Lady Wildcats capture 1st-ever district soccer championship

by David Young

The Wayland High School varsity soccer team made history Friday evening at Byron Center by capturing its first district championship in the Lady Wildcats’ 25-year history playing the sport. The girls defeated Grand Rapids Christian in the finals after pulling out a double overtime 2-1 thriller over the host team Wednesday. Both opponents entered the matches with far superior overall records, rendering Wayland as a bonafide Cinderella team. (Photos courtesy of Wendy Dunkle)

Lady Wildcats capture 1st-ever district soccer championship

Who Benefits from Unlimited Expansion of Charter Schools?

By Diane Ravitch

Whenever there is a battle over the expansion of charter schools, we read in the papers that “charter parents” prevailed and the teachers’ union lost.

Why don’t the stories say “charter lobbyists prevail,” and public schools and their students lost?

Why do reporters always assume that only the unions oppose charter expansion.

Why are “charter parents” seeking more charter schools?

Don’t their children already attend a charter school?

Here is the conundrum.

WHS assistant Principal Mike Omness moving to Pine Street

Mike Omness

Mike Omness, who has been assistant principal at Wayland High School for the past two years, is moving to Pine Street Elementary next fall to serve under Robyn Robinson.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and eager to assist in the exciting transitions taking place in our district,” Omness said.

In the intense debate over abortion, precise language doesn’t mean taking sides

by Kelly McBride

As nearly one third of the state legislatures in the United States consider enacting “fetal heartbeat bills” — the movement by lawmakers to outlaw abortion as early as six weeks gestation — the debate over abortion has become a war of words and their meaning. At six weeks gestation, a fertilized and dividing egg is […]

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Behind the scenes at the new NYTimes TV show ‘The Weekly,’ Plus Laura Ingraham’s conflict of interest;And a year without a Pentagon briefing


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May 31, 2019

Good morning! Here are some of the media stories that are catching our attention today. Growing from ‘Daily’ to ‘Weekly’ On Sunday, The New York Times will debut a TV show designed to lift the curtain […]

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Wayland Schools 2019 Summer Fun-Tastic Series & Free Meals

2019 Summer Fun-Tastic Series & Free Meals

June 11 – August 16

Wayland Union Schools has partnered with local businesses and the Henika Library to offer a series of fun, summer events here a free meal will be provided for children age 18 & under.

Free lunches will be served Monday through Friday, June 11-August 16, 2019 (closed July 1-5) at a variety of locations: Steeby Elementary School, Hunters Glen Mobile Home Community, and Windsor Woods Village.  On Wednesday, June 12 lunch will only be served at the Wayland City Park during the Bounce Party.

Beginning June 11th, there will be opportunities for students to participate in fun, free events in the Wayland area.  Lunch will be served immediately following the events listed below unless otherwise stated.  Adults may purchase lunch for $3.00 and is served free to children age 18 & under.

Thanks to our sponsors: Dr. Scott Bloom, Chartwells, Chemical Bank, Clark Hill, Full Potential Chiropractic, KSS Services, Legacy Legal & Business Services, Oetman Excavating, ProMow Lawncare, Reno Agency, Tower Pinkster, Triangle & Associates, United Bank, Wayland Chamber of Commerce, Wayland Union Education Foundation, Wayland Union Education Association and our partners:  Henika Library, Hunters Glen, and Windsor Woods Village.

In addition to the free meals, fun, free events will be offered to the community:

  • Bounce Party – Wednesday, June 12 at 10a-1p @ Wayland City Park.  Kids will have lots of fun playing on large inflatables. Music DJ and a free Curly Cone ice cream treat. Free Lunch 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Outdoor Discovery – Nature program, Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30am @ Steeby Elementary. Free lunch at 11:30am – Noon.
  • Jennifer Strauss/Storyteller “S.T.E.A-ming Through Space” – Wednesday, June 19 at 10:45am @ Steeby Elementary. Free Lunch 11:30am – Noon.  Free books to first 100 kids!
  • Playtime in the Park- Monday, June 24 at 11:00am @ Wayland City Park. Free book for each family. For children age birth to 5, older siblings are welcome to join!  Free Lunch Noon-12:30pm
  • Astronaut Obstacle Course – Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30am @ Henika Library. Lunch served at Steeby 11:30am – Noon
  • BenJammin’ – Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30am @ Steeby Elementary.  Lunch at 11:30am-Noon.
  • Science Tellers – Tuesday, July 16 at 10:30am @ Steeby Elementary. Lunch at Steeby Elem. 11:30am – Noon
  • Playtime in the Park – Monday, July 22at 11:00am @ Wayland City Park. Free book for each family. For children age birth to 5, older siblings are welcome to join! Lunch Noon-12:30pm
  • Stomp Rockets – Tuesday, July 23, 10:30am @ Henika Libraray. Lunch served at Steeby, 11:30-Noon
  • Cirque Amongus – Tuesday, July 30 at 10:30am @ Steeby Elementary. Lunch at 11:30-Noon
  • Avian Wonders Exotic Bird Show – Wednesday, July 31 at 10:45am @ teeby Elementary. Lunch at 11:30-Noon. Free books to first 100 kids!
  • Baffling Bill Magician – Wednesday, August 7 at 10:45am @ Steeby Elementary. Lunch at 11:30-Noon. Free books to first 100 kids!
  • Playtime in the Park – Monday, August 12 at 11:00am @ Wayland City Park. Free book for each family. For children age birth to 5, older siblings are welcome to join!  Lunch Noon-12:30pm

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Grand Rapids Capitalist Class invites former UN Ambassador to say that Socialism creates poverty | Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Yesterday, the Econ Club of Grand Rapids held their annual dinner, which included the wealthiest people in West Michigan and members of the professional class.

Yesterday, the Econ Club of Grand Rapids held their annual dinner, which included the wealthiest people in West Michigan and members of the professional class.

The keynote speaker this year was Nikki Haley, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, who served as US Ambassador to the UN for just 1 year (2017 – 2018), was noted for her willingness to use military force against North Korea, her staunch defense of the State of Israel and her role in the Trump Administration’s decision to end aid to countries that were critical of Israel and the US support of Israel.

However, at the Econ Club dinner on Wednesday, Haley addressed the issue of Socialism, which makes complete sense when the event at DeVos Place was packed with those who embrace a Neo-liberal form of Capitalism.

In an MLive article, Haley was quoted as saying:

Sesquicentennial year adds to Dorr 4th of July celebration

This summer’s Dorr Fourth of July celebration will be a week-long affair, from Sunday, June 30, through Saturday, July 6, because the township will observing its 150th anniversary.

“The Fourth of July Committee continues to work to bring fresh thinking and bright ideas to the Dorr area’s annual celebration,” a committee spokesperson said. “Last year’s Fourth was a big success, and we have an even better celebration planned for this year.”

Pastors for Texas Children: Great News for Public Schools in the Lone Star State! | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Our good friends who lead Pastors for Texas Children—the Revs. Charles Foster Johnson and Charles Luke—have great news to report from the Lone Star State. It was a bipartisan victory for five million children, their teachers, and their public schools!

THIS DAY IN HISTORY May 30, 1942: Fred Korematsu Arrested

#tdih 1942 Fred Korematsu, a U.S. citizen and the son of Japanese immigrants, had refused to evacuate when President Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Korematsu was arrested on a street corner in San Leandro, California on May 30, 1942 for resisting Executive Order 9066, in which all people of Japanese descent were incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps. He was convicted and sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah.

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