WBMS August 8th Update

Important News for you: August 8, 2022

STUDENTS: Please attend your orientation--this is a DROP off event: students only please

These are student only, morning events--see times below.

August 18th is 6th grade student orientation

August 17th is 7th grade student orientation

August 16th is 8th grade orientation

All days: drop off 7:30-7:45 and pick up 10:45-11:00 am.

The goals of each of these days are the same:

1. Students will get schedule of classes and a map of the school

2. Go to their assigned houses (meet in collaboration space)

3. Staff in that house will have a common powerpoint to share and students have a chance to ask questions

4. Students to take yearbook/ID photos. Lifetouch-ordering info to come shortly

5. Students will tour building with staff

6. Students will receive string bag for materials (write your name on it)

7. Conclude with a grade level meeting in the gym with administrators

Lockers, Lanyards and Agendas (planners) will be distributed the first day of school in Advisory.


7:30-7:45 am students arrive to the middle school. All drop off should take place in the front of the building. This is a student drop off event please--no parents.

Please plan to pick your student up your student from this event between 10:45 and 11:00 am. Please stay in your car, and use both car loops. Students will come to you.

Your photo will be taken for the yearbook at Orientation

Its Picture day!

When your student arrives for orientation, we will take the yearbook/school photo at this time. See picture ordering information below.

Unlike in elementary school, ordering a yearbook is a completely separate order process. Please see below for instructions to order a yearbook.

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.

PARENTS: Please attend your orientation (adults only)

We are hosting evening parent meetings for each grade level (please no students due to space concerns)

Thursday, August 18th is 6th grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, August 17th is 7th grade parents 6pm-7

Wednesday, August 17th is 8th grade parents 7:30-8:30

The goals of each of these evenings are the same (but presentations will differ by grade level):

1. How we scheduled all students (houses, subjects, electives, etc.)

2. Carline/Bus loop procedures (drop off and pick up)

3. Overall procedures including communication, expectations, etc.

Make Up Dates for Students (Orientation)

These dates are for students who miss their orientation date to pick up a schedule, get their string backpack and have a chance to walk around the building. Yearbook/ID photos will be taken on the make up day during the school year. There is no formal presentation on make up days.

This process should take no more than 20 minutes, and parents can wait in the parking lot or accompany their students inside the building.

Aug 22-23 9:00 am-11:30 am and 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

Aug 26 9:00 am-noon

Meals at School

Please check out the letter below regarding meals at school.

There will be no more free for all meals at school (that grant expired)

Things to note:

breakfast costs $1.50

lunch costs $2.95

Please complete the application for free/reduced lunch to see if you qualify-link below

There will be NO CASH taken at registers--all meal funds must be on the student's meal account. See attached letter for directions.

Students with a ZERO account balance will be given a meal; however, it may not be the regular lunch of that day however, it will follow federal guidelines.

Meals at School--NO free meals unless paperwork is submitted and approved

In the fall, we will have lunch time for the students and staff. We are planning on offering 2 lunch times, assigned by the 5th hour class.

This past school year we had a grant and offered FREE breakfast and lunch to all students. For the upcoming school year, we will NOT continue with our free breakfast for all grant, so it is important that if you may be eligible for free or reduced lunch to complete that paperwork. This paperwork is available beginning July 1 at the link below.

This application must be completed EVERY year to be considered.

We also encourage parents to deposit money into their student's account so students do not have to carry cash to school. You can do that at the Food Services tab on the website-the link is also below. Funds are carried over from school year to school year.

What is a "House"?

To assist with community building among our students, making a large school feel small and to encourage increased accountability we have scheduled students in 'houses'.

Our houses are color coordinated:

Upper and Lower Blue

Upper and Lower Yellow

Upper and Lower Teal

Upper houses are on the second floor and lower houses are on the first floor. The house contains your student's Advisory, History, Science and ELA teachers. Students may leave their houses for math and electives (non-required core like Art, Band, Gym, Choir, STEAM, etc.)

ELA, Science and History are scheduled according to grade level:

6th graders separated and 7th and 8th graders combined.

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.


We are very excited to announce that the West Bloomfield School District Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your student(s). The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season to season and year to year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your student(s), saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify that it is current. You will be required to sign your forms annually and after any update.

Click on the Parent Playbook West Bloomfield Parent Playbook.pdf to get started in FinalForms. If you require support during the process, scroll to the bottom of the pdf and click “Use Support.”

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.

Please register at: www.westbloomfield-mi.finalforms.com

Follow the prompts to create your account, register your student(s), and sign your forms. Thank you for your assistance in helping us streamline our paperwork processes at WBSD.

