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District seeks $80 million to build new fifth/sixth grade building

In the past 11 years, enrollment has burgeoned by more than 1,000 students to 4,256 students this school year...

Second graders pitch questions to new superintendent

Superintendent Kevin Macina has been happily busy since beginning his new job Jan. 1, including being peppered with questions by Countryside second graders...

‘He makes us feel like we are home’

Dan Takens, who retired Dec. 31, was one of School News Network’s first advisory superintendents...

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...

‘He makes us feel like we are home’

Dan Takens, who is retiring Dec. 31, was one of School News Network’s first advisory superintendents...

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...
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