Pioneer Family Communication

Week of September 10, 2023 - September 17, 2023

Be Extraordinary!

From the Desk of Principal Mr. Desmond Smith

Thank you Pioneer Caregivers,

We had a great week at Pioneer! We had our class meetings and the students were extremely respectful and receptive to all that we shared. We also had a very successful Senior Sunrise. Thank you to our PTSO and ACTION for Senior Sunrise! We had a great turnout!

This week we reinforced the expectations for our students to be on time. Our students did a great job and we appreciate the caregiver support. We need your support in establishing our expectations to create a safe environment.


Pioneer is a closed campus for all students until further notice. This means students are not allowed to leave the building and/or campus at any point during the day unless they are approved through our office. The campus being closed includes food delivery services. They will not be accepted the entire school year. We plan to open our campus for 11th and 12th grade students to leave for lunch on Fridays in the near future.

No Drop Off Along S. Seventh in Bike Lane or Loop

Please remember that at Pioneer the student drop off and pick up areas at the clock tower and the flagpole entrance. The S. Seventh entrance is strictly for bus drop off and pick up. It is illegal to use the bike lane on S. Seventh as well. Please do not use the S. Seventh St. loop or the bike lane on Seventh for drop off and pick up of your student.

We encourage all of our students to be involved at Pioneer!

We have over 70 clubs at Pioneer and we want all of our students to participate both in the classroom and in Pioneer activities/clubs. Please CLICK HERE to see a list of clubs or CLICK HERE to start a new club! If you have questions about clubs/activities please email Dr. Hyliard - We are planning a Career Fair on September 20 for students. On this day we will also practice our two lunch Club Day Schedule!


Our Counseling Team will be leading the Senior Parent Meeting and the focus will be on College Applications and readiness. We will post the slides to our website for our parents that are unable to make it.

CAPSULE NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 12 - 6-8pm - In Person @ Pioneer High School

Capsule Night is an opportunity to follow your students schedule and meet all of your student's instructors. We will start the program at 6pm in Schreiber Hall for a short presentation about what Pioneer has to offer.

PICTURE DAY is September 13!

School pictures will take place on Wednesday, September 13th during the school day. Please go to to order desired packages. Our school code is AA0418Fall23. Forms will also be available in the Main Office and at Capsule Night.

Be Extraordinary!

Mr. Desmond Smith, Principal

Pioneer High School



9/12 - Senior Parent Information Meeting - Little Theater - 5pm

9/12 - Capsule Night - IN-PERSON @ Pioneer - 6pm - 8pm

9/13 - Picture Day

9/14 - 9th Grade Wagongate Tailgate

9/22 - Last Day for course ""Level" changes.

10/6 - Homecoming Game vs. Skyline

10/7 - Homecoming Dance - Semi-Formal - Tickets on sale soon! $25

10/11 - PSAT/NMQST - 11th Grade Students only - Digital Tests Ordered for all Juniors!


Homecoming 2023 Dance Tickets are on sale! Homecoming is a semi-formal event!

PLEASE CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets! NO CASH will be accepted.

Access Code = Student Number


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.


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Food Services at Pioneer

Breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Pioneer Students during designated times. Students must use their ID to receive a meal at no charge and students must take the full meal.

Students are able to purchase additional items at cost.

We request that all families fill out the Free & Reduced Meal forms. The forms can be filled out using the following link:

Please return the following form - CLICK HERE - completed to the Main Office at Pioneer.


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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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PTSO @ Pioneer

Dear Pioneer Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! At Pioneer High School, we prioritize top-notch education for our students, safety for our students and staff, and community connections for our Pioneer families. The Pioneer PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization) supports Pioneer High School within all three of these foundational pillars.

Pioneer PTSO funds are used for the following:

- grants for teachers who need to purchase supplemental learning tools for their classrooms (guest speakers, online subscriptions, extra books, lab materials, etc.)

- holiday gift cards for families in need (food, clothing, etc.)

- teacher and staff appreciation events

- student activities and registration materials (Wagongate, Ice Cream Socials, Freshmen Orientation)

-scholarships for prom, yearbook, Bon Voyage, and homecoming

Please consider donating to the Pioneer PTSO for this school year. You can donate on our Square website at or by scanning the QR code below. We typically suggest $50 per student, but welcome any donation you would like to make. We did not mail a letter home with an envelope and need folks to donate so that all programs have what they need to be successful.

The PTSO also needs people to join the organization. Parents who want to help shape the future at Pioneer High School for their children have a voice through the organization. You can help as little or as much as you are able. You can even pick the events that you would like to be a part of! Please click on the QR code below to get your name on our volunteer list. Please note that a one-time background check is required to do any volunteering in the AAPS.

We need help with WagonGate- a special tailgate for the 9th graders. Please sign up to donate snacks or games using the signup genius below.

You will also need to fill out the volunteer form and submit a background check- it is good for the WHOLE YEAR!

Every year after graduation, Pioneer hosts a Bon Voyage celebration for all seniors in a safe and fun way with food, games, a casino and prizes. This in-school tradition was started after an alcohol-related car crash claimed the life of a Pioneer senior on graduation night in 1994. This year, Bon Voyage will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2024 and requires a lot of volunteer support and resources to make it happen. Please email Dani Jones at if you'd like to be added to the volunteer list. We need non-senior parent help the most, as most seniors would rather not party the night away with their parents. A great way to pay it forward and meet other families.

Here are some important dates for exciting Pioneer events coming up:

Capsule Night Wednesday September 12th - Senior Parent Meeting 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, visit classes in person 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Wagongate Thursday September 14th 5- 6:30pm (Wagongate is a 9th grade only event that is essentially a tailgate before a home football game, free to all 9th grade students, includes food and games! A great time for freshmen to build community and have fun!)

Parent Teacher Conferences Arena Style September 28th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Homecoming Saturday 10/7

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact Jill Anderson at

Thank you for your support!

Your Pioneer PTSO

Jill Anderson, Jodi Wilkins, Laura Houk, Michele Loewe, Mary Jane Worden, Dani Jones, Laura McEwen, Lindsay Vlasak, Bethany Williston, Kelly Cleland, Jill Schloff, Rachel Robinson, Laura Florence, Liz Kolb, Lynne Pauer, Jenni Wilkening, and Amy Frontier

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