WBMS October 25th Updates
West Bloomfield Middle School Updates
Whats Happening at WBMS:
7:00 PM WBMS School Board presentation at WBHS and on Civic Center TV! See presentation linked below
Tuesday, Oct 25:
Cross Country Meet away @Cranbrook - varsity runners only
3:30 PM - Girls Basketball Photos and Sideline Cheer Photos
4:30 PM - WB Green Girls Basketball @home vs Bloomfield Hills MS
7:00 PM - PCN - iCenter
7:00 PM - Choir Concert - Auditeria
Wednesday, Oct 26:
Last day for Boo Gram purchases--see info below
Picture retake day (unsatisfied with your school photo OR if you have not had your picture taken)
- Retake Day Reminders:New students or students who were absent during the original picture days should come to the camera on Retake Day.
- Students who would like a retake must bring their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.
4:30 PM - WBMS Football - away@Detroit Country Day High School
7:00 PM - Strings Concert - Auditeria
Thursday, Oct 27:
4:15 PM - WB Green Girls Basketball - away@Cranbrook MS
Last cheer practice
7:00 PM - Band Concert - Auditeria
Friday, Oct 28:
Bagel fundraiser continues before school begins in the auditeria
Cross Country banquet
College spirit wear day: MSU vs U of M spirit wear or your favorite college!
Tuesday Nov 1st: no school for students
Wednesday Nov 2nd: in person parent informational session: Vaping (details below)
Nov 6th: last full day for ordering spirit wear see details below
Nov 7th: new sports season (details below)
Nov 8th: no school: election day
2022-23 Dates and Times for Middle School
Additional Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School
Your CANVAS RAP assignment is DUE October 31st! Plan accordingly and set daily reading goals to allow time to finish reading your book. There is a Google Form for you to complete within the CANVAS assignment. Check-in with your ELA teacher if you have any questions.
Start and end times: 8:20 am to 3:12pm students will be allowed in the building at 7:45 am.
Dismissal is 3:12 pm. All students should be picked up by 3:30 pm.
Retake Picture Day is on 10/26 this year. This event date is for any new students moving into the school district after Sept 12th, and for those that were not satisfied with their previously taken portrait.
If you placed and order online with LifeTouch, your online order will be applied automatically, when your student has his/her portrait taken. There is nothing special required for you to do.
They will match your online order, to your student's portrait when we (LifeTouch) do (does) photograph them.
If you placed an online order with Lifetouch, and your student never gets photographed, please request a "refund" and we will gladly refund you your order.
Additional dates to make note of:
Wednesday, Nov 2: Informational Parent meeting sponsored by the WB Coalition about vaping (student presentation during the day, parent in the evening)
Parent-Teacher Conferences are VIRTUAL (ZOOM) Dates are November 16th and 18th-details to come soon
November 1 No School for Students
November 8 Election Day - No School for Students or Staff
November 16 Evening Conferences (Middle School Only)**
November 18 Half Day Instruction/Afternoon Conferences**
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break - No School
Volleyball tryouts will begin Monday, January 23
**Conferences are virtual-ZOOM. Sign up information will be sent shortly
Next Sports Season
Winter 1 Season Starts Nov 7
Basketball (Boys) 7th-8th grade
Coaches Dickerson, Hilbers, Rys and Venticinque
Sideline Cheer for boys basketball: 8th grade only Coach Baker
Coed Swimming 6th-7th-8th gradeCoaches: Coach Weiner and Coach Webster
Upcoming Cheer Season
Final Forms must be completed and please check the Competitive Cheer season
Basketball Sideline Cheer Information and Dates
Informational Meeting Oct 28th During 8th Hour Advisory
Tryouts Nov. 9 & 10th
Team Announced 11/11
First Practice 11/14
Two 8th grade teams of 10-12 athletes each
Justin Baker (he/him)
Math Teacher, 5A
West Bloomfield Middle School
Bus Transportation Expectations and Removal
Prohibited behaviors include name calling, yelling and screaming, hanging out of the windows, etc.
Consequences may include but are not limited to assigned seats, parent contacts, 3-5 days removal from the bus to permanent removal from the bus.
United We Walk Contest: Button Design
Students can draw a piece of art about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy means to them focusing on Dr. King's message: "I Have A Dream. . .1963-2023. We know that our students are awesome!! Let's give them a chance to share their amazing skills. The attached information will provide more details. Please submit any contest entries to me at Jennifer.Graham@wbsd.org no later than Friday, December 9. Thank you for your help, time, and support.
Lanyards and IDs will be required
It is a school expectation that all students will wear the lanyard and school ID at all times between 1st hour Advisory and 8th hour Advisory.
