Superintendent's Blog

  • Dual Purpose Working Dog Update

    Posted by Adam Spina on 4/18/2024 7:11:00 AM

    District Podcast Special Edition

     

    This edition features WCS Speech Pathologist Bailee Lawrence. Listen to it here or use the following links:

     

    Dual Purpose Working Dog Update:

    WCS has partnered with Zebra K9 (and before, Elite Detection K9) to provide a dual-purpose working dog for our District. Gemini and her handler Mrs. Even, continue to have a significant positive impact on our schools.

    Gemini assists with announcing indoor recess at Williamston Middle School:

    Gemini helps at WMS

    Gemini actively patrols the district every day, starting before students arrive. Her flexibility and responsiveness enhance deterrence and foster a greater sense of security. So far this semester, she has conducted over 3,000 firearm and explosives patrols and hundreds of individual backpack and vehicle sweeps. Data from our June 2023 community survey indicated that 89% of students, staff, and parents felt schools were safer with the addition of the detection team.

    Gemini providing a recycling reminder:

    Gemini provides a recycling reminder

    Furthermore, Gemini has formed unique connections with our staff and students. She has supported the District’s overall mental health and social-emotional learning goals. In just the past three months, Gemini tallied over 1,500 interactions with students needing social-emotional support in addition to providing many student escorts. Her involvement with this initiative is noticed and deeply appreciated. As most are aware, Gemini and Mrs. Even were selected by WHS students to be the Grand Marshals of this year’s Homecoming Parade. 

    Gemini at Homecoming, 2023

    Gemini is making a meaningful difference in our schools. Learn more via the links below:

    Read the DBuisness Magazine Article here

    View the Fox 47 story on Gemini here

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    Students interact with Daisy, an additional social-emotional support dog who volunteers part-time at Williamston High School courtesy of Ms. Kim O’Brien:

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  • 2024-2025 Calendar and Upcoming Events

    Posted by Adam Spina on 4/5/2024 10:25:00 AM

    District Podcast Special Edition

    This edition features Explorer Elementary Educator Sonya Pake. Listen to it here or use the following links:

     

    2024-2025 Calendar and Upcoming Events:

    It was great having our students return this week after spring break. We are now officially in the stretch run of the school year. As is typical, the next couple of months will be full of special events and activities. Please be on the lookout for announcements in newsletters and school/district emails. The improved WCS Calendar Tool is another way to keep tabs on special events. 

    We are also busy planning for next school year. Student scheduling is underway, job postings have been published, and supplies are being ordered. If you have not reviewed it already, the 2024-2025 District Calendar is posted on the WCS website. The dates are also listed within the WCS Calendar Tool. 

    Looking forward to a fantastic spring. 

    Support the Williamston Schools Foundation by playing in the 41st Annual Golf Outing on May 4th. The winning student poster this year was created by WHS Senior, Alexis: 

    2024 WSF Golf Outing Poster

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  • WCS State Accountability Results

    Posted by Adam Spina on 3/14/2024 11:33:00 AM

    March/April District Podcast

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    WCS State Accountability Results:

    All WCS schools participating in the state assessment program earned exceptional marks on the recently released scorecard index. The index evaluates schools on key performance measures such as academic proficiency and growth. School quality indicators and the graduation rate index for high schools are also considered. This year’s overall index score school summaries:

    We are extremely proud of our students and staff for their hard work and these excellent results. Our schools benefit from a supportive community that values all aspects of education. The school index scores are a collective Williamston celebration. Congratulations to all involved.

    School Resource Officer Francis assists in the cafeteria at Williamston Middle School:

    SRO Supporting Lunch at WMS, 2024

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  • The New Michigan School Meals Program

    Posted by Adam Spina on 3/1/2024 12:11:00 PM

    District Podcast Special Edition

     

    This edition features Explorer Elementary Educators Sarah Long and Libbey Merrell. Listen to it here or use the following links:

     

    The New Michigan School Meals Program:

    Ensuring all students have access to food is essential to their success in school. Williamston participates in the Michigan School Meals Program, a new state initiative that provides breakfast and lunch to all enrolled students at no cost to their families. WCS students are taking advantage of this new program for both meals. Average daily participation as well as data comparing the 2022-2023 school year are illustrated below:

    WCS Meal Count Comparison

    WCS Lunch Meal Count

    WCS Breakfast Meal Count

    WCS already meets the requirements of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program but aspires to improve the quality of meals served. This is particularly true at the elementary campus, where the kitchen does not have adequate space or equipment to prepare fresh meals. The District is actively exploring expanding the elementary kitchen. More information will be forthcoming on this and other potential District enhancements in the near future. 

    WCS is extremely proud of our food service team. They continue to meet the increased demand for school meals this year. As you might recall, the food service department was named “Restaurant of the Year” by the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing efforts to serve the children of our community.

     

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  • Williamston Visual Arts Programs

    Posted by Adam Spina on 2/15/2024 8:47:00 AM

    District Podcast Special Edition

     

    This edition features Discovery Elementary Educator Lisa Major. Listen to it here or use the following links:

     

    Williamston Visual Arts Programs:

    An important aspect of Williamston’s award-winning K-12 STEAM initiative is the “A,” which represents the Arts. Including the arts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) enhances learning in those fields by emphasizing collaboration, problem-solving, effective communication, and creativity. The arts further diversify core content classes by integrating music, movement, design, and self-expression. 

    Ingham County Intermediate School District Art Showcase entry by Explorer Elementary student Sadie, entitled “Britto Heart”: