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District Announcements
December Board Meeting Start Time Change
November 21, 2014

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.
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'After School' App Warning
December 8, 2014
There is a new social media app that you need to be aware as it has the potential to be problematic for our students, staff and school community.  The app is called “After School”.  It is an app that allows users to post anonymous messages to a message board.  The developers refer to it as “an anonymous and private message board for your school”.  However, this app is in no way endorsed or affiliated with Western School District.  The district's content filter has this app blocked, but students can still access it through their cellular service.  Please be aware of this and help promote positive digital citizenship with your children and our students. 
 
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 support@afterschoolapp.com.


 
Holiday Break Childcare Available
December 3, 2014
If you need childcare during the Holiday Break, please consider Western's Children's Enrichment Center.  Learn More
Board Work Session - December 9 - Cancelled
December 5, 2014
The Board Work Session scheduled on Tuesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Thursday, December 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (this is a change in the usual start time for this meeting only).
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"After School" App UPDATE
December 12, 2014
The app "After School" has apparently played a role in a recent threat of violence against a Michigan school in Oakland County.  Check out the rest of the story from the Brighton Patch.  Parents, please be aware of this app.
Balanced Calendar Letter
December 10, 2014
Please take a moment to read this letter on the concept of a balanced calendar that is occuring across Jackson County.
Balanced Calendar Video
December 5, 2014
We hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video on the concept of a balanced calendar being discussed across Jackson County.  
December 3, 2014
 
 
United Way Boat Race
September 7, 2014
2014-2015 District Calendar
August 7, 2014

Click here for the 2014-2015 Western School District Calendar

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Athletic Physicals to be Offered at Western High School
April 21, 2014
 

Athletic Physicals will be offered at Western High School on Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  in the athletic wing near the “old gym” Athletic Trainers room.  Middle school and high school athletes are required to have a sports physical on file prior to participating in any school sport.  These physicals will be good for the entire 2014-2015 school year.

The Western Athletic Department is working with PAC Gale Easton, who is a proud supporter of Western Athletics. For more information please contact the Western High School Athletic Office at  517-841-8250 or continue to watch on our web-site for more news at:  www.westernpanthersports.com!

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Western Athletics Hall of Fame
April 10, 2014
 
The Western High School Athletic Department will be accepting nominations for the Inaugural Western Panthers Athletic Hall of Fame from April 14, 2014 until June 6, 2014. Click here for the form

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1959 TIME CAPSULE
February 13, 2014
 1959 WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
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.  

Non Homestead Millage Election 2-25-14
January 3, 2014
Construction Update 1-2-14
January 2, 2014
Construction Update 12-4-13
December 4, 2013
WESTERN WEARHOUSE FAN GEAR ORDER YOUR APPAREL TODAY!!
November 18, 2013
Sale Ends: November 29th! All orders will be in before Christmas Break! 
To place an order for your apparel, follow these steps:
2. Go to PROMOTIONS tab and click
3. Go to your promotion : WESTERN WEARHOUSE APPAREL AND TYPE IN ACCESS CODE: 17017 and hit go.
4. Check out the apparel and add to cart.
5. Follow on screen check out (upper right shopping cart icon). Pride logo
Construction Update 11.12.13
November 12, 2013
Construction Update 10-29-13
October 29, 2013
Construction Update 10-11-13
October 11, 2013
Construction Update 10-3-13
October 3, 2013
Construction Update 9-15-13
September 15, 2013
United Way Boat Race 2013
September 8, 2013
Congratulations to the Western High School Staff for their third place finish in the United Way Boat Race!

