One Page Summary 2016-2017 School Calendar
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts in Michigan must provide a minimum of 180 days of student instruction. For many districts including Western, this means having to add days onto their existing calendars. Over a year ago, the superintendents in Jackson County and their boards of education began talking about developing a "common calendar" for the county. After much discussion and receiving a waiver from the the State of Michigan to start before Labor Day, the common calendar for Jackson County is becoming a reality. We are very aware that not everyone likes the notion of starting school before Labor Day, but for many of us this is returning to what was done prior to the 2006 legislation. Regardless, the 180 day requirement exists and whether we add time onto the beginning or end of the school year it will shorten summer vacation.
Early release on Wednesdays provides time for teachers to meet and collaborate. Teachers discuss everything from teaching strategies to learning styles to assessment data to curriculum. This has been a very productive time for teachers.
Western School District has a number of used laptop computers for sale to the public. These machines were used by staff for the last four years and are now being sold to students, staff and interested community members for $500 each.
The computers are 13” MacBook Pros late 2011 model, with 4gb of RAM and a 500gb HDD. They have been erased and reformatted with a fresh copy of the Apple El-Capitan OS. No other software is included. If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these computers please contact David Hood, Director of Instructional Technology, at 517-841-8876 or David.Hood@wsdpanthers.org.
Computers will be sold through December 22nd.
- MacBook Pro 13"
- Late 2011 Model
- 500gb HDD
- 4gb Ram
- Updated to OS - El Capitan
- No other software is on the machine.
The deadline for placing orders is November 2nd and will be available for pickup at your child's holiday concert.
1) Visit www.jackpearlsteamsports.com
2) Go to the PROMOTIONS tab
3) Scroll Down to WESTERN SCHOOLS APPAREL and type in ACCESS CODE: 19472
4) Select apparel and add to cart
5) Follow onscreen check out (upper right shopping cart icon)
The Western Educational Foundation fundraiser will be used to finance “above and beyond” school projects not normally supported by the district. Faculty members apply for funds to provide creative equipment, technology or career-oriented activities. Projects have included field trips, technology in the classroom and hands-on activities in a variety of classrooms.
Your tax-deductible donation provides an opportunity for families to honor student achievements in athletics, academics, arts and other activities. Alumni can be remembered and share in the history of Western. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can be recognized for their contributions and involvement in the Western Community. These bricks could be a gift or the ideal way to commemorate loved ones, graduations or other special occasions.
The next installment of bricks will not be until spring.
Order bricks using the form or visit www.polarengraving.com/WEF
Hundreds of students attended this event tonight to meet authors and illustrators. The focus was on books: reading, writing and illustrating. This free event was very well attended and had a waiting list of over 100. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a success. A very special thank you to Alaina & Colby Sharp for making this possible.
The November 2016 general election will determine who will complete the remaining two (2) years of Mrs. Conklin’s six (6) year term ending December 31, 2018.
Persons interested in this short term appointment should respond with a letter of interest providing name, address, contact information, and why you would like this board appointment, no later than noon on Thursday, July 9, 2015 to Western School District, Attn: Dr. John Sheets, Board President, 1400 S. Dearing Road, Parma, MI 49269.
Kindergarten Round Up is just around the corner. Parent meeting is Thursday April 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Western Community Arts Center 1400 S. Dearing Rd. Current Pre-K parents need not attend.
Click here for more details.
The regular December 18th board meeting has changed its start time to 5:30 p.m. Please make note of the start time change for this meeting only.
An anonymous message board that is opened to anyone to say anything does not serve a positive purpose. These are the kinds of apps that foster negative comments that tend to be of a bullying or harassing nature. In case you are interested, the company who created “After School” is Ambient. Their contact information is email@example.com.
The survey will be open until March 25, 2015.
Click here for the 2014-2015 Western School District Calendar
TIME CAPSULE OPENING / OPEN HOUSE
Western School District is concluding construction on the middle school, high school and surrounding property. On January 31st, Western High School held an Open House to give the public an opportunity to see what their tax dollars have been invested in. On Monday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Western Community Arts Center, the community is invited to take a trip back in time as we open, for the first time in 55 years, the original 1959 Time Capsule from Western High School. Due to the positive reception of the recent open house, the high school will again be open for those who would like to take a look around at our newly renovated facility following the ceremony.
The Time Capsule Ceremony will include: a brief history of the four districts that consolidated Bean, Parma, Warner (Spring Arbor) and Woodville to become the Western School District in 1959, a quick overview of Western’s 55-year history, a trip through the decades with personal reflections by people who graduated at that time, and concluding with the opening of the 1959 time capsule. The estimated time of the program will be 60-75 minutes, with an open house to follow. CLICK HERE for a more detailed program.
Whether you are a history buff, Western alumni, Western supporter or just curious about the Western School District, this will be an evening to celebrate the great things public education has done for the Western community over the past 55 years.
