1. What grades will be offered for the 2022-23 school year?
Grades K – 8
2. When is the first day of school?
3. What are the school hours?
8 am – 3 pm
4. Will transportation be offered? If yes, what is the process to receive transportation? Who is eligible?
Free bus transportation services are provided by Auxilio Transportation based on the address you have on file with our school that matches your Proof of Residency documentation (provided each year during re-enrollment). Per school policy, eligibility for transportation services may be limited to a specific radius surrounding the location of the school. To apply for transportation, please complete the application and return it to the school office.
5. Will there be clubs and extra-curricular opportunities for the students?
Athletics (Flag, Track), Science and Technology & Engineering Partnerships, Boys & Girls Scouts, Coding, National Honors Society
6. What is the dress code?
Dress code will remain the same colors and students can wear their Woodley Leadership Academy uniform shirts for the remainder of the school year. Students can wear grey, white or yellow school polos.
Yes, there will be some of the same teachers from Woodley Leadership Academy
8. Who is the principal, and can you share a little about her background?
Mrs. Helen Dyson-Jiles will continue to be the principal at Saginaw STEM Academy of Excellence.
Mrs. Helen M. Dyson-Jiles, a graduate of Douglass High School, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968. Received a License Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1973 and worked in the nursing field at Bay Medical Center for 10 years. Reentered college to pursue my calling in life. I attended Delta College and earned an Associate Degree in Education. Attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (BS) with a focus in Science. Continued my aspiration at CMU in the Master’s Program. Joined Saginaw Valley University and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education (EI). Two years later, pursued my Doctoral Degree in Education with a mindset of opening a STEM School for boys. I still hope to open this school; however, I love working with the children here at Woodley Leadership Academy and stay optimistic of making a difference in their life.
I taught in Buena Vista School District for 19 years, became Principal of Ricker Middle School in 2007 until 2012, became Principal of Buena Vista High School in 2012 for two months and moved to Central Office as Director of Curriculum and Grants, retired in 2013 from Buena Vista School District. Began work at Woodley Leadership Academy in 2018 because of my love and ministry in education and will remain here until I am unable to help children learn. My experiences have been great and I am not tired YET. I love being a part of educating children no matter who they are or how they learn.
9. What is STEM education?
STEM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, and math into a learning program that encourages inquiry, collaboration, and critical thinking. You may also be familiar with the acronym “STEAM,” which integrates “Art” into the STEM approach. Students take an active role in their learning–asking questions, collaborating with classmates, and investigating solutions through experimentation and project-based learning.
10. Why did you switch to a STEM Program?
Forward-thinking schools worldwide are adopting a STEM approach that has been proven to increase student engagement and academic success. Our students will have a competitive advantage in college and a chance to pursue careers in the lucrative STEM fields.
11. What changes can I expect?
Our teachers and staff are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure we are prepared to go full “STEAM” ahead as soon as possible. You will begin to see evidence of the transition this spring as we launch a new website and start posting new signage around campus. Your child can continue to wear their current school uniform for the remainder of the school year.
12. What are your school colors?
School colors will be Gold, Grey and White
13. What is your school mascot?
Students will have the opportunity to vote on a new mascot in the upcoming months.
14. How do I enroll my child?
Students that are currently attending Woodley Leadership Academy just need to complete a re-enrollment form to indicate if they plan on returning next year. New students can submit an online application on March 1st or stop by the office to complete a paper registration form.
15. What is the cutoff age for Kindergarten students?
Students must turn 5 before September 1st
16. Will you offer free breakfast and lunch?
17. What will Saginaw STEM Academy of Excellence offer our students?
- Virtual Engagement
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Partnerships
- Project-Based Learning Opportunities
- Academic Competition
- National Elementary & Junior High Honor Society
- Athletics- Basketball, Flag Football, Track & Field
- Career & College Exploration
- Community Service Projects K-8th Grade
- Global Studies
- Leader in Me®