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2016-2017 School Calendar
Western's 2016-2017 School Calendar
One Page Summary 2016-2017 School Calendar
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts in Michigan must provide a minimum of 180 days of student instruction. For many districts including Western, this means having to add days onto their existing calendars. Over a year ago, the superintendents in Jackson County and their boards of education began talking about developing a "common calendar" for the county. After much discussion and receiving a waiver from the the State of Michigan to start before Labor Day, the common calendar for Jackson County is becoming a reality. We are very aware that not everyone likes the notion of starting school before Labor Day, but for many of us this is returning to what was done prior to the 2006 legislation. Regardless, the 180 day requirement exists and whether we add time onto the beginning or end of the school year it will shorten summer vacation.
SENIORS, PLEASE READ:
Our Herff Jones representative, Matt Carlson, will be here Friday, May 6th, during both lunches
to deliver orders (grad announcements, senior swag, etc.).
* * * AFTER PROM PARTY 2016 * * *
Attention ALL Juniors & Seniors!
We are pleased to announce the WHS Parents After Prom Committee is hosting the 2016 After Prom Party.
Attendance is open to all Juniors & Seniors, whether or not you attended the dance.
This years After Prom Party is being held at the High School immediately following Prom.
Doors open at 11:30 pm and close at 12:30 am.
Activities will begin at 12:00 am and end after the Grand Prize Drawing at 3 am.
There will be no admittance after 12:30 am and no re-entry once you leave.
Please have your WHS id with you and no bags may be brought into the Party.
You may leave your bags at the entry until you leave.
The Party will include music, games, food, and prize giveaways.
For more information definitely check out the website: www.whsafterprom.weebly.com
The website has detailed information about the games, food, and PRIZE LIST!!
REQUESTING VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS
ATTENTION Parents & Community Friends
The WHS Parents After Prom Committee is still looking for 2 things: Volunteers & Donations.
We are in desperate need for parent volunteers to work the evening of the party; May 7th.
We need VOLUNTEERS for:
1) Set up and decorating from 8-11:30 pm,
2) Chaperones for the party from 11:30 pm till 3:00 pm, and
3) Clean up after the party.
Also, if anyone is interested in helping with DONATIONS: we are looking for items for prize giveaways.
This can include gift card, gift certificates, and/or cash to purchase additional items.
All donations are tax deductible.
If you can help, please contact Lou Ann McCormack @ email@example.com.
EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT IT: FLEX FOR....
Here's what we have so far:
Exciting possibilities for WHS!
Flex For... is a chance to embrace modern education by opening fourth hour during the traditional WHS school day for creative personalized learning, career exploration and preparation, credit recovery and academic intervention Students will take ownership of their own learning by choosing an individualized Flex pathway.
Flex For… will raise the grades of all students, reduce the number of failed classes, increase employability skills and career exploration, and provide another strong, caring, mentoring relationship with an adult.
WHS staff hope to pilot this Flex Hour in 2016-2017.
★ All JACC students and most dual enrolled students will not be scheduled in a Flex hour, thus allowing the enrollment in the Flex hours to be 15-17 students.
★ Creative scheduling, including online classes, use of personal curriculum, and independent studies will be employed to allow students who are interested in multiple music and world language classes as many of their choices as possible.
★ Flex students will be scheduled in groups of 9-12th graders. A possible idea: student locker locations will determine each student’s Flex For... teacher, creating “Flex communities,” if you will, by each teacher’s room. Students would remain with the same Flex teacher during all four years of high school.
New students would join each Flex group as seniors leave and freshmen enter each year.
★ For consistency purposes, Online classroom (ex: Schoology or Google Classroom) Flex Folders will be developed by WHS teachers during the summer and shared with ALL teachers when Flex For.. .is rolled out.
★ Teachers will become clear on Flex expectations and Flex folders during professional development in June and in August.
★ Teachers will understand that they may be observed during Flex For… and that accountability for student engagement will be as for any other class on their schedule.
Flex For ...Expectations
★ Current preliminary thinking is that all students will be required to choose and complete a minimum of two units per nine weeks from the grade specific Flex Folders, one of which is focused on career exploration or employability skills and one on communication skills. As in all WHS classes, game playing on iPads and phones will not be allowed during Flex.
