Wayland High School Hosts Debate Day for Area Schools
Wayland High School Debate program hosted Debate Day 2014 for area high school debate students. They partnered with Michigan State University, Mona Shores High School, and East Kentwood High School to offer a day of debate instruction and fun.
Debate Day brings students, teachers, coaches, and community members together to promote awareness of the benefits of policy debate while preparing students for the rigors of policy debate. It encourages a learning community where coaches and students brainstorm, collaborate, model scholarship, show curiosity, and foster growth.
The schedule included a meet and greet, demonstration debate, lunch, activities and breakout sessions. Andrea Brown, WUHS Debate Coach, helped coordinate the event.
The schools involved were- Catholic Central, Wayland, East Kentwood, Mona Shores, Forest Hills Central, Northview, Grand Rapids City and Rockford. Students from the MSU Debate Team and their Director were also in attendance.
Vocational & Special Education Headlee Restoration Millage
On November 4, 2014, there will be two millage proposals from the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA) on the ballot -1) Vocational Education Proposal 2) Special Education Proposal.
Years ago, Allegan County voters authorized millage levels to fund vocational and special education. Since then, the millages for these important services have been reduced by what is commonly referred to as the Headlee Amendment. Restoration to the original millage levels that were set by voters would have positive impact on the education of all students in Allegan County.
If the Vocational Education Proposal is passed:
- Fund the Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center
- Would restore 0.3037 mill back to the original 1.78 mills
- Would generate $809,953 per year if approved
- Cost of restoration to taxpayers: $15.19/year (based on home valued at $100,000)
If the Special Education Proposal is passed:
- Funds the special education services for all local districts
- Would restore 0.5203 mill back to the original 3.050 mills
- Would generate $1,387,442 per year if approved
- Cost of restoration to taxpayers: $26.02/year (based on home valued at $100,000)
What does this mean for Wayland Union Schools?
For more information, please contact the AAESA Administration at (269) 673-2161 or the Wayland Union Schools Administration at (269) 792-2181.
- Would restore $205,000 to the general fund budget to impact all Wayland Union Schools students
- Would support 120 Wayland Union School students each trimester attending the Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center
Download the informational flyer for more details.
Revised Calendar Information
October 14, 2014
At the beginning of the school year, there was not a final calendar in place for the 2014-2015 school year due to negotiations with the Wayland Union Education Association (WUEA). The district issued a “tentative” calendar following last year’s contract until the new contract was finalized.
On October 13th, the WUEA ratified a new contract that the Board approved which means we will now be following the calendar that is contained in the contract.
Three important calendar changes to make you aware of:
1) Monday, October 27 will now be a regular full day of school
2) Five half days have been added to the calendar for staff professional development
3) June 5 is our tentative last day and is also a half day
The five half early release days are on Wednesdays, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Feb. 4, Mar. 25, and May 13. Friday, June 5, our tentative last day of school is also a half day. Why is WUS having Early Release Days?
Half day dismissal times are as follows:
High School – 10:35am Middle School – 10:45am Pine Street – 10:30am
Steeby Elem. – 11:45am Baker Elem. – 12:00pm Dorr Elem. – 11:50am
Sack lunches will be available for students to order on the half days.
If you need childcare for your children on those half days, the YMCA Childcare would be available. However, advance notice is needed in order to use the childcare at either Baker or the Dorr locations. Please call the YMCA at (616) 891-6223 to register two weeks in advance.
Please see the following calendars for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. If you have any questions, please contact our administration office at (269) 792-2181.
Your partner in education,
Norman L. Taylor
Superintendent, Wayland Union Schools
Wayland Union High School is hosting a county-wide college fair on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30-8:00pm in the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center. Visit with the 50+ college, trade school, and military representatives that will be on-site. Schools from A-Z will be represented, such as: Aquinas, Central Michigan University, Empire Beauty School, Hope College, ITT, Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and the National Guard. Financial Aid representatives from GVSU will be available to answer individual questions. This event is open to the public, with a special invitation extended to all Allegan County High Schools.
Click here to see a complete list of colleges attending.
The Wayland Union Fine Arts Center is located at 870 E. Superior Street in Wayland adjacent to the high school. For questions, please call (269) 792-2254.