Pioneer Family Communication

Week of April 3, 2023 - April 10, 2023

Updates from the Pioneer Leadership Team

Pioneer Community,

Welcome Back Pioneer! We hope that everyone had a safe and restful spring break! The 4th Quarter begins today. This week we begin preparing for testing. Student room assignments will be posted throughout the building by Friday, April 7. We need all students 9th-11th grades to check their room assignment. The Testing Newsletter can be found by clicking the link HERE.

Senior Prom tickets go on sale today, April 3. Tickets cost $100 and include a four course meal and a memento. Tickets are only sold electronically via the gofan site. Please search for Pioneer and Senior Prom. Seniors will need to enter their student ID # in the promo code to complete the transaction. This event is for Pioneer Seniors and their guest only :)

2023 Prom Ticket Link

Congratulations to Pioneer Instructor - Mr. Jeff Kass for being selected as a 2023 Jack Hazard Fellow! Click HERE to read more.

There will be no school on Friday, April 7.

Have a great week Pioneer!

Pioneer Leadership Team

Ms. Britton, Dr. Hyliard, Ms. Claar, Mr. Hudson, Ms. Bullinger

Pioneer Administrative Team Contacts

Interim Principal - Ms. Britton -

9th & 11th Grade - Dr. Hyliard -

Athletic Director - Ms. Claar -

10th & 12th Grade - Mr. Hudson -

9th Grade Dean - Ms. Bullinger -


4/6 - Pre-Bubbling for SAT & ACT WorkKeys - JUNIORS Only


Puzzles in the Pioneer Library

Do you have puzzles you have completed and no longer need? The Pioneer Library would love to have them. We are looking for puzzle donations in the 500-1000 piece range (we won't turn down sets of 300 or 1500 either). We started making these available this fall during open periods and lunch for students to work on and they have been popular!

There is a box outside the front office (inside the front clock tower entrance) for puzzle donations drop off.

GREAT NEWS @ Pioneer!

Pioneer Orchestras in Germany during spring break!

MSBOA-STATE Solo & Ensemble News and Congrats

Congratulations to all of the Pioneer Band members honored for the Spring Honors Band and Orchestra members (listed below). These students were selected based on their 2023 State Solo and Ensemble Proficiency results. These musicians showed exceptional skill, particularly when you consider that no current student in Michigan had done a full proficiency exam before. It is exciting to see our students coming back so strongly. While these students will not perform this year, each student will receive a certificate and their names will appear in the Spring Honors Showcase Concert for our Outstanding Soloists, Small Ensembles and Jazz Combos on May 12, 2023 at Western Michigan University.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to the following Pioneer Band Soloists and Ensembles who were recognized by their MSBOA adjudicator as...

Outstanding Performances for the STATE - MSBOA HS S&E Festival 2023”

Concerto Finalists - MSBOA's 2023 State Solo and Ensemble Nominations for Outstanding Soloists (Eligible for MSBOA's 2023 Concerto Competition):

  • Ian Chung - Flute Solo Proficiency I (*Selected WINNER)

  • Liam Kubacki - Oboe Solo Proficiency II

  • Allison Yadmark - Clarinet Proficiency II

  • Rachel Coffman - Alto Saxophone Solo Proficiency II

  • Loui Gabaron - Baritone Saxophone Solo Proficiency III

  • Ryo Morita - Trumpet Solo Proficiency III (*Selected WINNER)

  • Ella Vogel - Baritone/Euphonium Solo Proficiency II

Honor Band (names listed in Spring Honors Showcase program):

  • Allison Yadmark - Bb Clarinet

  • Taehoon Kim - Bb Clarinet

  • Evyatar Eliav -Tenor Saxophone

  • Loui Gabaron - Baritone Saxophone

  • Ryo Morita - Trumpet

  • Mia Sanborn - Trumpet

  • Micah Jacobson - Trombone

  • Eleanor Vogel - Euphonium

  • Noah Reingold - Percussion

Outstanding Ensemble:

  • Symphony Band Saxophone Quartet I (Loui Gabaron, Evyatar Eliav, Timothy Wang, Luke Jimenez)

  • Symphony Band Saxophone Quartet II (Alain Zhou, Timothy Wang, Evyatar Elaiv, Jack Hollingsworth)

  • Symphony Band Trombone Quartet (Micah Jacobson, Brent Ceccacci, Ohn Yoo, Ted Wang)

A VERY Special Congratulations to:

Ryo Morita and Ian Chung Who were BOTH selected winners of the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association Concerto/Soloist Competition!! A Concert featuring these two outstanding musicians will be held on May 12, 2023 at Western Michigan University

This is the HIGHEST honor an instrumentalist can achieve in the state of Michigan! There are only 4 spots available (the Band students of Pioneer captured 2); auditionees are selected by their adjudicator at State Solo & Ensemble. Each spring auditions take place at Central Michigan University for this historic opportunity.

