WBMS October 25th Updates

West Bloomfield Middle School Updates

Whats Happening at WBMS:

Monday, Oct 24:

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!

Future Dates:

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

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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 grade

Coaches: Coach Weiner and Coach Webster

Upcoming Cheer Season

We are replacing the Competitive Cheer Season with another Sideline Cheer Season (for boys basketball) 8th grade students only

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

Cheer Coach

West Bloomfield Middle School

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Bus Transportation Expectations and Removal

As a reminder, our bus transportation is considered a privilege and can be revoked and a student removed from transportation for unsafe behavior.

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

ur school district’s United We Walk Committee has an event each year celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students have the opportunity to create a design that will be the inspiration for our 2023 United We Walk Button.

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

AS of Friday, all students have a lanyard which is coordinated with their house placement (yellow, blue, teal) and an ID

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

A Byte of Robotics

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 wbanchorbots@gmail.com or wbrobotics2020@gmail.com for further information

Math Pentathlon

Math Pentathlon

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

When a student needs to use a phone to call home, we have many landlines in the building to accommodate the request. We prefer students use the office phone so we are aware if a student is not feeling well or if there is something we can support to prevent you from needing to come to school (many times we can intervene and help to problem solve).

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!

The 7th Girls Basketball team has won 6 games in a row! Congratulations girls and keep up the great work!

Cross Country Results 10-18


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

Students will have the opportunity to purchase a Detroit Bagel Company bagel for 2$ (exact change and cash only please no lunch account funds can be used) and this will serve as our annual school fundraiser.

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)

We appreciate all parents' willingness to meet with staff members. During the day, our priority will always be the students in our care. This priority may interfere with our ability to meet with parents who stop by the building without an appointment.

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

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Pre season Wrestling Opportunity

Ages: Kindergarten thru 8th Grade (boys and girls)

Location: West Bloomfield Middle School

Time: 5:30-7pm

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"

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Safeline--call for absence and/or tardy

If your student will be ABSENT or LATE to school please call the Safeline at


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.

PTO News

West Bloomfield Middle School PTO Board:

President: Katie Palazzolo: katiepalazzolo@icloud.com

Vice-President: Kristi Law: kristi.law@wbsd.org

Treasurer: Kelly Robrahn: robrahnfam@gmail.com

Secretary: Renai Mayle: renaijzz@yahoo.com

Board of Advisors:

Julie Mellors jamellors@hotmail.com

Rene Kubiak bacholzky21@sbcglobal.net

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

If your student must have access to, carry or take ANY prescribed OR over the counter medication while at school, a form attached below, completed and signed by a doctor, must be on file in the main office.

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

Every month the Superintendent and the Board of Education will recognize one WBSD student for academic excellence. In addition, the student must be dedicated to their studies, clubs and organizations, and exhibit qualities of a role model. They will be presented with the Superintendent's Excellence Award at the regular board meeting for that month. The Superintendent's Excellence Award is meant to promote success in and out of the classroom. The student must be able to handle many different aspects of student life while maintaining excellence in the classroom. The student must be diligent and complete their assignments on time; show a strong effort to learn subjects to the best of their ability; prepare for class; and have good classroom participation. The student must demonstrate excellent behavior in and out of the classroom, is well mannered, and is respectful to both peers and teachers. This award is designed to nominate and select students who promote and take pride in WBSD and in themselves.

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

We do have a lost and found box and its already overflowing! The box is located outside the gym and has many items including coats, lunchbags, and school supplies. We have taken the items out and placed them on tables so it is easier to see items. We will be donating all of these items at the end of November.
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Your Middle School Administration Team

Amy Hughes, Principal

Jermaine Evans, Assistant Principal

Blaine McDowell, Dean of Student Services

Lisa Graff, Assistant Principal

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