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‘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...

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Next to the statement, "I can make equivalent fractions," fifth-grader Amaya Davis checked a box that read, "I can do it myself" on a self-evaluation form. She was part of a small math group in the Nickels Intermediate School...

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...

Terrific Trifecta

Countryside Elementary has joined Brown and Marshall schools as a National Blue Ribbon School winner, giving the district the distinction that all three of its elementary schools have received the honor in the past three years. "The biggest thing is...

High-Achieving Reading: How One School Does It

Brown Elementary School fourth-grader Layla Funk looked up from the book she was reading to consider the question: “How has your school helped you become a great reader?” “You have to have a good book you like with you and...

Classmates Find Art in Each Other’s Faces, Home State

For West Middle School students, "paper cuts" are part of the artistic process. That is, paper cuts in the form of their classmates' faces and other intricate designs. A multimedia collaborative art piece, "Painting Under Paper Cuts" is the handiwork...

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...

Teen Marketers Turn Profit at Spirit Store

As a business, what's the best way to market to teenagers? Put them in charge, high school students recently proved. At Byron Center High School, the Spirit Store –- a space at school meant for selling Bulldog T-shirts, sweatshirts and...

Sticky, Oozy, Science-y Fun

Countryside Elementary School second-grader Addison Gearhart sunk her feet into the watery cornstarch inside a plastic kiddie pool and took a couple steps. "It felt squishy, and when I walked on it, it was a solid," she said afterward. Students participated...

Tuesday’s Votes a ‘Double Win’ for a Growing District

By fall of 2019, Byron Center High students will have an expanded high school, adding room to grow for the burgeoning district. "I'm totally excited," Superintendent Dan Takens said about a "double win": overwhelming approval Tuesday of the district's $68.5...

Revving Up Reading, Writing with Workshops

A renaissance of reading and writing is going on at West Middle School, where teachers say students are indulging in books they love more than ever and learning a lot, page by page. They regularly peruse eighth-grade English Language...

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...

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...

‘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...

Young Storytellers Delight Younger Listeners

It was story time in Brown Elementary School second-grade classrooms. Byron Center High School freshmen arrived with books they authored, containing action-packed, kid-friendly plots, characters ranging from animals to space cadets and decorated with colorful, creative pictures. The younger students...

‘Free to Try, Free to Do Your Best’

For some students, inspiration came from a science teacher's lesson on the expanding universe. For others, it was reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first time. And for others, it was finding their voice in the school choir. Many...
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