JUNE 2014

Theme of the Month

Theme of the month: Agriculture



WMAES Field Day is this Friday!

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important dates.


Ready for some summertime adventure?

Check out our Summer Camps - there are camps for all ages!

All WMAES Students get HALF OFF! Register online today >



Welcome Baby Barrett

On May 27, Mrs. Barrett and her family welcomed baby girl Kinley Elizabeth to the world. Healthy, beautiful, and lovely, Kinley weighed 7lbs, 7oz and was 19in. Mrs. Barrett will be on maternity leave until August.

While Mrs. Barrett is enjoying being a mommy of two, Mr. VanDuinen will be substituting as elementary principal. As the elementary technology director, Mr. VanDuinen has met and taught all elementary students at WMAES. We welcome Mr. VanDuinen to the front office, and we are ensuring this transition is smooth and well communicated with all students.

New Assessment Tool at WMAES

In the coming months, WMAES parents and students will be introduced to a new assessment tool. Scantron, or the Education Performance Series, will be replaced by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress).

This change is occurring because WMAES and Central Michigan University
(Educational Authorizer of WMAES) believe that the NWEA and MAP offer a
greater range of data by which our staff can personalize the students’ educational experience. This will increase students’ chances for success at WMAES, and prepare them for their next journey in life.  CMU has endorsed this assessment tool and is offering the professional development necessary for this assessment to help guide our curriculum and create the ownership needed for our students’ success.

Founded nearly 40 years ago, NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for their interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Educators trust their assessments, professional development offerings, and research to help advance all students along their learning path. The state-aligned computer-based testing system, MAP, is built on 30 years of research and refinement, and adapts to the student in real-time as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning achievement and readiness.

Stay tuned for further, in-depth information regarding this important change at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.

Summer Food Service Program at WMAES

With school ending and summer beginning, WMAES is partnering with the Summer Food Service Program this year. This food program serves children 18 years of age and younger, summer school students, and summer campers at no cost.

Monday through Thursday, starting June 16, children will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast: 7:15am – 8:00am
Lunch: 11:45am – 12:30pm

This free food service program will only be available from June 16 – August 7.

Family Night Fly Tying

Thank you to all of our family members who attended our Spring Family Night in May. John Harrison, our guest Fishing Fly Tyer, was able to snap a few photos of students tying ties.

Photography by: jwhphotogallery.com

Girls on the Run Gives Back

The 2014 WMAES Girls on the Run team gave back to the community in part of their community impact project. GOTR decorated and stuffed bags for the Great Strides Walk, which took place May 17. The gift bags were given to children affected by Cystic Fibrosis. The GOTR team wrote inspirational messages on the bags.



PreK & Young 5's

Preschoolers are going on Adventures!

On May 29th, Pre-K students ended the month visiting all the animals at the John Ball Zoo. The little learners were able to learn about the different animals, their qualities, and their origins.

Students will be heading to Tunnel Park in Holland on June 4th, their final trip before their last day on June 6th. We look forward to seeing you all next year, as KINDERGARTENERS!


Elementary News

It’s Talent Time

Elementary students have been waiting all year to showcase their many talents! Well, it is almost their time. Wednesday, June 11 at 1:30pm, WMAES will be hosting the Elementary Talent Show. Come and watch our little performers.


Mrs. Thompson’s kindergarten class will be graduating! Kindergarten Graduation will take place Friday, June 13, at 10am.


High School News

It’s The Final Countdown

May was a busy month for the seniors at WMAES.

The Class of 2014 works hard year-round researching science related issues facing our world today, and using additional research to piece together a unique solution to combat the issue. On May 20, 21, and 22, these seniors delivered a formal presentation of their research to an audience composed mostly of family and friends, as well as a panel of judges. Listed below are the presenters and their topic overview:

B. Baxter – Negative Effects of Caffeine on Adolescents
J. Byrom – Obesity in America
A. DePriest – The Adverse Physical Effects of Modern Personal Computer Technology
B. Dodge – Aquatic Bioindicators and Identifying Water Pollution
K. Hartman – Wind Energy for the Future
K. Hendershot – The Dangers of Conventional Cosmetics
N. Luna – Contaminated Drinking Water
A. Manning – The Environmental Impact of Cigarette Butt Waste
L. Marx – Pharmaceutical Pollution in Aquatic Environments
R. McIntyre – Hydrolic Fracturing
S. Miller – Food Borne Illnesses
S. Montiel – Pollutants in the Grand River
R. Morgan – Electronic Waste and How We Should Handle It
A. Pearson – Conservation of the World’s Big Cat Populations
L. Redmond – The Decline of Michigan Fish Species
J. Sochanek – Overpopulation of Feral Hogs
K. Taylor – Birth Defects Caused by Substance Abuse
B. VandenBos – Pesticides and their Effects on Human Health
C. Vandersluis – The Dangers of Artificial Food Additives
K. Veeley – A Solution to Coastal Dune Erosion
J. Zaski – Habitat Destruction due to Human Interaction

**Seniors who participated in the Make-A-Pitch competition did so in place of their Senior Presentation**

Service Learning Trip 2014

This year, the WMAES Service Learning students traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Students arrived at their housing site at 9:30pm mountain time. On Tuesday, students departed at 7:45am for Blodgett Peak Open Space to serve with the Rocky Mountains Field Institute. Throughout the week, the Service Learning team participated in various team building activities, made log erosion barriers in the Black Forest Regional Forest, built log erosions, cross veins and sills in the Williams Canyon Wilderness to prevent sediment pollution, and worked at the Flywing W ranch to seed a mountain side from a burn scar area. The action packed week came to a close when they returned back to the school Sunday night.


Entrepreneurial News!

Make-A-Pitch Competition

On May 21, seven students participated in the annual Make-A-Pitch competition held at WMAES. With them came the proposals for five business ventures, all of various topics, materials, and complexities. Five judges took to the side stage, grading each performance separately using a guided rubric. Participants created business proposals, actual prototypes, and provided an in depth explanation of their business and invention.

The Make-A-Pitch winner will be announced on June 5th during the Awards Assembly.



The soccer field is OPEN! MS and HS students are encouraged to use the field after AA. Boys' varsity coach, Mr. Boyd, will be there on Wednesdays and Thursdays to answer any questions regarding the 2014 fall season.

The first official practice for the boys' soccer season starts at 8:30am on August 13. All boys, grades 9-12, interested in participating in soccer for the 2014 season need to have a sports physical and a signed concussion form before the first practice. Physical and concussion forms must be brought to the first practice. Please contact Mr. Snyder or Mr. Boyd for more information.


Alumni Corner

WMAES now has an Alumni Organization! If you were a WMAES student, visit the WMAES Alumni Organization on Facebook and invite others from your graduating class to join.

A special registration card will be sent to past graduates inviting them to join the Alumni Organization. Keep in touch with your fellow graduates and share your accomplishments with current WMAES students. The first alumni reunion is being planned and scheduled for August. More information will be included in the June newsletter.











Senior Exams



Awards Assembly
            Graduation Rehersal 8:30am
            Graduation 7:00pm

WMAES Field Day







Last day of School / Half-day



Summer School begins 8:00am





First Day of Summer