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Please congratulate Andrea Hayes and Jon Harris for taking 9th place in the nation for the Emergency Medical Technician Demonstration for SkillsUSA in Atlanta, Georgia this past week. They did a fantastic job and strongly represented William D. Ford Career Technical Center, as well as Wayne-Westland Community Schools.
Hi everyone - I have more great news coming from Media Production over here at WDFCTC!
As you may remember, we had seven pieces awarded at the Gold Key level this year in the regional Scholastic Awards, which put them up for national judging in NYC.
In a lightning strike move, senior Morgan Granger won a Silver Medal for her piece Dream World 6 in the national level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!!
I have attached her image below, along with a copy of the award letter to me from Scholastic for more information. This is an insane accomplishment and places Morgan in the top 1% of all students that submitted to Scholastic this year - over 100,000 students submitted more than 260,000 pieces and hers was chosen among the final 2,000.
Major players in the art world have won at this level, including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, and Stephen King. I know we're all so proud that Morgan is on a similar path of greatness!
Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, BFA, MA
Media Productions Instructor
Severe weather is expected in our area later this week so we want to share the process and factors the District uses when determining a weather-related school closing. The decision to close school due to inclement weather is not an easy one. We know that it is best for students to be in class, but we can’t control the weather. Our priority is the safety of our students and staff.
More details about our Inclement Weather Procedures
Dear Wayne-Westland Community School students & families,
We are officially halfway through the 2021-22 school year. While this year has certainly had its challenges, I am proud of our community for remaining resilient and working together toward one important goal: the academic success and well-being of our students. With six months of the school year in the books, we thought it a good time to provide our families with a “State of Our Schools” update.
As you likely know, our District is anticipating receiving approximately $47,801,861 in ESSER COVID-19 funding. This funding has allowed us to implement new policies and procedures designed to protect the health and wellness of students. This funding also allows us to plan for future improvements to our school buildings and programs, and to advance achievement. To date, we’ve used ESSER funding to provide building nurses, contracted services to support learning, technology purchases, HVAC upgrades, curriculum, virtual learning opportunities, staff costs for the prior year for summer learning as well as ongoing mental health support.
Like many districts across Michigan and the nation, we are facing the challenge of staffing shortages, including teachers, substitutes, professional support staff, bus drivers and more. Wayne-Westland Community Schools is more than a school district—we are a community, and it takes all of us working together to support our students. To address staffing shortages, we have contracted with two staffing referral and workplace solution agencies to assist with our efforts of placing qualified individuals in positions that have been difficult to hire. Additionally, we have worked with our Communications Department to boost social media advertisements targeted for specific openings. We are also active in fostering pre-existing as well as new partnerships with local universities to create a direct line of access for potential teaching candidates. Through these efforts, we have been able to ensure our students are receiving the resources they need to grow academically, socially and emotionally. If you or someone you know is interested in working for the district, please visit our website.
Health and Safety
Our number one priority at Wayne-Westland Community Schools is to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment where students are positioned to thrive in our schools and beyond after graduation. It has been a joy having students and teachers back in the building this year for in-person learning. We’re seeing students participate in hands-on learning once again and building relationships with their peers and teachers through clubs and activities. When children attend school all day, every day, they are more likely to see a boost in their academic and mental well-being. Help your child, and school, achieve success by ensuring they attend school each and every day.
We understand the pandemic continues to be an issue in Wayne County. I encourage families to monitor for signs of COVID-19 and keep your children home if they have a fever or are feeling ill. We have resources and support available to your student should they have to quarantine. Please continue to practice safe COVID-19 practices such as washing your hands, doing at-home symptom checks, social distancing, wearing masks and getting the vaccine.
Thank you for your continued commitment to Wayne-Westland Community Schools and for partnering with us on your child’s education. By working together, we can ensure that the second half of the school year is one to remember for our students, our families and our school community.
John Dignan, Ed.D.
This is a reminder that the District will resume in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for all PreK-12 grade students.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming week.
- January 17 : No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- January 18 : Full day of In-person learning for all K-12 grade students
- January 19-21 : Full day of in-person instruction for elementary students
- January 19 : Full day of in-person instruction for middle school students
- January 19 : ½ day of instruction for high school students. Final exams
- January 20 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students. Final exams
- January 21 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students. Final exams.
