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Fun, healthy snack ideas!

Check out these fun, healthy snack ideas for your family! Enjoy!


End summer with a bang!

End the summer with a bang! Here are a few activities to get your kids excited for back-to-school. Perfect for today's rain! 


Cheers to Mrs Tuuk!

Cheers to Mrs. Tuuk, our spectacular social studies teacher! This history buff enjoys running, reading and cooking chicken fajitas! She also loves spending time at her family cottage with her husband and two daughters, Sydney and Samantha! Thank you for your dedication to our high school!

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Summer school ends August 8th

Just a friendly reminder that Thursday, August 8th is the last day of summer school.

School Supply List

Our school supply list for elementary grades is ready to go! Click here to view and print the newest edition.

Recycling Resource!

Unsure how to dispose of those Brita Water Filters or Capri Sun pouches? Tree Huggers, a package free grocery on Wealthy Street, accepts them!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Hammond!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Hammond! This dedicated Pre-K teacher enjoys bike riding, vacationing and grilling on the deck with her husband and baby to be! She and her family are Michigan fans! Go blue and thank you for your years of service at WMAES!


Family Challenge!

Can your family go without paper for one week? WMAES is challenging you to use dry erase boards instead of paper for family notes, dinner ideas and even a game of Pictionary!

Meet Mrs. Shubert!

Today's Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Shubert! This loving first grade teacher enjoys decorating, cooking spicy stuffed shells and going to the beach with her husband and daughter, Avery! They also enjoy visiting Fredrick Meijer Gardens. Mrs. Shubert is creative and thoughtful and we are so glad she is a part of our team!


Cherries are in season!

Cherries are in season! Here are a few U-Pick locations - enjoy the weekend!

Moelker Orchards, Grand Rapids (616) 453-2585
Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm, Grand Rapids (616) 784-0058

Free water playgrounds around GR!

Check out these FREE water playgrounds around GR! Open July 1 through August 18 from 8am-8pm. Make a splash this summer with your family!

Locations: Joe Taylor Park, Alger Park School, Heartside Park, Mary Waters Park, Gerald R. Ford Middle School

Summer school is in full swing!

Summer school is in full swing! Check in with your child's summer school teacher to hear about all the great progress!

Meet Mrs. Moens!

Meet Mrs. Moens! This amazing middle school, Language Arts teacher enjoys camping, bowling and grilling with her husband and two daughters! WMAES is so lucky to have her!

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Top 10 Charter School

In August, Bridge Magazine said our high school was one of the top ten charter high schools in the area.  This year they have ranked our entire school # 9 for all charter schools in Michigan!  Congratulations to our staff and students on all their hard work! Check out this article for more information on the ranking.

Winter Programs Coming Soon!

We've just put online information on this year's winter programs.  The first winter program at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science is taking place on Thursday, December 13. It will be a Howl at the Moon Moon Hike. Join us to explore the ecosystems in winter by the light of the moon. Play some moonlight tag along the way and enjoy a roaring campfire in the woods to warm up by with some hot cocoa.

WMAES families are free, and the public is welcome, so invite friends! They will have to pay $3 for children, or $5 for adults.

Top 10 Charter High School

Did you know we were listed as one of the top 10 charter high schools in the state?  Not only that, but we are the 2nd ranking charter high school in western Michigan! Check out this article for more information on the ranking.

Lip Dub

Did you know the staff and students at WMAES did a lip dub a few weeks ago?  It took a lot of hard work, but we all had so much doing it!  Check out the video below.


Camera Launch

As part of West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s (WMAES) Senior Project program, senior Mike Hollinshead is preparing to launch a high definition camera at Muskegon State Park on May 18 at 8am. The camera will record a weather balloon’s ascent and descent through the atmosphere.

Mike approached high school science teacher, Jason Raddatz, in November with the idea of sending something into orbit. To prepare, they ran several tests recording the thermodynamics of the capsule, the descent rate of a scale miniature, and ran computer simulations of the projected flight plan.

Mr. Raddatz and Mike also contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and determined a flight plan that would be “minimally invasive” to the community. “It would be a bad day for a lot of people, if the payload landed on a major thoroughfare or population center,” said Mr. Raddatz. “That’s why we chose a launch station near the lake, based on several simulations, Muskegon State Park gives us the best recovery possibility.”

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!


New York Service Learning Trip

WMAES students have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, participating in a New York service learning trip. From April 28 to May 6, 13 students were selected to participate in an environmental science service learning trip. The selected students assisted with trail restoration, habitat protection, and management of invasive species in the New York Adirondack Park. Before participating in the trip, students held fundraising events to help fund this amazing opportunity. From the help of local businesses within Grand Rapids, these 13 students were able to exceed their fundraising goal. It's so wonderful to see our students, at WMAES, doing such amazing work to help rebuild our environment. Thank you!  




GVSU Lab Time

Mr. Raddatz's AP Biology class had a special treat when Grand Valley State University opened their lab for our student's to use.  This is the first time GVSU has ever allowed high school students to work in their lab.  Take a look at some photos from the day on our Flickr page.

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