District Newsletter - September/October 2021 Edition

Big picture

Learning and Leading for Tomorrow

24821 Hall Road

Woodhaven, MI 48183




Mark Greathead --- Superintendent

Michael Belcher --- Director of Contracted Services

Greg Roberts --- Director of Human Resources

Joshua Smith --- Director of Finance

Matthew Salah --- Director of Special Services

Joshua Satterfield --- Director of Technology & Instructional Integration


Cara Pimer --- President

Mikki Bertin-Kelsay --- Vice-President

Rob Harris --- Secretary

Jennifer Padgett --- Treasurer

Bruce Burke --- Trustee

Shannon Bauer-Perry --- Trustee

Laura Berry --- Trustee

2021/22 Calendar-at-a-Glance

Big picture

District Hires Robert Picano as New Athletic Director

At its July 13, 2021 regular meeting, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Robert Picano as the district's new athletic director replacing Dave Fast who served as athletic director for seven years.

Picano joins the district with 26 years of education experience, having spent 21 of those years as an athletic director. More recently, Picano served as the athletic director at Edsel Ford High School, where he was responsible for all aspects of educational athletics for Dearborn Public Schools. Picano received his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts - Sports Administration from Wayne State University. He is also a Certified Athletic Administrator with the National Athletic Administrators' Association.

"Bob has demonstrated an exceptional dedication to the students and schools he's served over the course of his career," said WBSD Superintendent Mark Greathead. "We are excited to have such an experienced and enthusiastic leader join our team, and we look forward to seeing how he - and ultimately the district - continues to grow in the years to come.

Picano said, "Woodhaven-Brownstown School District has a strong athletic department that is the heart of the community. I'm thrilled to join the WBSD family, and I look forward to supporting our students and coaches as they work toward continued success on and off the field."

Alicia Flynn Named new District Asst. Athletic Director

On August 17, 2021, the Board of Education welcomed Alicia Flynn as the district's new Asst. Athletic Director. Flynn's primary responsibilities are to oversee and manage middle school sports.

Flynn was hired in 2019 as a 9th grade math teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School. Prior to coming to the WBSD, she taught math at Swan Valley Middle School in Saginaw, Michigan. Flynn has previous coaching experience having coached both middle school volleyball in the WBSD and middle school basketball at Swan Valley. Flynn earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics from Saginaw Valley State University in May 2012.

Flynn immediately stepped into middle school sports, taking part in coaching interviews, working with coaches in developing tryout and practice schedules and getting fall middle school sports up and running. She's done some out-of-the box thinking to give middle schoolers even more exposure to sports. Flynn is working to create an intramural co-ed volleyball league as well as some other fun opportunities for our students. One such opportunity in the works is the development of an annual district-wide service project for students. She currently maintains two offices, one at PHMS and one at BMS. As fall athletics wind down, she is hard at work on middle school winter sports.

Flynn commented, "As I transition to my new role as the Assistant Athletic Director, I am eager to learn and grow our middle school athletics program in both opportunity and culture. It is my goal that all students have a sense of value and belonging, while enjoying their experience with middle school sports."

As we welcome Alicia Flynn to our administrative team, we look forward to the growth of the middle school program knowing Alicia will be instrumental in its success.

Big picture

WBSD Welcomes New Staff Members

The WBSD found itself short staffed in many critical areas at the end of the 2020/21 school year. Open positions in administration, professional teaching staff, support and coaching existed and could have made the start of the 2021/22 school year challenging. The HR Department stepped up and went on a hiring blitz. Throughout the summer months, Central Office was busy as multiple interview teams worked to fill the option positions. By the time the first day of school rolled around, most of the hiring was complete thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.

We welcome the following individuals to the WBSD!