New Traffic Pattern at Middle & High School
August 30, 2013
September 4, 2013
September 2, 2013 Construction Update
September 3, 2013
Football Game Update
August 29, 2013
August 25, 2013 Construction Update
August 26, 2013
August 15, 2013 Construction Update
August 15, 2013
August 2, 2013 Construction Update
August 3, 2013
Board Personnel Committee Meeting
July 22, 2013
 The Board of Education's Personnel Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the board room of the administration office.  The easiest way to get to the administration office is to park on the grass near the baseball field and walk to the building.
July 22, 2013 Construction Update
July 22, 2013
July 9, 2013 Construction Update
July 9, 2013
Superintendent Mike Smajda on our 1:1 Technology
May 24, 2013
Celebration of Excellence Award March 21, 2013
March 25, 2013

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."

Western Tax Payers Save (Avoid) Millions by Bond Refunding
January 28, 2013
 
Bond refunding is a process by which new bonds are issued, which replace previous bonds that have not matured to get a lower interest rate. To see the details of how this positively affects property tax payers in the Western School District, read the full article by clicking here.

Western Athletic Boosters Raffle
February 6, 2013
The Western Athletic Boosters Club is conducting a raffle during the month of March. Tickets numbered 000-999 are being sold for $10 per ticket. If a ticket sold matches the Daily 3 evening number drawn by the Michigan Lottery, the owner of that ticket receives $100. If that ticket number was not sold, then a winner will be randomly selected from the tickets sold. If a minimum of 300 tickets are not sold, the daily prize will be $50.00. License #X83110.  For more information, including how to purchase a ticket, please contact Rick at 517-240-4778. 


Veteran Board Members Moving On
January 2, 2013
Western School District says good bye to two veteran school board members as the new calendar year begins.  Lillian Fields (20 years) and Jim Philo (16 years) have served the Western School District with integrity and pride for over 36 years combined. Their leadership was greatly appreciated and will be missed.   
Lillian Fields
January 2, 2013
Lillian Fields poses with Dr. John Sheets (board president) as he presents her with a plaque for her 20 years of service on the Western School Board.
Jim Philo
January 2, 2013
Jim Philo poses with Dr. John Sheets (board president) as he presents him with a plaque for his 16 years of service on the Western School Board.
Construction Ahead
October 29, 2012
The largest part of Western's construction project is under way at the high school and middle school complex. We have an ambitious time-line to get much of the work done by the start of school in September 2013.

More detailed schedules, pictures and information can be found on our Construction Page.  Time-lines are subject to change. 



Response to Connecticut Tragedy
December 17, 2012

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


Building Breaking Ceremony
December 11, 2012
On December 7, 2012, a "Building Breaking Ceremony" was held in the small gym of the Western High School.  This ceremony marks the beginning of the largest phase of the district's construction project.  This phase of construction represents about $13 million of work between the middle school, high school, parking lots, athletic facilities and access road to Michigan.  Students, parents, administrators and board members took a few swings at breaking a wall that will be demolished in preparation for the new addition.  A slide show of this ceremony can be found on the Construction Page.
Alumni Success Stories
April 23, 2013
Do you have a story to share about how Western School District made a difference in your life or career. Share your story at the link below.
westernschools.schoolfusion.us/overview/alumni.phtml




Construction Page
September 15, 2012
From now through January 2014, there are many changes happening in Western thanks to the passage of the February 2012 Bond Proposal.  If you would like more information on what is happening with this construction project, please visit our Construction Page.

Community Fitness Room "Closed" Through Construction
October 19, 2012

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!


Kindergarten Round-up
March 16, 2012
Kindergarten Round-up parent meeting is Thursday, April 12th, 7:00pm in the Western Community Arts Center Auditorium.  Click here for complete details.  We hope to see you there!






Bond Proposal
September 17, 2011


Please visit the Bond Proposal page for information on the upcoming bond issue for Western Schools. Click HERE to access this page.



Mary Chamberlin's Technology Story
January 25, 2012
Mary Chamberlin, special education teacher, is using new technology to change the way she teaches and her students learn.  This is one story of how Western teachers are using technology to improve student achievement in their classrooms  Today's child learns differently than when their parents were in school.  The digital evolution has provided both challenges and rewards to educators.  The good news is that Western teachers are ready to embrace the digital age with their students.  Check out Mary's story at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRSP1DoeleE
Bond Proposal Presentation
September 9, 2011
We'd like to invite you to a community forum on Monday evening, September 12, at 6 p.m. in the Western Community Arts Center.  For months now the Western School District has been considering putting a bond proposal before our voters.  The needs of the district have been extensively scrutinized by a group of parents, community leaders, school employees, architects and engineers and we are prepared to share their findings with you.

