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EGR, Byron Center Students Win National Art Awards

A Byron Center middle and East Grand Rapids High School student were recently awarded national silver medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, placing them among the top 1 percent of about 230,000 pieces of work submitted...

Two Blue Ribbon Award Winners Named in Kent County

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Brown Elementary School, in Byron Center Public Schools, and Wealthy Elementary School, in East Grand Rapids Public Schools, as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 in the category of “Exemplary High Performing...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

A Lot of Blood + a Portal = STEM Brilliance

Who better than a trio of West Middle School seventh-graders to come up with The Cell Apocalypse, a video game that shows how the smallest units of life function in the human body? “I learned stuff about blood I never...

OK, We’ve Heard About the Big ArtPrize Winners. Now Let’s Meet Two of the...

Rhianna Peterson of Rockford and Emma McCloud of Byron Center were winners in ArtStart, a new online competition for artists younger than 18. They were among 10 area students from first through 11th grade honored for their works, which...

Byron Center Football Player Kicking to Fight Cancer

Byron Center High School senior Hunter DeWindt is well on his way to raising his goal of $3,000 for children’s cancer research through football. The Bulldogs varsity kicker is taking pledges for every point he tallies at this season’s games....

Following the Music South

High school jazzers from Byron Center and Northview are heading to swing central. The Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra and the Northview High School Jazz Band are two of 12 bands nationwide who will blow their horns March...

‘It’s Incredible, the Opportunities We Get’

Jazz at Byron Center High School has always been about swinging hard and playing big, and hitting the smooth, cool notes just right. So too at Northview High. But it's not about earning a grade or even competing for band...

Cops, choppers and helpers: Up close with public safety careers

With an Aero Med helicopter as the main attraction, Byron Center students learned about first responders, their role in emergencies and careers in public safety...

Early Learning Means Advantages for Children, Communities

The benefits of a quality early childhood education are many in terms of preparing students for later grades. According to Byron Center Early Childhood Director Melissa Thomas, this includes exposure to new information during the first four years of...

Bus Drivers Play Key Role, Form Bonds with Students

As the wheels on the bus go round and round, bus drivers watch students grow up day after day and year after year. They are the first faces students see to begin the school day and the last when...

Skilled Trades Fair Offers New Opportunities

Four days after Derek Mabie turned 18 he started working at Swoboda, a Kentwood-based automotive parts manufacturer. Since then, Mabie, a tool-room technician, has nearly completed an apprenticeship program through Grand Rapids Community College, 100 percent-employer sponsored by Swoboda, to...

Prehistoric Science Lesson

It's not every day you get to touch a 50-pound hip bone, or massive molars on a gigantic jaw. West Middle School students recently examined those and other approximately 12,000-year-old mastodon bones unearthed from a Byron Center housing development excavation...

Eco-savvy students win $10,000

West Middle School students’ project to reduce plastic in the cafeteria by making edible utensils won a $10,000 first prize in the air & climate category of the Scholastic Lexus Eco Challenge...

The Supes

When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

Students Read What They Love, Develop Literacy Skills

West Middle School eighth-grade students Anja Whitehouse and Katie Townley are definitely what you would call "readers." They finish one book to start another, immersing themselves in fantasy, historical fiction and sci/fi. Their favorite tomes are nestled amid folders...
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