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Fitness Center Open House- Jan. 20 PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Community Fitness Center to hold Open House in January

The Wayland Community Fitness Center will be hosting a family friendly open house on January 20, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. that includes exciting opportunities for all ages! Professional Triathletes Abby Geurink & Samantha Kennedy will be on hand to meet and greet, sign autographs and take pictures! Several local wellness vendors will be available with free samples of their products and making them available at discounted prices! Quality, local companies such as Northern Physical Therapy, Rich Vitality Superfoods, Inbalance Health Protein Bars and PHitnow!  Jennifer Smits, personal trainer/group fitness instructor/chef, will be on hand signing and selling her cookbook "Simple & Delicious Gluten Free Dishes."

Visit the fitness center during the open house for your chance to win special fitness center memberships, a free 1 hour massage and other FREE STUFF! Tour the facility, learn about upcoming programs like personal training, group fitness classes & swim lessons and receive FREE fitness advice from expert staff!

The fitness center is equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes for cardio.  There are pin-selectorized equipment, plate-loaded machines, dumb-bells, and fully loaded platform racks to experience a total body workout. The fitness center is located on the far west side of the WUS High School Building at 870 E. Superior, Wayland MI 49348. To contact the Fitness Center Director, Jason Smits, email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 01:16
Wayland Students Participate in a worldwide learning event- Hour of Code PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Schools, MI – Students from Wayland Union Schools were introduced to the field of computer science in the Hour of Code event held during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. The Hour of Code is a worldwide attempt to introduce 100 million students to computer science programming or coding.

At Pine Street Elementary School, 5th graders in Kelly Boston’s Media class learned about computer programming by doing self-guided, age appropriate tutorials that introduce them to coding.  The tutorials are found on the hour of code website www.hourofcode.com.

When Boston asked the students what they learned about coding, a student from Mrs. Kellogg’s class said "It challenged me to think in a way I've never had to think before."

What is “code”?  
When we talk about coding, we are referring to the commands written in a programming language that tell a website, computer software, or apps what to do. For example, when we are using a computer and want to print a document, there are a series of commands that need to be followed in order to send that document from the computer to the printer for printing.

Almost all technology uses coding, even though we do not visibly see it. Therefore, as technology use continues to grow in our lives, it is important to start exposing students to coding at earlier ages so that they can develop the logical thinking that is required. Hour of Code is a wonderful introduction to coding that anyone of any age can use to learn how to start coding.

At Wayland Middle School, teacher Aaron Wissner incorporates coding lessons into his computer classes each year to expose students to computer science.

Amy Huyck, Media & Technology Specialist at the high school offered an after school hour of code lesson on December 11 to give all students on opportunity to participate.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 07:38
WUS and Hopkins Communities Raise $8,000 for Babiak Family PDF Print E-mail

Wayland and Hopkins communities raised $8,000 for the Babiak family whose son Dawson is battling leukemia. Wayland Union High School student council presented a check at the boys basketball game on December 9th where the two schools played.  Admission to the game was free but donations were being accepted.  Alison Babiak is a teacher at Wayland Middle School and her husband Jason teaches at Hopkins High School.  The fans wore orange to the game in support of leukemia awareness.

Wayland VFW names Dorr Elementary Teacher, Molly Parker, VFW Teacher of Year PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union Middle School held their annual Pearl Harbor Day program today to remember the events of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and to honor local veterans.

At this program, the Wayland VFW Post #7581 names a teacher of the year.  The winner for 2014 was third grade teacher, Molly Parker, from Dorr Elementary School.

Prior to the ceremony, Wayland Union Middle School students had a tea for veterans and interviewed them about their military experience.  The program included performances from the middle school choir and orchestra.  Eighth grader, Nathan Goede, performed “Taps” and students who had military family or friends were recognized.  

Wayland VFW Commander, Steve Eernisse, Teacher, Molly Parker, and Sgt. Michael Gower.



WUHS Debate Team Advances to State PDF Print E-mail

The Wayland Debate Team competed in their final Grand Rapids Metro Debate League on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and they were very successful.
The League consists of over 100 students from the following schools: Catholic Central, East Kentwood, Forest Hills Central, Kenowa Hills, Mona Shores, Wayland, and West Ottawa.  The students compete every Wednesday for five weeks with an awards ceremony the final evening after the 10th debate round. The League is hosted by East Kentwood High School with two divisions Novice (first year competitors) and Open (JV/Varsity).  All of the students debated this year’s topic which was ocean development and exploration.   

This year’s Novice team included the following students (sitting and in order left to right: Esilanna McMenamin (9), Noelle Oman (9), Hope Reurink (9), Mikaila Huffman (9), Sydney Urben (9).  Our Novice team split their season and will advance to the open division next year.

The Wayland Varsity Team consists of (standing left to right) Trenton Woodcox (11),  Madalyn Crawford (11), Samantha Jones  (11) Alexandria Walters (11), and Dlyan Thompson (11). The Varsity Team brought home a 2nd Place trophy and Alexandria Walters received a 10th place, Samantha Jones a 6th place and Trenton Woodcox a 3rd Place Speaker Award respectively.

Coach Andrea Brown is extremely proud of both of her teams and looks forward to continuing the season at our upcoming weekend tournament and state finals in February.  

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 02:27
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