Pioneer Family Communication

October 29, 2023 - November 5, 2023



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Be Extraordinary!

From the Pioneer Leadership Team

Thank you Pioneer Caregivers,

Congratulations to our EXTRAORDINARY Pioneer Field Hockey Team for winning the state championship! Congratulations to our Men's Water Polo, Women's Cross Country, and Men's Cross Country Teams for winning Regional Championships!

We had a great week at Pioneer! Did you know Pioneer High School was the first High School in Michigan to be accredited? It's true! Since 1904 Pioneer High has been accreditation and this year we want to thank our accreditation team of Ms. Crowley, Mr. Kass, Ms. Martin, Ms. Craigmile, and Ms. Sonsara for all of their work as we prepare for our accreditation review in March. Thank you to the team for their work this week on getting certified to make observations at Pioneer! Soon Pioneer caregivers will be asked to take a survey about Pioneer. Your participation in vital in our continued success at Pioneer High School

Last Friday marked the end of the First Quarter at Pioneer. Teachers will submit final quarter grades on Wednesday, November 1st. Caregivers will not get a hard copy of your student's report card. Report cards will be visible on PowerSchool soon after November 1st via PowerSchool. If you have any questions please contact your student's Principal.

This week we have an early release on Tuesday, October 31. On Friday, November 3rd we will have a club day schedule but it will NOT be a club day. We will keep students in their 2nd hour during club time to complete the Equal Opportunity Survey and the COGNIA School Accreditation Survey. The schedule is posted below.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday November 2. A separate email will go out to parents via school messenger on Tuesday. Also on Thursday, the Pioneer ACTION Team will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for all elementary schools that feed into Pioneer. This event will go from 6pm-8pm. This is the inaugural event. If you are interested in donating candy to the student leadership group, please drop off candy at the Main Office for ACTION! Thank you Pioneer!

Be Extraordinary!

Desmond, Eve, Jodi, Kevin & Dan

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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 & Thursday

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Tuesday, October 31st - Schedule

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Club Day - Wednesday & Friday(for Survey purposes only)

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The Interact Club is currently running a Lego Donation Drive and we are in need of more donations! Our Lego Drive is through the University of Michigan and it aims to collect unused legos from families and individuals who may have them sitting at home. You can send your student to school with legos in a contained bag or box and there is a collection box inside the Clocktower Entrance of Pioneer. You can donate anytime through the month of October. The Interact Club appreciates your willingness to support children in the Ann Arbor community for the upcoming holiday season!
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Friends of AAPS School Libraries - Startup

Do you love our school libraries?

Our district librarians are looking for parents/guardians to form a "Friends of the AAPS School Libraries" group to support and advocate for our district school libraries. Our main goal is to strive for equity across all AAPS school libraries.

Please submit this Google form if you are interested in meeting on a monthly basis at Huron Library in the evening (dates TBD to start the second week of November) during the school year to:

  • Learn more about our school library programs and how to support them

  • Develop fundraising opportunities to support buying print books for all of our school libraries

  • Learn about the AAPS book challenge process and how to advocate for the freedom to read

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities in the school libraries

  • Share your support for school libraries on social media

  • Share ideas with the group on how to support and advocate for our school libraries

College Application Help Sessions

Counselors will continue to have college application help sessions until the end of October during Early Lunch for Seniors. Seniors remember the Early Action Deadline for the Common App is November 1, 2023. Please see your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.


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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


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


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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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