★ Students will have completion requirements to fulfill and will be held accountable for effective use of their Flex time by logging in to Schoology each day and recording and reflecting on their daily work.
★ Students will receive pass/fail credit for their Flex hour.
★ Students will be able to pursue internship opportunities, visiting their internship supervisor during Flex, or have time to pursue an internship after school using Flex time to complete homework; the possibilities of near-by internships are numerous.
★ In addition to internships, students may choose from the following during Flex For…: independent studies with WHS teachers, career exploration, communication skills, employability skills, career prep programs and speakers in conjunction with W Career Prep HS, academic intervention, (peer and teacher tutors) credit recovery, and student choice Passion Projects.
Ideas for rolling out Flex For...to both students and parents include:
★ Email, Power Up infomercial/video for students, classroom talks with counselors, talking points provided for WHS teachers to go over in a designated hour, community forum, global connect calls,local press articles, and flyers mailed home & distributed at WHS events.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM MOVES ON UP!
If you see Emma Farina, Syd Zuke, Justin Macchia and Carmen Ortega, please tell them congratulations! Their DI team is going to Globals. This team has impressed appraisers all over Michigan with their humor, confidence, sportsmanship and teamwork. They have quite a reputation in our state and we can't wait to see what they will do at Globals!!
Our other Western teams also ROCKED placing 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th , 14th and 19th. We are SO proud of our teams!!!
* * * PROM 2016 * * *
Prom tickets are $35 each and may be purchased by a Junior or Senior ONLY beginning Monday, April 18.
Tickets will be sold during BOTH lunches Monday-Friday.
Tickets will also be sold AFTER school in Mrs. Mayotte's room Mondays and Fridays and in Mrs. Male's room Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tickets purchased May 2 or later will cost $40 each! Prom 2016 will be on Saturday, May 7.
A GIFT FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER
Give a TeacherBox
This spring you have an opportunity to say thanks to that special teacher who has made a difference in your life by giving them a TeacherBox.
For just $15 each box contains some awesome gifts including a cool pair of socks, a Biggby Coffee gift card, Lake Champlain chocolates, along with a special note from you thanking your teacher for the difference they have made in your life. Plus, you'll get to hand deliver this gift right to their classroom!
Join people from all over Jackson as we honor our teachers for their incredible service.
SENIORS! Save the dates!
The merry month of May will be here before you know it!
Here are some dates you may need NOW for GRADUATION planning purposes:
Senior assembly: Receive caps and gowns Monday May 23rd
Seniors exam days (for those who need to take final exams): May 26th and 27th
Senior All School Honors Assembly: Friday May 27th CAPS AND GOWNS FORMAL EVENT
Senior Luncheon: Friday May 27 from 11A to 2P at the Cascades Manor House
Honors Night: June 1st 7 PM in the community arts center, CAPS & GOWNS FORMAL EVENT
Baccalaureate: 6P, June 2nd at Calvary United Methodist Church CAPS & GOWNS FORMAL EVENT
MANDATORY Graduation Practice : WHS gym 8 AM Friday, June 3rd.
*GRADUATION: Sunday, June 5th, WHS gym, 3:00 CAPS AND GOWNS FORMAL EVENT
Information re: M-Step Testing
M-Step testing and results!
Information produced by the State Department of Education for your perusal.
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Make sure your Target RED Card is registered with
Western High School
Target will give up to 1% of your spending
back to our school!
Western’s Target School ID: 63700
Go to www.Target.com
then, Manage my RED Card
Take Charge of Education
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You will be asked to speak the name of our town and state, and then later the name of our school. If it cannot recognize the school name, you will be transferred to a real, live person. That person will sign you up to ensure that 1% of your spending goes to Western High School!
- Call 1-800-755-5856
- Enter the last 4 digits of card number then press “#”
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- Pick option 5 to hear more options
- Then, push 1 for Take Charge of Education
- You will be asked if you are already signed up for Western High School
- If you are not, PLEASE ENROLL!!