The following Celebration of Excellence Awards were given at our March 21, 2013 WSD Board Meeting:
"Steve Bartels receives a Celebration of Excellence Award from Western school board president John Sheets for his outstanding service as the district Energy Manager. Under his leadership, the Western School District has avoided over $1,000,000 in additional energy costs in the past seven years."
"Ethan Trader, Bean Elementary fourth grader receives a Celebration of Excellence Award from Western school board president John Sheets in recognition of placing first in the countywide I Create poetry contest sponsored by John Voelz, music pastor at Westwinds Community Church. Elementary students had poems that they created and entered in the contest put to music by Mr. Voelz who then performed them in a concert held at the church."
"Elementary carnival volunteers Marty Tyler, Jessica Valentine, Christina Osborne, Maria Wilson and Shirley Campbell receive a Celebration of Excellence Award from Western school board president John Sheets for their outstanding leadership in organizing the Western Elementary Carnival on the evening of March 1st. This annual event draws hundreds of families to the high school and middle school for a fun evening that raises much needed funding of the elementary schools' parent volunteer organizations."
More detailed schedules, pictures and information can be found on our Construction Page. Time-lines are subject to change.
From one member of the educational family to another, Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown, CT, may you find peace in the shadow of this tragedy. You are in our thoughts and we mourn with you.
On behalf of the Western School District, we would like to share with our parents and community members that we are committed to the education and safety of the children entrusted to us daily. We don’t take that responsibility lightly, and will do our best to ensure your children receive a quality education in a safe environment.
Over the coming days and weeks, each of our schools are taking the necessary steps to ensure our safety procedures are in place and communicated clearly with staff members. To that end, it is essential that we all remain vigilant and keep the safety of our children at the forefront of our thoughts.
Michael Smajda, Superintendent
Due to construction currently taking place in the high school, the Community Fitness Room is closed to the public until further notice. Visit our Construction Page - see link at the top of this page - for the latest construction updates!
Please visit the Bond Proposal page for information on the upcoming bond issue for Western Schools. Click HERE to access this page.
Please join us on Monday, September 12, at 6 p.m. in the Western Community Arts Center to hear the presentation and the explanation as to how this will affect you, our families and our taxpayers, both financially and educationally, in our efforts to provide the best and most economical updates to the district, benefiting Western families and our students for years to come.
Where: Michigan Center High School
When: Thursday, April 28th at 7pm
Where: Jackson High School Library
When: Wednesday, May 4th at 6pm
Informational meetings on the problems facing public school funding are being held throughout Jackson County. The purpose of these meetings is to provide accurate, factual information about proposed budget cuts by the Governor and legislature, and explain how these cuts will negatively impact our school districts and educational opportunities for our children. If you missed the meeting held at Western on Monday, April 25th, please plan on attending one of the other meetings taking place in the county to get the facts and find out what you can do to help ensure the continued success of our public schools.
WHS presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's *South Pacific*
When: November 18, 19, 20 and 21. The curtain opens at 7pm on the 18-20th and at 3pm for a matinee finale on the 21st.
Where: Western Community Arts Center, 1400 S. Dearing Rd., Parma.
Cost: Tickets at the door, $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Emile de Becque: Austin Lyon
Nellie Forbush: Caila Conklin
Lt. Joe Cable: John Grannan
Bloody Mary: Emma Shafer
Luther Billis: Ben Cooley
Lt. Genevieve Marshall: Grace Patton
Capt. Brackett: Harold Devine
Liat: Haley Glinz
IMPORTANT CHANGE this year. All students K-12 will be released one hour early every Wednesday beginning September 15 through the end of May.
Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues. Each year, findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers. The Parent survey requires no password to participate.
With the July 1st deadline for adopting a 2010-2011 school budget nearing, the Western Board of Education needs to be planning to balance revenues and expenditures for next school year. The Board was presented a list of budget reductions and revenue enhancements that will be included in the budget being considered for adoption on June 28th. This list totals $1,310,000 towards the Board's original target of $1,700,000. Details of this list can be viewed in the included presentation.
June 17th Budget Reduction Presentation
Video #1: U.S. Unemployment by County
Video #2: School Funding Crisis in Michigan
For questions or comments, please contact Mr. Smajda at 517-841-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handout #1: May 4th Community Meeting Presentation
Handout #2: Community Feedback List
Video #1: U.S. Unemployment by County
Video #2: School Funding Crisis in Michigan
If you have any questions about the information contained in the presentation or suggestions that may assist administration in the budget development process, please contact Michael Smajda at email@example.com or 517-841-8100.
Over the next several weeks, a variety of informational meetings will be held to share the Western budget picture and seek input from parents, community members and staff on how to solve this problem for our district. The following meetings have already been scheduled:
Western Community Arts Center, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Please take this opportunity to become involved in helping Western find solutions to keep our school district financially sound, while maintaining a quality education for our children.