- January 24 : Second semester begins
Wayne-Westland Community Schools has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental health care coordination, to expand access to community mental health and substance use treatment providers for students, staff, and their families. Care Solace provides a Care Companion™ team who can quickly and confidentially find available providers in the community. Care Solace also equips school systems with a customized online tool that gives community members a way to anonymously search for community-based providers matched to their needs.
We will be sending further information sonn on how WWCS Families and Staff can benefit from Care Solace.
Dear Wayne-Westland Families,
While students will be learning remotely next week, we will have food distribution days to provide all Wayne-Westland PreK-12 grade students with five days of breakfast and lunch.
Curbside Food Distribution Schedule
Tuesday, January 11th from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wayne Memorial High School, 3001 Fourth Street, Wayne, MI 48184
Wednesday, January 12th from 6:00 am - 11:00 am
John Glenn High School, 36105 Marquette, Westland, MI 48185
Thursday, January 13th from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Roosevelt-McGrath Elementary School, 36075 Currier, Wayne, MI 48184
COVID-19 Testing for students and staff
Wayne-Westland Community Schools has nurses assigned to each school in the District. Next week, nurses will be on-site to administer Rapid COVID-19 Antigen tests to District staff, students, and families. Parents or guardians can contact the nurse at your child's school and set up a drive-thru appointment. The test results will take 15-20 minutes.
Sports and extracurricular events
The winter sports season will begin on January 18, 2022. There will be no sports practices, afterschool clubs, or extracurricular activities the week of January 10, 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's school. Have a wonderful weekend.
John Dignan, Ed.D.
Dear Wayne-Westland Families,
We believe that in-person instruction is most effective for our students. However, given certain mitigating factors such as staff shortages, the inability to offer transportation to a large portion of our students, and overall student absentee rates, we decided to transition to remote learning for the week of January 10, 2022, for all PreK-12 grade students.
We have moved middle and high school final exam week to the week of January 18, 2022.
- January 10-14, 2022 : All PreK-12 grade students remote instruction
- January 12-14, 2022 : Full day of remote instruction for grades 6-12
- January 14, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for elementary students
- January 17, 2022 : No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- January 18, 2022 : In-person learning resumes for all PreK-12 grade students
- January 19-21, 2022 : Full day of in-person instruction for elementary students
- January 19, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for high school students Final exams
- January 20, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students Final exams
- January 21, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students Final exams. Full day of instruction for K-5.
As required by the Michigan Department of Education, school districts must have a 75 percent daily pupil attendance threshold to be counted as a day of instruction.
By offering remote learning, it gives students who are in quarantine or without transportation the opportunity to log into their classes to continue to receive instruction from their teachers. Students will follow their regular school schedule.
Your child’s principal and teacher/s will share more information about Chromebook distribution, class schedules and logging into their virtual classrooms. All buildings will remain open. Please contact your school office if you have any questions.
The Champions Before and After School program will still operate each day next week but will be located at Stevenson Middle School, 38501 Palmer, Westland 48185, for students currently enrolled in the program. Students who are not enrolled, placement will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please call 734-294-1222.
The high school athletic events will run as scheduled and information about food distribution times and locations will be sent out this weekend.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
John Dignan, Ed.D
Dear Wayne-Westland Families,
Covering bus routes has been a challenge this year with a reduced transportation department staff and the rise in COVID-19 cases. In an effort to alleviate last-minute cancellations, attached is a schedule of bus routes that
will be temporarily canceled over the next two weeks. This schedule will begin on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Our goal is to prevent a route from being canceled two days in a row and to give parents time to set up alternative transportation arrangements.
We apologize that we have to cancel these routes, it is not something we want to do, but have to do it because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and a nationwide driver shortage.
There is a possibility we may be able to reinstate a route for the day. If that is the case we will send out a robocall in the morning letting parents of that route know we will be servicing that route, however parents should still plan to make transportation arrangements for their children as we cannot guarantee that will happen.
Thank you for your understanding.
John Dignan, Ed.D.
Congratulations to William D. Ford Career-Technical Center student Kailyn Hunter for winning third place in the South Lyon Water Department Logo Re-Design Contest.
The City of South Lyon Water Department invited artists to enter their logo artwork for the 2021 South Lyon Art Contest to design a new Wellhead Protection Program Logo. The Wellhead Protection Program works to conserve and protect the drinking water resources for residents and businesses in the City of South Lyon. The contest was open to artists of any age residing in the U.S.
Senior Kailyn Hunter is a senior in Mr. Mark Benglian's Digital Art Class at the Career-Technical Center. She competed against local professional artists and students alike.