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For Diego, gym class ‘feels like my greatest accomplishment’

A student with cognitive impairment finds joy in gym class, wheelchair and all...

Students create art to bring to local nursing homes

So far, more than 10,000 pieces of artwork from 18 schools have been distributed to 18 facilities in the Grand Rapids area...

‘I know a lot has changed … but kids haven’t’

After four years as principal at West Middle School, Wierzbicki looks forward to his new role at the central office...

Black history lessons ‘acknowledge the great leaders that came before us’

In Byron Center, kindergartners are learning about Black leaders throughout history, while in Kelloggsville, high schoolers are engaged all year in learning about the excellence of Black innovators and trailblazers...

New director: enthusiasm of young learners is inspiring

Meet Your Administrator: Cindy Viveen, the new Byron Center Early Childhood Center Director...

Thankful for parents, thankful for teachers

The pandemic has expanded parents’ role in education, from homework helper and field trip chaperone to full-time teacher and Zoom monitor. Educators, too, have adapted...

Pass the midterm, move ahead to second semester

Despite challenges of school during a pandemic, test results were higher on average than last year in Byron Center High School’s AP Psychology class...

The sky’s the limit (or is it?) for this accomplished model builder

Creative, innovative, imaginative … Many of today’s students are all that and more in a vast variety of interest areas. This series features students with exceptional and unusual gifts...

Habits tie in with leadership, diversity in elementary school

Elementary students are learning seven habits of leadership to develop independence, problem-solving skills as part of a social emotional curriculum...

Third-grader collects winter clothes, blankets to help those in need

(Photo by Dianne Caroll Burdick) Brown Elementary third-grader Jojo Gurd has worked to collect winter clothes and other items to help people experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids...

In light of district’s growing diversity, staff works to educate, celebrate

A Byron Center committee has built momentum during a time when divisiveness has gripped headlines nationally...

Class of 2021 has ‘test-optional’ choice when applying for college

Most schools in the state of Michigan have become SAT/ACT-optional for the Class of 2021 for admission purposes. There are, however, pros and cons for students...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

Musical prodigy, international performer, fourth-grader

When Cameron Renshaw was in kindergarten he kept asking his mom, Tina Renshaw, about the cello in her closet...

Fourth-grader’s pickle stand inspired by school marketplace

‘With my tiny fingers, I am good at stuffing them,’ said the young pickle peddler. ‘You can see how they are packed in, so you get more for the money’...

Spreading out in the great outdoors

Outdoor education mid-pandemic is proving to be a welcome and successful alternative to indoor, masked learning in Byron Center this fall...
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