Welcome to Western School District!
Western School District consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one career prep high school. Our three elementary schools are located in separate corners of our school district to best serve our communities. Our middle school and high school are located on our main campus centrally located within the district. Our career prep high school, which provides services to both career and college-bound students, is located on the eastern edge of our school district sharing a border with the community of Jackson.
While considered a rural, blue-collar school district, Interstate I-94 and business route M-60 run east and west through the middle of our district, located 5 miles west of Jackson in the heart of southern lower Michigan, which also provides quick and easy access to Interstate 127 running north and south. Panther Country is located only a short distance from the State’s capital of Lansing to the north, Ann Arbor to the east, Toledo to the south, and Kalamazoo to the west.
Western schools consistently maintains a student population of nearly 3,000 students, 153 certified teachers and numerous support staff providing services to the students from our local communities of Parma and Spring Arbor, home to Spring Arbor University and, in recent years, awarded the best small town to raise children in Michigan, as well as being a popular “School of Choice” both within Jackson County and contiguous out-county school districts.
Western has an award-winning arts program, a highly competitive athletic program, and an exemplary academic program which generates National Merit Scholarship finalists and/or semi-finalists almost annually.
Western schools boasts opportunities to meet every student’s needs, where all students can learn and be successful. When you think of schools, you immediately think of students, but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge our staff, parents and community members that consistently support us to provide the best educational opportunities available for our students.
We appreciate you taking a look at all Western has to offer. Please feel free to peruse our website, visit our building pages, check out our offerings and contact us with any questions you may have.
Michael Smajda, Superintendent
February 4, 2019
Dear Western School District Parent,
The Western School District is in the process of reviewing the sexual education/reproductive health education program to better meet the needs of our students as well as the standards of our community. As a parent, you are the most important factor in the education of your student regarding this topic.
Today, young people often receive conflicting and powerful messages on television, movies, and social media about sexuality. Students need to learn skills that will protect them from the health risks associated with sexual behavior so they can grow up to be healthy, responsible adults. The school board, teachers and staff at the Western School District understands that this is a serious and sensitive subject. Along with our parents, we believe that this topic should be taught by committed, competent, caring professionals who will provide consistent instruction that is based on what students need, what parents and community will support and is consistent with research and best practice teaching methods.
Before any changes can be made to our current program, we need to hear your views. Please take a moment to fill out an online survey prior to March 1st, 2019. Please note that each question will briefly explain if the topic is currently being taught and at the level it is being taught. If you need assistance with the survey, please contact or visit any of our schools. Computers will also be available at the administration office.
Click on the link below to access the survey:
Thank you for taking the time to share your views on behalf of the healthy development of your child. I assure you that we will give thoughtful consideration to each response and keep you updated as we proceed.
Director of Programs
Western School District
Schools of Choice 2018-2019
Western Schools will be accepting Schools of Choice applications for the winter opening of the 2018-2019 school year beginning December 7. The SOC application form (below) must be completed and returned to the Western School District Administration Office no later than December 21, 2018. Applications received after December 21, 2018 will be placed on a waiting list for winter placement consideration, if space remains available.
IMPORTANT: The application form must be dated within the application window, December 7 - December 21, and the center section of the application must be completed and signed by an official of the school that the student is currently attending in order to be considered for Schools of Choice.
GRADE LEVEL OPENINGS: Western has limited SOC openings for winter 2018-2019. The number of available openings are posted below. Families will be notified of their student's application status by January 9, 2019.
Elem. MS HS
K - 5 6 - 0 9 - 1
1 - 0 7 - 1 10 - 1
2 - 0 8 - 1 11 - 1
3 - 0 12 - 1
4 - 0
5 - 0
Board of Education Meetings
Work Sessions of the Board of Education will be conducted on the second Monday of each month beginning at 5:30 p.m. The fourth Monday of each month will be the regular monthly board meeting night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Administration Office Building. There may be deviations to this schedule from time-to-time so watch our Calendar of Upcoming Events for the most up-to-date information.
10:00 AM Gymnastics - Varsity - Girls
4:00 PM Basketball - Freshman - Girls
4:30 PM Basketball - 7th - Girls
4:30 PM Basketball - 8th - Girls
5:30 PM Basketball - JV - Boys
5:30 PM Basketball - JV - Girls
7:00 PM Basketball - Varsity - Boys
7:00 PM Basketball - Varsity - Girls
4:30 PM Wrestling - Middle School - Boys