Pioneer Family Communication

Week of April 25 - May 2, 2022

From the Desk of Principal Mr. Tracey Lowder

Good Evening Pioneer!


We are looking forward to another phenomenal week at Pioneer High School! Below are a list of important dates for the week of April 24.


4/26 - Club Day Schedule

4/26 - SAT Make-up

4/27 - Club Day Schedule

4/27 - Work Keys Make-up

4/27 - CULTURE DAY @ Pioneer led by Pioneer Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Student Council

4/28 - Club Day Schedule

4/29 - 4th Quarter Interim Grades

4/30 - UM Graduation

4/30 - US Navy Band Concert @ Pioneer


If you have any questions/needs. Please email me directly at lowder@aaps.k12.mi.us.


Mr. Tracey Lowder, Principal

Pioneer High School

Pioneer Club Day Schedule - 4/26 & 4/28

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Pioneer Culture Day Schedule - 4/27

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PIONEER STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK 2022

Hello all,


We need help getting our staff appreciation week sign up genius filled up - specifically the book slots. If you’re willing, please share the sign up genius with your friends and to your social media accounts.


https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0a48aeaf2da64-2022


Thank you,

Lindsay & Bethany

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SPRING TESTING UPDATE - Pioneer

Spring Testing Update #8: 4/24/22


  • SAT Make up - 4/26
  • Work Keys Make up - 4/27
  • M-STEP Make up - 4/26-4/30
  • Accommodated testing continues


Spring Testing Update #7: 4/17/22


  • M-STEP Testing for 11th Grade Students ONLY. M-STEP Testing will take place in the Pioneer Cafeteria on Thursday, 4/21/22.
  • 11th Grade Students Last Name: A-L will test 8:00am - 10:30am
  • 11th Grade Students Last Name: M-Z 12pm - 2:30pm

*11th Grade students are expected to be in class on Thursday 4/21/22. Similar to pre-bubbling, students will be called to the cafeteria and will find their assigned seats.

  • AAPS assigned Chromebooks are required for the M-STEP Tests. Please be sure that your Chromebook is fully charged and that you have logged out of your AAPS assigned Chromebook.


Spring Testing Update #6: 4/10/22

  • Please be on time for testing. Students WILL NOT be allowed to enter the testing room once testing begins.

  • Review the testing edition newsletter: https://www.smore.com/93ne0-pioneer-family-communication
  • Students should be on time and rested for their assigned testing date/s. Breakfast will be available for all students beginning at 7:30am.
  • M-STEP testing date for 11th graders has been moved to 4/21/22 due to a testing conflict. The dates for M-STEP are within the testing window from the State of Michigan.
  • Questions about testing? Contact Dean Bullinger - bullinge@aaps.k12.mi.us




Spring Testing Update #5: 4/4/22



  • This Thursday 4/7/22 - Juniors will pre-bubble the SAT and Workkeys answer sheets. A-L will be 9am - 11am and M-Z will be 1pm - 2:51pm.
  • Classroom assignments for testing will be posted on Monday, April 11th outside of each class office, outside of the cafeteria annex, and outside of the Media Center. Students should check their room assignments BEFORE their testing date.
  • Any student who would like a testing guide for the PSAT 9, PSAT 10, or SAT can pick up the booklet outside the 9th Grade Dean's office in the 9th Grade Admin Wing at Pioneer.




Spring Testing Update #4: 3/18/22


While we support parents in making choices for their children, there is no acceptable way under state or federal law to allow an “opt-out” of state assessments. Last year, requirements for 95 percent participation in state assessments were waived by the U.S. Department of Education due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, this is no longer the case for 2022. Students who are not assessed this year will count against their school’s required 95 percent participation rate, which will create an incomplete picture of their school’s performance. - Michael Rice, MI State Super - March 2022 Assessment & Accountability Update


  • Remind students to bring their school issued photo ID and/or driver's license if applicable.
  • Remind students that phones and smart watches are not allowed in the testing room and both will be removed and placed in a box that is taken to the test coordinator's office if students have them
  • Spring MME Testing is a 2023 and beyond graduation requirement.


