District Newsletter - November 2021 - February 2022 Edition

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Learning and Leading for Tomorrow

24821 Hall Road

Woodhaven, MI 48183





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


Jennifer Padgett --- President

Mikki Bertin-Kelsay --- Vice-President

Cara Pimer --- Secretary

Laura Berry --- Treasurer

Bruce Burke --- Trustee

Rob Harris --- Trustee

Shannon Bauer-Perry --- Trustee

2021/22 Calendar-at-a-Glance

2022/23 Calendar-At-A-Glance

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We have a State Champ in our Midst!

Congratulations Nathan Jerore, MHSAA D1 145 lb weight class Wrestling State Champion!

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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.

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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

Saamiya Azeem

Colton Barnes

Molly Baron

Brody Basim

Rosalyn Blount

Enrique Caldwell

Lara Cercado

Cristina D'Sa

Claire Daniels

Megan Drabczyk

Aidan Gray

Mataeya Guerra

Lauren Gurzick

Amauri Gutierrez

Haanya Iqbal

Isaak Kaya

Elaina Lanivich

Tahreem Latif

Madelyn Leitch

Mikayla Machlik

Jude Malonga

Caroline Manson

Claire Martin

Hope Noal

Jasmin Nunez

Chiamara Ogbonna

Lauren Podlewski

Mia Prus

Mckenzie Rudzik

Chase Saltalamacchia

Erin Sax

Madeline Scala

Megan Shrewsburg

Amiryah Smith

Chase Solovyev

Connor Stewart

Lola Valchine

Sarah Votraw

Patrick Henry Middle School

Harper Barnhart

Zoe Barringer

Julia Bell

Thurston Brooks

Camryn Brown

Audrina Finn

Brayden Hawk

Griffin Gardner

Jonathon Heacox

Makenzie Johnson

Faliha Malik

Jeffrey Prueitt

Benjamin Victor

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BMS student Megan Shrewsburg
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BMS student Chase Saltalamacchia
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Patrick Henry Middle School students
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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

TOP 10

Mandy Chen

Ryan Bolduc

Michael Collins

Anjalee Raval

Sophia Lustig

Javier Caldwell

Jordyn Roberts

Emily Briggs

Ritika Chhina

Piper Barnhart


Mandy Chen

Ryan Bolduc

Michael Collins

Anjalee Raval

Sophia Lustig

Javier Caldwell

Jordyn Roberts

Emily Briggs

Ritika Chhina

Piper Barnhart

Jamie Sullivan

Carter Hudson

Olivia Byrd

Lucas Landman

Sophia Camilleri

Nathan Jerore

Fabian Villarreal

Lydia Sanders

Aliadel Fatima Cupino

Olivia Williams

Andrew Abar

Gavin Tank

Sean Doran

Ashton Mohlman

Zachary Miller

Tomaz Konja

Aabil Khan

Justin Romero

Jonathon Michalski

Mehmet Kaya

Dorian Davis

Alayna Mulraney

Briana Knowles

Samantha Michalski

Jesus Guardado

Marissa Frye

Emma Sadler

Morgan Paquette

Autumn Simms

Klaire Schott

Mary Dimilia

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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:

Isabella Anderson

Piper Barnhart

Brooke Berridge

Emma Caldwell

Parker Cheney

Christian Drew

Sophia Lustig

Jordyn Roberts

Lucas Gillissie

Josue Gutierrez

Joshua Jasso

Nathan Jerore

Ashton Mohlman

Ashton Rodriquez

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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!

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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!

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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:


Damon Bailey

Caden Butler

Ayden Christy

Brayden Henne

Christopher Johnson

Yusuf Khan

Payten Latendresse

Jonathan Padgett

Jelena Thomas


Wyatt Braun

Brooklynn Coleman

Lilly Diaz

Maria Molinaro

Greyson Ray

Caden Wheaton

Addison Zachman

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!

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Warrior Wake Up? What's That???

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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!

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Fall 2022/23 Schools of Choice

The WBSD Schools of Choice Campaign for the 2022/23 school year officially kicks off April 13, 2022. The application window is April 13, 2022 - May 12, 2022. We'll have openings in the following grades:

Kindergarten = 15 total openings

2nd - 12th grade = 1 opening per 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 . . .

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