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Three WUHS Students Selected for KIA Art Show PDF Print E-mail
Three Wayland Union High School art students from Scott Gundersen’s class had artwork chosen for the prestigious 2014 West Michigan Area Student Art show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art (KIA).  Hundreds of pieces are entered from all over the region and only a small number of works are chosen by a committee of jurors at the KIA.  

Sarrah Sweeris, 11th grade had her piece "Secrets" chosen for the show.  
Alyssa Kortemeier, 12th also had a self-portrait chosen for the show.  
Elyssa Oostdyk, 12th grade had her self-portrait titled "Reflections" chosen.  
Summer Enrichment Camps PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Community Education is offering youth enrichment camps this summer.  Class sizes are limited, so please register soon to secure a spot for your child. Click on the Summer Course Catalog for more info.  Online registration is at http://wayland.revtrak.net 


Harding’s eScrip Contributes $3,718 to Wayland Union Schools PDF Print E-mail

In 2013, Wayland Union Schools received a total of $3,718 from Harding’s Market in Wayland through the eScrip program. 

Last year, the district was able to purchase 10 new sewing machines for the middle school Life Skills class and purchase some of the fitness equipment in the new Baker Elementary Fitness Room.  Steeby Elementary purchased a new laminator for the school to replace a 20 year old model that no longer worked.  The district was also able to purchase 75 tables.

Customers who shop at Harding’s use their eScrip card and designate the local school or non-profit they would like a portion of their sale to go to. 

“We appreciate the support from the Wayland community and Harding’s Market,” said Superintendent, Norman Taylor. “These funds allow us to purchase instructional items and more which benefit our students.”

To sign up for an eScrip card, please ask the cashier at your next visit to Harding’s or see www.escrip.com.

Photo:   Students in Sue Salhaney’s Middle School Life Skills class with their new sewing machines.

Follett presents WUS with Semi-Finalist Trophy PDF Print E-mail

Representatives from Follett School Solutions presented Wayland Union Schools with the Semi-Finalists Trophy for the Follett Challenge. The school was one of four semi-finalists nationwide.

Kelly Boston, Media Specialist and Teresa Fulk, Director of Media and Technology, are shown with Ken Cook and John Jakelja from Follett.

The district media department won $35,000 in the Follett Challenge that is being used to purchase 2,000 titles. These include ebooks which will be available this summer and printed books for all the district libraries which will be available in the 2014-2015 school year.

Science Students Study Zebra Fish PDF Print E-mail

This spring, high school science students from AP Chemistry, AP Biology, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Genetics, and Cytology classes worked together on an experiment with zebra fish, comparing the effect of ethanol and gasoline on embryo development.

Different classes had different roles in the research project.  For example, anatomy students studied the stages of a zebra fish egg to a “fry” (small fish), while chemistry students tested various strengths of ethanol and gasoline to discover how this would affect development.  Mrs. Lynn Gosson and Mrs. Karen Gabrielse, science teachers, supervised the experiment.

“The reason we used zebra fish is because we know the complete genetic code and because their eggs are transparent to make it easier to study under the microscope,” said Gosson.

Zebra fish are found in fresh water rivers in India.  The class filled tanks with local pond water to spawn the fish, but when examining the freshly laid eggs, found that parasites had attacked almost all of the embryos. Only 2 of the 30 survived. These eggs were studied under microscopes and charted for its stages of development. 

“When the adult fish lay again, the eggs will hopefully survive the first few hours of development,” said Rachel Zywiczynski, AP Chemistry student.  “Then they can be exposed to the various chemicals and the experiment can fully go underway.”

“The project has been a fun way to finish out the school year and keep the students engaged.  Students from the different science classes often work separately, but this project allowed them to see how different types of science can be used in one study, “said Gabrielse.

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