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State Champ’s Flip Makes FOX Sports

High School junior Walter Avesteffer hit a buzzer beater to end the half during the Special Olympics Celebrity Game and celebrated with a perfect front flip. "He will do that every now and then when he hits a big shot...

Two Students Earn National Scholastic Art Awards

Two middle school students received National Scholastic Art Awards for work created in teacher Janine Campbell's art class. Eighth-grader Ethan Pipe won a National Silver award in architecture for his rendering, "Modern Home2" and eighth-grader Cam Schuelke won a National Gold...

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,...

‘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,...

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...

Community Hosts Drive for Teacher’s Baby

Parents and staff members are joining forces Oct. 7 in a registry drive to help find a donor for a Byron Center  teacher’s newborn who needs a bone-marrow transplant. Benjamin Liao, the only child of Countryside Elementary School teacher Mandy...

Superintendents Join Forces to Improve Regional Reading Scores

West Michigan educators are taking a collaborative approach to boost third-grade student reading proficiency up to the 80 percent mark in five years. Superintendents are joining forces in the new Region 3West Michigan K-3 Reading Now Network to glean knowledge...

Byron Center and Kenowa Hills named to AP Honor Roll

Byron Center Public School District and Kenowa Hills School District are listed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 547 districts across the U.S. and Canada being honored for increasing access to...

‘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...

Have your fork and eat it too!

As part of a competition, students help others learn to conserve by reducing plastic waste in the lunchroom...

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...

Students Celebrate Film, Learn about Media from HBO

Executives from HBO were in Grand Rapids recently to talk with some of the area’s youth. No, not for some new reality series, but to share insight into careers in media and entertainment. Students also viewed the finalists of...

Student Body Wake-up Call

Middle schoolers may be known for hitting the snooze button a few times before getting out of bed, but about 70 West Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders are in the gym before sunrise, lifting weights, using exercise bands and...

Byron Center Graduate Won’t Let A Stroke Slow Him Down

Byron Center High School Class of 2013 senior Chris Schmitt wrote a quote for the senior yearbook. “You can’t alter the past, but you can change the future.” Chris’ journey to graduation day has been remarkable, say his parents...

High school construction serves as learning lab

The expansion has teachers and students going outside to consider the work from paper to finished product...
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