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Bon Voyage Committee

We have our first business sponsor for Bon Voyage! Thank you so much to Willow Pediatric Dentistry for helping to ensure a great event for our seniors! If your business or organization would like to be a sponsor of the party that keeps our seniors safe on graduation night, please contact Jenny Silva at

Follow the PTSO Facebook page and/or Instagram account to stay up-to-date on Bon Voyage and all things Pioneer.
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Prom tickets are on sale now, April 3rd through May 8th.

$100 per ticket which includes a four course dinner, entertainment, field tour, and take home souvenir.

A guest pass is required for anyone attending who is not PIO Class of 2023. Guest Pass Forms can be picked up from the Main, Second and Third Floor Offices.

Purchase your tickets now using the Link or QR code below:

2023 Prom Ticket Link

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Pioneer Testing Updates

MME Spring Testing

The following MME exams will be given to ALL Pioneer Students in 9th - 11th Grades. All students are registered.

*SAT w/essay - 4/12/23 - Class of 2024

*ACT WorkKeys+ - 4/13/23 - Class of 2024

*M-STEP - 4/19/23 - A-L 8am-11am, M-Z 11:50pm-2:50pm

PSAT 10 - 4/12/23 - Class of 2025

PSAT 9 - 4/13/23 - Class of 2026

*Graduation Requirement

Questions? Email Dr. Hyliard -

Spring Testing Schedule - April 12 & April 13, 2023

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The Ann Arbor Pioneer Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce our 2023 fundraiser to support Pioneer athletics. In addition to our virtual option, for the first time in three years we are also able to host our in-person Booster Bash, a fun evening to celebrate Pioneer athletics and raise money to support our club and varsity sports teams. Please join us in celebrating and supporting our athletic teams at Pioneer!

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Pioneer Senior Updates

Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony

EMU suites will be going on sale Monday, April 3 at 10AM. If you would like to reserve a suite, contact EMU directly by phone at 734-487-3669 (ticket office main line). Reservations are on a first-come first-serve basis. Suites will cost $350 and hold 20 people. Any questions please contact EMU directly.

Announcement Pick Up

If you have placed an order for announcements or any specialty items and have not picked them up from the Class Office, please do so immediately!

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Community Resources

Reminders: Where to find resources for students and families

  1. Community Resources webpage: We update this page regularly with new resources. Feel free to share with families!
  2. Community Resources email: Any staff person can use this email if you have a question about where to find a resource for a student or family in the community.

Social Service and Partner Resources

  • Have a family or student in need of food? Check Food Gatherers!
    • Food Gatherers is the hub for food resources. Families and staff can call their office for help with food needs. FG can help connect families to food pantries and/or provide emergency food kits. “FIND FOOD”
  • Does a student need medical or mental health services? Try RAHS
    • The RAHS Clinics, located at Pioneer, Pathways and Scarlett, are open and available to ANY student, not just those who attend those schools.
    • RAHS can help families and students who are under insured or have no insurance.
    • Some services RAHS offers: Nutrition Services, Vision/Dental, Confidential Mental Health Services and Psychotherapy.
    • See flyers for details: Pathways, Pioneer, Scarlett.
    • Questions about RAHS? Staff can reach out to AAPS Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Elyse Bairley:
  • Have a family who needs help completing online applications for SNAP, medical benefits or other assistance?
    • You can send them to the U-M Public Benefits Advocacy Project.
    • Flyer here.
  • Have a Grandparent or other relative raising a Grandchild?

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The ACTION Leadership group at Pioneer is open to all club leaders or students that want to positively impact the Pioneer community. ACTION stands for All Connecting To Improve Our Neighborhoods. If you have a neighborhood event that needs student support please contact Dr. Hyliard -

Upperclassmen Leadership Meeting is every Tuesday during early lunch in C311.

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*Please report to the Counseling Office if you have a gap in your schedule, you have a class that you have already had, or you have a class scheduled twice.

*Please DO NOT report to the Counseling Office during the week of 8/29/22 for course requests. Counselors are handling all changes via the electronic form linked above.


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Please see Pioneer Contact lists for the upcoming school year. Teams are still looking for athletes, please reach out to the coach of your interest.
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