Pioneer Family Communication

November 12, 2023 - November 19, 2023


Be Extraordinary!

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The Nuts and Bolts of College and Career Planning

November 16th at 7pm in the little theater

Presented by Pioneer Counseling Dept.

From the Pioneer Leadership Team

Thank you Pioneer Caregivers,

Congratulations to our Pioneer Theater Guild for an amazing weekend of performances! Also, congrats to Mr. Packard and our Men's Water Polo Team on a great season, STATE RUNNER-UP! You all have so much to be proud of and we are so proud of you too.

We had a great week and had the opportunity to welcome the Class of '88 to Pioneer for a tour this weekend. It was great to hear how Pioneer has impacted our alumni so positively; we strive to continue this legacy of excellence!

This week our Counseling Department will host a presentation for our Class of 2025 parents on preparing for college and life after Pioneer. Please join us in the Little Theater on 11/16 at 7pm in the Little Theater.

Be Extraordinary!

Desmond, Eve, Jodi, Kevin & Dan

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Here is some information about Pioneer's Winter Giving:

  • a donation sign up will be created/available via SignUp Genius on or before Tuesday 11/21/23 (before Thanksgiving break); this link will be emailed to the email address you provide and also posted on the AAPS Winter Giving website under Pioneer
  • donations will be due to Julie Burdick @PHS around 12/08/23 (also accepted earlier!)
  • details about labeling/wrapping gifts will be posted on the SignUp Genius and/or emailed to you
  • there are various options/needs for winter giving at PHS such as: gifts, gift cards, winter gear and hygiene products

If you are interested in supporting our students at PHS for the holidays. Please complete this Google Form by Friday 11/17/23.

If you have questions, please let us know! We SO appreciate your generosity, kindness and support this holiday season!


Julie Burdick and Jonathan Stern,

Direct Line: (734) 994-2116

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AAPS High School Students and Families,

It is not too late to register for an AP test this coming spring, unfortuntately, there will be an additional late fee of $40 per exam (late fees are imposed by the College Board, not AAPS). AP Test costs are now $170. AP Exam registration and payment is a two-step process. Complete both steps.

Linked HERE is the AAPS AP Test Payment & Registration Guide procedure.

Questions? Contact an AP Coordinator - Mr. Cory McElmeel - or Dr. Daniel Hyliard -

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Email for Absences:

We are seeing a rise of students arriving at the school under the weather. We encourage students and staff that are under the weather to stay home for the day. Coming to school and spreading germs causes the cycle of more staff and students to catch illnesses. It is best for everyone. Many assignments can be captured in Schoology. Students can easily communicate with teachers about work assigned and/or missed via email (Staff Directory) and within Schoology.

Attendance email:

Please do not call the attendance line until further notice. We are planning to hire someone to cover that position; it is currently not filled. The position of Book Depository/Attendance Office Professional will be posted soon and we would love for someone connected to the Pioneer community to serve in that capacity.

Regular Schedule - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

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Club Day - Wednesday

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Ann Arbor Community Resources

If you've ever wondered where you can send a parent or student to get help, you're not alone.

AAPS has several tools to help you guide families to resources (food, basic needs, emergency services) in their time of need.

Where to find help


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Substitute Teachers Needed: As we are headed into the Winter season, which also may be known as cold/flu/COVID season, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is looking for substitute teachers and paraeducators to support our classrooms. If you are a passionate person who enjoys connection with students EduStaff is looking for you. Substitute positions are necessary and meaningful work that enriches the lives of students in our community. If you, your family or friends are interested in making an impact, we encourage you to support the AAPS team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator. Start your application at

Pioneer Administration Team Assignments

Building Principal - Mr. Desmond Smith

Athletics - Ms. Eve Claar

9th Grade Dean - Ms. Jodi Bullinger

10th Grade Last Name A-L - Dr. Daniel Hyliard

10th Grade Last Name M-Z - Mr. Kevin Hudson

11th Grade - Mr. Kevin Hudson

12th Grade - Dr. Daniel Hyliard

AAPS Family Technology Assistance

Students & Families - Technology Virtual Help Desk

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Call: 734-997-1222
Open a ticket:

Schedule an In-Person Appointment: call the Student & Family Help Desk


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The Writing Center at Pioneer High School wants to help! We are open daily during both lunches and 4th Hour in room C216. We offer online writing assistance through our website and hold fun writing competitions throughout the year. We want to help with brainstorming, revising, editing, polishing, and really any part of your writing assignment! Come see us!

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SCHOOL STARTS at 8AM - Doors Open at 7:35AM


1. CLOCKTOWER - this location backs up so please plan accordingly

2. FLAGPOLE ENTRANCE - near student parking lot

Please do not drop off students in the 7th Street Bus Loop

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Senior Portraits are due by November 17, 2023. Directions to submit them can be found on our website. If you choose not to submit a portrait, we will use your school photo.

Senior Tributes are due by February 10, 2024. These loving tributes to your student can be purchased through by selecting "Create a Senior Ad".

Preferred names: If your student goes by a name other than their legal name, that name is in PowerSchool as a "preferred name," and they would like to be referred to as such throughout the yearbook, please direct them to fill out this form so we get it right!

Order a yearbook today! Prices increase on December 31, 2023.


RAHS at Pioneer is a mental health site that is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm year-round which sees students in-person and virtually.
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F.E.M.M.E.S. Advance College Readiness Workshop

The F.E.M.M.E.S. Advance College Readiness Workshop is designed to support women+ in high school, but like all F.E.M.M.E.S. activities, is open to students of all genders.

The workshop is a series of two sessions aimed at building participants’ confidence in the college application process as well as their understanding of educational and career opportunities in STEM. The first event, Application Advice with an Admissions Officer, will take place in person at the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 21st from 11 am to 2 pm. The second event, a College Readiness Student Panel, will take place in person at the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 28th from 11 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Students can register at If students would like to learn more about F.E.M.M.E.S. as an organization, they can visit their website at

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