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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
 
Important Measles Information PDF Print E-mail

Please click on this link for the Allegan County Health Department’s communicable disease fact sheet for Measles. 

There have been measles outbreaks in the United States, most recently, five cases in Chicago.  Even though there have been no reported cases in Allegan county, we want to remind parents of the symptoms to be aware of, and what to report to your child’s school and health department. 

Measles is contagious up to 4 days before symptoms appear, and is contagious 4 days after the rash appears.  Please follow school and Health Department guidelines, as well as your physician, about your child returning to school.

Most importantly, please let your school’s office, or school nurse, know if your child has an Immunization Waiver. We do have Immunization records in our student’s files, however, with older aged students, the school may not know the status of your child’s immunizations. We want to make sure that if there is a case of Measles in the district, parents would need to know as soon as possible, and that students who are not immunized are protected.

Please be aware that if your child is not immunized and we have a case of Measles, your child will be excluded from school for 21 days.

If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse: 269-792-2281 x1304

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:46
 
AAESA and LMC Announce New Partnership to Offer Free College PDF Print E-mail

AAESA and LMC Announce New Partnership
to Offer Free College to Allegan County Students

Early College/Allegan County (ECAC) is set to start this fall with up to 50 students


ALLEGAN – Allegan County students will have an opportunity never seen in this area with a new partnership and program announced today with Lake Michigan College and the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency. Through Early College/Allegan County (ECAC), students will have an opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate’s Degree, at no cost to them or their parents. This program is for students in the AAESA school districts and is scheduled to begin this fall with approximately 50 students, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership that will expand our population of students that can make college education a reality,” says Mark Dobias, AAESA Superintendent, “A free college degree was not something available to our students until now.”

“Lake Michigan College currently provides early college services in 52 area school districts,” stated LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison, “We’ve had a lot of success so far and we’re expanding and improving the program each year. We’re excited to extend this exceptional opportunity to students and families in Allegan County.”

ECAC extends high school by one year allowing students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree, or LMC credits that can be transferred to a 4 year university, at no cost to the student.

Here are some key details of this opportunity:

•    All ECAC students will attend college classes at the Tech Center in Allegan.
•    Students can choose between an Associate’s of Arts degree and an Associate’s of Applied Sciences in Business degree.
•    ECAC is a 3-year plan where students take a mix of high school courses and college courses each year of 11th, 12th and 13th year. (see further details in brochure)
•    Students will not pay for classes, books or transportation to the Tech Center for college courses.
•    ECAC students can participate in high school sports and extra-curricular activities during 11th and 12th grade as course schedules permit; and can participate in college intramural sports teams and clubs during the 13th year as course schedules permit.
•    Students will receive guidance from an administrator or advisor for individual needs throughout the three years

ECAC is geared to the population of students with college potential, but might face obstacles in college becoming a reality. These are motivated students on track for graduation. ECAC students must apply; selection is based on GPA and test scores and recommendations. Each student and his/her family will also be interviewed by the ECAC Advisory Team.  Students must apply during their 10th grade year. Each year, 50 students from across the Allegan Area ESA will be accepted into the program. Those 50 slots will be split among the AAESA’s seven districts – Allegan, Fennville, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland.

“The Early College program is a terrific opportunity for some of our students to further their education by taking advantage of this post-secondary option for an Associate’s Degree,” said Norman Taylor, Superintendent of Wayland Union Schools. “We look forward to our partnership with Lake Michigan College.”

Districts will receive per pupil funding from the state for these students all three years. These funds will pay for the student’s courses and materials. Districts are holding parent and student meetings to further explain this new program in the coming weeks and to get the application process started. Students can obtain more information at their high school guidance offices.
 
For more information, go online to the ECAC link: www.alleganaesa.org/ecac
For more information about LMC Early College Services, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/earlycollege
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 07:06
 
2015 Snowcoming Duke & Duchess PDF Print E-mail

On Friday, February 6, 2015, Wayland Union High School held their Snowcoming crowning ceremony at the basketball game vs. Ottawa Hills.  Seniors, Jessica Hedgecock and Tyler VanderWeide, were crowned the 2015 Snowcoming Duke & Duchess.

 
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