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The Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition hosted a workshop for families, November 12 at Adams Academy. The purpose of the workshop was to talk to parents of preschools about how music helps with brain development and to allow young children to play several instruments. the parent coalition is part of Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative, a WISD supported program.
Press Release: WISD swim instructor buoyed by opportunity
Date: November 4, 2013
Vicki Hames-Frazier is not a tread water type person; she dives in to embrace opportunities to hone her skill. The High Point School Aquatic Specialist has been selected to train as an instructor for Children with Challenges through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute (ATRI).
Great chemistry in the room! Washtenaw and Livingston Science Work Group met for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at WISD Teaching and Learning Center. Educators from both counties are studying best practices in science instruction and will produce a report with recommendations later this year.
On October 24, 2013 secondary teachers from Washtenaw and Livingston Counties were involved in Reading Apprenticeship and Writing Collaborative work sessions and Mary Beno was leading the HIV/Reproductive Health advisory group. Just a normal day at WISD.
Keith Hafner's Karate made a generous donation to the Education Project for Homeless Youth. He presented the contribution to the WISD Board during their Oct. 22, 2013 board meeting. In the last two years the Ann Arbor based martial arts business has donated some $20,000 to the program.
High Point School hosted their annual Octoberfest/Open House, Thursday, Oct. 17. Parents, students and staff enjoyed a chili meal in a festive and fun environment.
WISD hosted the first Legislative Coffee of the new school year, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Legislators in attendance were: Rep. Jeff Irwin, Rep. Gretchen Driskell, Rep. David Rutledge and Rep. Adam Zemke. Superintendents and Board Members from around the county attended the event and some of the topics tackled included: Common Core Standards, performance based compensation and deficit/distressed districts.
State budgetary report provides insight to spending and funding
Former WISD student wins Michigan Emmy
She plays with fire and film and both have gained her recognition. Eileen Meier of Ypsilanti took a film class at Washtenaw Community College and she blended her emerging interest in film with her passion for a craft called poi and produced a video.
Active Shooter Response Training
Supt. Scott Menzel was one of the guests on WUOM speaking on the topic of the expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program.
Dr. Jennifer Scott Burton, Executive Director of Special Education for Washtenaw Intermediate School District, attended the annual Sustaining Excellence Through Special Education leadership seminar July 14-17 in Washington D.C.
Dr. Burton is the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) representative for the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and was responsible for coordinating the visit to Capitol Hill, where members of MAASE met with federal legislators. The group learned strategies and techniques to handle the impact that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will have on special education.
Dr. Burton is shown on the right of Rep. John Dingell.
Congratulations to Washtenaw ISD for the successful completion of the 2012-2013 AdvancED External Review and the achievement of Accreditation.
David Dugger, Director of the Early College Alliance Program at Eastern Michigan University, receives award from the Engineering Society of Detroit.
WISD celebrated the 2013 Commencement Exercises, June 5th. There were 24 graduates and 20 students took part in the ceremony.
WISD Board Trustees Diane Hockett and Mary Jane Tramontin were unanimously re-elected to the board, June 3, 2013. Board members from around the county attended the meeting to cast their ballots. Trustees Hockett and Tramontin were sworn in by Board President Gregory Peoples to serve a six-year term.
Superintendent Menzel receives award
WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel received the Great Start "Fierce Heart Award" during a May 31 luncheon in Lansing. Mr. Menzel was recognized for his advocacy work with key legislators to promote the expansion of early childhood programs, such as the Great Start Readiness Program. His behind the scenes work has been instrumental in moving early childhood education to the forefront. Mr. Menzel has brought together community partners and other stakeholders to foster discussion and action as it relates to investing and supporting education for our youngest learners.
The annual High Point and Young Adult Prom took place May 28 at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor. Students were decked out in their finest and enjoyed food, great music and lots of dancing!
Jacob Wright, a talented student in the WISD Young Adult Project (YAP) has an art display at the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts. Jacob also painted a mural on a wall at Community High School in Ann Arbor. While attending Community, Jacob worked with many different forms of art. In a photography class, he learned the process of developing black and white photos and working in the dark room. This is where he first gained an appreciation for the power of black and white photo images and continues to explore ways to capture different perspectives through photography.
You can view his work at the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts Mondays 12-5, Wednesdays 11-4, and Thursdays 11-4.
Hundreds of families flocked to the annual Touch A Truck event, Saturday, May 4th at Ypsilanti's Shadford Field. Children were able to honk horns and sit behind the wheel of fire, ambulance, excavating and police trucks as well as tractors and school buses. The event was sponsored by the WISD and Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative.
For Immediate Release
Issued: May 3, 2013
Women Who Care extend hand to homeless youth
Check for over $9,000 will be presented to local education project
The Washtenaw County branch of 100 (+) Women Who Care will make a contribution to the Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY), 11 a.m., May 7 at Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor. The nonprofit women's group twice annually selects local organizations to support. In a provided statement to EPHY the group indicated, "We are very excited about your charity because of the great work you do and we're pleased we can contribute to your effort."
The April 24 annual Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraiser for the WISD Parent/Staff Organization, was a fun and energetic event with food, talent show, silent auction and a chic boutique. The staff and parents, with help from the Kiwanis Club (and Miss Washtenaw County), provided an amazing and memorable event.
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Early College Alliance student, Sam Tenka, was featured in the publication EMU Today for attaining a perfect ACT score.
WISD Board Elections
Please find attached information regarding the WISD Board Election to be held Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m. in the WISD Board Room.
For Immediate Release
Issued: March 28, 2013
AdvancED recommends WISD re-accreditation
A team of eight educators from around the country conducted a three-day site review of the programs and operations of Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). The team from AdvancED arrived at WISD March 25 and reported their findings to the WISD Board of Education and staff during an exit review Wednesday, March 27 at the Teaching and Learning Center, 1819 S. Wagner Road.
For Immediate Release
Issued: March 11, 2013
Local student & program featured at conference: WISD staff will present successful outcome at state conference
James Kleimola lives in campus housing. He is a trainer with the Eastern Michigan University football team and he regularly hits the gym to keep in shape. By most standards this is a routine schedule, but in this instance it is exceptional because James is cognitively impaired. He is a student in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District's (WISD) Young Adult Program and he is learning to live on his own in a setting that promotes independence. James, along with program teacher Becky Ralls and teacher consultant John Rose, are presenters at the 2013 Annual Michigan Transition Services Association Conference, March 20-22 in Frankenmuth. James exemplifies the conference title "Breaking Barriers Achieving Goals." Neal Elyakin, Supervisor of the WISD Young Adult Program, said being selected to participate in this respected conference speaks to the outstanding work accomplished by the Young Adult Program staff.
Facing History and Ourselves – Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization
The Genocide of the Armenians
Thursday, April 18, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Workshop Facilitator: Mary Johnson, Ph.D.
For Immediate Release
Issued: February 1, 2013
Partnership infuses arts across academic disciplines
The Drum and Bugle Corps experience prepared Jennifer Scott‐Burton, Executive Director of Student Services for Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), for integrating fine and performing arts into the common core standards throughout the county.
Scott‐Burton, a percussionist from 1991‐93 with the Star of Indiana Drum Corps from Bloomington, IN, is one of several local educators tapped to attend the Feb. 13‐16, 2013 Partners in Education annual gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Superintendents Laura Lisiscki (Willow Run Community Schools) and Dedrick Martin (Ypsilanti Public Schools) were recognized at the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) January 2013 conference for their Courageous Leadership in leading their districts through the consolidation process. The two districts will become one, consolidated district beginning July 1, 2013.