Wayland Weekly Good News | Smore

Source: Wayland Weekly Good News | Smore

Do you have a Clue?

Wayland Middle School 8th graders played a Breakout EDU game using clues from Romeo & Juliet, a unit they are studying in their language arts class. Breakout EDU is similar to the popular Escape Room game where a group of friends are locked in a room and need to solve a series of puzzles in order to break out. Breakout EDU is similar but uses a locked box instead of a room and teaches critical thinking, teamwork, and complex problem solving. The game can be used for all subject areas. Kelly Boston, WMS Media Specialist, created clues that student teams needed to solve the puzzles that unlock the case. Students had a lot of fun working together and enjoyed the different learning experience the game provides.

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World Language Week

High School students celebrated World Language Week Feb. 6-10. Foreign Exchange students attending WUHS held a question and answer session for fellow students during Prime Time. This year the high school has 13 foreign exchange students representing eight different countries: France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

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American Sign Language Students Read to Younger Students

Wayland High School students in Mrs. Rollandini’s ASL class learned how to sign a children’s book as part of a class project. They practiced their skills for students at Baker and Dorr Elementary schools by reading the book to the class using sign language. (see the video on the WUS Facebook page).

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WUHS Place at the Debate State Championship Series

Kendal College of Art & Design at Ferris State Championship Series celebrated debate on February 3-4, 2017, in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Schools gathered to compete at KCAD in three divisions; novice, junior varsity and varsity. All students debated the 2016-2017 resolution/topic United States policy diplomatic and economic engagement with China. At the State Championship Series debaters highlighted collaboration, innovation and design thinking in action through multiple rounds of competitive debate.

Wayland Novices, Andrea Ivers and Samantha Rahm, took 3rd in the tournament. Varsity Debaters Lexie Walters and Jon Seymour took 5th place, the team of Makaila Huffman, Ray Rodriguez and Khylea Wells finished as semi-finalists.

In the world of policy debate students are also ranked individually as top speakers. All of Wayland’s Debaters ended their season ranked in the top ten. Novice Andrea Ivers placed 5th and partner Samantha Rahm placed 4th. Varsity debater Khylea Wells placed 9th, Makaila Huffman took 8th, Ray Rodriguez placed 7th, Jon Seymour ranked 6th, and Lexie Walters took 1st place speaker!

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WUHS Students Place at Regional Health Occupations Students of America Competition

Congratulations to the following WUHS students who placed at the regional Health Occupations Students of America Competition. They attend the Health Occupations Academy at the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center.

Gold Medal Winners:
Chase Knapp in Behavioral Health

Silver Medal Winners:
Emily Jager in Knowledge Test Medical Law & Ethics
Shelby Botma in Biomedical Laboratory Science

Top Ten Finalist:
Hunter Wagner in Knowledge Test Nutrition
Brooke Schnur in Physical Therapy

Mayor Bala Visits Steeby

At Steeby Elementary, Mrs. Jill Terrell’s 2nd graders are learning about local government and had a visit from Mayor Tim Bala. The Mayor told them about his job as mayor and brought each student a map of Wayland. They asked lots of questions and the Mayor was kind enough to give each student a free dessert card for McDonald’s!

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100 Days of School

One of the ways Mrs. Peahl’s Level 2 class at the middle school celebrated the 100th day of school was by putting together four 100 piece puzzles in 100 minutes! They were up for the challenge!

Mrs. Pressey’s Kindergarten class strung a 100 fruit loop necklace, made a crown, brought in 100 things, and made 100 snack mix!

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Early Childhood Nights Feb. 15 & 21

It’s that time of year when we begin to enroll our preschool, young fives and kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year. Children must turn five by September 1st, 2017 for Y5’s and Kindergarten and turn 3 or 4 on or before Sept. 1st for our preschool programs. If you know someone with a child that age, please remind them of our enrollment and encourage them to attend the Early Childhood Nights – Baker, Feb. 15 and Dorr, Feb. 21. Registration begins Feb. 13, 2017.6:00-6:30pm Parent Presentation (childcare provided)

6:30-7:30pm Building tours, meet teachers, registration

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