District Update

A weekly update from Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Walled Lake Consolidated School District Update: February 9, 2023

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 | LinkedIn

Important Reminders for Families:

  • February 9: Dr. Bernia Community Conversation at the Commerce Township Library - 2pm
  • February 13: WLCSD Community Engagement Session at WL Central - 6:30pm (auditorium)
  • February 15: WLCSD Community Engagement Session at WL Northern - 6:30pm (media center)
  • February 16: Dr. Bernia Community Conversation at the Wixom Public Library - 2pm
  • February 20-24: Mid-Winter Break
  • February 27: School Resumes
  • February 27: PTSA Council Meeting at Dublin Elementary - 7pm
  • February 28: WLCSD Community Engagement Session at WL Western - 6:30pm (media center)

Dr. Bernia to host Community Conversations

Since joining the District in October 2022, Dr. Bernia has been hard at work connecting with stakeholders in our school buildings including staff and students. The next step in his process is to get out into the community and connect with families and community members. Dates, times and locations for the upcoming Community Conversations are listed below:

  • February 9 at the Commerce Township Library from 2-3pm
  • February 16 at the Wixom Public Library from 2-3pm
  • March 1 at the Walled Lake City Library from 6-7pm

We hope everyone in the community will be able to attend and meet Dr. Bernia, share thoughts about the District, and learn more about his vision for the District moving forward. We hope to see you there!

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District to host Community Engagement Sessions with Plante Moran CRESA

During the January Board of Education, the Board approved District administration to embark on a facility utilization study in 2023. The District has partnered with Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) to facilitate the study. As part of their process, PMC will be hosting three community engagement sessions with stakeholders from across the District during the month of February. These sessions will be hosted in our high school on the dates and times listed below:

  • WL Central High School – February 13 – 6:30pm in the auditorium
  • WL Northern High School – February 15 – 6:30pm in the media center
  • WL Western High School – February 28 – 6:30pm in the media center

The District encourages families, students, staff and community members to attend these session and share their feedback.

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Nomination Information!

Graduate Spotlight Nomination form

If you know of an alumni of WLCSD who could be highlighted in the WLCSD Learning Newsletter Graduate Spotlight section, please forward this form to them or contact pamelacole@wlcsd.org with questions. The nominated student should be a 2016 graduate or before.

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.

Shining Star nominations accepted until April 6

The Shining Star Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has supported the special needs community within Walled Lake Schools. Some of the qualities of the nominee might include: a positive attitude, dedication, dependability, self-motivation, helpfulness, etc. Nominees can be anyone associated with the special needs community: teacher, para, bus driver, aide, parent, volunteer, etc.. Nominations accepted via this google form only.

All nominations must be received on or before April 6, 2023. Questions? Contact: WalledLakePAC@gmail.com

Walled Lake Athletes Committing to Play at the College Level

Year-end presents a great opportunity to celebrate our top senior student athletes and their opportunity to continue their athletic careers in college.

Please provide the following information on SENIOR athletes that have either:

- received a scholarship to play college athletics

- have a spot guaranteed to them on a college roster as a "preferred walk-on."

The information will be used by each school to plan their signing days and will also be printed in the LEARNING newsletter (if approved.)

District News:

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Laurel Rachiele receives Golden Apple Award

Laurel Rachiele is principal’s secretary at Walnut Creek Middle School. Laurel was nominated by Tracy Jackson, English teacher at Creek, because Laurel infuses energy, respect and a can-do attitude into every aspect of her job.

Read more about Laurel's nomination on the District website.

Jacob Martin receives Golden Apple Award

Jacob Martin is the daytime custodian at Wixom Elementary. Jacob was nominated by Cassey Marshall, Wixom 3rd grade teacher and her 27 third graders because Jacob is a crucial part of the building's success, which means he is essential to the students' success. Jacob always has a smile on his face, has a strong work ethic, and overall radiates positivity.

Read more about Jacob's nomination on the District website.

Board of Education recognizes artists from Meadowbrook, Oakley Park, Banks and Walled Lake Western at February Meeting

Board of Education Recognition Art Show (Feb. '23)

Guess Who? - Revealed!

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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.

Tuition Expedition 50/50 Raffle Tickets on Sale NOW!

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Registration for GED/ESL Classes still available

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In the News:

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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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Upcoming Events:

W4W Pink Out Basketball Info Feb. 10
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Community Resources:

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District Links:

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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