Our district librarians are looking for parents/guardians to form a "Friends of the AAPS School Libraries" group to support and advocate for our district school libraries. Our main goal is to strive for equity across all AAPS school libraries.

Please submit this Google form if you are interested in meeting on a monthly basis at Huron Library in the evening (dates TBD to start the second week of November) during the school year to:

  • Learn more about our school library programs and how to support them

  • Develop fundraising opportunities to support buying print books for all of our school libraries

  • Learn about the AAPS book challenge process and how to advocate for the freedom to read

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities in the school libraries

  • Share your support for school libraries on social media

  • Share ideas with the group on how to support and advocate for our school libraries


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Ann Arbor Community Resources

If you've ever wondered where you can send a parent or student to get help, you're not alone.

AAPS has several tools to help you guide families to resources (food, basic needs, emergency services) in their time of need.

Where to find help


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Substitute Teachers Needed: As we are headed into the Winter season, which also may be known as cold/flu/COVID season, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is looking for substitute teachers and paraeducators to support our classrooms. If you are a passionate person who enjoys connection with students EduStaff is looking for you. Substitute positions are necessary and meaningful work that enriches the lives of students in our community. If you, your family or friends are interested in making an impact, we encourage you to support the AAPS team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator. Start your application at

Pioneer Administration Team Assignments

Building Principal - Mr. Desmond Smith

Athletics - Ms. Eve Claar

9th Grade Dean - Ms. Jodi Bullinger

10th Grade Last Name A-L - Dr. Daniel Hyliard

10th Grade Last Name M-Z - Mr. Kevin Hudson

11th Grade - Mr. Kevin Hudson

12th Grade - Dr. Daniel Hyliard

AAPS Family Technology Assistance

Students & Families - Technology Virtual Help Desk

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Call: 734-997-1222
Open a ticket:

Schedule an In-Person Appointment: call the Student & Family Help Desk


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The Writing Center at Pioneer High School wants to help! We are open daily during both lunches and 4th Hour in room C216. We offer online writing assistance through our website and hold fun writing competitions throughout the year. We want to help with brainstorming, revising, editing, polishing, and really any part of your writing assignment! Come see us!

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SCHOOL STARTS at 8AM - Doors Open at 7:35AM


1. CLOCKTOWER - this location backs up so please plan accordingly

2. FLAGPOLE ENTRANCE - near student parking lot

Please do not drop off students in the 7th Street Bus Loop

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Senior Portraits are due by November 17, 2023. Directions to submit them can be found on our website. If you choose not to submit a portrait, we will use your school photo.

Senior Tributes are due by February 10, 2024. These loving tributes to your student can be purchased through by selecting "Create a Senior Ad".

Preferred names: If your student goes by a name other than their legal name, that name is in PowerSchool as a "preferred name," and they would like to be referred to as such throughout the yearbook, please direct them to fill out this form so we get it right!

Order a yearbook today! Prices increase on December 31, 2023.


RAHS at Pioneer is a mental health site that is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm year-round which sees students in-person and virtually.
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F.E.M.M.E.S. Advance College Readiness Workshop

The F.E.M.M.E.S. Advance College Readiness Workshop is designed to support women+ in high school, but like all F.E.M.M.E.S. activities, is open to students of all genders.

The workshop is a series of two sessions aimed at building participants’ confidence in the college application process as well as their understanding of educational and career opportunities in STEM. The first event, Application Advice with an Admissions Officer, will take place in person at the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 21st from 11 am to 2 pm. The second event, a College Readiness Student Panel, will take place in person at the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 28th from 11 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Students can register at If students would like to learn more about F.E.M.M.E.S. as an organization, they can visit their website at

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