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Western School District
1400 S. Dearing Road
Parma,  MI 49269
(517)841-8100
Michael Smajda, Superintendent

The Western School District is located 5 miles west of Jackson in the heart of Southern Lower Michigan. With 3 large cities just an hour away we have vast resources at our disposal and yet are able to retain our rural "home town" atmosphere. We are very appreciative of our parents and community members who support and contribute to the education of our students here at Western. Please browse our web pages to see what's new and feel free to call us with questions.

Our Vision:
Encouraging all students to dream, while preparing them to succeed as global citizens.

Our Mission:
Working together with our community to educate all students as individuals to become successful in a complex world.


District Profile
The Western School District was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Bean, Parma, Spring Arbor, and Woodville Schools.  At that time, there were approximately 1250 students, 70 employees, and an operating budget of about $525,000.  The name, Western School District, was selected because of the geographical location in Jackson County and to be impartial toward any community or area within the newly formed district.
The new Western High School was opened in September of 1960.  Western Middle School was completed in February 1965.  Renovations were made to the high school and middle school buildings with construction completed in August 2004.  Additions were made to our elementary schools in 1968 with the latest construction to these buildings completed in 1997.  The Western Community Arts Center was built in 1992 and provides area residents with a facility which is used year-round for various school and community activities.  The Woodville School was reopened as the Woodville Community Center in 1990 and has been filled each year with many classes and programs to support district needs and activities.
Today the district provides educational services for nearly 2900 students, employs approximately 325 people within the district, and is supported by an annual budget of approximately $23,000,000.
 
Core Curriculum
The Michigan State Board of Education established a Model for Core Curriculum Outcomes in 1990.  The attempt was to provide curriculum guidelines to ensure that all schools offer courses which meet the needs of a child, no matter what district that child attends.  Western School District has complied with the Core Curriculum alignment in all curricular areas (math, science, social studies, language arts, foreign language, unified arts, fine arts, business and technology, and physical education).  While many districts have chosen to align only math, science, social studies and language arts, Western School District’s philosophy is that all facets of a child’s education are essential and therefore, attention should be focused on every aspect of the curriculum.
In March, 2004, the State of Michigan released new Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE’s) for grades K-8 in ELA (English/Language Arts), math, science and social studies.  In the fall of 2006, the State of Michigan released the new High School Content Expectations (HSCE’s).  The Western School District has aligned its instruction with both the GLCE’s and HSCE’s while implementing instructional and systemic strategies to insure a quality education.
A regular, rotating schedule of core curriculum review including cumulative and formative assessment is constantly monitored and revised.  All changes in curriculum are reviewed and implemented by committees comprised of teachers, administrators, community members, and the curriculum director and subsequently approved by the board of education.
During 2009-2010, the focus will be on non-core academic areas.  We will continue to develop strategies to meet the demands of the new high school graduation requirements established for the Class of 2011. Parents are always welcome on review committees.    If you are interested in participating on one of these review committees, please contact curriculum director Craig Raehtz.
 
Board of Education Goals
Each year the Board of Education of the Western School District establishes goals for the improvement of its schools.  The Board of Education reviews progress toward completion of these goals at regular public board meetings throughout the school year.  The reviews take place in November, February, and May.
The following goals were established for 2012-2013:
Goal l:   All students will demonstrate academic growth in core areas.
Goal 2:  Foster a positive and collaborative culture among all stakeholders in Western School District.
Goal 3:  Provide a technology rich learning environment in and out of the classroom.
Goal 4:  Demonstrate fiscal responsibility.  
 
Educational Philosophy
Education, a lifelong process, is the sum of learning acquired through interactions with one’s environment, family, community members, schools, and other institutions and agencies.
The Board of Education is committed to providing academic excellence in the “schooling” environment.  This commitment to academic excellence shall focus on the learner, recognizing that each student brings to the “schooling” environment their own interests, learning styles, cultural background, and abilities.
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