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Homecoming Event Schedule PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Schools will hold their Homecoming events -September 29 – October 4, 2014.

Schedule of events:
Homecoming Court Assembly - Introduces the Homecoming Court
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1:57 p.m. in Wayland Union Fine Arts Center (FAC)
Powder Puff Game
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Stadium.  WUHS Junior Girls vs. WUHS Senior Girls
Homecoming Bonfire
Wednesday, October 1 - following the conclusion of the Powder Puff game @ Practice Football Field
Homecoming Pep Assembly
Friday, October 3 1:57 p.m. in the Main Gym
Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 3 at 5:30 pm.  Starts at Reno Drive, travels east on Superior Street and ends at the High School.  If anyone is interested in having a float they can contact Nicole Cardosa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Homecoming King and Queen Crowning
Friday, October 3 - before kickoff of game approximately around 6:30 pm.
Homecoming Football Game
Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm vs. Thornapple-Kellogg
Homecoming Dance
Saturday, October 4 at 8:00-11:00 pm in the FAC

 
Allegan Tech Center to celebrate 25th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
The Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center (ACATEC) is hosting a celebration of 25 years of providing high quality career and technical education to both students and adults in Allegan County.  The event takes place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Along with food and music, the highlight of the celebration will be the opening of a time capsule. Originally buried when the Tech Center was constructed in 1989, the time capsule contains artifacts from the classes offered at that time.  Artifacts from today will be buried in a new time capsule that will be opened in 2039. 

According to ACATEC Principal Linda Blankenship “The Tech Center staff pride themselves on teaching skills reflective of current industry and business so their students are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Students also have the opportunity to earn free college credit while attending the Tech Center, through a partnership with Lake Michigan College and other area colleges and technical schools.”

The public is invited to attend the festivities.
 
Michigan Monitoring for Cases of Enterovirus PDF Print E-mail
(press release from the MDCH)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state. MDCH is working with local health departments and hospitals to investigate these cases. At this time, Michigan has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with the national outbreak, but MDCH is forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing.

Nationally, clusters of EV-D68 infections have recently impacted the pediatric population in multiple states. Original reports described clusters of illness in Missouri and most recently Illinois. The majority of those cases had a previous medical history of asthma or prior wheezing. Currently, suspected cases are also being investigated in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah.

Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Symptoms of EV-D68 infection can include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided.

Young residents with asthma are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. Further, Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:

•    Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
•    Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
•    Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Additional information about human EV-D68 can be found in today's CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6038a1.htm.
 
Community Input Requested for District Strategic Planning Process PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union School Input Survey

The Wayland Union Schools Board of Education and Administration are launching a new initiative to guide the District through a 5 Year Strategic Planning Process in collaboration with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). The purpose of this initiative is to help develop new goals and strategies to offer an excellent education for students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.

Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process. Community members, parents, teachers, students and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths, areas for improvement and ideas for vision of Wayland Union Schools.

Your ideas about the strengths of Wayland Union Schools – along with your opinions concerning where there is potential for improvement and ideas about our vision/future – are very important to the success of this planning process.  Therefore, the input sessions listed below have been established to get your ideas and suggestions.  The following times have been established to gather input from various groups on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Wayland Union Schools Administration office located at 850 E. Superior Street in Wayland:

9:00-9:45am        Parents/Guardians
10:00-10:45am    Community Members
5:00-5:45pm        Business Community
7:00-7:45pm        Community Members

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions on Tuesday, September 16, an online survey is available for your input until October 14:  Wayland Union Schools Input Survey.

All responses to face-to-face meetings and those received electronically will be anonymous and handled confidentially by MASB.

Stakeholder input, along with the essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose three to five priority goals for the next one to five years.

The benefits of the strategic planning process are many. Most notable are:

•    Presents a succinct and graphic picture of the district's current status
•    Sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement
•    Clearly delineates the role of the board of education and the superintendent and staff in strategic planning
•    Uses data to set goals and make important decisions
•    Helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources
•    Aligns board priorities with school improvement processes

Gary Wood, the Wayland Union Schools Board of Education President stated, "As school board members, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times. It is essential that we use data and stakeholder input to make decisions and to set priorities for our district."

Scott Morrell, Michigan Association of School Boards, will be the consultant who will work with Wayland Union Schools for the next three months to complete the strategic plan.

If you have any questions, please contact the Administration office at 269-792-2181.


 
WUHS Opens Science + Innovation Center PDF Print E-mail

On Wednesday, August 27th, Wayland Union Schools administrators, high school staff and students, school board members, parents, representatives from Triangle Construction, GMB Architecture + Engineering, United Bank of Michigan, and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Science + Innovation Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.


(shown from left to right: Superintendent, Norm Taylor, WUHS Principal, Tom Cutler, GMB Architect, Jeff Hoag, CEO Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority, WUHS Senior, Trenton Thelen, WUHS Science Department Chair, Karen Gabrielse, WUHS Senior, Emily Arendsen, WUS Board President, Gary Wood, President of Triangle Construction, Mitchell Watt, and Chairman & CEO of United Bank, Art Johnson.)

The science wing, which utilized 3,500 square foot of existing classroom and 9,700 square foot of new construction, houses five large science classrooms and labs, a resource room, and a breakout study area. The lab stations boast the latest technology with digital microscopes, Apple TV’s, a PC/wall mounted monitor, document cameras, speakers, and iPad displays.    

Other amenities include new furniture and casework, interior windows in classrooms to allow “learning on display”, and natural lighting.  The larger classrooms/labs create a safer environment and allow for better student collaboration.

“Students need to be competitive in a global economy and be better trained for careers in the health, science, and engineering fields,” stated Norman Taylor, Superintendent of Wayland Union Schools, “Providing the right tools and learning environment will challenge and encourage them to explore these careers which are in high demand.”

Construction began in late March and will be open for students on September 2, 2014.  GMB is the project architect and Triangle Associates is the construction manager.

 
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