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Steeby Recognizes World Rare Diseases Day PDF Print E-mail
Staff and students at Steeby Elementary School in Wayland wore denim on Friday, February 27, 2015 to recognize World Rare Disease Day which falls on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Elana Savickas (student in Beth Rood’s 2nd grade class) has a younger brother (4 years old) named Oakley who has a rare disease called Prune Belly Syndrome. He also has Kidney Disease. Check out their facebook page called "Team Oakley"

Students were asked to wear DENIM today which is the official color for rare diseases. Students received a denim-colored ribbon from their teacher. Elana's Mom, Sarah Savickas, donated 300 ribbons to Steeby Elementary.

The family likes to "give back" to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and are currently running a Band Aid Drive (2nd annual): https://www.facebook.com/events/1521396264808631. They are looking for band aids with "cool designs." Sarah said that she will accept band aids until March 15th. Band-aid donations can be sent directly to the address listed on the FB page, or can be brought to Steeby Elementary School in Wayland.

Steeby staff also wore denim and designated their casual for a cause fund to support World Rare Diseases.
Wayland Union High School Holds Sociology Culture Fair PDF Print E-mail

High School students from Andrea Brown’s Sociology classes at Wayland Union High School held a culture fair recently as their capstone project. Students researched and applied two trimesters of sociological knowledge to a culture of their choosing.  They highlighted the cultures language, entertainment, education, religion & value system, family structure, along with a variety of other interesting aspects of the material and non-material elements of their chosen culture.  Students spent time exploring the cultural universal of food- what people eat, how it is eaten and the symbolic meaning behind food and then brought in food to accompany their capstone presentations.  Over 30 students participated and feasted on a lunch from around the world.   

 Seniors, Jessica and Christina studied countries from the Pacific Islands.

WMS Student Wins Allegan County Regional Spelling Bee PDF Print E-mail

The winner of the Allegan County Regional Spelling Bee was Brennan Grimes, an 8th grader from Wayland Union Middle School.  The runner up was Lily Ehn, also an 8th grader, from L.E. White Middle School in Allegan.  The spelling bee was a short one with only 5 rounds. There were 12 spellers from grades 5th-8th representing six schools in three districts.  They were faced with some challenging words right from the start.  There was also one round of vocabulary where the students had to select the correct definition of a given word.  Brennan's championship word was "fragile."  She will move on to the next round at the Gerald R Ford Museum auditorium on Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:04
Seeking Nominations for the WUS Alumni Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Wayland Union Schools is seeking input for the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Nominate a candidate for consideration by sending the nominee’s name and qualifications to Tom Cutler, Principal, Wayland Union High School, 870 E. Superior Street, Wayland, MI 49348 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Deadline for submitting nominations is March 13, 2015.

Nomination Criteria:
•    Nominees must be a graduate of Wayland Union High School
•    Individual must have made an important contribution to Wayland Union Schools, the Wayland Union Schools Community, or society in general
•    Posthumous induction is possible
•    Students of Wayland Union High School may be considered for induction ten years after graduation

The Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center as part of the Scholastic Honors Night celebration.
High School Science & Innovation Center Holds Science Lessons for Elementary Students PDF Print E-mail
Steeby fourth graders didn’t have to travel far to experience a unique, hands-on science lesson.  Instead, they had an “in-district” field trip to the new Science & Innovation Center located inside Wayland Union High School.

Lynn Gosson, High School Biology Teacher, and Karen Gabrielse, High School Chemistry Teacher, wanted to give younger students an opportunity to visit the new facility and provide them with hands-on science lessons they might not be able to experience in their own classrooms.

“The new Science & Innovation Center at the high school is equipped with state of the art labs and materials not found in elementary classrooms,” said Gosson. “We want to get our younger students excited about science and this facility certainly does that.”

As part of the fourth grade science standards, students learned about the characteristics of fossils and worked in small groups to predict which items they examined were actually fossils. High school science students volunteered after school to help the small groups and answer questions.

The district partners with the Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) for science instruction where teachers receive professional development from VAEI to deliver inquiry-based education to students where they are encouraged to act and think like scientists.  This type of instruction leads to higher levels of critical thinking, problem solving, engagement and interest on the part of the students.

The Science & Innovation Center opened in September, 2014 at the beginning of the school year. The 13,200 sq. ft. facility contains five large classrooms and labs which use the latest technology.  The rooms are equipped with digital microscopes, Apple TV’s, PC-wall mounted monitors, document cameras, speakers and iPad displays.
Future visits are planned for Steeby Elementary students through the remainder of the school year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 04:22
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