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‘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...

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...

From Government Class to the Real Thing: Valedictorian Runs for County Seat

When Logan Arkema was absent after having his wisdom teeth pulled, Byron Center AP government and history teacher Randy Cotts got an interesting email about how Logan was spending his sick day. Arkema had called cable news channel C-SPAN to...

Educators connect students with workforce opportunities

Apprenticeships provide pathways to in-demand, high wage careers, a U.S. Department of Labor representative recently told high school students...

Yep, She Was That Kid in Middle School

School: West Middle Other positions you have held in education: I was high school science teacher and competitive cheer and girls track and field coach at Thornapple Kellogg High School for 10 years. How about jobs outside education? I worked in...

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 Considering Next Steps to Address Growth

As work crews finish the last projects funded through the $23 million bond issue approved by voters in 2011, administrators are already looking forward to future district needs. Steady enrollment growth will lead to the need for even more space,...

High School Principal: ‘This is day one of blazing an original path’

A nearly one-mile wildlife trail will soon wind through about 28 acres of land surrounding Countryside Elementary School, where students can study animals, plants and the meandering Sharps Creek. As part of their future outdoor learning lab, students and teachers...

Character Development All About Attitude

Mornings at Countryside Elementary begin with a joyful buzz. While visiting a classroom, Principal Jolynne Dobson chooses four kindergarten students to help her test music before playing it over the intercom. Sounds good, they all agree. Dobson greets students with...

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...

ArtPrize Artist Helps Students Get Messy, Creative

Markers, crayons and paint covered by more markers, crayons and paint created a whimsical, fun, sometimes messy art project for Nickels Elementary School students. “We are creating layers,” said artist Jennifer Mercede, a professional artist commissioned to create a large-scale...

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...

Sharing the Music

The high school marching band recently performed an impromptu concert in the morning for students in the Room to Bloom childcare program at the Early Childhood Center. The band had played during a staff kickoff event on the football...

Rise Up!

‘There is so much value in teaching the non-curriculum stuff. When it comes down to it, we are hoping we can produce good citizens of the world’...

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....

App Class Breaks Boundaries of Paper, Motion, Art

There's more than meets the eye in teacher Greg Reinstein's classroom. Known as "Stein's World," the class appears artsy and tech-y all at once, but, really, that's the least of it. Computer coding has taken on a life of...
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