Pioneer Family Communication

Week of Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023 - PSAT/NMSQT WEEK

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Be Extraordinary!

From the Pioneer Leadership Team

Thank you Pioneer Caregivers,

WOW! What a great Homecoming Week at Pioneer!! There are so many people to thank for such a fantastic week! First and Foremost, thank you to Pio ACTION Leadership led by Seniors Natalie Torrentz and Manuela Diaz-Castro for leading us in all the activities from theme days to decorating for the dance.

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that dedicated their time this week. I was advised that this week was by far the most parental involvement we have had in a very long time. Thank you Parent Volunteers and PTSO!

Thank you to Ms. Crowley, Ms. Lee, and the Pio Admin Team for leading the dance. Thank you to our Pio Teachers Dr. Powell and Mr. Finch for chaperoning. Pioneer displayed their greatness this week and we are so proud to be a part of the PURPLE PRIDE!

This week is a short week as we prepare for the Fall Break. There is no school on Friday, October 13 or Monday, October 15.

On Wednesday, October 11 we will have a LATE START Schedule for grades 9, 10, & 12. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED for the late start schedule. ALL 11th grade students will participate in the digital PSAT/NMSQT. There is no makeup for this test. ATTENDANCE is vital. 11th grade students should. arrive at 7:30am and enter the Flagpole entrance. Students may bring a bottle of water and their own snack for break for the PSAT test. When students arrive on Wednesday please do the following.

Before you get to Pioneer on October 11 be sure to bring your fully charged AAPS issued Chromebook!

1. Arrive early! Doors open at 7:30am. Leave your electronics in your car!

2. Enter the Flagpole Entrance

3. Report to the Book Depository Entrance for Check In - Have a valid ID(License, etc)

4. Pick up your entrance ticket and report to your assigned location on the 3rd Floor.

Be Extraordinary!

Desmond, Eve, Jodi, Kevin & Dan

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Regular Schedule - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

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Late Start Schedule - Wednesday

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PSAT/NMSQT 2023 - Testing Updates/Test Schedule

Testing/Late start on Wednesday, October 11th. Please email Dr. Hyliard directly regarding any questions about PSAT/NMSQT Testing -


1. PSAT/NMSQT - The digital PSAT/NMSQT is required to participate in the National Merit Program. This test is for Pioneer Juniors only. Students in 9, 10 or 12th grade will NOT be taking the PSAT/NMSQT test on October 11th. Pioneer 9th & 10th Grade students will take the PSAT in the Spring of 2023. 12th Grade Students have already completed their testing requirements.

2. Preparing for PSAT/NMSQT Test Day

All AAPS High School Issued Chromebooks have the BLUE BOOK APP. Students can access by logging out of their chromebook then turn on the chromebook and in the lower left corner is a tab that says APPS. Click APPS and choose the BLUE BOOK APP. Then click” practice test” for PSAT.

* 1) PSAT testing must be taken with a District supplied Chromebook - HIGH SCHOOL

2) Students who have not used their Chromebooks recently should make sure they are holding a charge, have been updated (most current Chrome OS is 117.0) and have been on a network (even home internet) for a few hours so that they have the most current DRC insight and Blue book apps installed on their chromebook.



3. TESTING ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: Room assignments will be posted on 10/6/23 near the Learning Center Doors, 2nd Floor-Planetarium Wall, and on the 3rd Floor on the wall in-between rooms C325 & C327.

4. TEST DAY: Testing Day is Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Students must be in their testing room by 8am! Late students may be turned away. Once chromebooks open and testing begins students cannot be let in the testing room. Students should arrive at 7:30am.

5. WHAT TO BRING: Drivers License or other photo ID (test ID's provided at Pre-Bubbling), Face coverings are encouraged, 2 No. 2 pencils sharpened with erasers, a calculator (not provided), a drink, or snack for your break. A calculator app is available digitally in the testing app.

6. WHAT NOT TO BRING: Prohibited Items List - CLICK HERE, Do not bring any prohibited electronic devices including airpods, smart watches, or cell phones. Do not bring ear plugs(unless approved accommodation). You will be dismissed from the test if these items enter the testing room.

More information about PSAT/NMSQT & click the corresponding link below.


CLICK HERE TO LEARN about Digital SAT Testing Information

Pioneer Leadership Team


Information for 9th, 10th, & 12th Grade Students:

1. LATE START SCHEDULE ATTENDANCE: Attendance is expected for all students 9-12 on Wednesday, October 11. Students (9,10 & 12) should arrive at 11:30a and report to the cafeteria, annex, or courtyard for lunch. There will be no admittance to the 2nd or 3rd floors until testing is over.

2. TRANSPORTATION: Buses will run on normal times. There will be no late buses. Students that ride the bus will report to the cafeteria annex please bring any homework. We will have staff available to support students in any academic needs.

*3. ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Pioneer specific subject Staff Instructors will be located in the Cafeteria Annex for any 9th, 10th, or 12th grade students that want to arrive by 8am and receive additional academic support. Students that arrive early must stay in the cafeteria or cafeteria annex. *Please contact Dean Bullinger - to reserve a spot as spaces are limited.

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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


Chartwells is our Food Services Department and here is their October Newsletter for the AAPS community.


Pioneer High School takes great pride in our AP program. Please review the AP Communication as we prepare for AP registration - CLICK HERE. Please email Dr. Hyliard at for any AP questions. Registration and payment for AP Tests begins in September! A separate communication will be sent to all AP parent during the week of August 28, 2023.

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



The Level Change Deadline is Friday Sept. 22nd

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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

3. E-HALL ENTRANCE - near the tennis courts

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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