Pioneer Family Communication

Week of February 6 - February 13, 2022

From the Desk of Principal Mr. Tracey Lowder

Pioneer Families,

Good Evening! What a week we had at Pioneer. We are so thankful for our Pioneer Teachers and all of their work teaching virtually during the snowstorm. If you haven't already, please take a moment and thank a Pioneer teacher for their commitment to their craft whether it is in person or virtually. BSU kicked off Black History Month at Pioneer. We are excited to learn with BSU. This week we start our WIDA testing, It will take the entire month of February. Thank you to Ms. Macko and Ms. Deacon for all of their hard work with our English Language Learner Community!

Below are important dates for the Week of February 6 - February 13, 2022 at Pioneer High School and some *upcoming events.

February - We celebrate Black History Month @ Pioneer

February 7 - WIDA Testing Begins

February 9 - Club Day Schedule @ Pioneer

February 9 - Student Count Day - AAPS

February 11 - Last Day to bring in/donate new Hygiene Products

February 11 - Jersey Day @ Pioneer - wear your favorite team jersey!

*February 14 - NAAPID

*February 14 - Valentines Day/Symphony Serenades

*February 15 - PTSO Open Meeting - Zoom link below - All Pioneer Parents Welcome!!

If you have any questions/needs. Please email me directly at

Mr. Tracey Lowder, Principal

Pioneer High School

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Pioneer High School Celebrates Black History Month

For the month of February the BSU Student group will publish posters, slide shows, Tiktoks and alum profiles throughout the building and on social media.

Our objective is to draw the focus to unsung and little known heroes whose sacrifices and stance help progress the movements for equity and equality for African-Americans and other marginalized minorities in the United States and globally.

Fred Hampton, Marsha P. Johnson, Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hammer

Dorothy Height, Claudette Colvin, James Forman and Bayard Rustin, just to name a few, along with a deeper look into the GI Bill and The New Deal and other government policies that helped shape the wealth distribution we see today.

February also marks the beginning of our "BSU Reads: Read and Represent" program. Our members will record themselves reading books from BIPOC authors and illustrators for children ages 4-10. We will share those videos with a few of the local elementary schools as an effort to inspire reading through representation. With over 20 stories it's a perfect segue from Black History Month to March Is Reading Month.

February begins our "BSU Passport Initiative.” Equity is not just limited to the classroom, it extends to life experiences. Four years ago, BSU students studied the effect of travel and found there was a connection between traveling 100 miles outside of one's home and increased grades and test scores. This will be year two of our program where we raise money to purchase passports for our Seniors. We look forward to celebrating this beautiful month and sharing content and information.

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Senior Class Updates - Class of 2022

Class of 2022 Parents,

Name on Diploma - We are ready to order diplomas for our class of 2022. Last week we sent individual emails to all Class of 2022 students. Please be sure to check your school email and review your name for the diploma. If there are any changes that need to be made please email 12th Grade OP - Ms. Roumanis -

Graduation Updates:

Please be sure that your student has ordered a cap and gown with Jostens. If you have not please CLICK HERE to order your cap and gown online.


Please review the links below to identify scholarship opportunities specific for Pioneer Seniors.

2022 Pioneer High School AAPS Scholarship List

Pioneer Announcement: AAPS Scholarships


Senior Prom will be held at Jack Roth Suites on May 20. Tickets go on sale May 9.

6pm - Welcome

7pm - Dinner Served

8pm - Escort students to Michigan Stadium Turf

8:45pm - DJ/Dance *students are able to leave at 10pm

11pm - End of Prom

Please feel free to email our 12th grade team with any needs/questions: Dr. Hyliard - or Ms. Roumanis -

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Pioneer Class of 2026 Curriculum Night - UPDATE

Update for families that were unable to attend: The webinar link as well as breakout session Zoom links are posted in the "Welcome" area of the Pioneer High School Website.

Options @ Pioneer has begun! It's not too late to start!

  • Options is an online credit recovery program @ Pioneer that allows a Pioneer student to work directly with a certified teacher using the EdGenuity Program to recover a credit.
  • The credit recovery program utilizes an individualized approach to identify specific concepts your student needs to meet the AAPS course requirements.
  • Students that earned an NC in most courses are eligible.
  • Options offers flexibility and direct support from 3pm - 5pm Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday.
  • Interested in your student recovering a graduation required credit? Contact Dr. Hyliard via email -

Virtual College Visits Return! UPDATED!!!

Attention Students, Families, Counselors....

The 2021-22 college application season continues! Meeting with college admission representatives is a great way to get to know about their unique and important educational opportunities. Our calendar grows everyday and can be viewed live at:

Tuesday, February 8

Texas A & M University-College Station


Virtual Visit URL

Lawrence Technological University (MI)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Central Michigan University

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

NACAC Virtual Fine and Performing Arts Fair

4:00 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 9

U.S. Air Force

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Western Michigan University

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

The University of Tampa (FL)

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Thursday, February 10

University of Illinois at Chicago

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Lake Forest College (IL)

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

Eastern Michigan University

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Virtual Visit URL

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Congratulations to the following class of 2022 Field Hockey athletes on their Division I commitments. The following athletes will be continuing their careers:

From left to right:

Mary Huffman; Ohio University

Ceci Maixner; Indiana University

May Flanders; University of California Berkeley

Zoë Bormet; University of Michigan

Lila Harlock; James Madison University

Each week we look forward to showcasing a different team.

*The Latinx Student Union @ Pioneer would like to thank Pioneer and BSU for their support of the LxSU Foods Fundraiser. LxSU is raising funds for a mural to showcase Latinx History.

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Pioneer Families,

The next PTO meeting will be open meeting on 2/15/22. In this meeting Pioneer Administration will be asking and answering any questions you may have about Pioneer High School. Please join via zoom from 7pm - 8pm -

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