WBMS October 17th Updates

West Bloomfield Middle School Updates

Whats Happening at WBMS this week?

Oct 18th Cross Country away at Berkshire (see remind from coaches)

Boo Grams will be on sale in the iCenter starting Monday, October 17th see flyer below

Oct 19th Football home vs Derby

Unity Day: Wear and Share orange for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion

Oct 20th 8th grade girls basketball away at East Hills

Due Oct 21st: Halloween Writing Contest

All submissions must be turned in by Friday, October 21, 2022 in the iCenter no later than 3:15pm see flyer below

Bagel fundraiser continues before school begins in the auditeria

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

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7th Graders--Check it out: RDJ application is open!

Religious Diversity Journeys (RDJ) is a program of

the InterFaith Leadership Council

What: RDJ Ambassadors monthly field trips introduce middle

school students to five diverse faith and cultural communities

and bring students to the Detroit Institute of Arts or Zekelman

Holocaust Center for capstone learning experiences.

Why: Immersive engagement is the gold standard in effective

and impactful learning for students ready for dynamic off-

campus educational experiences.

Next Sports Season

Winter 1 Season Starts Nov 7

Basketball (Boys) 7th-8th grade

Coaches Dickerson, Hilbers, Rys and Venticinque

Coed Swimming 6th-7th-8th grade

Coaches: Coach Weiner and Coach Webster

Congratulations to the finishers of the WBMS Cross Country 10-K run!

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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

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

Chase Peterson, nominated by Mrs. Neeb: Chase has been working so hard in his ELA class. He is respectful, on-task, and an active participant in class discussions. He always volunteers to correct warm-ups and share his thoughts on the class novel. He is making great predictions and showing great understanding of the book. Keep it up Chase!

Emmalee Pearsall, nominated by Mrs. Henry: Emmalee always comes to class prepared with his planner and ready to work. Her smile is so refreshing and warms up the room. She's always respectful and a great student to have in class!

Olivia Coury, nominated by Mrs. Tomaszewski: Olivia is a very kind and helpful student. Olivia goes out of her way to help students who are new to the district and new to English. She is always helping students in science and other classes.

The Turtles have names

Thank you for the students who participated in suggesting names and voting on the names for our 'school' turtles

The names will be:

Bob (Diamond back)

King Bob (slider)

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

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!

Congratulations to Staff!

JoAnna Graham: History teacher finished the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday, Oct 16th!

Hanna Kim: English Language Arts teacher has her first book published!


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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

School wide dance: October 14th

The dance was amazing! Thank you to the parents who spent the evening with us and the staff who made this possible! see photos from the event below!

WBMS Student Interviews Superintendent Dr. Dania H. Bazzi

WBMS Student Interviews Superintendent Dr. Dania H. Bazzi

Hear about current WBSD initiatives, projects, and some fun Q&A like:
Non-fiction or fiction? How many books has she finished so far this year? Go Blue or Go Green? Max Cool Gamer Columbus is a WBMS student and is part of the FIRST Robotics Middle School team. Max has interviewed local tv and radio personalities. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel. Thank you Max!

Interviewing Superintendent Dr Dania Bazzi #popular #fyp#edit#superintendent#interview#live #onlyWB
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Our new neighbors and car pick up and drop off


If you drive your student to school or pick your student up, we ask that you utilize our car line and parking lots. Our neighbors prefer that you not park and wait in their neighborhoods (neighborhoods surrounding WBMS).

Although parking on the neighborhood streets is not illegal and the township cannot restrict people from parking on a public roadway in order to retrieve their children as long as they are parking legally, we would appreciate your assistance in respecting the request of our new neighbors.

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.

Math Penthalon

Math Pentathlon


Parent presentation attached below

Any questions, email:


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
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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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