Washtenaw Intermediate School District http://wemu.org en Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-international-high-school-tops-county-act <p>Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old.&nbsp;</p><p>Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:28:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 48488 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-merit-exam-scores-continue-improve <p>Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:31:47 +0000 Bob Eccles 48426 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-concerned-about-k-12-funding-proposal <p>A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 47127 at http://wemu.org WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal Early College Alliance Students Rank 6th On Math, Reading Scores http://wemu.org/post/early-college-alliance-students-rank-6th-math-reading-scores <p>Early College Alliance students are ranked sixth out of more than 800 high schools on Michigan Merit Exam math and reading test scores.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The rankings for the program at Eastern Michigan University are from the website schooldigger.com, which last year ranked the ECA 41st in the state.&nbsp;</p><p>Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Director Dave Dugger says the jump was due to a focus on improving literacy education, and spending one day a week understanding and practicing writing for the ACT.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:53:46 +0000 Bob Eccles 46756 at http://wemu.org Early College Alliance Students Rank 6th On Math, Reading Scores New Principal Named For Washtenaw International High School http://wemu.org/post/new-principal-named-washtenaw-international-high-school <p>The Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium (WEOC) has named Nhu Do as the Principal/WEOC Program Director for Washtenaw International High School, an International Baccalaureate program.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:23:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 45948 at http://wemu.org New Principal Named For Washtenaw International High School WISD Hosts 'Data Dig' Website Familiarization Sessions http://wemu.org/post/wisd-hosts-data-dig-website-familiarization-sessions <p>The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is hosting a pair of information sessions to familiarize the community with Michigan's mischooldata.org website.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 05:19:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 45744 at http://wemu.org WISD Hosts 'Data Dig' Website Familiarization Sessions 'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/touch-truck-motors-ypsilanti <p>The 6th annual Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative "Touch a Truck" event rolls into Ypsilanti Saturday.</p><p></p><p>Children and their families will have the chance to get up close and personal with more than 35 vehicles from organizations like the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Ypsilanti District Library, Huron Valley Ambulance and Recycle Ann Arbor.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 07:04:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 45449 at http://wemu.org 'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti Lisiscki Tabbed As Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent http://wemu.org/post/lisiscki-tabbed-interim-ypsilanti-community-schools-superintendent <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki as the successor to Scott Menzel as Superintendent, at least on an interim basis.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The board Monday night unanimously voted to have Lisiscki take over as Superintendent after Menzel steps down at the end of June.&nbsp;</p><p>Lisiscki will lead the district into its second year, and the Board of Education would take up the question of whether to make her tenure permanent or search for a replacement after elections in November.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 06:58:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 45460 at http://wemu.org Lisiscki Tabbed As Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June http://wemu.org/post/menzel-step-down-ypsilanti-community-schools-superintendent-end-june <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools will be in the market for a new Superintendent at the end of June.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That's when Scott Menzel steps down from that position - a transition that was part of the plan when the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:14:08 +0000 Bob Eccles 44914 at http://wemu.org Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-tackling-charter-schools-schools-choice-challenges <p>The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:20:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 44100 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges WISD Helping To Mark Autism Awareness Month http://wemu.org/post/wisd-helping-mark-autism-awareness-month <p>April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will be helping to "Light It Up Blue" to spread the word.</p><p>High Point School and the Teaching and Learning Center on the WISD campus are participating in the campaign this year.</p><p>High Point teachers are posting information on bulletin boards to raise awareness of the Autism Speaks campaign, and the standard light bulbs in the building's main conference room - which are visible from the outside - will be switched out with blue bulbs.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 43662 at http://wemu.org WISD Helping To Mark Autism Awareness Month WISD Holding Playground Improvements Fundraiser http://wemu.org/post/wisd-holding-playground-improvements-fundraiser <p>The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is holding a charity event to raise money for upgrades to the playground equipment at High Point School.</p><p></p><p>The first annual Run, Walk and Roll event takes place April 19th on the WISD campus, 1819 S. Wagner Road in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Katrina Stewart, a teacher for special needs students and avid runner, is organizing the event.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:02:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 43439 at http://wemu.org WISD Holding Playground Improvements Fundraiser Kiwanis Grant to help Education Project for Homeless Youth http://wemu.org/post/kiwanis-grant-help-education-project-homeless-youth <p>The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY) has received a $2,500 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation.</p><p>The money will help the program buy vouchers from local shoe vendors that students can exchange for footwear.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:42:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 42488 at http://wemu.org Kiwanis Grant to help Education Project for Homeless Youth Public Forums Explain ALICE Active Shooter Training http://wemu.org/post/public-forums-explain-alice-active-shooter-training <p>Parents and the Washtenaw County community at large have the chance to learn more about Active Shooter training designed to ensure a uniform response to those types of threats county-wide.</p><p>A pair of public forums this month will introduce the public to the ALICE active shooter training model that’s been adopted locally.&nbsp; ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.</p><p>The intense ALICE training model was adopted in response to a dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings across the nation.