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BC Principals, Board Member Take on Ironman Challenge to Help Students

When it comes to setting a good example for students, two Byron Center principals and a Board of Education member are making an ironclad commitment. Dubbed the “BC Ironmen,” Byron Center High School Principal Scott Joseph, Nickels Intermediate School Principal...

Community Members Pack Suppers to Feed Students in Need

To serve students in Byron Center Schools, about 40 volunteers recently helped pack 402 food bags, 223 summer fun bags, over 300 snack packs and stocked the food pantry at Byron Center High School. The volunteers, real-estate agents from Keller...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

Students Track the Earth Beneath Their Feet

A big shift in science instruction at West Middle School can be illustrated through the shifting boundaries of tectonic plates. Eighth-grade students in science teachers Ken King's and Ben Lacy's classes recently learned, during a unit on the Earth changing...

Middle schoolers design mini spaces with artistic style and flair

Students emulated artists’ styles and design principles, just one project teacher Janine Campbell challenges them with so they can create art with a client or career field in mind...

Dogs on a Dash

Byron Center elementary and Nickels Intermediate School students worked their way up to finishing a 3.1 mile run this spring. More than 500 students trained in the after-school 10-week running program Dynamite Dogs, which recently wrapped up with the...

Blue Ribbon Leader Challenges Students and Staff to ‘Dream Big’

Brown Elementary School Principal Barb Johnson was the special guest at a first-grade writing celebration. An invitation, written by students on a huge sheet of paper, was taped on Johnson's office door. "We have been working hard to write like...

A Chance to Have Their Say – Finally

Editor's note: For 18-year-old high school students, Tuesday's election was their first chance to cast a ballot for president. School News Network asked several students from Kent County-area public schools what their first vote for president meant to them,...

From homelessness to supporting himself, he’s ready for college

Technically homeless, Tristen Foley worked and studied around the clock to get his diploma...

Byron Center Students Teach Tech Skills to Local Seniors

Byron Center Public Schools junior Kamber Smith cheered on Jean Krol as she learned to work her GPS device to find a destination point. “Yeah, high five ya,” said Kamber, as Krol successfully located a Gulf Shores, Alabama, post...

Superintendent Seeks Input on Building Capacity Needs

With two percent enrollment growth anticipated annually for the next 10 years and a high school facing capacity, Byron Center Public Schools Superintendent Dan Takens is gathering information and opinions about how to best address facility space concerns. "If enrollment...

Jazz Orchestra Sole Michigan Competitor at Ellington Contest

It’s about hard work, passion, good role models and all that jazz, high school musicians said in anticipation of competing this spring at top national festivals in Savannah, Georgia and New York City. The accomplished 23-member jazz orchestra is the only...

Sticky, Oozy, Science-y Fun

Countryside Elementary School second-grader Addison Gearhart sunk her feet into the watery cornstarch inside a plastic kiddie pool and took a couple steps. "It felt squishy, and when I walked on it, it was a solid," she said afterward. Students participated...

‘She’s one of us’

Her mother said she sees her daughter retaining information and communicating more and more. She wants to do things herself. ‘She wants to be little Miss Independent’...

Third-grade Reading Legislation Could Hold Back Thousands

Brown Elementary School students discussed the actions of a boasting rabbit and patient tortoise in Gayle Corey’s third-grade class as they considered characters, setting, problem and solution in Aesop’s classic fable. Then Corey challenged them to write a summary. “Go back,...

Teacher Provides Opportunity for Learning in the Great Outdoors

Byron Center Public Schools Countryside Elementary School students reeled in bass, examined snapping turtles, dissected owl pellets, and feasted on s'mores and hamburgers at fourth-grade teacher Dan Volkers' house for the annual end-of-year science field trip, "The Great Outdoors." Volkers'...
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