A Byte of Robotics Event
Saturday, Nov 5th, 11am - 2pm
West Bloomfield Middle School 6000 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322 Fee: Donations for OC Foster Closet requested West Bloomfield Robotics Community Engagement and Community Service Project - to support Oakland County Foster Closet, and to share our robotics experiences with the community.
A Byte of Robotics is an event that our West Bloomfield Robotics students will be hosting as an introduction to robotics. Instead of an entry fee, we will take donations that will benefit the Oakland County Foster Closet.
Within this event, we will be showing a few of the main things we do in robotics. This includes an overview of FIRST LEGO League (K-5) and FIRST Tech Challenge (6-8), along with hands-on activities such as coding an EV3 LEGO robot, and a LEGO free build.
Donation items requested (please note – all items must be New/Unopened to be accepted): Baby Shampoo Baby Lotion Toys (we hear that they could really use new LEGOs) Socks - toddlers Box cake mix Frosting
The Oakland County Foster Closet offers support services, supplies, and aid to children in the foster care system and to those in crisis situations. It is our mission to foster hope, love, and community one child at a time! https://www.ocfostercloset.org/
Donations will also be accepted leading up to the event. They can be dropped off in our collection box in WBMS, or contact us and we’ll make arrangements to pick them up from you. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
FTC 14649 Anchorbots
Calling ALL 6th & 7th Grade math students!
Math Pentathlon will be starting on Thursday, November 3rd and will run every Thursday after school until the tournament in May.
It's a great way to show off your math skills and to also improve them at the same time! There are five board games that you will learn before you head to the tournament and play against students all across Michigan and Ohio!! This club is fun and competitive!
For more information, please see the attached Parent Presentation below.
To register, please use the following link:
If you have any questions, please email:
Parent presentation attached below
Any questions, email:
Students calling and emailing home
Of course if a student wants to talk to a parent directly we always facilitate that request.
Sometimes we allow students to use their cell phones to call or text as well from the main office.
We acknowledge that cell phone signals are not as strong especially in the back of the building and calls can be dropped. Parents are welcome to call the main office and we can call your student to the landline to speak with you. Of course, we appreciate that this would be emergency calls only during the school day as we do not like to interrupt instruction for messages.
In the past, the feature where students can email outside domains has been on and off. Currently, due to heightened online security the feature is off for many domains so you may not get emails from your student if the student is using the WB student email address. We have enabled the final forms domain to reach students at their WB student email addresses.
Lakers of the Week
Henrik Wolenberg, nominated by Mrs. Birmelin: Henrik has been a tremendous leader in his study team during class. He supports his teammates by asking questions, reading questions, and making sure each person understands the material before moving on.
Winnie Washington, nominated by Mrs. King: In advisory she has shown great leadership skills, by stepping up when asked, listening to others and participating in our circle time.
Norah Kaslly, nominated by Mrs. King: During advisory she has shown great leadership skills. She has volunteered to help when needed, shared in our circle time and listens to her peers.
Gralon Conner, nominated by Mrs. Spaman: Gralon is such a respectful young man. He is always kind to other students and willing to help whenever needed. I am so glad to have Gralon in my advisory class. Keep up the great work, Gralon!
Madeline Johns, nominated by Mrs. Borst - Madeline is always willing to help other students. She is open, honest, kind and stands up for others in a positive way.
Hadley Sawarynski, nominated by Mrs. Kreger - Hadley has made a great transition into middle school. She is a leader in every class and she puts in 100% effort every day. I'm so glad I get to work with her every day!
Viktoria Sulla, nominated by Mr. Weingarden - Viktoria is doing very well in my math class and does a great job helping her teammates.
Home Sporting Events--procedure for spectators (students and adults)
Student Spectators: if the event begins at 4:00 or earlier, students may stay in the building, supervised before attending the game.
Games that start after 4, like the one coming up this week at 4:30, require student spectators to go home and come back.
This does not mean a student can walk to Orchard Lake Mall and return, students must be dropped off by a parent to attend games after 4:00 pm.
Adult spectators: we request that if you drive a vehicle to an onsite event that your vehicle be parked in the front parking lot in a lined space rather than in the loops or on the side in the lanes as cars in these 2 areas would prohibit emergency vehicles from getting to students in the event of an emergency. It is also school policy that pets (unless approved by the superintendent or designee) not be brought to indoor or outdoor events. See below for specific details.
If you have questions, email: Lisa.Graff@wbsd.org
Keep up the great work!
Cross Country Results 10-18
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM ON A GREAT RACE TUESDAY VERSUS BERKSHIRE! WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR AMAZING TIMES AND RUNNING TOUGH IN THE COLD AND RAIN!
