May 1, 2024

Dear Wayne-Westland Families,

Weekly Letter to Students, Parents and Staff

We are excited to share an overview of the vibrant educational landscape at Wayne-Westland Community Schools. Our goal is to make sure every student feels supported and cared for. By teaming up with local businesses, companies, and colleges, we can offer students amazing chances to do well in school, sports, art, science, and health programs. Here is a glimpse into some impactful initiatives and partnerships that make Wayne-Westland Community Schools unique.

Whole Child Initiative:

  • Healthy: The school-based health clinics at Adams Middle School and John Glenn High School provide essential medical and mental health services to students, emphasizing students’ well-being.

  • Supported: Our collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack and the Family Resource Center extends support to students and families beyond the classroom,

  •  Safe: The Care Solace initiative ensures a secure learning environment where students feel safe and protected.

  • Challenged: The Wayne-Westland K-8 STEM Center encourages intellectual growth and curiosity, inspiring students to explore and excel. It prepares students for college and future careers through hands-on, problem-based learning, collaboration, and innovation.

  • Engaged: Active student involvement in sports, fine arts, and extracurricular activities fosters a sense of belonging and enthusiasm.

College and Career Readiness:

  • College and Career Readiness Centers are at John Glenn and Wayne Memorial High Schools. These centers offer in-person and online support to students pursuing their post-secondary goals.

  • College and Career Awareness Month: Students from kindergarten through twelfth grade engage in various activities that involve them in college and career pathways. 

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) event: Students connect their talents with individuals and organizations and provide pathways to rewarding careers.

  • Eastern Michigan University Excursion Camp: Fifth-grade students can explore the world of higher education through hands-on projects tailored to their chosen career paths.

  • Discover Your Path: Students explore real-world, accessible careers in various industries. It directly links education and career for Wayne-Westland Innovative Academy and eighth-grade students.

  • Young Sharks: Elementary students become creative thinkers and problem solvers and develop a clear understanding of the steps to becoming entrepreneurs.

  • Xello: This digital program offers students a comprehensive approach to career planning and readiness, helping them make informed decisions about their future.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Completion rates are soaring, highlighting the district’s commitment to higher education and vocational training.

Community Partnerships:

We partner with several community organizations to provide various programs for our students.

  • 5th Grade EMU Excursion Camp: For the third consecutive year, Eastern Michigan University’s Engage @ EMU has collaborated with our district to host 5th Grade Excursion Camp. This initiative welcomes all fifth graders to their campus and invites them to explore a variety of career paths.

  • Summer Programs: We are proud to partner with several community organizations to offer our students a variety of exciting summer programs. These programs include

    • BUSting with Learning brings literacy resources directly to elementary students, offering free books, school supplies, and engaging games and activities. The initiative extends its reach by traveling through neighborhoods to distribute books directly to children, ensuring resources are accessible to all.

    • KinderLit Summer Camp for rising Young 5s and Kindergarten students. 

Together, these initiatives and partnerships ensure Great Futures Start Right Here in Wayne-Westland Community Schools. Thank you for being a part of our community and supporting your child’s educational journey. Have a great evening and week ahead. 


John Dignan, Ed.D.