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District Newsletter - September/October 2021 Edition
Learning and Leading for Tomorrow
24821 Hall Road
Woodhaven, MI 48183
CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
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
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Cara Pimer --- President
Mikki Bertin-Kelsay --- Vice-President
Rob Harris --- Secretary
Jennifer Padgett --- Treasurer
Bruce Burke --- Trustee
Shannon Bauer-Perry --- Trustee
Laura Berry --- Trustee
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.
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!
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
Tim Baran - IT TechnicianSamantha 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
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
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
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
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.
Sophomores - Class of 2024
2021 Homecoming Court
Bryce White and Gaida Muti - Freshman Prince and Princess
Jesus Alvarez and Klaire Wilson - Sophomore Prince and Princess
Nathan Blaszczak and Nicolle Rozner- Junior Prince and Princess
A Day in the Life of a Warrior . . .
Senior Tennis dominated on the court during their recent league meet. Sabit Islam, Santino Ciotti, Marcello Luna and Jordan Bechtol were all winners.
PHMS social studies teacher Mr. Doug Belles celebrates Constitution Day.
Wegienka Elementary welcomes the Class of 2034.
Graphic Arts gets a lesson on designing.
Mrs. Assenmacher's students are learning number fluency by playing dominos.
Dental Occupations students learn about germs.
Off to a good start, the Varsity Girls' Cross Country team brought home a trophy from the Erie Mason relays and took first place at the Warrior Classic. Great way to start the year ladies!
The Lady Warriors swept all three games against the Edsel Ford Thunderbirds on September 14th. Way to show up ladies!
Lady Warrior Golfers hit the greens early this school year. They are poised and ready for play.