Aiden Scheidt led our boys with a personal record of 12:52, followed by Brooklyn Raahman Bixler with a PR of 13:21, Esteban Polonio Pedraza with a PR of 13:32, Josue Martinez with a PR of 13:35, Liam Alban with a PR of 13:47, Brodie Grubbs with a PR of 14:47, and Christian Zimnicki with a PR of 14:51.
Charlotte Hartley led the girls with a personal record of 13:39, followed by Monisola Fagbamila with a PR of 14:29, Calista Calloway with a PR of 14:44, Olivia Berman with a PR of 15:06, Hailey Jarco with a PR of 15:20, Avery Robrahn with a PR of 15:45 and Sabrina Phillips with a PR of 15:46.
Shout out to Tyler Ivory and Daniel Thomakos on amazing sprint finishes, Becca Barber and Rebekah Kim on their best races ever and too many runners to list who ran personal records!!!
Bagel Fundraiser and Parent Volunteers
Parents who wish to support this fundraiser can volunteer by clicking on the link below. Once you choose a date/time on the Sign Up Genius please complete the parent volunteer form and return the completed form and a copy of your driver's license to the main office for processing at least 48 hours prior to the date. Thank you!
Parent Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in volunteering at school please let us know. You would need to complete the I-Chat volunteer form below and send that and a copy of your driver's license to:
And complete the google link below:
Scheduling meetings with staff (emergency and non-emergency)
If you would like to meet with a teacher or support staff member (counselor, social worker, etc.) please email that person directly and request a meeting. As most staff have assignments all day long with students, they are not typically available for unscheduled or pop in meetings.
Administrative staff (principal, assistant principals, dean of students) appreciate a scheduled time to meet as well. Please email the person you wish to meet with and you will get a response within 24 hours.
If there is an emergency, please call the office to give us times to cover staff and provide the opportunity for you to meet with the staff person you need to see.
If you have any questions please let us know. We appreciate your understanding.
From the I-center
RAP: Reading Appreciation Program
ALL WBMS students are expected to choose one RAP book to read. Students will accept the CANVAS course, developed by Mrs. Carson. Students earn a digital badge & be eligible for a variety of fun incentives!!
Thank you to our West Bloomfield Township Public Library for providing books “on deposit” at WBMS.
Follow WBMS_iCenter on TWITTER https://twitter.com/wbmsicenter
FOR SMore October
Pre season Wrestling Opportunity
Ages: Kindergarten thru 8th Grade (boys and girls)
Location: West Bloomfield Middle School
Days of Week: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Season: November (11/1) thru March (3/21)
Coaches: Tom DeGrand, Carlos Acosta, Mike Zimnicki, James Hitchcock, & Tim Burzynski
Cost: $175 (includes a West Bloomfield Wrestling Club T-Shirt)
Required Equipment: Wrestling shoes, headgear (competitions only), hair cap (boys/girls with long hair- competitions only)
Optional Equipment: Headgear (for practice), hair cap (boys/girls with long hair- practice)
They have a facebook page: "West Bloomfield Wrestling Club"
Safeline--call for absence and/or tardy
The line is open 24/7
Absences must be excused within 24 hours of the date
Order your 2022-23 School Yearbook Today!
Yearbooks are not automatically included in school picture orders like elementary school.
Our yearbook is a hard cover book.
West Bloomfield Middle School PTO Board:
President: Katie Palazzolo: email@example.com
Vice-President: Kristi Law: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Kelly Robrahn: email@example.com
Secretary: Renai Mayle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Advisors:
Julie Mellors email@example.com
Rene Kubiak firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Fundraising Goals:
Our main fundraiser for the school year will be a weekly bagel sale. We will be selling bagels for $2 before school every Friday starting in October. We will be looking for parent volunteers to help with the sales. If sales go well, this will be our ONLY fundraiser of the year!
What we support:
· Community Outreach Programs (Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition, Family Fun Night, etc.)
· Fun Day (end of the year celebration for the students)
· House Party
· Staff Appreciation Week
Remaining PTO Meetings: in person at the middle school
· Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm
· Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm
· Wednesday, May 3rd (Elections and Staff Appreciation Planning) at 7pm
Please join our “West Bloomfield Middle School PTO” Facebook page!
Medication at school
This includes, but is not limited to Tylenol, Tums, prescriptions, and Advil. Under no circumstances can a student be in possession of medication without the proper forms on file. Students possessing medication without the forms on file or distributing medication to other students will be subject to discipline following the district's Code of Conduct.
Superintendent's Excellence Award
Students will be nominated by WBSD staff and administration each month. Each month the staff will be reminded of the nominations and sent a link to complete the nomination application. Each staff member can only nominate one (1) student per month.
A student cannot receive the award more than once within a year.
Lost and Found
Your Middle School Administration Team
Jermaine Evans, Assistant Principal
Blaine McDowell, Dean of Student Services
Lisa Graff, Assistant Principal