Spring Testing Update #3: 3/11/22


M-STEP Testing for Juniors will be 4/19/22 - Sessions will be AM & PM by last name. Chromebooks will be needed for the test/s on 4/19/22. Please be sure to restart your chromebook while on wifi at Pioneer for any testing updates during school before taking the the M-STEP test. SAT and WorkKeys will be paper/pencil tests on 4/13 & 4/14.



Spring Testing Update #2: 3/6/22


We will be pre-bubbling for the tests on April 7th and 8th. Students will be called down in groups to the cafeteria. Parent permission is preferred for students to participate in the SAT Suite of Assessments College Search Process. If you would like your student to participate, please have them bring this signed form with them to pre-bubbling (please see the link on the form for more information): CLICK HERE FOR FORM


Spring Testing Update #1: 2/28/22


For spring testing, all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will automatically be tested and there is no need for families to opt-in. On Wednesday, April 13th, 11th graders will take the SAT + Essay, and 10th graders will take the PSAT. On Thursday, April 14th, 11th Graders will take the Work Keys, and 9th Graders will take the PSAT. There will be a modified bell schedule for all students after morning testing culminates. Testing room assignments for students will be posted outside the Cafeteria Annex, outside the library, and outside the counseling offices prior to the day of testing. For 11th grade students who have unavoidable conflicts, there will be a make-up date of April 26th for the SAT test.



Please see the following links if you would like to access free practice tests prior to the exam:


SAT Practice Tests College Board


Kahn Academy SAT Official Practice


PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests College Board


Questions? Please contact Dean Bullinger - bullinge@aaps.k12.mi.us

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Good News @ Pioneer!

Happy Earth Day!!


Members of Interact and NHS provided support for our first Prairie Relief Day. We were able to clean up several bags of trash and recycling and remove a few pipes, a car fender, and a bike.


Members of the Saturday clean up crew include:

Maggie Greene, Evan Macks, Wren Wilson, Alison Dorta, Simon Janevic, Jin Heo, Bree Bogan, Rhea Galbraith, Landon Brimacombe, and Yvette Peacor.


Members of the Sunday clean up crew include:

Maggie Greene, Naomi Kaczor, Paris Carter, Monica , Maiya Atzmon, Gabe Latta, Cindy Huang, Maddie Baybeck, Piper Campbell, Isabel Rivera, Meghan Kolb, Gabriel Rodgers, Gavin Bassett, Akshi Pulgram & Yvette Peacor

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SENIOR KEYNOTE SPEAKER - GRADUATION 2022

Attention ALL 2022 Pioneer Seniors! Do you aspire to be the keynote student speaker at Graduation? Please follow the rubric below to be considered for this prestigious honor. Submissions DUE 5/13/22
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SENIOR BON VOYAGE PARTY 2022

The end of the school year is fast approaching, we are in dire need of YOU to help us host the Senior Bon Voyage All Night Party.


Because of the lapse in years without a party, many underclassman parents don’t know what the party is or how to organize it. We are concerned that in the coming years the party may be in jeopardy as there will be very few people who know how to continue the party as it is today. Past seniors have repeatedly walked away from this party saying it was one of the most fun nights of their lives, please help us keep this tradition alive by volunteering this year to help and see what it’s all about.


Attached is a PDF with some information on the party and below is the sign-up genius link for volunteer jobs and an Amazon wish list to purchase donations.

(In my opinion, two of the most fun jobs are still available, decorations and casino worker)


Volunteer Jobs:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cadac23a3fe3-2022


Amazon Wish List for Raffle Items:

Amazon.com


If you would like to make a monetary donation or would like to shadow a Committee Lead or the


Bon Voyage Chairs, please text/email:

Susan Brimacombe (734) 883-8100 sbrim@umich.edu

Thanks for your consideration!

Susan Brimacombe and Susan Jaworski

Bon Voyage Co-Chairs

Tickets for Senior Bon Voyage - $40

Students can purchase Senior Bon Voyage Tickets on the following Dates @ Pioneer.


Tuesday, April 26 & Thursday, April 28

Tuesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 12

Tuesday, May 17 & Thursday, May 19

Thursday, May 26 at the picnic & Friday, May 27 at graduation rehearsal

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US Navy Band Concert @ Pioneer - FREE!!

