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Give it up for the gold and blue!

To say the least, this has been a busy summer at WDC, and I am sure the frantic moves and shifting of school items will continue until all staff and students are settled into their new spaces in the next few months. Will the new high and middle school open on Sept. 4? Oh, yes. Will the new facility be complete? Not 100 percent. Is student enrollment up? Yes. Will WDC staff be ready to facilitate student learning? Absolutely.

The 2012-2013 academic school year fall workshop for WDC staff begins Aug. 27. We will be welcoming the following new colleagues:

Gena Sperling, grade four

Doug Haas, health, physical education

Howie Kangas, head football coach, education assistant

Danielle Jetvig, health, physical education, DAPE

Becky Wedde, technology support

Angie Dertinger-Moats, kindergarten

Katrina Wahlin, grade one

A big thank you to all of you who volunteered extra time and energy during the past two years. We are truly blessed to have had so many individuals step up to help with construction planning, classroom relocations and moving countless containers of books and other items from one location to another. The WDC community teamwork is amazing!

Terry Andrie coordinated the moving this spring and summer, and he is also coordinating the school auction of "old stuff" to be held Aug. 9-23. If you are interested in viewing or bidding on items, check out the website:, or go to the link on the WDC website.

Please join us as the school board dedicates the new school facility Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a very short dedication program, followed by tours of the school given by staff and students.

On the first day of school, Sept. 4, students will begin their day with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a student ribbon cutting. As it should be, this is about our kids.

As with past practice, I have no doubt the Wolverine tenacity will continue to pull us together as we make this coming year a memorable one for students, staff and our communities. Please feel comfortable stopping by my office (first finding it!) to provide input and solutions to support student learning in 2012-2013.