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.
Western School District Calendar 2014-2015
July 21, 2011
School Funding Meeting Dates
April 26, 2011

Where:  Michigan Center High School
When:   Thursday, April 28th at 7pm
AND
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.

Kindergarten Roundup
Kindergarten Roundup
March 1, 2011
Kindergarten Round-up will be Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm in the Western Community Arts Center Auditorium.  Click here for complete details  We hope to see you there!
South Pacific Musical
October 25, 2010

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.
Leading roles/performers: 
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


Early Release Wednesdays (K-12)
September 6, 2010
Beginning on Wednesday, September 15th and continuing throughout the year until June 2011, all students (K-12) will be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday afternoon.  The afternoon bus run will run an hour early to coincide with the early release.  If your child is a bus student they will be arriving at home an hour earlier on Wednesdays.
Parent Portal Sign Up
April 16, 2010
Please visit the Parent Portal page located under "Parent Links" on the left side navigation.  This page provides answers to popular questions and helpful step-by-step guides for setting up parent accounts in PowerSchool and SchoolFusion.
NOTICE
August 10, 2010
PowerSchool parent and student access is currently unavailable.  It is scheduled to become available beginning September 1st.
Email Change
June 8, 2010
Western School District will be changing their Email services from internally hosted GroupWise to Western Online powered by Google.  Please understand that any communication with our staff through Email may be eratic for the next few days as we go through this changeover.  Thank you for your understanding.


2010-2011 Calendar
August 20, 2010
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IMPORTANT CHANGE this year.  All students K-12 will be released one hour early every Wednesday beginning September 15 through the end of May.

Update registration forms for your students.
August 13, 2010
Speakup4Schools Survey
November 10, 2010

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.



Click here to learn more about Project Tomorrow®.
Click here to take the Survey


Western School District Announcements
Phone System - Interruption of Service
August 12, 2013
On Thursday, August 15, 2013 the district will be switching over to a new phone system.  Please understand that there may be some interuptions to service during and following this change over.  We will work quickly to respond to your calls.  If you are unable to reach any of the district offices please wait and return the call the next day.  We thank you for your patience. 
2010-2011 School Budget in Limbo
June 22, 2010
At their regularly scheduled business meeting on June 17th, the Western Board of Education was asked by Superintendent Michael Smajda to delay making any further budget reduction decisions.  Mr. Smajda asked that the Board wait a little while longer to allow the State of Michigan to finalize a school aid budget, and for further negotiations to take place with all district bargaining units.  The cut list to get to the remaining $390,000 will result in cuts that will be very difficult and directly impact children.  If conditions do not change in the next month or two, these cuts will be necessary.

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 smajda@westernschools.org.


May 4th Community Meeting
May 5, 2010
A community meeting was held on May 4th in the Western Community Arts Center.  The purpose of this meeting was to provide the community with an update on the financial difficulties facing Western as the district begins planning for the 2010-2011 school year.  To download the information provided at the meeting click the following handout items.  The other links are for videos which address the U.S. unemployment rate and Michigan's school funding crisis.

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 smajda@westernschools.org or 517-841-8100.
2010 Wayne Klump Memorial Golf Outing
May 24, 2010
This year's golf outing date has been set to Saturday, August 14, 2010 at WhiffleTree Hills Golf Course.  The Team Form and Sponsorship Form are available for you to download on the Athletic Booster Page.  Mail to the address listed on the form.  If you need further information, please contact our District Office (517) 841-8100.

