Thursday, October 1, 2015

News and Notes: Volume 2, Number 4

I am sending this week's News and Notes out a day early in anticipation of the excitement tomorrow. Hope to see you at one of the many events going on as this spirit-filled week comes to an end. Tomorrow is Red and White day, so sport those school colors proudly to show off your Trojan Pride. The parade is at 4 p.m. starting at Polly’s Market and the game is at 7 p.m. (Remember alumni, if you wear your WLHS varsity jacket, you get entered to win a year-pass to get into any Trojan athletic event free.) I can tell you the floats our high school students are working on are coming together, and they are eager to display in what I call "the best little parade in the state." 

Homecoming in Whitmore Lake...what a great time to be a Trojan!

Trip Club Meeting Reminder
Last Spring Break, while many Michiganders traveled to Florida, 17 WLHS juniors and seniors and two of our teachers, Candy Huddleston and Jill Henry, took to London, Paris and Rome (pictures below). And now they have another trip on the books for Spring Break 2017. Parents of current sophomore and juniors with no disciplinary problems and in good academic standing interested in adventure and world travel should mark next Tuesday, October 6, 7:15 p.m., room A105 on their calendar for a Trip Club Parent Meeting. At this meeting parents will see a sample itinerary, talk about costs, enrollment procedures and have a chance to ask questions. Attending this meeting does not obligate parents to send their students on the trip, but it is a great way to get information and see if it is something you and your student want to pursue. Though the trip will be brief, giving students the chance to experience the food, language and culture and history of Europe is invaluable.

If you are interested in learning more, but can’t make it to the meeting, e-mail Ms. Henry or Ms. Huddleston with any questions at and

Season of Giving: Socktober and Warm Up Whitmore Lake
Last year WLES participated in SOCKtober, where as a district we collected almost 1,300 pairs of socks for the homeless in our area. Well it is October 1, and we are back at it with a goal to hit 3,000 pairs this year. Thanks to the Detroit Area Modern Mopar group who have collected over 700 pairs for us already, we are off to a strong start. Collection boxes are placed around the hallways of WLES for easy drop off, and all the socks our district collects goes right to the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

While we work to support those in need in our county, we have a new program to also support our local families and students called Warm Up Whitmore Lake Coat Drive. As the weather cools down, we need to make sure all our students have the proper winter clothing. Help us Warm up Whitmore Lake by donating new or gently used coats and/or gift card/cash donations to help us meet the needs of families in our district. Collection boxes are available in all buildings. Click HERE for the details, help us spread the word and thank you in advance for supporting these great causes!

Trojan Tradition
I look forward to seeing many familiar faces at the game tomorrow night. Meanwhile, enjoy some #TrojanTradition #TBT pictures. Have one to share with us? Tweet us @wlschools or post it on our Facebook page. Happy Homecoming!

Tom DeKeyser
Superintendent, Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Principal, Whitmore Lake High School

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