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November 10, 2022
The Wayne-Westland Wrap Up- February 2, 2023
Greetings Wayne-Westland Families,
Today is Ground Hog Day which means spring is hopefully just around the corner even though our recent weather has proven that winter is not over yet! Since the colder temperatures will probably be with us for a bit longer, please remember to keep your children bundled up when they go outside. Many of our students walk to school, wait at a bus stop or go out to recess during the school day. It is important for their health and safety that they wear a coat, hat, gloves, and boots to keep them warm. If you need assistance with winter gear for your child, please contact the office staff at your child’s school.
February is Black History Month. This month all our students and staff will participate in age appropriate lessons that will celebrate our diversity. Students will learn about the history,
culture, and achievements that the African American community has contributed to our shared
John Dignan, Ed.D.
Congratulations 2023 School Board Members
At the January 23, 2023, Board of Education meeting, the board of education members elected their officers for the 2023 calendar year. The Wayne-Westland Board of Education Officers for 2023 are:
Congratulations to newly elected trustee LeWanna Abney-Mitchell and newly re-elected Board President David R. Cox.
Join us and Fire Up Your Future!
The William D. Ford Career-Technical Center open house will be held on February 7, 2023, from 6 - 8 p.m. Join us to:
- Learn about the career-focused technical training programs and the unique opportunities for students to earn high school and college credits.
- Tour the state-of-the-art facility.
- Meet our experience program instructors.
- Participate in industry-focused demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities.
Wayne-Westland Has a Mobile App
There's an app for that! Wayne-Westland Community Schools has a new mobile app that enables subscribers to quickly access information from our district website. You can view lunch menus, access parent and student connect, save events to your phone from our school calendars and much more.
There are also quick links to our district Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels.
On your device, connect to the Android Play store or the iOS App Store and search for Wayne-Westland Schools, then upload the app.
Get the app TODAY!
Black History Maker of Today Scholarship Winner
Wayne Memorial High School senior and Upward Bound student, Aunjel Safford, won a 2023 “Black History Maker of Today” scholarship sponsored by McDonald’s.
This year, Aunjel has completed a semester internship through the United States District Court’s Eastern District with the Honorable Gershwin A. Drain, served as President of the Wayne Memorial Black Student Union, Vice President of the WMHS Class of 2023, and is completing her 4th year with Upward Bound. Her final college selection is undecided, but she is leaning toward James Madison College at Michigan State University.
Aunjel will be interviewed by WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit, with her interview airing during Black History Month.
500 Career Wins for John Glenn Wrestling Coach
Bill Polk, the head wrestling coach at John Glenn High School, has 500 career wins. Mr. Polk has been the head coach since 2000 and has a career record of 519-144. During his career, his teams have won five state titles, five regional titles, 17 district titles, ten conference titles, and six individual state champions. Polk was a three-time NCAA qualifier named Coach of the Year in 2018.
Wayne Rotary Dictionary Donation
Every year The Wayne Rotary Club donates dictionaries to third-grade students at Roosevelt-McGrath, Schweitzer and Taft-Galloway Elementary Schools.
Wayne Fire Department Helps with Distribution
This year the Wayne Fire Department was on hand at Roosevelt-McGrath Elementary School to distribute the dictionaries and visit with the third-grade students.
It's time to register for kindergarten
Wayne-Westland Community Schools will host Young 5s & Kindergarten Kickstart on March 9, 2023, at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the curriculum, meet the staff and review enrollment options.
Learn more here: https://www.wwcsd.net/kickstart
Crossing Guards Needed
Are you interested in giving back to the community and helping protect our children? The Westland Police Department is looking for candidates to serve as crossing guards.
Crossing guards will receive training in topics such as stranger danger, CPR/first aid, missing persons, and more. In addition, crossing guards will work at various posts in school parking lots and intersections throughout the city. Learn more and apply here: https://www.cityofwestland.com/FormCenter/Police-17/Crossing-Guard-2022-Application-115
Order School and District Spirit Wear
Are you proud of your school and want to show it? Order your school or Wayne-Westland Community Schools district logo wear. Top Cat Sales is accepting orders of school specific logo wear until February 8, 2023. They are also accepting orders on district spirit wear until February 12. You can also order school and district spirit wear from AKA Sports. All orders can be placed online. You are responsible for all charges incurred.
Work Based Learning is happening in almost every class taught at William D. Ford Career-Technical Center. Every experience is unique in length of the training agreement, onsite time at the employer, and compensation rates. Our high school students are participating in experiences at car dealerships, collision repair shops, construction companies, nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, and many more.
Congratulations to our students with new work based learning placements
- Ashton Burkett, HVAC, Michigan Mechanical Ventures
- Donovan Parkinson, HVAC, Shelby Company
- Nolan Whitsel, Automotive Technology, Michigan CAT
- Luke VanTiem, Automotive Technology, Michigan CAT
- Azariah Patterson, Media Productions, Wayne-Westland Community Schools
- Jamie Baker, Media Productions, Wayne-Westland Community Schools
- NiaGeri Howard-Cameron, Media Productions, Wayne-Westland Community Schools
- Hallie Brown, Media Productions, Bright Futures
- Jesse Jamison, Media Productions, Bright Futures
- Brandon Soyko, Media Productions, Bright Futures
- Maximus Bradford, Media Productions, Meta Lark Publishing
We recognize that students are successful when they have highly qualified educators, strong parental support and a community that provides opportunities for them. Our highly qualified, award-winning and dedicated staff, in cooperation with our businesses and community organizations, helps to assure every student in WWCS receives a high-quality education and a jump-start on career and college readiness.