NOVEMBER 2013

Theme of the Month

Theme of the month: Weather

 

Reminders

Vendor spots are still available for the WMAES Arts and Crafts Fair occurring
in December.

Feel free to donate used WMAES uniforms back to the school. We will be able to use these for other students needing uniforms.

All Green Kids payments are due before students can attend child care. NOTE: Green Kids will not be open on November 27.

PINGO cards are now available online on the Power Parent Team” page – listed under Parents/Students.

 

Upcoming Events

Recycle Bowl
October 21 – November 15

Fall Dance
November 1 | 7–10pm
For students in grades 6–12

WMAES Family Night
November 7 | 5–7pm
Dinner served until 6pm

Blood Drive
November 11 | 10am–1:30pm

 

Eagle Class of the Week

Miss Bailey
Miss Heintskill
Miss Garner
Miss Silveria

 

Writers of the Month

Group photo of writers of the month

 

Character Education Students of the Month

Group photo of students of the month

 

High School Exam Schedule

Nov. 25 – 1st period exams
Nov. 26 – 2nd and 3rd period exams
Nov. 27 – 4th and 5th period exams

CAMPUS NEWS

Tell Others Why YOU Chose WMAES

We are currently looking for parents and staff to update our review for GreatSchools.

GreatSchools.com rates schools based on performance, location, and reviews. We are looking for our parents to review our school and share with others the many reasons you trust West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science to provide your children with the best education. Go to GreatSchools.com and write your review today!

“Welcome Winter” Family Night

WMAES will host “Welcome Winter” Family Night on Thursday, November 7 from 5–7pm. Dinner will be served until 6pm.

This family night is full of fun activities for families and children of all ages. Activities include: live reindeer, cocoa station, hayrides, crafts and games, winter-themed stories, and yummy donut holes and cider for dessert. Community partners will also be available with special information for families to take home. The first 150 students will receive a free, re-usable water bottle. This will also be a Zero Waste Family Night. Spoonlickers yogurt has donated 2,000 paper spoons and 300 biodegradable spoons for the event.

A special thanks to Spoonlickers, Meijer, and the Kent County Recycling and Education Center for supporting this event!

Recycle Bowl

Recycle Bowl CompetitionStarting October 21 and running until November 15, WMAES is participating in the Recycle Bowl.

We are in the State recycle bowl competition and competing for $1,000. We will be tracking how much paper, plastic, cardboard, paper, and compost we recycle here at school in a variety of ways. We will also be holding a school-wide contest to see who can bring in the most recyclable materials during that time. High school senior, Tyree, will be helping at the high school level, weighing the amounts of recyclables and keeping track of data for each pick up day (Wed/Fri AM). He is doing this as part of his senior project service hours. The winning classroom will receive a zero waste pizza lunch, one winner in each building – Elementary vs. MS/HS.

This will also coincide with our Say No to Disposable Water Bottle poster contest that will be announced at our Character Education assembly on November 5.

November is a Time to Give

WMAES will be hosting a blood drive on November 11 from 10am until 1:30pm.

Students 16 and up are encouraged to participate. We are also encouraging parents to give. If you are interested in taking part in our drive, please contact Mr. Snyder to set up an appointment time or if you have questions – you may email him at JasonSnyder@choiceschools.com.

WMAES Bus Becomes Environmental

Although there is only one bus at WMAES, it certainly is put to good use. Not only does the WMAES bus transport Preschool students, but it also participates in athletic events, field trips, as well as staff outings. With the recent passing of a new state law, our bus has only become even greener. School buses are no longer allowed to idle for more than five minutes. Thanks to Speedwrench, an idle timer has been installed on our bus, automatically shutting our bus down after five minutes. Now that’s green!

PreKindergarten News

Our Upcoming Month…

During the month of October, students learned about apples and pumpkins. Little ones tasted apple and pumpkin goodies such as apple cider, homemade applesauce, and pumpkin pie treats. Students also painted with apples, estimated pumpkin seed numbers, explored the inside of a pumpkin, and enjoyed their field trip to Klackle’s Orchard – especially the picking apples and pumpkin part.

In the upcoming month, students will be learning about the weather and exploring their five senses.

Elementary News

Second Grade Booms with Adventure

Second grade proved to be full of adventures in the month of October. Miss Holly planned a field trip to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the little scientists. Students enhanced their learning of communities from the past and the present, especially learning about how life was long ago on the farm. They were able to see how laundry was washed, butter was made, and how children of the past had fun. Students participated in activities such as relay races to hang clothes on the line and a marching band of homemade musical instruments. You can view many photos from the trip on Mrs. Heintskill’s class blog – mrsheintskill.blogspot.com.

On October 16, the Walker Police Department presented to Miss Lameris’ class about “Stranger Danger”. The students gained a better understanding of good strangers versus bad strangers. Most importantly, students learned that if approached by a stranger, they should yell and run away.

In the upcoming month of November, second graders are looking forward to The NED Show. This assembly teaches students how they can develop valuable skills to become champions at school and in life. – We hear the yo-yo part of the show is a class favorite!