On Saturday, April 30th @ 7pm, The United States Navy Band from Washington D.C. will be performing at Pioneer High School as part of their national tour!!! The GREAT news (other than this is one of the Best Bands in the nation) is the concert is TOTALLY FREE!!! (but.... Tickets need to be reserved.......)


Please share this poster with all your students and families, there is a QR code to order tickets embedded on the poster, we are only using a digital ticketing system.


There are only 1000 seats available, so earlier is better!!!


Thanks once again for your support of this wonderful event!!

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The Pioneer Trading Post - Student led School Store

The Trading Post will be opening for the first time as a student-run school store next week. We will be opening for a limited time in the career center, C108, during lunch on Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to take electronic orders or reservations. If you would like to purchase any items, please send your order with your student on Monday or Tuesday. Items will be available for purchase via cash or check only (no credit cards will be accepted at this time). Prices are as follows: Sweatpants - $30, Hoodie - $25, Pioneer Dad T-Shirt - $13, and Pioneer Dad Long-Sleeve T-Shirt $15. More items (Polos, Pioneer Mom apparel, etc.) will be available as the supply chain issues resolve.
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PIONEER Care Closet @ C311 - led by ACTION @ Pioneer

ACTION @ Pioneer is in need of donations of the following items for the Pioneer Care Closet. Items are available for Pioneer Students. Please send donated items to the Main Office or C311. Thank you for your support.

  • toothpaste
  • tooth brushes
  • kleenex
  • wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • floss
  • mouth wash
  • hair ties
  • Q Tips
  • chapstick
  • lotion
  • shaving supplies
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • dry shampoo
  • hair gel
  • men's deodorant
  • women's deodorant
  • feminine hygiene products
  • face wash
  • makeup remover
  • lint roller
  • tide wipes
  • bar soap
  • body wash

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SENIOR INFORMATION BELOW

SENIOR BON VOYAGE PARTY - Calling all parent volunteers!

Pioneer has a long tradition of hosting a Senior Bon Voyage Party for our graduating seniors. This tradition is led by Pioneer parents and we are in need of volunteers. In years past Pioneer Parents with students in any grade are welcome to volunteer and carry on this tradition. Please use the link below to sign up!


https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0f4cadac23a3fe3-2022

Class of 2022 - Senior Exam/Final Week Schedule *SENIORS ONLY

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Senior Class Updates - Class of 2022

ATTENTION SENIORS!


Graduation Update


During the two years of the pandemic, alternative graduation ceremonies were held for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. In 2020, drive-thru parades were held at each campus. In 2021, outdoor ceremonies were held. For the Class of 2022, we are returning to our traditional indoor graduation locations.


While the previous two years have offered great alternatives for the commencement ceremonies, the activities and locations had limitations and challenges. Most importantly, we want to hold ceremonies that afford all of our graduates the opportunity to share the celebration with family. Our indoor facilities allow students to invite siblings, grandparents, and other extended family members. As well, the indoor facilities are fully ADA compliant, and indoor ceremonies eliminate concerns for inclement weather.


We are very proud of the tremendous work that our high school teams put into the celebrations in 2020 and 2021, we are equally excited to once again offer our graduates a dignified and celebratory experience while welcoming all family members who wish to attend.

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Graduation Announcements - If you were unable to pick up your graduation announcements last week you can pick them up from C311.


Senior Prom - May 20, 2022 @ THE BIG HOUSE!! - tickets go on sale May 9, 2022!

The survey results are in! This year's prom theme will be Enchanted Fairytale. The prom colors will be sage, ivory, and gold! Thank you to all of our seniors that participated in the student led prom survey.


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Scholarships:

Please review the links below to identify scholarship opportunities specific for Pioneer Seniors.

2022 Pioneer High School AAPS Scholarship List


Pioneer Announcement: AAPS Scholarships


Please feel free to email our 12th grade team with any needs/questions: Dr. Hyliard - hyliardd@aaps.k12.mi.us or Ms. Roumanis - cisnerose@aaps.k12.mi.us

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