2009-2010 School Year Calendar Revised
April 16, 2010
The 2009-2010 school calendar has been revised in an effort to reduce costs and lower the district's budget deficit, resulting in a shortened school year.  The last day of school for all students will now be a full day of school on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
School Funding Crisis
March 30, 2010
The Western School District along with the other 500+ public school districts in the State of Michigan are facing difficult financial times.  To help the public gain a better understanding of how Michigan funds public schools and why there is a pending budget crisis, a video was produced by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD).  Although Western is not part of the WISD, the vast majority of the information contained in this video is applicable to Western.  The video Facing Michigan's School Funding Crisis! helps explain the difficulties schools are facing as they develop budgets for the 2010-2011 school year.

State Bowling Finals
March 23, 2010
Tori Murawski being congratulated by board President John Sheets .  Tori, along with Kayla Aldrich, Hope Anderson, Sunny Domschot, Hilary Kania and Meghan Kania, represented Western High School in the State Bowling Finals.  Congratulations ladies!

State Wrestling Finals
March 23, 2010
Ryan Carroll being congratulated by board President John Sheets.  Ryan competed in the State Wrestling Finals finishing 4th in Division 2 at 103 lbs.  Ryan also captured the school record for the number of wins in a single season (53) taking the title away from high school assistant wrestling coach Jeff Chambers.  Congratulations Ryan!

Celebration of Excellence
March 5, 2010

School Funding Crisis
February 4, 2010
The Western School District along with the other 500+ public school districts in the State of Michigan are facing difficult financial times.  To help the public gain a better understanding of how Michigan funds public schools and why there is a pending budget crisis, a video was produced by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD).  Although Western is not part of the WISD, the vast majority of the information contained in this video is applicable to Western.  The video Facing Michigan's School Funding Crisis! helps explain the difficulties schools are facing as they develop budgets for the 2010-2011 school year.

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.


Western School District and Springport Public Schools Audit Services - Accepting Bids
February 12, 2010
The Western School District and Springport Public Schools are seeking bids for the performance of each school district's annual financial audit.  Bids are due March 15, 2010.  Interested individuals or companies may obtain a packet by contacting Laure Fiero at 517.841.8172 or by mail attention to Laure Fiero, Western School District, 1400 S. Dearing Road, Parma, MI  49269.
Jackson County Middle School Spelling Bee
March 23, 2010
Madelynn Hauglie being congratulated by board President John Sheets.  Madelynn took the top speller honors in the Jackson County Middle School Spelling Bee.  Madelynn will represent Western Middle School in the national Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C. in June.   Congratulations and good luck Madelynn!

New Website Training Material
January 14, 2010
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Youth Voices Honored
December 15, 2009
Debbie Batchelder, Principal of Western Options High School was honored at the November school board meeting for her work in hosting and promoting the Youth Voices Forum in October.  The Youth Voices Forum brought community members, court officials, law enforcement, legislative leaders, and educators together to hear how alternative education can make a positive difference in the lives of young people.
Western Photo Album
December 8, 2009
Western introduces the Western Photo Album.  Select the link below to find all kinds of pictures of Western School District activities and event.  You may order pictures on line at cost or download the image files to your computer.  Enjoy the Western Photo Album.

http://westernschools.smugmug.com/

Board of Education Meeting for December Changed
December 8, 2009
Due to holiday scheduling conflicts, the Western Board of Education has moved their December Board Meeting to Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m
NEW Board of Education Policies Being Considered
December 8, 2009
The Western Board of Education had the first reading of the new policy manual being considered for adoption at their November board meeting.  Policies require two public readings before the Board of Education can officially adopt them.  The Board of Education has been working with NEOLA (a company that specializes in school district policies) to develop a policy manual over the past 1 1/2 years.  The public is welcome to review the proposed policy manual at the Western School District Administration Offices at 1400 S. Dearing Road, Parma, MI.  A online preview of the policy manual is tentatively in the works and will be posted as soon as it is available.  The second reading of the new policy manual is scheduled for the December 15th Board Meeting.
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