College Kids for the Day!

Mrs. Shubert’s first graders are going to be “college kids” for the day. With a field trip planned to Aquinas College, first graders will get a chance to visit Mrs. Shubert’s Alma Mater. Students will tour the campus to see where college students eat, live, play, and of course learn. It is never too early to start thinking about college and setting goals.

Fourth Grade Curriculum Update

Fourth graders will be quite busy this month. Students will begin reading “Because of Winn Dixie” as a class. Their new character analyzing and story structure skills will be wisely applied.

In math, fourth graders have finished with MEAP testing and are now starting with intense multiplication problems.

Science proves to be exciting, allowing students to observe the different cultures of their peers, and learning even more about recycling and reusing.

Meet Our Specialist Team

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our Education Specialists, there’s no better time than the current.

Chris Boyd, Tara Baxter, Sue Willinger, and Angela Otterbein work hand-in-hand with our elementary teachers to ensure that all students’ educational needs are being met. Their roles are to support students who are below grade level in reading and math in grades K-8. Using a collaborative team teaching approach within the classroom, specialists and teachers make sure that all students understand the material being taught. Team teaching allows students to work in small groups and one-on-one settings with their teachers, which focuses more time and energy on the students.

If you have any questions about reading or math, please feel free to stop our specialists in the hall, call the school and ask to
speak with one of them, or email the specialist working in your child’s grade, and they will be more than happy to assist.

Tara Baxter – Reading Specialist grades K-2
Sue Willinger – Reading Specialist grades 3-5
Angela Otterbein – Math Specialist grades K-3
Chris Boyd – Math Specialist grades 4-8

Middle School News

Students Show Compassion During Class Lesson

In 6th and 7th grade ELA, students are beginning Part 2 of the novel “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko. In the book, the main character’s sister, Natalie, is diagnosed with autism. Students have taken this unit even deeper by studying autism more closely. Miss Moens’ classes watched the movie “Temple Grandin”, a true story about a woman with autism who became quite successful in life. Students then compared and contrasted the characters and have been discussing the many facets of autism. The class was privileged to have a fellow WMAES student with autism speak to the class about the challenges he faces daily.

“Students are developing a keen awareness of this ‘hidden epidemic’ through our studies in Language Arts. I am truly amazed at their compassion and empathy throughout this unit,” says Miss Moens.

X+5 = 8th Grade Math

After finishing with MEAP testing in late October, eighth grade math students are ready to embark on the upcoming year’s curriculum.

High School News

Green Team in Action

WMAES’ Student Council has been very busy this month.

The council, comprised of students from grades 6-12, has organized a Green Team. The idea for the team came from Miss Holly and the students’ recent trip to Grand Valley State University where they watched and learned how to put their own Green Team into action. Student Council members are volunteering their time in the lunchroom, helping other students learn what and where to recycle, reuse, reduce, and compost! Members are also busy planning a Fall Dance, which will take place Friday, November 1 from 7-10pm. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eagle Shack for $3, or at the door the day of the event for $5. This year’s theme is “Fall Colors”.

WMAES is Outdoor BoundOutdoor Bounds Club in the Muskegon River.

Outdoor Bound is one of WMAES’ high school clubs that seeks to involve our high school students with the outdoors one Saturday a month. In September, a wonderful group of twelve students ventured up to Newaygo for a canoeing trip on the Muskegon River. On this gorgeous day, students canoed six miles down the river. The trees were beginning to change colors, the water was calm, the salmon were swimming, and a pair of bald eagles followed the club on part of their journey. Students enjoyed lunch on an island, a swim in the river, and lots of laughs. On October 26, the club headed to Silver Lake State Park to hike the dunes. The November trip is scheduled for November 23, with the location to be determined by club members.

Athletics

Our athletics information is constantly be updated on out website under the Parents & Students tab. There you can find the sports offered, available schedules, and coach information. Here are our current sport coaches.

Boys Basketball: Stephen Kunst
Girls Basketball: Steven Washington
MS Volleyball: Heather Fitzgerald
Junior Varsity Volleyball: Laurel Peterson
Varsity Volleyball: Ali Dubois

The GREEN Scene

Did you know that November 15 is National Recycle Day? With that being said, here are some recycling tips and facts:

Remember to mind your three R’s… Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle!

Entrepreneurial News!Photo of Abby Taylor and Nicole Smith

Entrepreneurial Students will be visiting Twisted Rooster restaurant to learn about their local food initiative and unique marketing strategies.

We also have added several new products to the Eagle Shack during the month of October. One of those products is an all natural lip balm created by I Love My Lips. Abby Taylor and Nicole Smith started this company last year.

They use the caps of water and pop bottles to form the containers for the balm. The product has become very popular throughout the school, and is offered in the following flavors: lemon, peppermint, chocolate, and vanilla. Each lip balm costs $3, and you can purchase it at the Eagle Shack or directly through the creators.

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