Also, if you are interested in Laker gear visit our spirit wear store: https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/WestbloomQ


The locker dimensions are:

18.5 inches height

11.5 inside width

11 depth

We are providing STRING backpack for every student to use this year--and these fit in the locker. PLEASE do not purchase the big binders as they will not fit. Photos below

Combination Lock Tutorial

Lockers--WE will provide a string back pack to all students! See supply list for details

We recommend all students learn to use a spin lock. Every student will be assigned a locker with a pre-determined combination. If your rising middle school student is not familiar with this, please purchase a spin lock (sometimes the dollar stores will have them) and practice. We also use lockers for Physical Education class. The video below is taken from ANOTHER school--but the tutorial is great!

Lockers in the new building will be smaller than ones at our current school.

Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School

Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School

Students will explore the new building at orientation/jump start:

August 16th: 8th grade orientation (schedules, building access, yearbook and ID photos taken)

August 17th: 7th grade orientation (schedules, building access, yearbook and ID photos taken)

August 18th: 6th grade orientation: The purpose of 6th grade orientation is to share class schedules, pass out agendas, take the school photo (yearbook and school ID) and begin to become familiar with the building (find classes, etc.)

See above for times and details

First Day of school: August 29th

September 8th will be OPEN HOUSE. 6:30-8:30 Parents will travel (follow) your student's schedule.

NEW start and end times: 8:20 am to 3:12pm (students will be allowed in the building at 7:45 am. There will be AM Tween Time starting at 6:45 am)

Dismissal is 3:12 pm. All students should be picked up by 3:30 pm.

Students who leave the school grounds are not permitted to return for sports, events or to wait for a ride.

District dates to make note of:

Sept 15: Dr Bazzi meet and greet

Sept 16: Family Fun Night

Sept 22: WBMS Ribbon Cutting

Sept 29: Dr Bazzi meet and greet

WBMS Students: if you are on the list to get this newsletter--we are expecting you to be with us Fall 2022

Welcome to August! We have your middle school student enrolled as a West Bloomfield Middle School student (in person) for Fall 2022.

If this is incorrect, and your student will be leaving the district (private school, moving, etc.) please email our registrar at: antoinette.morton@wbsd.org

Power School Updates--this is important--please make sure you have an account BEFORE school begins

I have a PowerSchool Parent account, what do I need to do? The new system will not affect Parents that already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. You do not need to do anything.

I do NOT have a PowerSchool Parent account, what do I need to do? If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent account set up, please contact your student’s school to obtain your PowerSchool Parent Access ID. Instructions to create your account can be found here: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/powerschool

I am new to WBSD, how can I enroll?

  1. Visit our website at: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/enrollment.

  2. Read the directions and complete the quick pre-registration form.

  3. One of our WB administrators will approve or deny the request. If approved, the parent/guardian will receive an email on how to create a Parent Portal account in PowerSchool. If you are denied, you will be notified via email.

  4. Fill out the enrollment forms on the Parent Portal in PowerSchool.

  5. Once forms are complete and submitted, they will be reviewed by a WB administrator.

Welcome to Middle School

In 4 weeks, your students will be joining us for face to face middle school. Please make sure your email address is kept up to date. You can contact our registrar with changes: antoinette.morton@wbsd.org

If you have questions or concerns about your student's elective schedule we encourage you to reach out to one of our middle school counselors. Unfortunately, there will not be schedule changes due to lunch times or teacher preferences.

Counselor names and assignments for fall 2022 are listed below:

Last Names A-K Ms. MacKenzie Peguese

Last Names L-Z Mr. Steve Levitan

Students with 504 plans and IEPs: susan.chang@wbsd.org

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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Athlete Night

On August 23rd at 7pm we will offer Athlete Night (parents only).

All 7th and 8th graders are eligible to participate in all sports.

6th graders may participate in some middle school sports determined by state guidelines.

6th grade students may participate in: cross country, swimming, wrestling, and track.

On Athlete Night, we provide an opportunity to meet some coaches, and get information about middle school sports including practice information, paperwork, etc.

The sports we offer include: Football, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Cheer (sideline and competitive seasons).

Important things for sports:

1. Students must have a physical on file dates AFTER April 15, 2022 to be eligible to try out and/or participate. I would encourage you to get that paperwork completed now.See link below for the paperwork.

2. Registration forms are found on the district athletic site however we are moving to a NEW system provides by Final Forms--stay tuned for details.

3. The district has removed the pay to participate requirements therefore we will have caps on all sports for safety reasons.

Additional information can be found on the District Athletic Site below:

Our School Day

The school day is scheduled to be from 8:20 am to 3:12 pm.

