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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Grand Gesture

Students elected their beloved custodian as Homecoming grand marshal. In turn, he chose a student who made an effort to get to know him to ride at his side...

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...

Kid-friendly goods, services wrap up economics unit

The Brown Elementary School gymnasium was lined with second-grade vendors peddling their wares during a recent Marketplace Day...
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Students win prizes for short videos about compassion

Two local students made moving videos about caring and compassion, and were amply rewarded for their artistry...

‘If a child really needs someone, I am that person’

With the goal of providing an extra layer of support to meet the needs of students and staff in a proactive way, Byron Center Public Schools has added behavior interventionists...

A positive presence in the halls

At Byron Center High School, Ben Hawkins, informally called 'hall monitor,' is filling the behavior interventionist role, which takes a bit of a different shape than at the elementary school...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

She focuses on words and beyond, helping ELL students be successful

As an EL teacher and club adviser, Christy Tripp-Arkema advocates for students, serving as a bridge and a voice. She’s a high-energy, passionate instructor who learns along with her students and makes sure they have what they need to be successful...
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