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Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads to State PDF Print E-mail

WUHS Odyssey of the Mind Team takes First Place and heads to State

The Wayland Union High School Odyssey of the Mind team of Riley Shepherd, Briana Cronk, Jori Steenhoek, Casey Bellgraph, Laurie Kirkpatrick, Jack Marcinek, and Mitchell Lapham took first place in their problem "It's how we Rule" at the Region 4 OM tournament on Saturday, February 22. Their overall score was 348 out of 350!  The team will now advance to the State tournament held in Traverse City on March 29th.  The OM team is coached by WUHS teacher, Andrea Allen.

 
Murder Mystery Dinner PDF Print E-mail

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

Murder at the Masquerade!!  

Friday, March 14, 2014  at 6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and a show while the WUHS Improv team and the professional Murder Mystery Company entertain you!  YOU get to be part of the show and help solve the mystery!!

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at http://wayland.revtrak.net  or at the high school.

 
Snow Day Follow Up Information PDF Print E-mail
February 13, 2014

From the desk of Superintendent Norman Taylor:

Snow Day Follow-up Information

Greetings!

I want to take this opportunity to update everyone on new information we have learned just this week that is contrary in one area I spoke to you about several weeks ago with our Snow Day information, and that is the need to now make up missed days of school & instruction.

Making Up Missed Days of School

Several of our Allegan county superintendents were recently debating the language I referenced last time as to what days, if any, of missed instruction due to snow days may need to be made up.  Mark Dobias, AAESA Superintendent, contacted the MI Dept. of Education (MDE) on our behalf for a determination and we have now been informed that schools do need to make up all days missed in excess of the 6 “forgiven” days built into the school code, regardless of any extra hours they may have in their schedules.  

The change we overlooked was a subtle but important one.  The school code on this matter used to read “days or hours” (meaning either method could be used to meet minimum requirements), but was changed several years ago to now read “days and hours” – meaning schools must meet both criteria and thus make up days missed beyond the 6 forgiven days.

So what happens now?  

We are currently sitting at 10 missed days of school & instruction due to snow days.  Therefore, allowing for the 6 forgiven days, we will need to make up 4 days of school at this time – pending two potential changes:  additional snow days we may have in the coming weeks of winter, or possible legislative changes on make-up requirements for schools.  So as of today, we would extend school 4 additional days, making Thursday, June 12 our tentative last day of school.

On February 12, 2014, the MI Dept. of Education (MDE) issued a Policy Statement asking schools to make up full days of missed instruction beyond the 6 forgiven days to provide an appropriate learning environment for our students, regardless of any potential legislation allowing schools to add just hours or minutes to their school days.  I agree with their Policy Statement that missed days should be made up as full days for our students.  It is the right thing to do.

Also, at this point, we would plan to dismiss seniors and hold Graduation on the originally scheduled days and not require seniors to make up missed time.

As I mentioned before, we will need to wait until closer to April to see how many snow days we finally have for this winter and adjust our calendar accordingly.  You will be notified of any calendar adjustments or changes.

I apologize for any inconvenience this change of information may have caused you or your family.  We appreciate your patience as we all deal with these harsh weather and road conditions.  At Wayland Union Schools, we strive to be transparent and communicate timely information to our parents, staff, students, and community.  We will continue to keep you posted on any new information once we know it later this school year.  

Again, Think Spring and Warmer Weather!
 
WUS Looking for Subs PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Schools is always in need of good quality subs, are you who we are looking for? 

If you are interested in working a flexible schedule while the kids are in school, this may be your opportunity!  

Wayland Union Schools uses Professional Education Services Group, Inc or PESG to fill our Teacher, Aide and Food Service substitute positions.  

This is a great option to earn some extra money but not be committed to a part time or full time position- you pick the days you want to work!

 

If you would like more information about the requirements needed to sub, please go to www.subpass.com
 
Allegan County Spelling Bee Finalists PDF Print E-mail

Ten participants from L.E. White Middle School, Pine Trails Elementary School, East Martin Christian School, Wayland Union Middle School, and Pine Street Elementary School competed in the Allegan County Spelling Bee on February 11th at Wayland Union Middle School.  

Elora Devries from Wayland Union Middle School took first place and Lillian Ehn from L.E. White Middle School in Allegan was the runner up. The winning word was "dodecahedron" which is a polyhedron with 12 flat faces.

Elora will advance to the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee held on March 11.  

 
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