We honor every veteran of our nation’s armed forces.
We have a number of wonderful traditions in Walkerville Schools, none of them
better than the much-deserved all-school recognition of our local veterans who
so ably served our country.
The moving ceremony touched us all and was led by our WPS band which
played several songs, including a medley of service branch themes, The Star
Spangled Banner, and Taps. The main speaker was our school principal, Mr. Joe
Conkle, an Army veteran.
Following the ceremony, veterans and guests enjoyed a reception prepared by
our WPS food service.
Board Meeting Recap – 11/13/18
Board trustees and I heard good news on multiple fronts at our November
• We will be rolling out a new website after Thanksgiving. We are excited to be a
part of a school communications pilot designed by Tom Page and his School
• We heard more about the concept to repurpose our old elementary building in
ways that could benefit our community. A member of the committee exploring
this presented ideas which include before and after-school day care, medical
use, and other community group participation.
• The annual audit of our district’s finances was presented and Sandy Oomen
(business manager) was praised for ensuring our accounting procedures didn’t
contain any issues that concerned the auditors.
• The Board also discussed Superintendent Evaluation training, with the decision
to contract the Michigan Association of School Boards for assistance in this area.
Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the perfect time for us to reflect on all of the blessings that we
sometimes take for granted. For instance, after honoring our local military
personnel on Veterans Day, I was proud and humbled to be around people who
gave so much for their country. Other than when standing for the Star Spangled
Banner before an athletic event, I confess that I do not think enough about the
sacrifices that have been made by these brave people. I also know I need to be
more mindful of the people who respond first when we are in peril. These include
police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and the list goes on and on. These
people act in selfless ways so that we can feel safe.
When I think of all these people, I also realize that there is a common thread that
runs through almost every one of them; that they all probably attended
school and benefited from the care and concern of teachers, paraprofessionals,
lunch workers, and the volunteers who help out in our schools. So I would like to
thank YOU too for allowing us to help develop your child into becoming a first
responder, doctor, scientist, farmer, soldier, welder, or whatever they choose to
do with their lives. It’s a blessing indeed!