September 2019 Newsletter

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Welcome (or welcome back)!

Wow, that went fast!

I wanted to take a minute to welcome our Eagle Scholars and their parents to another school year. Some bold thoughts to keep in mind:

Fear and excitement feel the same in the body. You are probably feeling a little of both. That's normal.

Change is not easy for most people. Whether it's a new school, a new grade, a new teacher, a new curriculum, or a new group of friends, it will take some time before you feel comfortable. And right when you start to feel comfortable, something will change.

When you struggle this year, know that there are people around you to help. In fact, many of us are paid to help you. Whether it's a teacher, a counselor, a social worker, or an administrator, someone has the expertise to help you through whatever you're facing, or at least direct you to someone who does.

You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you want to be a better person, look around you. If your friends are not trying to be better, find some new friends.

You can choose to let the world happen to you or you can happen to the world. Schedule mixups, difficult teachers, challenging courses, negative friends--you can let those dictate your mood or you can choose to dictate your own mood. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer.

Can't wait to see you all on the first day!

Profiles in Awesomeness

Mahalia Hill (class of 2020)

After being informed that she was one of four finalists, Mahalia was named Detroit Youth Poet Laureate this summer.

For the next year, she will receive intense mentorship, will perform at many events across the state, and will facilitate workshops for youth writers. Amazingly, at the end of next year, she will publish a book of her work!

Congratulate her if you see her - it's a big accomplishment and took a ton of work!

Kaemon Tijerina (class of 2025)

Kaemon's team (second from right) finished 7th in the 4x800 at the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro this summer. He is officially an All-American! Way to go, Kaemon.

Nuts and Bolts

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September Dates:

9/3 Summer work due (Pierce and Thurston)

9/12 After school study sessions (Pierce and Thurston) - required for probationary students

9/19 After school study sessions (Pierce and Thurston) - required for probationary students

9/26 After school study sessions (Pierce and Thurston) - required for probationary students


  • Submit summer work to Google Classroom (or via email) by 7:30 am on the first day of school
  • Seniors will meet with me in the media center on Mondays during Advisory for college prep work; 9th, 10th, and 11th graders can attend drop-in study sessions during Advisory on Wednesdays
  • Put my Google Voice number in your phone in case you need immediate assistance: 313-444-2590. Please identify yourself if you send a text.


  • Be sure to finish up your summer work in time and get it to your teachers.
  • We are excited to have Ms. Wilson on board supporting the program in a new capacity (in addition to teaching) at Pierce. Stay tuned for details on how she will be supporting you. She will be your point person for the first few days of school if you have issues.
  • Please review the program requirements when you get a chance.

2019 graduates - where are they now?

Frances Bolton - Michigan State

Sara Borsode - U of M Ann Arbor

Alyssa Dickerson - Michigan State

Leelyn Ellis - Howard

Trinity Gaynor - Northern Michigan

Marc Henderson - Wayne State

Darnyel Hogans - Michigan State

Andre Johnson - Michigan State

Alexander Kirsch - Wayne State

Jessi Kwek - Eastern Michigan

LaNeise Larkin - Eastern Michigan

Franklin Lasson - U of M Ann Arbor

Carlton Mamo - Michigan State

Adam McIntyre - Pratt Institute

Trinity Pryor - U of M Ann Arbor

Skyy Riley - Western Michigan

Kenneth Rozmys - Rochester College

Kayla Smith - Oakland University

Jamesa Vaughn - Georgia - Gwinnett County

Tristen Wesenberg- Western Michigan

Rhianna Womack - U of M Ann Arbor

Madeline Zerial - U of M Ann Arbor

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi


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