WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

WBSD Weekly Update - September 4

We had a stupendous second week of the 2020-21 school year. We are continuing to refine our processes and evaluate best practices at every turn. We truly appreciate the partnership and understanding from our staff and families.

Remember! Our next day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8!

Have a great holiday weekend, Team WB!

Important Calendar Reminders!

There will be no school on Sept. 7 and Sept. 28.

WBSD Board of Trustee Vacancy

The West Bloomfield Board of Education will be interviewing the following candidates to fill the vacant Board of Education Trustee position on Thursday, Sept. 10 starting at 6 p.m.:

  • Grant Munson
  • Christy Forhan
  • Tina Moore
  • Deborah Evans
  • Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome
  • Crystal Knox
  • Kristen Sonneville-Douglass
  • John Calvin

The meeting and interviews are open to the public and will take place via Zoom.

Canvas Login Information

The district's instructional team recently shared a Student Login document for families accessing Canvas for the first time. That document is linked below:

Additional Canvas resources can be found at www.wbsd.org/canvas.

Project SEARCH Celebrates Graduates

The 2019-20 Project SEARCH interns at Henry Ford Hospital - West Bloomfield were recognized for their achievements during a drive-thru graduation event on Aug. 27. The recognized students included:

  • Evan Davis - Birmingham

  • Mike Samueloff - Walled Lake

  • Michael Niesluchowski - Walled Lake

  • Miller Karageanes - Birmingham

  • Emily-Ann Hauser - Novi

  • Patrick Harmon - WBSD

  • Nick George - Birmingham

Leah Matties said, "This group of interns was incredibly flexible with all that happened during their tenure at Project SEARCH. Prior to COVID, upon returning back from winter break in January there was a water main break in the hospital, which affected our classroom, so we had to move each day to available space for instruction. Hospital departments the interns rotated through were: endoscopy, surgical recycling, kitchen prep, linens, patient transportation, pharmacy/physical therapy, ICU Alcove stocking, Labor and Delivery."

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Oakland Early College Recognized!

Oakland Early College (OEC) was one of 41 high schools across Michigan that produced

outstanding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion rates and was recognized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).

The College Cash Campaign, a FAFSA completion initiative from the Michigan College Access Network, ran from Nov. 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020. During that time, 49,128 FAFSAs were filed by 2020 graduating seniors in nearly 400 participating Michigan high schools.

Oakland Early College’s FAFSA completion rate was 88% as of March 1, 2020. By July 1, 2020, that rate had increased to 94%.

“I want to congratulate all of the schools that exceeded their FAFSA completion goal and every student who filled out their form,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

Oakland Early College Head of School Talks about Organization, Opportunities and Preventing Outbreak
OEC Parent Meeting - Aug. 28
OEC New Student/Parent Meeting - Aug. 31

Food Service Update - 2020-21 School Year

Food service will be available to all West Bloomfield School District students during the 2020-21 school year. Please see the letter linked below with options for each student learning model.

Please contact Anne Stevens with Nutrition Services questions at anne.stevens@wbsd.org or (248) 865-6733.

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WBHS Parent Welcome Night - Aug. 25


The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is an income based state-funded preschool program for children four years old by September 1st. The West Bloomfield Preschool Academy has served 90 families within five programs this year. All applicants must meet income guidelines.

Contact Laura Poxon at laura.poxon@wbsd.org or Kathi Luthe at kathi.luthe@wbsd.org to see if you qualify or call Collette Goestenkors at (248) 865-6466.

WB Community Education Update


First Lego League Grades 4-5th $200
First Tech Challenge Grades 6-8th $275

Registration Link:

For up to date Community Education Program Summer Offerings, click here. For registration questions contact, andrea.foglietta@wbsd.org

Community Resources

WB Township Library Information

Online Learning Resources for K-12 Students for Homework, Study and Test Prep

  • BrainFuse Online Tutors for K-12 students with live homework help from 4-10 PM (except holidays).
  • Support for ACT, PSAT, SAT and AP exams, including study guides and online practice tests that offer instant scoring and personalized recommendations for improving scores.
  • Information experts at the Library available to help students in person and by phone, email and text message.

Back to School Reading List

As summer ends and kids begin the new school year, it is important for them to keep their

reading and reading comprehension skills sharp. These themed lists focus on titles about

current events and student life.

Virtual Storytime

Join us for virtual storytime on Facebook Live. Sing, dance and learn with Ms. Emily on

Thursday, September 10 at 10:30 AM.

Grab & Go Service

  • Come into the buildings and browse circulating collections.
  • Select materials to enjoy at home and pick up materials you’ve placed on hold.
  • Ask for reader’s advisory or reference assistance.
  • Use self-check stations to check out materials.
  • Leave the building after about 45 minutes inside.
  • Building occupancy is limited to 25% capacity.
  • Masks are required in the buildings.

Curbside Service

  • Parking Lot Pick-Up curbside service is available at both the Main Library and Westacres Branch.
  • The Main Library Drive-Up window is also open.

Virtual Service

  • Enjoy the latest eBook and eAudiobook titles
  • Watch movies and TV shows
  • Listen to albums and singles
  • Read more than 3,600 magazines
  • Keep up with news from national and international newspapers
  • Use the Learning Resource Center to match what you want to learn with resources for preschool to high school students, as well as adults

No other use of building spaces will be available during Phase 2.

  • Study spaces and computers are not available at either building.
  • Frequently touched surfaces such as toys and play equipment, vending machines and water fountains are not be available.

Pick up Summer Reading Materials and Reading Rewards

Summer Reading materials and Reading Reward incentives can be picked up inside Library

buildings, through Parking Lot Pick-Up or at the Main Library Drive-Up Window. The Summer

Reading Book Fair will continue until September 4. Select books from displays at the Main

Library or Westacres Branch or let us know what type of books you like, and a librarian can

select your reward books for you to pick up from Parking Lot Pick-Up or the Drive-Up Window.

Renew or request a library card

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can also

continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.

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WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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