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District Newsletter - November 2021 - February 2022 Edition
Learning and Leading for Tomorrow
24821 Hall Road
Woodhaven, MI 48183
CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
MARK GREATHEAD --- SUPERINTENDENT
Michael Belcher --- Director of Facilities & Operations
Greg Roberts --- Director of Human Resources
Joshua Smith --- Director of Finance
Matthew Salah --- Director of Special Services
Joshua Satterfield --- Director of Technology & Instructional Integration
Beatrice Benjamin - Interim Curriculum Director
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Jennifer Padgett --- President
Mikki Bertin-Kelsay --- Vice-President
Cara Pimer --- Secretary
Laura Berry --- Treasurer
Bruce Burke --- Trustee
Rob Harris --- Trustee
Shannon Bauer-Perry --- Trustee
We have a State Champ in our Midst!
Congratulations Nathan Jerore, MHSAA D1 145 lb weight class Wrestling State Champion!
Time to Register our Future Warriors
In-district kindergarten registration for the 2022/23 school year officially kicks off Monday, March 14, 2022. Please help spread the word to WBSD families who have kindergarten-aged children.
Enroll online at mywbsd.org/ENROLL. Upon submittal of the form, a calendar will pop up allowing families to schedule an appointment with our enrollment specialist to turn in required documentation. Bring your little one with you because we'll have a goodie bag for all enrolling kindergarten-age children.
Kindergarten Orientation is Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at all five elementary schools. Register now, before Orientation, so that you and your child can participate. Kindergarten testing will take place in August at each elementary school.
Call Monique Mason, WBSD enrollment specialist, at 734.783.3300 with any questions or concerns.
BMS and PHMS Inducts 51 New Members into the National Junior Honor Society
During early November, Brownstown Middle School and Patrick Henry Middle School held National Junior Honor Society induction ceremonies. A total of 51 students were inducted - 38 BMS students and 12 PHMS students.
PHMS students are eligible if they have earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher. According to NJHS Sponsor Amanda Mosley, "The application takes a look at how well students demonstrate the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society - scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character - through their service to their community, involvement in extracurriculars and academic success." Mosley noted that once students are selected and inducted, they are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of service to their community.
Congratulations to all students on their academic success!
Brownstown Middle School
Patrick Henry Middle School
Woodhaven High School Announces Top 10 and Senior Scholars for the Class of 2022
Woodhaven High School announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, “Top 10” and Senior Scholars for the Class of 2022. Senior honors are determined after first semester grades are finalized. Class rank is based on a point system that consists of 50% GPA and 50% SAT score calculated as follows: (GPA x 400) + (SAT) = Ranking. Class ranking is determined after final grades from the 1st semester are calculated, establishing the Top 10 for each graduating class.
A total of 40 students earned the rank of “Senior Scholar”, including the Top 10. Senior Scholar status is determined by the following formula: SAT (GPA x 400) + SAT (Totaling 2730 points and above).
Congratulations to the Class of 2022’s Top 10 and Senior Scholars!
Mandy Chen --- Valedictorian
Ryan Bolduc --- Salutatorian
Aliadel Fatima Cupino
Three WHS Seniors Named as Finalists for MHSAA Scholar Athlete Awards
For the past 33 years, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Farm Bureau Insurance have honored the best student athletes in Michigan by awarding student athletes $2,000 scholarships.
Woodhaven High School students fared well this year as 14 seniors were recognized as scholar athletes with three, Piper Barnhart, Sophia Lustig and Nathan Jerore, advancing as finalists.
Piper has excelled in basketball and soccer, while Sophie has been a standout in competitive cheer and track. Nathan recently won the MHSAA D1 145 weight class wrestling state championship and will wrestle for the University of Michigan.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must complete an application listing their athletic teams participation, as well as any extra-curricular activities. Focus must be on achievement and leadership positions. Applicants must also submit a 500 word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics and answer questions on how athletics and other activities have prepared them for life after high school. Finally, applications must also provide two letters of recommendation.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022 MHSAA Scholar Athletes:
WBSD in the News
ESL (English as a second language) teacher, Maryna Hedeen, was recently featured in both the Free Press and Learning Curves, a newsletter offered through the Free Press. Both articles highlighted the important work and services Maryna provides to WBSD students who are learning English as a second language. Maryna was also recently spotlighted by the Michigan Department of Education in its #proudMIeducator video series, and on February 8th, MDE staff spent some time at Bates Elementary filming Maryna.
Wegienka Elementary students recently partnered with the senior community Bridgewater by Del Webb in Brownstown Township on a Valentine's Day project. Students made cards for the residents, and Principal Michelle Briegel delivered 300 valentines to Shell Reichlin, lifestyle director, at Bridgewater. It was reported that the Bridgewater residents were "thrilled" to receive Valentine from their neighbors.
Brownstown Middle School world language students also celebrated Valentine's Day in a unique way. They studied how various cultures celebrate Valentine's Day and quickly learned it is an international celebration. Check out the articles below.
Engaging, enlightening, empowering our students - it's what we do in the WB!
Cooper Eckert's Story
WHS senior Cooper Eckert is somewhat of a miracle. During the summer of 2020, Cooper dove into a pool and broke his neck. He underwent two surgeries to repair the damage. At the time, Cooper's chest was paralyzed but he had feeling in his extremities with limited movement in his toes, arms and hands. Doctors were unsure what, if any, movement Cooper would get back. One thing was certain, though, the road to recovery would be long and hard.
Cooper was determined -- determined to walk and to swim again with his teammates on the varsity swim & dive team. Soon "Team Cooper" came into being as the WHS varsity swim family rallied around Cooper and his family.
