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Wass Elementary is located in the northeast corner of Troy, Michigan. Troy is a pleasant suburb north of Detroit and many of our residents are affiliated with the automobile industry. Wass is named after Ruth Wass who was born in Troy 102 years ago. Her family participated in the development of our community. She herself was a reading teacher in the district for many years, and Wass is located on land that once belonged to her family. The purpose of our school is to ensure that each child reaches his/her highest learning potential.
Wass Elementary is located in the middle of a subdivision and has an eighteen acre playground. We have a varied and enriched curriculum. Our community, which is very supportive of education, has kept us well supplied with the latest and best curricular materials. Even though the building is only thirty-eight years old, we have benefited from major renovation work which is the result of the passage of multiple bond issues. The bond issues have provided us with a new art room, Large Group Instruction room, additional parking spaces, and a new drop-off loop. We also enjoy the latest in technological improvements. Each of our rooms has a SMART Board to enhance direct instruction to all students. Classrooms in grades K-2 have 10 iPad minis for student use, while students in grades 3-5 are issued individual iPads. We also have 30 wireless laptop computers that can access the Internet.
Our reading program is a combination of guided reading, literacy groups, the Daily Five, and CAFÉ (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary). Math Expressions is our math program aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A kit based approach is used for the teaching of science. This hands-on approach is being applauded by parents and students alike.
Wass is a school that can boast excellent parental support. Our PTO is very active and these parents enhance both the learning and enjoyment for Wass students. Parent volunteers are a visible aspect of our program. We also have some very innovative initiatives including our character education program - The Wass Wolves' Way. Our students love our monthly Wolf Pack meetings where we deepen and further our core values of Responsibility, Respect, Integrity and Perseverence. We also have a Star Center that recruits parents and senior citizens to work during the lunch hour with the children who need extra assistance.
The best part of our school is our children. As of the writing of this article, we have 435 children who represent just about every race and ethnicity that you can imagine. It is truly remarkable to see how our children with such diverse backgrounds, cultures, religions, and appearances are able to get along so well with each other. That's the Wass Wolves' Way!
Every Student! Every Day! Go Wolves!
Mr. Matt Jansen
Principal, Wass Elementary School