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Students celebrate life of classmate, friend

Lucia 'Luci' Raegan Kesner had a debilitating and terminal disease called mucolipidosis type II. She was unable to attend school but her classmates connected with her over Skype...

Senior shares Native American dance, heritage with younger peers

Culture can come in the form of food, dress and dancing, including, as Zhaawan Sprague knows, the traditional jingle dance...

Remembering their sacrifice

With cards, visits, songs and poems, students took time on Veterans Day to honor those who have served...

Student uses Heimlich learned in school on choking boy

Just a week after learning first aid and CPR, including the Heimlich maneuver, in health class, Ta’Niya Lomax put her new skills into action...

Board hires assistant superintendent as new district chief

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Macina has been hired to succeed Dan Takens as district superintendent. Macina will take the reins Jan. 1, pending approval of an employment contract...

Mural inspired by THE STRING PROJECT symbolizes connection

Every fifth and sixth grader at Nickels Intermediate School added paint, paper or a message to a mural to hang in the school office...

Sharing ‘little good things’ to start the day off right

Fifth grade teacher Darin Keller takes a few minutes each day to just talk to his students. He started the five-minute sessions three years ago to check in with how everyone is doing...

Trio of peers cast in Civic Theatre production of ‘Frozen Jr.’

Byron Center High School students and friends Alexa Wollney, Xavier Turner and Abbie Westers all landed major roles in the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre musical ‘Frozen Jr.’ ...

Board to interview assistant superintendent for top post

The Board of Education plans to interview Kevin Macina, the district’s current assistant superintendent, for the superintendent position...

Clued in to student learning

At West Middle School, 78.1 percent of eighth graders were proficient in social studies and 73 percent of seventh graders were proficient in math. Those scores are number one in Kent County and among the top in the state, showing big increases from last year...

Growing district seeks input about capacity needs

A three-part series is designed so one meeting feeds into the next. Participants are asked to attend all three...

Room to learn and grow

There’s no shortage of sparkling new features in the 70,000-square-foot, two-story addition at the entrance of Byron Center High School. The space is designed to accommodate a growing student population...

District kicking off superintendent search with community survey

Superintendent Dan Takens, who has served in the role for 11 years, announced in August that he is retiring Dec. 31. A community survey was emailed this week through district communications and posted on the district website. The board also plans to host community meetings...

Takens to retire after 11 years of leading growing district

After 11 years as superintendent of Byron Center Public Schools, Dan Takens announced he will retire as of Dec. 31...

Trio of girl filmmakers ‘rock the world’ with strong voices

Byron Center High School students addressed big issues and won big awards this year by taking on opportunities to enter film competitions...

Outdoor education according to fourth-graders

The posters are part of the class’ legacy as they move on to fifth grade at Nickels Intermediate School...
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