Thomas C. Armstrong Middle School – Fall 1967

Wayne Middle School
Wayne Middle School

That’s what it was originally called.  Seems like it was mostly called Wayne Middle School when my kids went there.  Maybe one day we’ll have a post about who Thomas C. Armstrong was.  But this post is about the building and opening of the Middle School.  I have a unique perspective as I was part of the Wayne Class of 1974.

Probably sometime in 1965 or 1966, the decision was made to build a middle school.  Grades 7-12 were at the James A. Beneway High School, and 4-6  at Ontario Elementary and Walworth Elementary.  Space was an issue, and the decision was made to have grades 6-8 at the middle school (Walworth and Ontario).  Freewill School was not yet built.

It must have been planned that the middle school would open in the Fall of 1967, because as it happened, the incoming 6th grade class (of 1974) had no where to go.  The middle school was not yet completed.  There was not enough room in the existing schools.  So in September 1967, the incoming sixth grade arrived to an unfinished school.  The 7th and 8th grades stayed in the high school for the time being.

They readied enough classrooms on the first floor to handle the 6th grade students.  There were no blackboards, no lockers.  Walls were not painted.  The heat probably didn’t work, but it was September.  The cafeteria, gym, music room and library were not finished or usable.  Seems like we were outside a lot that fall.

So we had to bring our lunch.  Gym was outside if the weather was good.  If not, we usually ended up doing calisthenics in the classroom.  We were on the first floor, and not allowed to go to the second floor.

That year, 6th grade still was one teacher for all (most) subjects.  We didn’t have periods and change classes.  I should remember the teachers that year – Mr. Taylor, Mr. Kiersbilck, Mr. Pierce, Mr. Howland, Mr. MacDonald.  I’m drawing a blank on the rest.  Who did I miss?

As the fall went on, gradually progress was being made towards completion.  At some point we moved to the second floor, as that is where the 6th grade classes were to be located.  I think we started to eat in the cafeteria, though no food was available.  Blackboards were installed and walls were being painted.  The gym was not done.  I remember the floor being installed, and that the finish was to be applied during Christmas vacation.

After January 1, 1968, everything changed.  It was completed to the point where 7th and 8th grade classes were moved to the middle school.  We no longer has it to ourselves.  We were now the lowest class on the totem pole.  The entertainment at lunchtime improved though, as we could watch the 8th grade boys try to stick forks into the cafeteria ceiling.  Of course many more changes have taken place there over the years, but it was interesting to be there at the beginning.

From 1985-2001, I lived right down the road from the middle school and drove by it daily.  During one summer, I noticed that the school was undergoing some sort of renovation, but all the entrances had enclosures around them.  Many (or all?) windows were covered, and some had large hoses attached.  Asbestos.  In 1967, apparently asbestos was not yet known as hazardous.  In the 1990’s they spent a lot of money removing it.  Once the school was completed, I’m sure the asbestos levels were minimal, assuming it wasn’t disturbed.  But in the fall of 1967 when it was under construction, who knows how much asbestos was in the air.  Certainly the workers had the most risk.  Hopefully no long term effects for my classmates.

But it was a long time ago.  Maybe some of my classmates can add parts I left out.

By the way, still looking for people who might be willing to contribute stories, maybe similar this one, about Wayne Central History, or Alumni News, etc.  Now with the login system, it is easy to assign permissions.  It is also very easy to add content here.  Contact me with ideas.

New Alumni Directory Established

Website Updates

For many various good reasons, we are starting over with the alumni directory.  Here is how to add yourself:

  • New Alumni Directory Available (now called Class Directory)
  • As of Dec. 20, 2016 11PM, there are only two names in it.
  • If you register on this site, you will be added
  • Click the Register Link on Upper right sidebar (next to Log in button).
  • Fill out form (some fields required, some not)
  • Submit and wait for activation email.
  • Activation Email will have [] in subject and be from Brian Donovan (as of now)
  • Click on link in activation email.
  • To see your listing, go to Home page and Log in.
  • Go to the Class Directory area on Right Hand Sidebar.
  • Select your class and click Search.
  • View your class listings.
  • Click on your Username to Edit/Change Password/Add Photo/etc

9th Annual Wayne Basketball Alumni Game

Hoping everyone can make it out again for the 9th annual Wayne Basketball Alumni Game, which is set for Saturday, January 7, 2017,@ 11:00 am at the High School. Games and teams will be set up similar to last year so there will be time to rest and socialize in between games.

A $10 Donation will go to the Connor Burns Ideal Teammate Scholarship, established to honor the memory of Connor, who passed away in 2009. This donation will also help fund the Kyle Stewart memorial scholarship as well. Kyle passed away in 2014.

The hope is that many will join together to honor and remember both of these fine young men. Money will be collected that day.

Please respond as soon as possible to let John know if you will be there.
Text John Cotsonas at 585-737-fivethreezerofour.

This is helpful so he can have a general idea of teams before game day! Also, PLEASE pass this info along to any other basketball alumni- there are many others out there who may want to play or just come and visit with old friends!

2016 Wayne Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees

  • A.C. Capers
  • Mike Schneider
  • Glen Cone
  • Karen Wheeler

Hello everyone!! There are a few upcoming alumni events coming up:
Wednesday September 21st will be the Alumni Soccer Games. The Women will play at 6pm and the Men at 7pm. Cost is $10 and will include a t-shirt. We will start the games with the “older” (1950-2002ish) alumni playing first, so they old timers can get a few minutes in before the younger alumni can jump in. That way, we encourage all to come out and play.

We will have our 4th Wayne Soccer Hall of Fame Induction homecoming weekend on Saturday September 24th at halftime of the Boys Varsity game.

Following the homecoming game there will be a reception at Ontario Country Club for any alumni and friends to celebrate the hall of fame inductees. Appetizers will be provided. This celebration is open for friends and family of Wayne Soccer.