District Update

A weekly update from Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Walled Lake Consolidated School District Update: September 15, 2022

We hope you'll review this week's District Update filled with news and notes from across the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Stay up to date with the district by visiting www.wlcsd.org and connecting with the district on social media - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Important Reminders for Families:

  • September 16: WLN Homecoming Game
  • September 17: WLN Homecoming Dance
  • September 19: High School Curriculum Night
  • September 20: Half Day for Students
  • September 20: Taste of the Lakes at Edgewood Country Club
  • September 23: WLW Homecoming Game
  • September 24: WLW Homecoming Dance
  • September 26: No School for Students or Staff
  • September 27: PTSA Council Meeting at Meadowbrook Elementary

Board selects Dr. John Bernia as Superintendent

The Board of Education has chosen John Bernia, Ed.D. as Walled Lake Consolidated Schools’ new superintendent. Dr. Bernia and the Board will now begin contract negotiations.
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WLCSD ALICE Training Update - September 2022

In the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. As we begin our new school year, I am pleased to share that we are continuing our ALICE® training for all of our staff and students during the 2022-23 school year. Last December, we effectively and purposefully provided the necessary training for our staff and students to feel safe and secure in our buildings moving forward in a short period of time.

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is committed to becoming an ALICE® District. In order to achieve our goal, we must complete the following steps:

  • First - All staff must complete the online ALICE® training module. This step is currently in process at this time.

  • Second - Staff will complete in-person training. Please see the schedule referenced below. On these training dates, the school building will be CLOSED to students.

  • Third - All buildings must continue to practice safety drills throughout the school year with students.

We sincerely appreciate the continued support from our stakeholder groups when it comes to this important work. Specifically, we would like to extend our gratitude to our local law enforcement agencies for their support in this process. Without their assistance, this plan would not be possible.

On the date a building is scheduled for staff to participate in in-person ALICE® training, the building will be considered CLOSED and there will be NO SCHOOL for students on that particular day. We know this adjustment may cause schedule conflicts for our families and we apologize for any inconvenience this plan creates.

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M-STEP test results released to families

Last spring, students in grades 3-8 took the M-STEP/PSAT state assessments. The test aligned to challenging learning standards in areas of English language arts (ELA), math, social studies and science. These results were recently shared with families.

Please review the letter below from Mrs. Cathy Kochanski, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services for context and important information pertaining to the review of these results.

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Prime Time Care Registration OPEN!

Prime Time Care is accepting on line registrations for before and after school child care.

Please visit us at https://wlcsd.org/programs/prime-time-care/ to register.

WLCSD Staff Shoutout Nomination Form

In an effort to find additional ways to celebrate our staff, the WLCSD Community Relations department requests that families fill out the information below for staff who are rock stars in their classrooms and school communities. Please complete the form below and contact Dan Durkin (danieldurkin@wlcsd.org) with any questions you may have.

A sample of what these shout outs will look like on social media and in our District newsletters can be found below.
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District News:

'Gold Together' to beat Childhood Cancer

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The Walled Lake Northern volleyball team served up quite the start to September’s Beat Childhood Cancer Month.

The Knights partnered with the American Cancer Society and the Detroit Red Wings for their ‘Gold Together’ Volleyball Game on Thursday night to help raise money for childhood cancer research.

Red Wings’ forward Michael Rasmussen was among speakers at the event, along with Abby Samuels and Tom Pursel on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

The Lady Knights were decked out in gold with socks, face paint, and special ‘Gold Together’ t-shirts they wore for warm ups and on the bench. Throughout the night, the PA announcer also shared facts to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

Northern beat Waterford Kettering in straight-sets to close out a Varsity, JV sweep of the Captains.

9th Annual Salute to Service Game

Since 2014, the Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Northern Football teams have been honoring United States Military personnel, Veterans, and First Responders during their game each year. This year, the game will be on Friday night, October 14th at WL Central.

Sponsor your First Responder, Veteran, or Military Personnel in the game for a $100 donation. They can be current or retired, a family member, or a friend. Players for both teams will be wearing a special jersey with the sponsored last name on the back – and playing in their honor. You and the honoree will receive the jersey right after the game – and they are really cool looking!

There will be a brief ceremony at the end of the game where the jersey will be presented to the sponsor. Family and friends are welcome – so, please attend the game. It is a wonderful experience. A roster mentioning each honoree will be included in the program. All proceeds will go to Military Families United of Michigan (an IRS Charity) to benefit Michigan Military Families.

Click here to complete the form or go to wlcfootball.com/forms . Deadline for Sponsoring a Jersey is September 23rd.

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WLC Poms Mini Clinic - Sept. 30

Come join us for our favorite event of the year, our annual fall mini pom clinic at WLC.

Online registration ends on September 23rd.

We can't wait to see all of you on September 30th at 4:30pm. Any questions please contact Coach Betsy Holzheimer at bburgess421@gmail.com

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Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.

Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.

Nominations Open for 2022-23 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year Award

Each school community has numerous dedicated professionals who spend their day in support of educators and students. The Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program exists to honor these outstanding staff persons, and nominations for the 2022-23 award are now open.

Anyone working in educational support staff roles, including but not limited to transportation workers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, skilled trades staff, maintenance, secretarial and administrative assistants, security guards, and paraprofessionals, are eligible to be considered for the award.

Nominations can be made using the online nomination form between now and Monday, September 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). The Michigan Department of Education is seeking local school district support in sharing the nomination form so that school and community members can nominate outstanding staff professionals. Reviewers will evaluate each recommendation received.

The awardee will be announced in October 2022. For more information about the Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program, please visit the program website. For any questions, please contact Jennifer Robel at RobelJ@Michigan.gov or 517-241-7054.

WLCSD Employment Opportunities!

Employment opportunities are available for support staff personnel, substitute teachers, preschool teachers, bus drivers and a variety of positions at the Outdoor Education Center.

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Annual Education Reports Are Available To View

The District Annual Education Report (AER) has been updated and is available to view on the District AER page at http://wlcsd.org/our-district/annual-education-reports/. A hard copy is also available to view in the lobby at the Educational Services Building, 850 Ladd Rd., Building D, Walled Lake, MI 48390.

The school AERs can also be accessed via that link or you can find them posted on the school's site in the "OUR SCHOOL" tab on the home page. They will also have a hard copy in the office for those that don't have internet access.

Okay2Say Tipline

Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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