Over the course of about 18 months, Coopers' journey was documented by his mother, Savannah Bennett, who took to social media to document his rehabilitation and progress. Fox 2 also picked up the story as Cooper continued to make progress in his rehabilitation.
Fast forward to December 2021 and Cooper did just that. After slow and steady progress, Cooper was able to join his teammates in the pool, once again swimming and consistently improving his time with each heat he swam. The varsity swim team closed out their dual meet season at Trenton High School on February 15th. In true brotherhood fashion, the Trojans rallied around Cooper's amazing comeback and cheered him on as he swam the 50 free one last time. It was truly amazing to see Cooper swimming, when at one time, doctors were unsure if he'd ever walk again.
Cooper will cap off his amazing comeback by swimming in a para event on Saturday, March 12, 2022 during the MHSAA Div. 2 state swimming and diving finals at Oakland University. He's come a long way since that fateful day. He has shown amazing resilience and perseverance. One lesson we can all take from Cooper - never give up!
Unified Sports Comes to Woodhaven
What exactly is Unified Sports? The Unified Sports program is a part of Special Olympics. The goal for schools that become Unified Champion Schools ("UCS") is to bridge the gap between general education and special education students enrolled in a K-12 curriculum. The program strives to cultivate opportunities among middle and high schoolers to work together and gain hands-on experience beyond regular classroom activities.
After hearing a presentation about Unified Sports at an MHSAA Conference in the fall of 2021, Middle School Asst. Athletic Director Alicia Flynn knew this was something she wanted to bring to Woodhaven. “Special education students are often not offered the same access to school-sponsored sports and extracurricular activities as general education students.” Flynn said. “Launching the first Unified Sports team at Woodhaven-Brownstown will help bridge that gap and give all students the opportunity to grow as leaders and athletes.”
She and Athletic Director Robert Picano pitched the idea to district personnel wherein she agreed to act as the district's UCS liaison. Working with Kayla Kuczysnki, UCS Coordinator for Special Olympics, Flynn applied for and received a total of $4,500 in grants to help support the Warrior Unified program. Uniforms and equipment were soon ordered, and Bates Elementary gym teacher Brad Ray came on board to coach the team. Soon a practice schedule was set up and the team's first game was in the works.
On March 1, 2022, the Warrior Unified team took on Allen Park Unified before a sizeable crowd at Woodhaven High School. It was a great experience for everyone who attended. The team will host the Woodhaven Police Department on Monday, March 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. and participate in a scrimmage with Allen Park and Wyandotte.
"To watch this idea become a reality is something that I cannot put into words. I was brought to tears multiple times during our district's first-ever Unified basketball game," Flynn said. "The excitement in the gym, the unwavering support from the WBSD community, and the smile on our Unified athletes faces as they participated in the game and showed off their hard work was hands down the highlight of my career. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible. Our Unified Warriors will cherish these memories forever."
Supt. Mark Greathead added, "At Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, we are committed to promoting an inclusive culture where all students are given the opportunity to grow as a leader and athlete in and out of the classroom. Launching a Unified Sports program allows us to increase the opportunity for all students to experience sportsmanship and build relationships that, in turn, lead to a stronger, more unified school community."
The Woodhaven Unified Warriors team is made up of the following athletes and partners:
Thank you to Alicia Flynn who was instrumental in bringing Unified Sports to the WBSD. We can't wait to see how the program grows into additional opportunities for our students. Stay turned, there is more to come!
Warrior Wake Up? What's That???
PHMS teacher Paula Ray won a grant from the WBEF to form a Warrior Coffee Club. Each Tuesday and Thursday morning Mrs. Ray, along with her students and paras Julie Oliver and Jen Kaminski, deliver coffee or tea to PHMS and Central Office staff who placed a pre-order the previous day. Students get first-hand training on what it takes to run a business, from filling orders and handling money to the end of result of delivering the orders and interacting with customers. Working together is key. The Warrior Wake-Up crew has become a welcome site in and around the halls of PHMS and Central Office, the highlight of our day.
Thank you, Warrior Wake-Up crew ... coffee delivered to our doorstep and service with a smile, it doesn't get any better than that!
Fall 2022/23 Schools of Choice
Kindergarten = 15 total openings
2nd - 12th grade = 1 opening per grade
NO OPENINGS FOR 1ST GRADE
If more applications are received than there are openings available, a lottery will be held. The application will be active on the website, mywbsd.org, effective April 13, 2022. Click on the link below for more information.
A Day in the Life of a Warrior . . .
Mrs. Danosky's 1st graders working hard on math concepts.
Mrs. Smith's art students participate in an Andy Warhol project.
9th graders experiment with dry ice.
Supt. Mark Greathead and Larry Williams, WBSD Security and Safety Coordinator, help out Kiwanis Woodhaven by doing some bell ringing for the Salvation Army.
Warrior Marching Band at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Morgann Cox works with elementary students in the "future educators" mentor program.
Science Alive visits Yake.
DECA students make ribbons in support of Oxford High School.
DECA students created signs for the school's "walk in support" of Oxford High School.
WHS DECA students work with Mrs. Michling's 3rd grade class teaching financial responsibility.
Young Five students zoom with Santa. How cool is that?!
Science Alive visits Wegienka.
Varsity Girls take on Gibraltar during the season at home.
Warriors had a great showing at the MHSAA Regionals competition, three advanced to states at Ford Field.
Varsity Basketball show support for Oxford Community Schools.
The Boys' Varsity Bowling Team are MHSAA Regional Champs! Congratulations to Matt Sterbenz who will bowl in the individual state competition.
Boys' Varsity Swim captured the Downriver League Championship. John Martin, son of Gudith Principal, Tom Martin, took home the gold medal in diving.
Competitive Cheer competed at the Pistons Classic at Little Caesar's Arena.