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WUHS Theatriks presents The Comedy of Errors PDF Print E-mail

WUHS Theatriks presents Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors which tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Performances are on Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 at 7pm, Sunday, April 27 at 3pm.   Admission is free.  Wayland Union Fine Arts Center, 870 E. Superior Street, Wayland, MI 49348


 

Comedy of Errors Cast List

SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus……………Ty Ordway
AEGEON, a merchant of Syracuse……….Nathan Lee Valentine
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS ………….. JR Bouterse
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE …………….Dan Dziereyc
DROMIO OF EPHESUS …………………….Austin Wooten
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE …………………..Corey Ordway
BALTHAZAR, a merchant…………………….Josiah Buggs
ANGELO, a goldsmith…………………………..Mackenzie Henry
FIRST MERCHANT, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse………………Gloria Pacic
SECOND MERCHANT, to whom Angelo is a debtor………………….Samantha Lewis
PINCH, a schoolmaster…………………………….James Sanger
AEMILIA, an abbess at Ephesus…………………….Nicole Angell
ADRIANA, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus………………Joleigha Harrington
LUCIANA, her sister……………………………………Jelena Harrington
LUCE, servant to Adriana………………………………Tori Burke
A Courtesan……………………………………………..DJ Battjes
Gaoler…………………………………………………….Lizzy Cobb
 Officer……………………………………………………Zach Karman and Ridge Reigler
 Attendants………………………………………………….Jessica Noble, Destiny Brady


                                

 
Wayland Community Education offers Boater Safety PDF Print E-mail
Wayland Community Education will host a Boater Safety Course this May to make certain boaters have a safe and legal boating season.  The course is taught by the Allegan County Sheriff Marine Division.

Who needs boater safety?
•    Boater Safety certificates are required for persons 12-15 years old who wish to operate a motorboat in Michigan
•    Anyone born after 12/31/78 who wish to operate a personal watercraft
•    Any adult who will be supervising a child age 12 or 13 in the operation of a personal watercraft

The course will cover safe operation of personal watercraft; age requirements for operators of different types of watercraft; equipment and registration requirements for different types of watercraft; personal flotation devices and their types and uses; and the “rules of the road” for boaters.   More information can be found at www.michigan.gov.

The two day course will be held on Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Wayland Union Middle School cafeteria and costs $10 per student.  Participants must preregister for the class at Wayland Community Education, 435 E. Superior Street (inside Steeby Elementary) or may register online at http://wayland.revtrak.net. 

For questions, please contact Wayland Community Education at (269) 792-9153.  
 
Wayland Union Schools Named Winner in National Education Contest PDF Print E-mail
School One of Four ‘Follett Challenge’ Semifinalists; Up for Overall Grand Prize

Wayland Union Schools has been named a national semifinalist in the $200,000 Follett Challenge, which for the third consecutive year has provided a forum for K-12 schools from around the country to share inspiring stories of how their innovative programs are preparing students for the demands of the 21st century.  

From the four semifinalists, a grand-prize winner will be selected and announced May 16. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, while the other three semifinalists each will earn $30,000 in products and services. One of the largest education solution providers in the United States, Follett is based in McHenry, Ill.

Wayland Union Schools won the contest’s magnet/parochial/K12 category for its “Media and Technology” submission, which included a video.

The other three semifinalists are:
Elementary School Category – Albert P. Terhune Elementary School; Wayne Township Public Schools; Wayne, N.J.
Middle School Category – Memorial Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School; Fair Lawn Public Schools; Fair Lawn, N.J. 
High School Category – Belleville West High School; Belleville Township High School District 201; Belleville, Ill.

Ten $5,000 prizes (also in products and services) will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” winners those schools whose video submissions received the highest number of online votes from the public. All four semifinalists placed among the top 10, in addition to these six winning schools:

Kenston Intermediate School; Kenston Local School District; Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Peeples Elementary School; Fayette County Schools; Fayetteville, Ga. 
Hilton Central School District; Hilton, N.Y. 
Eisenhower Middle/High School; Warren County School District; Russell, Pa. 
School Eleven; Clifton Public School District; Clifton, N.J.
Edith Scheuerman USD #457; Garden City Public Schools; Garden City, Kan. 

A total of 103 entrants completed an online application and uploaded a three- to five-minute video describing their program. The judges scored entries based on critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. More than 233,000 votes were cast in the online competition for favorite videos.

“The innovation and creativity taking place in our schools today never ceases to amaze us," said Tom Schenck, president and COO, Follett School Solutions. “The videos are proof that exemplary 21st century teaching and learning is taking place in classrooms throughout the country, and we hope people will take the time to view them. They are truly inspiring, and Follett is proud to shine a light on what passionate educators and motivated students can accomplish.” 

For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com.

About Follett’s PreK-12 Business 
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. For more information, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
 
About Follett Corporation
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today, Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.



 
New Principal Chosen for Steeby Elementary PDF Print E-mail
Wayland Union School Superintendent, Norm Taylor announced to staff that they have selected Mike Haverdink as the new Principal of Steeby Elementary School.  He is replacing Rita Nowling who is retiring on April 25, 2014.

“The district has had a fine track record in recent years promoting from within and this selection process reinforced the high quality of dedicated administrators and staff we have at Wayland Union Schools,” said Superintendent Norm Taylor.

Haverdink is the current Assistant Principal at Wayland Union High School and has held that position since 2002.  Formerly he was the Assistant Principal at Otsego High School and taught for Fennville Public Schools.

“I am excited to start this new venture and to work with the students and staff at Steeby,” said Haverdink.  “I want to make this the best elementary school it can be.”  Parents are encouraged to stop by the Steeby office once the transition is made to meet Mr. Haverdink personally.

There will be a smooth transition over the next few weeks as Mr. Haverdink will be working with Ms. Nowling periodically until he begins full time on Monday, April 28th.

Mike Hudson, Physical Education Teacher/ Head Boys Basketball Coach at Wayland Union High School will be the acting Assistant Principal for the remainder of the school year.
 
Baker's Fiesta Reading Month Celebration PDF Print E-mail

The staff at Baker Elementary put on a Fiesta for students to celebrate a successful reading month.  Readers from each grade who logged the  most minutes were given a sombrero and book bag.  Classes that logged the most reading minutes received a piñata.  Principal, Celeste Diehm, and staff members performed a Mexican hat dance while Mr. Ole’ (Mr. Orlowski) delighted the students by riding a mini bicycle and throwing candy.   All students were given a sombrero cookie to share in their classrooms.  Altogether, Baker students read a total of 128,012 minutes during the month of March.

 
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