Professional Staff

Sara Assenmacher -- Wegienka Elementary Math Intervention

Allyson Barbeau -- Special Services TOTE

Kimberly Bardoni -- Bates/Wegienka Elementary Special Education

Nicole Bommer - Special Services TOTE

Katelynn Brennan -- PHMS English Language Arts

Tyler Calhoun -- BMS Social Studies

Renee Coch -- WHS Science

Amanda Dennison -- Yake Elementary 2nd Grade

Alicia Flynn -- Assistant Athletic Director

Teresa Jackson -- PHMS Spanish

Luan Kamberovski -- WHS Broadcasting

Dawn Lehane -- Bates Elementary 2nd Grade

Ashley McFadden -- PHMS Math

Rebecca McNamee -- Gudith Elementary 3rd Grade

Sarah Miller -- Occupational Therapist

Sarah Noto -- Wegienka Elementary Speech & Language Pathologist

Austin Peters -- PHMS/WHS English Language Learners

Robert Picano -- Athletic Director

Kelsey Pizzo -- Bates Elementary 1st Grade

Chelsea Randles -- PHMS English Language Arts

Sarah Rochon -- BMS English Language Arts

Jacob Seasock -- PHMS Math

Savannah Smith -- WHS English Language Arts

Vanessa Tyre -- PHMS Math

Gabrielle Vogler -- Yake Elementary Music

James Walrad -- PHMS English Language Arts/Technology

Shawna Williams -- BMS English Language Arts

Support Staff

Tim Baran - IT Technician

Samantha Childers -- Yake Elementary Special Services Paraprofessional

Yuri Diaz -- Pupil Accounting/Data Support Specialist

Jessica Digue -- BMS Special Services Paraprofessional

Susan Girard -- Special Services Paraprofessional

Deborah Holland -- WBSD Payroll Clerk

Brittany Isom -- Special Services Paraprofessional

Meagan Ouellette - Bates Elementary Special Services Paraprofessional

Jeanie Richards -- Wegienka Elementary Student Advocate

Wendie Rowe -- Bates Elementary Special Services Paraprofessional

Joshua Sharpe -- PHMS Security Monitor

Amber Smith -- Special Services Paraprofessional

Kristi Stamey -- Gudith Elementary Special Services Paraprofessional

James Townley -- Assistant Network Administrator

Rosemary Ventura -- WBSD Accounts Payable Clerk

Joseph Wenzel -- IT Technician

Zariea Williams -- WHS College Advisor

Athletic Coaches and Club Sponsors

Ronnie Austion -- JV Girls' Basketball Head Coach

Morty Bernstein -- Freshman Football Assistant Coach

Robert Collins -- JV Boys' Basketball Head Coach

Mary Demyanovich - Middle School Cross County Assistant Coach

Corey Farner -- 7th Grade Football Assistant Coach

Michael Finley, Jr. -- JV Boys' Basketball Assistant Coach

Jose Gonzalez -- JV Boys' Soccer Head Coach

Danial Hall -- Varsity Boys' Basketball Assistant Coach

Sean Kelly -- Varsity Boys' Swimming Head Coach

Abbey Lorenz -- Varsity Girls' Soccer Head Coach

Kimberly Maher -- 7th Grade Volleyball Head Coach

Quillan Mathis -- Girls' Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach

Ashley McNabb -- Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach

Kelly O'Brien -- Varsity Hockey Head Coach

Alexander Robertson -- Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach

Aaron Scheuer -- Freshman Boys' Basketball Assistant Coach

Tim Skowronski -- Varsity Boys' Swimming Assistant Coach

Janel Somerset -- Middle School Cross Country Head Coach

Kaylyn Teffault - Varsity Sideline and Competitive Cheer Head Coach

Carol Welsch - WHS Robotics Assistant Coach

Robert Welsch -- WHS Robotics Head Coach

Big picture

October is National Principals Month

In October, Americans celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we in the WBSD, celebrate National Principals Month.

National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

The WBSD has a dedicated team of professionals serving our students on a daily basis. Let's say "thank you" to our principals. They deserve it!

Cherie Godfrey -- Bates Elementary School

Caterina Berry -- Erving Elementary School

Thomas Martin -- Gudith Elementary School

Michelle Briegel -- Wegienka Elementary School

Timothy Podlewski -- Yake Elementary School

Andrew Clark -- Brownstown Middle School

Erin Radtka -- Brownstown Middle School

Roger Gurganus -- Patrick Henry Middle School

Heather Fondaw -- Patrick Henry Middle School

Matthew Czajkowski -- Woodhaven High School

Jay Vesperman -- Woodhaven High School

Phil Short -- Woodhaven High School

Big picture

Homecoming 2021

Woodhaven High School and Patrick Henry Middle School kicked off Homecoming Spirit Week on Monday September 27, 2021 with Tropical Day. Each day, staff and students across the district dressed up according to the day's theme. Themed days included Red, White & Blue Day, Out of this World Day, Jersey Day and Purple & White Day.

This year's Grand Marshall was WBSD school nurse Jennifer Woodworth. Matt Czajkowski, WHS Principal commented, "We selected Nurse Woodworth as the Grand Marshall this year because we wanted to recognize her for all of the time and effort she has put into our district over the last 18 months." Czajkowski went on to say, "Her knowledge and expertise has helped guide us during this global pandemic."

Sophomores were victorious and claimed the 2021 Powder Puff championship. As the week progressed, the excitement built leading up to the Homecoming Assembly where Aidan Kincaid was crowned 2021 Homecoming King. During half-time activities, Klaire Schott was crowned the 2021 Homecoming Queen. Congratulations Aidan and Klaire!

Underclassman Homecoming Court:

Freshman Prince and Princess --- Bryce White and Giada Muti

Sophomore Prince and Princess --- Jesus Alvarez and Klaire Wilson

Junior Prince and Princess --- Nathan Blaszczak and Nicolle Rozner

Senior Court:

Mary Dimilia, Emma Greathead, Sophia Lustig, Klaire Schott, and Jamie Sullivan

Chris Banks, Nicholas Diaz, Sabit Islam, Aidan Kincaid, George LaForce

The Warriors hosted Trenton High School and dominated the entire game, delivering a crushing blow to the Trojans with a 44-12 victory.

Homecoming Week wrapped up on Saturday, October 2nd, with the annual dance at WHS. When all was said and done, it was a memorable experience for the Warrior Community. A little bit of "normal" was restored, allowing everyone to relax and truly enjoy the Homecoming experience.

Big picture

Sophomores - Class of 2024

2021 Power Puff Champs
Big picture

Grand Marshall

Nurse Jennifer Woodworth
Big picture

Klaire Schott

2021 Homecoming Queen.
Big picture

Aidan Kincaid

2021 Homecoming King.

Spirit Week

Big picture
PHMS Principal Mr. Roger Gurganus and Freshman Prince Bryce White gettin' into the spirit of Tropical Day.

2021 Homecoming Court

The Parade

The Game

Big picture
Quarterback Ashton Mohlman rolls out for a pass.

A Day in the Life of a Warrior . . .

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

Administration & Board of Education

Business Hours:

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday

Big picture