I hope you all are having a great summer, and that it is relaxing and rewarding for you. I wanted to catch you up on a few things that are happening in the district.
Just this week the board approved the hiring of Molly Funk as the newest member of our staff as she becomes the principal at Doherty Elementary. We welcome her to the district and to the Doherty “family” as she gets settled in. Molly comes to us from the Wayne Westland district where she was Principal of Hamilton Elementary. Molly’s background is in Reading Recovery as she was a Literacy Coach before becoming a principal. She says she already feels comfortable as the last two buildings that she was in were very similar to Doherty in terms of size and student population.
Molly is finishing work on her doctorate, and is mother to four children ages 8,7,3 and 2.
At the same time, we are saying goodbye to Susan Crocker, who has done a wonderful job for the West Bloomfield School District and leaves an incredible legacy behind with all the she did over the past 13 years that she has spent at Doherty. Raman Singh commented at the board meeting that the Doherty “family” was emotional about losing their “mom”, but all were very comfortable that this would be a smooth transition after having met Molly.
Susan commented that one thing that helped her as she cleared out her office and went through the archives, was seeing how far the school has come. She complimented the Board of Education, on being so unique and how much they make a difference to our district because of their support. We wish you well, Susan, and thank you!
There is so much energy and enthusiasm this summer as we look forward to settling in to a new school year in the fall. Robin Kocher, Principal at Sheiko Elementary has been getting her building ready for fall as well. She is looking forward to starting the year as she says she has heard nothing but good things about the staff, students and their families. Having served as a building principal for seven years, she is looking forward to providing the kind of leadership that she has been so successful at in her previous districts.
I am having a great summer too, but I am actually getting anxious for school to begin just to see what the new year brings forth with energy and new ideas emerging.
“BLEED FOR THE BAND” BLOOD DRIVE
Please help by donating blood next Friday. Local blood supplies are at the dangerously low level, so every donor is especially important these days.
The WBHS Marching Band "Bleed for the Band" Red Cross Blood Drive is being held at Abbott Middle School.
Sponsored by West Bloomfield High School Marching Band
Friday, August 12
Abbott Middle School Media Center
3380 Orchard Lake Road
Schedule by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org , the online scheduling system for the Red Cross. Our sponsor code is wbhs13, which helps donors find the right blood drive.
The marching band will receive a small donation from the Red Cross if we get at least 30 good pints, so it's in our group's best interest for this to be successful. But really, the cause is so important, and the need for blood so great, that it's a noble event to promote, no matter who is sponsoring the drive.
Family Fun Night – Save the Date! SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
I remind you again to please mark this date on your calendar! The West Bloomfield School District will be holding a Family Fun Night, saluting our U.S. Military, Police and Fire Heroes, in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
This will be a great evening with FREE games and fun activities put on by each school in the district before our Friday night Football Game against Troy on September 23. Tailgates and Football, Policemen and Firemen, Military and School Spirit will all add up to an evening of enjoyment for everyone in the family beginning at 5:30 pm. Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us! More activities are being prepared throughout the summer as this event is being planned.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!