Students can be dropped off at the building as early as at 7:45 am.

Our community education department offers "Tween Time" after and before school care--see below for links to registration.

Tween Time Update and registration

New for the 2022/2023 school year, our program will be offering both AM and PM services to those families that are in need. For these services to be offered, a daily number of registered students MUST be in attendance. Families will be notified the week of August 15, 2022 if we are unable to offer AM and/or PM services due to low enrollment numbers.

Tween Time services will be held at WBMS located at 3380 Orchard Lake Road. Tween Time allows students the opportunity to complete homework assignments, utilize art and craft materials, board games, outdoor activities and socialization amongst friends.

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60/per child or $90/family.

  • AM services start at 6:45 a.m. until school starts

    • $10.25 daily rate

  • PM services start at dismissal until 6:30 p.m.

    • $13.75 daily rate

  • Half Day services

    • $36 per day

Registration is open until Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4PM.

If you are interested in AM or PM services, please visit: wbsdec.ce.eleyo.com to register.

Transportation to and from school

We strongly encourage all students who have access to a district provided bus to take it. All district residents who live at least one mile from school have eligible for transportation and will be sent an email communication with the route number and times approximately 2 weeks before school begins.

We also have a few shuttles for out of district families. The exception to transportation forms become available on the website August 1 and is linked below. These shuttle requests are first come first serve.

At the new building, we will have a bus loop AND a car drop off loop.

Ultimate Frisbee is Back

Check out the flyer below to play Ultimate this summer!

College Preparatory Artificial Intelligence Program by Stanford and Harvard Graduates - Fall and Winter 2022

When we learn about programs outside of school that our middle school students may enjoy, we feature them in our weekly newsletter. Here is one that just came to us:

Inspirit AI is a precollege, live online project-based AI program that helps K12 students across disciplines develop essential college readiness skills like data science and Python coding. In small groups, students learn AI fundamentals from top university graduates and undertake applied project work for social good in domains ranging from journalism to healthcare to mobility and more. Interactive college preparation workshops showcase how AI is remapping traditional academic & professional domains, and instructor spotlights offer students a perspective on AI in careers. Applications for fall are due August 30. Please find the middle school program application here . Feel free to contact our program director, Jared, at jared.greene@post.harvard.edu with any questions. We look forward to guiding you on your AI journey!

988 NEW state wide emergency number

988 crisis line helping connect Michigan residents
experiencing behavioral health crises to resources

LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders in crisis now have an easy-to-remember three-digit number to call for help – 988. Michigan has joined the nation in transitioning to the 988-dialing code, which will operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s network of more than 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country.

“The 988 number is another step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care and mental health services in our state, which is a key focus of the department,” said Elizabeth Hertel, Michigan Department of health and Human Services (MDHHS) director. “This
universal number means no matter where you live or call from, you can reach a
trained crisis counselor who can help. We encourage Michigan residents or their family members to call 988 if they are experiencing mental health-related distress, emotional distress or a substance use crisis.”

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline This action expands the existing Lifeline beyond people who are feeling suicidal to all individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, including suicidal thoughts or substance abuse issues .

“Crisis is defined by the caller,” said Dr. Debra Pinals, medical director for Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “And by providing an easy-to-remember number we are making help more accessible and strengthening support to those in need. Trained counselors will be available 24/7 to field calls. They will listen to the caller’s problems, assess their needs and provide support by connecting them with resources, and alert local emergency crisis teams, if necessary. The roll out of 988 as an easier number to remember will provide a natural extension to the already promising work of the department in implementing the Michigan Crisis and Access Line.”

Anyone with these concerns can call:

  • Mental health-related distress.
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Substance use crisis.
  • Emotional distress.
  • There are specialized services available for veterans, LGBTQ individuals and other groups.
  • People who are worried about a loved one who may need support also can call.

The 988-dialing code does not replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK (8255)) or other locally operated crisis lines. Instead, it serves as a universal entry point to connect individuals in need to trained crisis counselors who can help. MDHHS is working to ensure a solid infrastructure is built through coordination with 911 and other crisis service providers as the 988-dialing code launches.

Prior to the development of 988, the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL) was funded by the Michigan Legislature in December 2018. MDHHS was charged with the development of MiCAL, which is currently operating in Oakland County and the Upper Peninsula, and with 988 implementation.

MiCAL is built on the SAMHSA’s National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care which is also the foundation for 988. In Michigan, MiCAL is responsible for answering 988 calls in all areas of Michigan. In Macomb and Kent counties, Macomb County Community Mental Health and Network 180 will answer 988 calls with MiCAL providing back-up call coverage.

For more information, visit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and Michigan Crisis & Access Line.