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Parents show gratitude to beloved bus driver

Parents appreciate bus driver Donna Tipton so much that they presented her with a $1,000 check...

District breaks ground on new fifth- and sixth-grade building

Come fall of 2023, about 700 fifth- and sixth graders will have a new Nickels Intermediate School building...

Raising fish and growing foliage

Connecting students with the wild world around them is a priority at Countryside Elementary, where students have spent the school year learning both inside a classroom that is home to fish habitats and plant ecosystems and outside where wetlands teem with scaly and furry friends...

New middle school principal is a familiar face

Abby Kanitz will transition into the role of West Middle School principal for 2021-2022...

Musicians, actors, artists celebrated in video presentation

The show has gone on in Byron Center schools, with music made, theater performed and art created despite the pandemic...

District shifts to hybrid schedule for two weeks

An increase in quarantined students and the number of students in isolation has led to a shift to hybrid instruction at West Middle School and Byron Center High School...

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...
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