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Wayland Students Participate in a worldwide learning event- Hour of Code PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Schools, MI – Students from Wayland Union Schools were introduced to the field of computer science in the Hour of Code event held during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. The Hour of Code is a worldwide attempt to introduce 100 million students to computer science programming or coding.

At Pine Street Elementary School, 5th graders in Kelly Boston’s Media class learned about computer programming by doing self-guided, age appropriate tutorials that introduce them to coding.  The tutorials are found on the hour of code website www.hourofcode.com.

When Boston asked the students what they learned about coding, a student from Mrs. Kellogg’s class said "It challenged me to think in a way I've never had to think before."

What is “code”?  
When we talk about coding, we are referring to the commands written in a programming language that tell a website, computer software, or apps what to do. For example, when we are using a computer and want to print a document, there are a series of commands that need to be followed in order to send that document from the computer to the printer for printing.

Almost all technology uses coding, even though we do not visibly see it. Therefore, as technology use continues to grow in our lives, it is important to start exposing students to coding at earlier ages so that they can develop the logical thinking that is required. Hour of Code is a wonderful introduction to coding that anyone of any age can use to learn how to start coding.

At Wayland Middle School, teacher Aaron Wissner incorporates coding lessons into his computer classes each year to expose students to computer science.

Amy Huyck, Media & Technology Specialist at the high school offered an after school hour of code lesson on December 11 to give all students on opportunity to participate.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 07:38
WUS and Hopkins Communities Raise $8,000 for Babiak Family PDF Print E-mail

Wayland and Hopkins communities raised $8,000 for the Babiak family whose son Dawson is battling leukemia. Wayland Union High School student council presented a check at the boys basketball game on December 9th where the two schools played.  Admission to the game was free but donations were being accepted.  Alison Babiak is a teacher at Wayland Middle School and her husband Jason teaches at Hopkins High School.  The fans wore orange to the game in support of leukemia awareness.

Wayland VFW names Dorr Elementary Teacher, Molly Parker, VFW Teacher of Year PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Middle School held their annual Pearl Harbor Day program today to remember the events of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and to honor local veterans.

At this program, the Wayland VFW Post #7581 names a teacher of the year.  The winner for 2014 was third grade teacher, Molly Parker, from Dorr Elementary School.

Prior to the ceremony, Wayland Union Middle School students had a tea for veterans and interviewed them about their military experience.  The program included performances from the middle school choir and orchestra.  Eighth grader, Nathan Goede, performed “Taps” and students who had military family or friends were recognized.  

Wayland VFW Commander, Steve Eernisse, Teacher, Molly Parker, and Sgt. Michael Gower.



WUHS Debate Team Advances to State PDF Print E-mail

The Wayland Debate Team competed in their final Grand Rapids Metro Debate League on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and they were very successful.
The League consists of over 100 students from the following schools: Catholic Central, East Kentwood, Forest Hills Central, Kenowa Hills, Mona Shores, Wayland, and West Ottawa.  The students compete every Wednesday for five weeks with an awards ceremony the final evening after the 10th debate round. The League is hosted by East Kentwood High School with two divisions Novice (first year competitors) and Open (JV/Varsity).  All of the students debated this year’s topic which was ocean development and exploration.   

This year’s Novice team included the following students (sitting and in order left to right: Esilanna McMenamin (9), Noelle Oman (9), Hope Reurink (9), Mikaila Huffman (9), Sydney Urben (9).  Our Novice team split their season and will advance to the open division next year.

The Wayland Varsity Team consists of (standing left to right) Trenton Woodcox (11),  Madalyn Crawford (11), Samantha Jones  (11) Alexandria Walters (11), and Dlyan Thompson (11). The Varsity Team brought home a 2nd Place trophy and Alexandria Walters received a 10th place, Samantha Jones a 6th place and Trenton Woodcox a 3rd Place Speaker Award respectively.

Coach Andrea Brown is extremely proud of both of her teams and looks forward to continuing the season at our upcoming weekend tournament and state finals in February.  

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:27
District Provides Additional Testing & Cleaning PDF Print E-mail
Wayland Union Schools Provided Additional Testing and Cleaning
to Ensure Safety and Health of Students

This fall, two schools in the Wayland Union School district were tested for air quality after heavy rains caused a roof leak at Baker Elementary and a water pipe broke in a classroom at Steeby Elementary.  In October, the district hired Homewise Inspection to test the affected areas in each school.

Steeby’s testing showed spore counts were very low and represented little or no health risk to occupants.

At Baker, results indicated acceptable levels of airborne mold spores in the atmosphere, and only rare presence of contamination on swabs taken within the building in the areas selected.  The only exception was from one room in the north wing that had only slightly elevated levels of a common allergen often found in outside air.  As recommended, this room was thoroughly cleaned by a professional cleaning company shortly after the testing.

A notice of the testing and summary of the results were placed on the District website and parents of each school were notified.  

As a precaution, in early November, nine other areas were tested for air quality.  Lab results indicated there were acceptable levels of air quality in all but two rooms which then only had slightly elevated levels of allergens.  They were well within the range considered acceptable.

As recommended by Homewise, the two rooms were thoroughly cleaned by Construction Services of West Michigan.  Additional swab testing was also performed after the cleaning to ensure the environment was safe.

“The health and safety of our students is our number one priority,” said Bill Melching, Director of Finance and Operations. “The district has performed additional testing and cleaning to ensure that these rooms are safe.”

Collectively, the school district has spent $8,500 in testing and cleaning costs.  

Detailed reports of the testing can be obtained by contacting Bill Melching at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
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