Washington Writers' Academy

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Washington Writers' Academy Motto


    We fly anyway.

    Aerodynamically, by design, the bee should not be able to fly. The bee does not know this, and so it continues to fly anyway. Our hive is governed by the 3B's: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and ready to learn.

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  • peep promo

    Save the date: The PEEP class of 2021 will hold a celebration on May 26. 

    This event will be in the “backyard” on the large playground to allow for social distancing. A parent must be present to adhere to licensing guidelines for PEEP student use of the large playground. Parents may decorate their cars, park alongside the big playground and enter from there. Students will be delivered a 2021 PEEP t-shirt and mask a few days before the event. All parents and children must wear a mask. PEEP students will receive their promotional certificates, books, school supplies for summer learning, and other “goodies” in their decorated bags. Everyone will enjoy good company, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches (all individually wrapped) and water bottles. We will conclude with announcing/recognizing each student by name (hopefully from a KDPS fire truck) and busting a popsicle pinata.

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  • Kindergarten celebration flyer

    Save the date for the Washington Kindergarten Kings and Queens celebration on June 7. Details will be shared with families as plans are finalized. 

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  • Elementary school specials (art, music, physical education) for Option 1 students will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Visit The Learning Hub for more information on how to sign into classes and scheduling. https://bit.ly/3bwZh3S

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  • Meal package distribution will continue at 23 sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 14 school and four non-school sites will provide grab-and-go meal packs from 11:30-12:30. In response to parent requests, five sites will have extended hours, 11:30-1:30. The extended hours sites are Hillside, Kalamazoo Central, Linden Grove, Milwood Magnet, and Northeastern.

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  • Parents please remember to update your address, cellphone, and email information with the office, so we can keep a good flow of information between home and school!

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  • CIS

    Due to the virtual environment, available services may vary by school. Please reach out to your school site coordinator for available resources, Deon Daniel at: DanielFD@kalamazoopublicschools.net

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Washington Writers' Academy

  • 1919 Portage St.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    Phone: (269) 337-0770

    Student Day: 8:50 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
    Half-Day: 8:50 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Principal: Ms. Lanisha Hannah

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    Lead Secretary: Mrs. Joy VandePol

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    Home School Support Specialist: Mrs. Yolanda Kirk

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