Pioneer Family Communication

Week of February 28 - March 7, 2022

From the Desk of Principal Mr. Tracey Lowder

Pioneer Families,

Good Evening Pioneer!

Below are important dates for the Week of February 28 - March 7, 2022 at Pioneer High School and some *upcoming events.

March 1 - First day of Women's History Month

March 1 - March is Reading Month

March 1 - Orchestra Night @ Hill Auditorium

March 2 - Club Day

March 3 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 4 - Portal Closes for Scheduling Choices

March 4 - Last Day to order AP tests with late fee - No Exceptions

March 4 - TWIN DAY - dress the same as a friend or teacher!

March 5 - District Band Festival @ Huron High School

Upcoming Events

April 12, 13, 14 - Spring Testing - PSAT 9, PSAT 10, SAT, WorkKeys, M-STEP 11

If you have any questions/needs. Please email me directly at

Mr. Tracey Lowder, Principal

Pioneer High School

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Parent-Teacher Conferences - Virtual - March 3, 4pm-7pm - Pioneer

The Parent-Teacher sign up link will be send by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 via school messenger and posted to the Pioneer Webpage.

AP Update - Pioneer

FINAL AP Test Ordering DEADLINE is March 4, 2022 w/late fee

The last day to order AP tests with a late fee is March 4, 2022. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS after this date. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Dan Hyliard - or Kevin Karr -

SAFETY UPDATE/NEED @ PIONEER - Effective Immediately

For the safety of our students, please refrain from pulling into the Transportation Bus Loop at the Media Center Entrance, off of 7th Street, between 7:30am and 8:00am.

This area is designated for bus drop-off only. This additional traffic puts the students arriving by bus in danger. The signs clearly indicate that all vehicles, other than buses, are prohibited in this zone.

* CLOSES SOON* 2022-2023 Scheduling Process - Pioneer High School

  • February 22 - PowerSchool Portal opens for students to enter course selections
  • Scheduling Supports - February 22 - March 4
  1. February 22 -Scheduling Webinars will be posted to PIO Webpage and Counseling Webpage
  2. Lunch meetings, appointments with counselors, contact via email are all options
  • March 4 - PowerSchool Portal CLOSES
  • March 21 - Class of 2026 Course Selection Process Begins - Virtual Presentations will be sent to Middle Schools.


Class of 2023, 2024, and 2025 Instruction Videos are below. Please review with your student. The selection portal opens on 2/22/22. Parents: if you need support please visit the counseling webpage below. Please have students only join the schoology page for support.

Parents: Check out the Pioneer Counseling Webpage:

Students Only: Join the Schoology page for counselor supports

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Calling ALL Pioneer Students! Join the Pioneer Reading Challenge

From March 1st - June 1st, 2022, we are challenging Pioneer students, staff and faculty to read across genres in order to find books you love and expand your world. For every BINGO students complete and turn into the library, they are entered into a monthly drawing for local bookstore gift cards (thank you Pioneer PTSO).

On June 1st we will have a drawing for staff and faculty participants!

Contact the Pioneer Library with Questions!

* New Information* Senior Class Updates - Class of 2022


*Graduation Announcements will be delivered in person on March 3, 2022 during both lunches. If you ordered graduation announcements you can pick up your order from the Jostens representatives during early or late lunch.

Senior Prom - May 20, 2022 @ THE BIG HOUSE!!

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.

Upcoming Events:

Tickets for the Senior ALL NIGHT Party will go on sale soon!! Want to donate? Please email Ms. Creal - or Ms. Wilkening -


Graduation Updates:

If you are planning on re-using a cap & gown for graduation please notify the class office. Thank you.


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 - or Ms. Roumanis -

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MHSAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE!! Congratulations to Pioneer's Cookie Baugh for being named an MHSAA Scholar Athlete!


Congratulations to Pioneer High Schools, Matias Gonzalez for earning 4th place at the SkillsUSA Regional Carpentry competition!


Congratulations to our Women's Track & Cross Country Seniors who have committed to continue their educational and athletic careers in the collegiate level.

from left to right:

Cookie Baugh - Michigan State University Cross Country/Track

Gabriella Newman - University of Michigan - Track

Sarah Forsyth - Michigan State University Cross Country/Track

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Spring Testing Update #1 :

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 -

Virtual College/University Visits.....

Attention Students, Families, Counselors....

The 2021-22 college application season continues! Meeting with college admission representatives is a great way to get to know about their unique and important educational opportunities. Our calendar can be viewed live at:

Monday, February 28

SUNY at Purchase College (NY)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

St. John's College (NM)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Saginaw Valley State University (MI)

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Tuesday, March 1

University of Toledo (OH)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Wednesday, March 2

University of Michigan-Dearborn

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

National GAP Year Fair:

7:00 – 9:30pm

Take meeting notes

Thursday, March 3

Wayne State University (MI)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Friday, March 4

Butler University (IN)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL


Thank you parents for joining us for our first PTSO open webinar this week. We will have another opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from administration and counseling in the future.

Also, thank you for donating to the Oxford Community Schools PTSO. We are able to collect and donate $500.

Looking for another way to give back to our Pioneer Community?

There are committees forming soon to help with Prom 5/20 and the Senior Bon Voyage Party 5/27. These events run much more smoothly if we have a lot of help. You don't have to be the parent of a senior! We need help with finding donations, communication, working the event, and cleaning up. Please contact Jenni Wilkening or Colleen Creal for more information.

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