Garfield Community School
Western Wayne Skill Center
2022-23 School Year
Registration packets for the 2022-23 school year will be mailed home in August.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Congratulations to Amy and Eric who received Educator and Support Staff of the Year Awards!!!
Secondary Educator of the Year
Amy Munday is a special education teacher in the Western Wayne Skill Center program at Garfield Community School. She has been teaching in Livonia Public Schools for 14 years.
Mrs. Munday is known for her positive attitude, her genuine connections and relationships with her students, families and colleagues. More than ever before, Mrs. Munday has shown her perseverance and creativity throughout the Covid-19 health crisis by turning her interest and talent in refinishing household furniture into a micro-business. She and her students work each day to refinish donated pieces of furniture - giving new life to worn out desks, chairs, dressers, tables, etc. She and her students then sell the pieces on their Skill-Ful Designs Facebook page. All proceeds benefit Garfield Community School.
Her colleagues said she has an “innovative mindset” that extends well beyond a “growth mindset.” She works tirelessly to provide learning experiences for her students, while caring deeply about their overall wellbeing.
Support Staff of the Year
Eric Raymond is the building supervisor at Garfield Community School, where he has worked for 11 years. He is a 34-year employee of Livonia Public Schools.
Mr. Raymond is known as being “the heart of the school,” keeping the building and grounds clean, safe and welcoming. He is described as being an “outstanding example of a respectful and kind human being” who has a work ethic that is second to none. He truly takes pride in keeping Garfield an impeccable learning environment for students and staff in the three programs that are housed at the school.
Outside of his custodial duties, Mr. Raymond takes it upon himself to build relationships with students, even inviting them to partner with him during his work day. For students who may need to move around throughout the day, Mr. Raymond develops a work plan and teaches skills that students will carry into their daily lives. He is patient and kind while offering instruction and it is apparent that the students truly love working alongside Mr. Raymond.
The Garfield staff and students created a video with a few of the many reasons Amy and Eric are AWESOME!! Click here to watch the video.
Back by Popular Demand!A few years ago, we implemented a duck program in one of our courtyards at the Western Wayne Skill Center. Our students got to hold the ducks, feed them, provide fresh water, retrieve eggs, change their bedding, etc. It was a great learning opportunity!Due to COVID-19, and the statewide mandatory school shutdown, we gave those ducks to a family near Jackson, Michigan as we were unable to care for them while learning remotely.On October 22, 2021, we acquired 3 new adult ducks. They were purchased from a conservationist in Fenton, Michigan. Students have shown a lot of enthusiasm with the ducks' recent arrival and our feathered friends appear to enjoy their new home! Students in the Horticulture/Culinary Arts classes named the ducks Daisy (brown duck), Pebbles (white duck), and Maggie (black duck). Our ducks are all of different Heritage breeds. One is an Ancona, the other is a Magpie, and we also have one that's a Silver Apple Yard.When they begin laying eggs, which is expected late winter, our students in our culinary programs will use those eggs as they learn more about cooking and baking.We are grateful for Taking Action for Friends, Family, and Youth whose generous donation paid for the reinstatement of this wonderful program.If you have any questions related to the ducks, please don't hesitate to ask!!Sincerely,Patrick Mies, Ph.D.PrincipalWestern Wayne Skill CenterLivonia Public Schools
Skill-ful Designs is a new class at the Western Wayne Skill Center! It is a community supported class and involves students accepting donated furniture and turning it into one of a kind pieces with a "Skill-ful Design" for purchase.
PBIS Monthly Reward Dance
WWSC Safari Assembly
WWSC Bowling Activity
2020 WWSC Talent Show and Art Gallery
Each year, the students of the Western Wayne Skill Center take center stage to show off their talents as well as display beautiful pieces of artwork. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our traditional talent show and art gallery. With the help of technology, we were able to make a virtual version of our annual event. We hope you enjoy it! Go Tigers!!
Points of Pride ~ District News
Looking for fun activities for your child? Check out these flyers from various community organizations for some fun options!
Livonia, MI 48150
Office Hours: 7:00 - 3:30 p.m.
WWSC Student Day: 7:34 a.m. - 2:26 p.m.
Principal: Patrick Mies
School Colors: Navy & White
The Western Wayne Skill Center Mission and Vision Statements
The mission of the Western Wayne Skill Center is to provide each student with individualized, engaging, and powerful learning opportunities designed to promote independence and a rewarding lifestyle.
The Western Wayne Skill Center's shared vision is to empower students with the skills to make their transition plan come to life.