December Literacy News

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3:15pm

December Literacy Newsletter includes:

  • Top book picks for children age 0-17
  • Upcoming professional learning including, Elementary Reading Instruction, Dr. Troy Hicks and Reading Apprenticeship

Board vacancy

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:00am

Washtenaw ISD announces board member resignation


Dayle Wright, who has served with distinction as a Washtenaw Intermediate School District Trustee since 2005, has announced that she will step down from the Board of Education before the completion of her term, ending June 30, 2017. Her resignation is effective Dec. 13, 2016.

“I have enjoyed the responsibilities that this office has given me,” Wright said. “I feel like I am a better citizen because of serving as a WISD Trustee.”

Dr. Scott Menzel, WISD Superintendent, said that Wright is a model board member.

“Dayle has been an exemplary board member and has served with integrity, commitment, and made decisions based on what is best for students,” Menzel said. “She has been a conscientious trustee, engaging in educational policy on the national level, and maintaining a local presence at many of the WISD events. She is a recognized and respected trustee, and we will miss her.”

The district is now accepting letters of intent for candidates interested in completing the term ending June 30, 2017. A letter of intent (detailing experiences and qualifications to serve on the board) and a resume should be submitted by December 9, 2016, to Board President Diane Hockett. Qualified applicants must be:

  • A resident of one of the following school districts: Dexter, Chelsea, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake, or Ypsilanti*
  • A registered voter in the school district where he/she is a candidate
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Citizen of the United States

The board will interview qualified applicants December 13, 2016 (time to be determined) and that evening, during a special meeting of the Board of Education, the Board will appoint a new trustee.

Inquiries can be sent to Diane Hockett, WISDboard@washtenawisd.org or WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel, smenzel@washtenawisd.org. Letters may be submitted electronically or mailed to: Washtenaw Intermediate School District, attention Diane Hockett, 1819 S. Wagner Road, P.O. Box 1406, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406.

*Ann Arbor residents are ineligible. State law dictates that no more than two members of the board may be from the same school district. WISD already has two sitting board members that reside within the boundaries of Ann Arbor Public Schools.


Building Closed during winter break

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 2:45pm

During the winter break, the WISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1819 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, will be closed December 26-30 and also on Monday, January 2.

WISD Year in Review: 2015-16

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:30pm

A snapshot of the scope of the work undertaken by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is captured in the annual "Year in Review: 2015-16."

Sleep: Critical to learning

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:15pm

The Washtenaw School Justice Partnership would like to remind parents of the importance of a good night's rest.  Please see the poster for pertinent information.

WISD publication wins state award

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8:45am

The Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) announced the winners of their annual state communications contest. Washtenaw ISD was honored with a "Distinguised" award (highest award) for the publication "Collective WISDom: A Year in Review." Publications are judged on content, readability, and appearance. The annual contest is held to promote quality and recognize excellence in professional school communications.

WISD's service to local districts

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:30pm

The link will take you to the site where you can learn more about the various services that Washtenaw ISD provides to local districts.


Adult Education Options

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Location : Ypsilanti Township Community Center

WISD and WCC announce upcoming orientations for Adult Education, GED, and ESL courses.  The following information is for the newest location addition in Ypsilanti:

Registration Open House
Ypsilanti Township Community Center
2025 E Clark Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Monday, January 9, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm or 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm or 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm or 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm or 5:00pm to 8:00pm

MLK Jr. Day Children & Youth Program

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 8:30am
Location : U-M Modern Languages Building

The 19th annual U-M Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children & Youth Program is 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 812 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor. All students in grades K-12 in southeast Michigan are invited to this free event that includes workshops, live performances, and lunch. Registration required.

Citizen, An American Lyric: A Discussion with Claudia Rankine

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
Location : U-M Rackham Auditorium
Citizen, An American Lyric: A Discussion with Claudia Rankine
January 16, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:30PM
o    Auditorium Rackham
o    915 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Institute for Social Research and the Institute for the Humanities presents: Claudia Rankine
Noted poet and MacArthur Fellow, Claudia Rankine, will discuss American racism through her highly-acclaimed lyric poem, Citizen.
From the publisher:
“Claudia Rankine’s bold new book [Citizen] recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.”
Is RSVP required? No
Event Contact Info
o    Margaret Hicken

Mission and Vision Statements

The mission of Washtenaw Intermediate School District is to promote the continuous improvement of achievement for every student while providing high-quality service to our customers through leadership, innovation, and collaboration.

WISD's vision is to be the leader in empowering, facilitating, and delivering a high-quality, boundary-spanning, educational system that educates all children through an equitable, inclusive, and holistic approach.

Our Address:

AdvancED Accredited1819 South Wagner Road
PO Box 1406
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406
Phone: (734) 994-8100
Fax: (734) 994-2203

Ypsilanti Community Schools

1885 Packard Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 221-1200


Whitmore Lake Public Schools

8845 Main Street
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Phone: (734) 449-4464


Saline Area Schools

7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd
Saline, MI 48176
Phone: (734) 429-8000


Milan Area Schools

100 Big Red Drive
Milan, MI 48160
Phone: (734) 439-5050


Manchester Community Schools

410 City Road
Manchester, MI 48158
Phone: (734) 428-9711


Lincoln Consolidated Schools

8970 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 484-7000


Dexter Community Schools

7714 Ann Arbor Street
Dexter, MI 48130
Phone: (734) 424-4100


Chelsea School District

500 E Washington Street
Chelsea, MI 48118-1199
Phone: (734) 433-2200


Ann Arbor Public Schools

2555 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 994-2200