Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez, with Freeman Elementary students El’Geno Garland, Mickial Sadler, and Dejuane Carroll, said the district tried a balanced calendar at the school for three years, with good results. (Photo: Daniel Mears / The Detroit News, The Detroit News)
Flint — The calendar in Flint Community Schools will start classes earlier in the summer, end them later in the spring and include six multi-day breaks as part of a new effort to keep children academically engaged and let teachers recharge.
Flint public schools is positioning itself to be the largest urban district in Michigan to have a “balanced” calendar for all of its schools for 2019-20, a move education experts say can reduce summer learning loss and provide more learning opportunities for students who lack them.
A balanced calendar features 180 days of instruction just like a traditional school calendar, but students in Flint will start the school year Aug. 7, end classes June 18 and get six breaks of four to 10 days — called “intersessions” — throughout the year.
Students will be in class for roughly 35 school days to study defined units of work, followed by an intersession, Flint Superintendent Derrick Lopez said.
Students who have not mastered the material will be asked to go to school during the intersession where they can get help from teachers and other staff before moving on to the next unit, Lopez said.
Intersessions will include both instruction periods and activities, giving students both mental and physical stimulation during break periods, school officials said.
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July 15, 2019
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian: It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Ethan Mutschler, a senior at Wayland Union High School. Ethan died from injuries suffered in a car accident which occurred on Friday, July 12.
Visitation for Ethan will be this Friday, July 19 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center.
The funeral will be Saturday morning at 11:00am, also at the WUFAC. Parents are encouraged to attend the funeral with their student.
Students will have varied reactions to the death of a peer. Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal to crying and anger. I encourage you to openly discuss with your student their reactions and feelings regarding the death of Ethan.
Our Guidance Counseling Staff will be available at Wayland Union High School on Tuesday, July 16th from 10am-2pm for any students or staff who would benefit from the support of a counselor as we grieve the loss of Ethan Mutschler.
Counselors can also be contacted by emailing Lisa Gulch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Cutler, Principal
Wayland Union High School
Contact: Laurie Zywiczynski, Director of Community Relations, email@example.com
District Hires New Athletic Director/Assistant PrincipalWayland, MI– Wayland Union Schools has hired Matthew Moffett as the new Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Wayland Union High School.
Moffett has been an Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Homer High School and most recently was a Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at Forest Hills Northern. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University in Physical Education/Health Education where he played baseball and was the Team Captain. He earned his Master’s degree from University of Michigan-Flint in Educational Leadership. He is married to his wife Kim and have two children.
“I am really excited to get Matt on board!” said Tom Cutler, WUHS Principal. “With his past experience as an Athletic Director coupled with his enthusiasm and passion for students and educational athletics, he will continue to build on the programs and traditions at Wayland Union High School.”
Moffett will begin on July 29. He is replacing former Athletic Director, Santino Di’Cesare who filled the WUHS Assistant Principal position.