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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...

Students Unleash Imaginations at Summer Theatre Camp

For the performance of “The Time Machine” third-grade student Isaiah Predman’s self-assembled costume was a pirate outfit with a rainbow-colored clown wig for his character, Curly. Building a costume was one of Isaiah’s favorite parts of the recent four-day Summer...

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,...

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

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

Student Leader Devotes Fridays to Friendship

It’s a little card with simple directions, but Byron Center High School students know what passing it out results in: smiles, a feeling of belonging, friendship and confidence. The business-style cards circulate the high school, West Middle School and Nickels...

Science Learning through Play, Discovery

As Next Generation Science Standards are implemented in classrooms nationwide, students are beginning to think like scientists as young as kindergarten, paving the way for years of experimentation, exploration and thinking their way through processes. In a Brown Elementary School...

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...

Teacher blends love for dogs, learning to publish children’s book

Teacher turned author uses her book to help students imagine themselves as writers and learn to love reading...

Her overarching goal: to teach that American ideals are worth striving for

Rebecca Debowski witnesses and guides her students as they learn to look at things in a more nuanced way and respect what one another have to say, from every perspective...

Ooey Gooey Goopy

There's a slime-making craze oozing through preteen circles and leaving many a parent wondering, "Who ya gonna call?" when gooey trails are left on tables and goopy blots on countertops. The answer isn't Ghostbusters but high school science teacher...

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...

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...

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,”...

With a Little Help from Their Music Friends

Running through Northview High School sophomore Hamin Gil’s mind recently were the melodic lines he spent weeks memorizing so he and other marching band members could take part in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s competition at Ford Field in...
Earl Lutey, World War II and Korean veteran, chats with Byron Center High School senior Matthew Bridges

Finding Heroes ‘Right in Our Own Hometown’

Veterans were the stars of the show when high school seniors gave a heartfelt salute and thank you by documenting the former service members' words.

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...
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