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Student is First to Cast Bid at Empty Bowls Fundraiser Event

It took Byron Center West Middle School student Teagan Johnson three or four months of chores around the house to earn $55. But when Teagan, 13, had the chance to give it all away to help people in need in...

Book Speed-Dating: Finding the Perfect Read

Byron Center High School sophomore Lexi Hess may have found her perfect match. She plucked the book, The Star Won't Go Out, by Esther Grace Earl, out of a pile of books atop a classroom table. "I want to read...

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford...

Students, staff discuss importance of diversity in a mostly white district

Students are inviting all to the table to talk about diversity and spur a movement to show all are welcome in Byron Center

Byron Center students get the ‘“jitters” out at 8th grade orientation

Byron Center West Middle School eighth-graders Kiersten Woudstra and Janelle Baar had some advice for incoming seventh graders while helping them check in at orientation day.  “I think they will do good, but maybe have some trouble with the lockers,”...

Teacher of the Year Shows Students the Impact Art Can Have

In Janine Campbell's Byron Center West Middle School art classroom, a student molded clay into masks; another created a cardboard tree from aluminum; others painted and sketched or created digital art on laptops. The eighth-grade art class appeared more like...

If You Build It, They Will Nest

Purple martins like to live in “huge condominiums” and downy woodpeckers prefer their birdhouses to be 6 to 20 feet off the ground. Those are just a couple details Countryside Elementary Schools fourth-graders kept in mind recently as they built...

Investing in Hard Work Pays Off with Economics Award

When it comes to understanding the stock market, there's a lot that goes into bulls and bears and highs and lows. When giving his two cents, though, senior Braden VanDyke says to take a blended approach with an "eye...

‘The Mary Poppins of the library’

Mom Laura Gearhart works her magic at Countryside Elementary, rapidly shelving books and completing countless tasks...

Team Manager Sinks Three-pointers to Cheers of Teammates

"It's Kyle Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-B!" The booming voice echoed through the gymnasium, over the sound of a dribbling basketball, just before eighth-grade student Kyle Bueche threw up a three-point shot. While it was a regular Tuesday afternoon following lunch at Byron Center West...

Student Named National Champion in Math Competition

When it comes to numbers, Byron Center High School senior Grant Simons has a pretty strong grasp. The Advanced Placement Calculus BC and Advanced Placement Statistics student was recently named the national champion for 12th-grade competitors at MathCon 2015 Finals...

Doing the Dance to Learn the Words

Brown Elementary teacher Nikki Haitz flashed a card with the letters "qu" on it. Her first-graders reacted without hesitation. "Qu, baby we're stuck like glue!" they sang. Next, Haitz flashed an "aw" card. "Aw," students said sweetly, motioning their arms like...

‘I Can Do Anything’

There's a slogan used at Space Camp for visually impaired students that resonates with ninth-grader Brenna Stachnik: "Just because I can't see the stars doesn't mean I can't reach for them." "It means that I can do anything," Brenna said. Brenna...

Character Counts in Student Success, Researchers Say

When Dan Takens was an elementary school principal in Kentwood and Byron Center, he expected something basic from all his students: treat others the way you would like to be treated. That was more than just applying the Golden Rule...

High School Student Turns Senior Project into Community Festival

When Byron Center High School senior Evie Misiak wants to make a difference, she goes big. Big like this: Evie had to complete a senior project for National Honor Society with the instructions to "make a difference." So she planned...

Taking a Bite out of Cancer

The Byron Center Bulldogs bit cancer Oct. 21 during their home football game. Varsity players donned neon yellow jerseys with the names of honorees who have battled cancer. Immediately after the game, players individually presented the jerseys to the...
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