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:56:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 42401 at http://wemu.org Public Forums Explain ALICE Active Shooter Training WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-menzel-talks-about-making-snow-days <div>As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:07:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 41577 at http://wemu.org WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days WISD Superintendent Glad to see K-12 Funding Increase in Governor's Budget Plan http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-glad-see-k-12-funding-increase-governors-budget-plan <div>The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District says he's glad to see an increase in funding for K-12 education in Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Scott Menzel says t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he proposal would bring an increase of $83 to $111 in per-pupil funding to school districts in the county.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Menzel says with several county districts working with small fund balances, and one district operating at a deficit, it's difficult to determine the actual impact the additional state money will have on students.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p>Menzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;believes the most important part of the Governor's education funding plan is a $65,000,000 investment in the Great Start Readiness Program for low-income Pre-school students. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:21:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 41239 at http://wemu.org U-of-M Institute for Social Research Continues Giving Tradition http://wemu.org/post/u-m-institute-social-research-continues-giving-tradition <p>Homeless students in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will have something to smile about this Christmas thanks to a generous donation from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research's ISR Feeds group.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The group dropped off about 150 gift bags Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>WISD Communication Specialist Emma Jackson says this is the fifth year the ISR has helped out.<br /><br />The donation will benefit kids in the Education Project for Homeless Youth, a non-profit organization that provides supprot to students who are homeless.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:41:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 38975 at http://wemu.org U-of-M Institute for Social Research Continues Giving Tradition Ann Arbor Schools To Continue in Alternative Programs http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-continue-alternative-programs <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to participate in three county-wide, alternative programs for high school students.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Board of Education Thursday night voted to maintain it's relationship with the consortium that includes the Early College Alliance (ECA), Washtenaw International High School (WI-High) and Widening Achievement for Youth (WAY) program.&nbsp; The resolution calls on Superintendent Jeanice Swift to target no more than 10 spots in the WAY program, 35 new slots in the E-C-A, and 40 new slots for Wi-High.&nbsp; District officials had called into question whether Ann Arbor should continue in the consortium, citing a lack of transparency and communication with Washtenaw Intermediate School District officials that op[erate the program. WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel apologized for communication issues and says they will do better in the future. Ann Arbor school board members also accepted some of the blame in the communication break-down and for missing consortium meetings.&nbsp; For a full report, listen below.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:28:04 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38035 at http://wemu.org Number of Spots Ann Arbor Will Take for County-wide High School Options Still Uncertain http://wemu.org/post/number-spots-ann-arbor-will-take-county-wide-high-school-options-still-uncertain <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools have still not determined how much they will participate in three county-wide high school options.&nbsp; The school board last night postponed a vote until next week's study session on how many seats they will use in the Early College Alliance, Washtenaw International High School, and Widening Advancement for Youth.&nbsp; The delay comes with Ann Arbor Schools wanting to use many fewer seats than the consortium has allocated to the district.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says much of the confusion has been blamed on the superintendent transition, but she believes both parties are to blame for the communications issues.&nbsp; Swift recommended the district use 80 seats total in the ECA and Wi-Hi and 15 for WAY.&nbsp; The allocation approved by the consortium last month would give Ann Arbor 80 new seats in the ECA&nbsp; alone, and a straight lottery for Wi-Hi.</p><p>David Dugger is the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Director of Secondary Options.&nbsp; Dugger says the other consortium members&nbsp; in October opted to continue to use a straight lottery for Wi-Hi and a proportional system to assign slots to the ECA.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:31:18 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37710 at http://wemu.org Free and Reduced Cost Lunch Program Unscathed by Government Shutdown - So Far http://wemu.org/post/free-and-reduced-cost-lunch-program-unscathed-government-shutdown-so-far <p>The program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:45:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 36181 at http://wemu.org WISD Gears Up to Help Homeless Students in the New Academic Year http://wemu.org/post/wisd-gears-help-homeless-students-new-academic-year <p></p><p>School, in and of itself, can be hard enough. How difficult must it be for children who are homeless? It's a question that more children in Washtenaw County have to answer than you might think. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District last year helped make sure more than 1,300 students classified as homeless were able to attend classes.&nbsp;</p><p>As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the WISD's <em>Education Project for Homeless Youth</em> is now gearing up for a new academic year.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:59:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 33591 at http://wemu.org WISD Gears Up to Help Homeless Students in the New Academic Year WISD Collecting Supplies for Homeless Students http://wemu.org/post/wisd-collecting-supplies-homeless-students <p>The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is preparing for the new school year by collecting clothing and school supplies for homeless students.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles tells us more about the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth.</p><p></p><p>Find out more about the project here:&nbsp; <a href="http://wash.k12.mi.us/instruction/ephy.php">http://wash.k12.mi.us/instruction/ephy.php</a></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:15:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 33565 at http://wemu.org WISD Collecting Supplies for Homeless Students Progress in Ypsilanti- Willow Run Consolidation http://wemu.org/post/progress-ypsilanti-willow-run-consolidation <p>The unified, Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board continues the march towards the July 1st, official launch of the district merger. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the board on Thursday night took care of some contract business.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:31:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 30848 at http://wemu.org Early College Alliance Begins Fifth Year http://wemu.org/post/early-college-alliance-begins-fifth-year <p>Eastern Michigan University's Early College Alliance projects it'll have 425 area high schoolers enrolled this year.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:21:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 19795 at http://wemu.org Early College Alliance Begins Fifth Year