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High School Offers Microsoft Office Certifications PDF Print E-mail

Wayland High School Business and Technology Course to Offer
Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications to Prepare Students for College and Career

Microsoft Office Specialist program successfully validates in-demand technology skills

The Wayland High School Business Department announced they will be offering students in the Business and Technology course the opportunity  to earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, an industry-recognized, standards-based credential for validating Microsoft Office skills.

“The Business and Technology courses required at the high school will be implementing the Microsoft IT Academy program in the 2015-2016 school year, and helping our students earn the Microsoft Office Specialist certification,” said Nicki Cardosa, High School Business Teacher. “Many students have discovered an interest in technology, and some have even earned jobs and internships due to their new skills. We look forward to helping even more students earn this valuable industry credential in the coming years.”

The MOS certification is recognized globally by academia and business as the premier credential for individuals seeking to validate their knowledge, skills and abilities related to the Microsoft Office applications. Wayland High will begin offering the MOS certification in the 2015-2016 school year to the students in the Business and Technology courses, through their partnership with Certiport, a Pearson VUE business.

“We are pleased the Business Department has successfully implemented the Microsoft IT Academy program and is awarding these valuable MOS certifications which help so many students prepare for further education and build their resume,” said Kim Moore, Business Teacher. “As more students realize the value of certification, their program will continue grow and these individuals will begin to proliferate and improve the local workforce.”

Spring M-STEP Assessment Schedule PDF Print E-mail

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will replace the MEAP and MME this spring.  The M-STEP includes summative assessments designed by the State of Michigan to effectively measure student growth for today’s students. 

The M-STEP assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11 in the areas of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science; and most students will be taking the assessments online.  The M-STEP assessment window will begin in April and end in June.  See the chart below to determine when your child will be assessed.  Please make sure that you are NOT planning on going away during your child’s assessment window, as the assessment is mandatory.  The assessments are not timed, and are administered to students in several sessions to avoid test fatigue.  Test items are multiple-choice and constructed response (essay).



Assessment Dates

Assessment Topics


May 18 – June 5

English Language Arts and Mathematics


April 27 – May 15

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science


April 13 – May 1

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies


May 18 – June 5

English Language Arts, and Mathematics


April 27 – May 15

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science


April 13 – May 1

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies


April 11 – June 5

English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science


Results on the M-STEP assessments are based on how students perform compared to Michigan education standards, and not compared to other students.  The results will be used in a variety of ways.  At the classroom level, your child’s teachers will use the results to identify strengths and learning needs.  At the school and district level, M-STEP results are used to identify curriculum and/or instructional changes that may need to be made to better educate students.

Tips on helping your child prepare for the M-STEP assessments include:

  • Avoid scheduling appointments for your child that would take him or her out of a scheduled testing session.
  • Let your child know that the assessments are important.
  • Encourage your child to try her/his best so the results will reflect your child’s knowledge as accurately as possible.
  • Encourage your child to relax and feel positive about the experience.
  • A good night’s sleep and a good breakfast always helps performance.
  • Be sure your child is at school on time.
  • When your child returns home, ask about the assessment and how they thought everything went.
  • Support your child’s best efforts with encouragement and praise.

There are M-STEP website may be helpful to parents/guardians to provide additional information about the M-STEP.

If you have any questions regarding the M-STEP, please contact your building principal or Deanna Hayes, Director of Instructional Services at 269-792-2181.



Baker Students Try New Foods PDF Print E-mail

Sarah Parr, WUS Food Service Director, and Katherine Borovsky, spent the afternoon in Mrs. Spicer's classroom at Baker Elementary. They read "The Two-Bite Club" -- a book that encourages children to taste at least two bites of new foods.  After reading the book, they made fruit smoothies and talked about the nutritional benefits of adding different fruits and veggies. Students tried a strawberry/peach smoothie and then sampled a piece of raw spinach. After adding spinach to the strawberry/peach smoothie, the students were very impressed that the "green" smoothie still tasted yummy!  At the end of the day, each student took home her very own copy of "The Two-Bite Club" and a chef hat!

High School Student Council Reads to Baker Preschoolers PDF Print E-mail
Quinn, a four year old from Baker’s Extended Day Preschool, is excited to read with her reading buddy, Ali Martus. They hold hands as they walk down the hall to find a quiet place to read Ali’s favorite childhood book “One Fish, Two Fish” by Dr. Seuss.  Once seated, the two get busy reading while Quinn points out the different colored fish in the book.  

“I loved Dr. Seuss books when I was a kid,” said Ali, a junior at Wayland Union High School and Student Council member. “It’s fun to read them to younger kids.”

Pam Swan, Preschool Aide and Nicole Cardosa, Student Council Advisor at the high school, coordinated the reading buddy day where a student council member was paired up with a preschool student and read their favorite childhood book.  “It is important for our student leaders to share their love of reading and model that to our young students,” Cardosa stated.

The reading buddy program is one of many reading month activities happening in all the elementary buildings in the district. Various guest readers are visiting classrooms and schools are asking students to log their reading time.  Baker Elementary is holding a Scholastic Book Fair in their media center this week.  
Red Wings Assembly PDF Print E-mail

Students from Steeby, Dorr and Pine Street Elementary Schools were visited by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation who held an interactive assembly designed to provide a positive message about the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle.

Students and staff showed their team spirit by wearing Red Wings attire. After the motivational message, they held a teacher vs. student shoot out. Griffin, the mascot from the Grand Rapids Griffins, was the goalie for the students!

Each school received a full set of street hockey equipment, courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. 

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