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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...

Byron Center Video Students Win “Best of Show”

Byron Center High School students Tyler Clifton and Aspen Comar know their way around a film studio. The young directors get the right camera angle, capture expressions, showcase scenery and share stories and messages through video. They recently shot videos...

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...

Byron Center Win Time a Big Hit

Byron Center High School sophomores Andrew Rellinger, Jesse Ursiny, Trace Horvath and Vinh Tran spent a recent Wednesday morning sitting in the school hallway with a laptop making a video for extra credit on gene scanning for genetic codes. In...

Hand2Hand Ministries Provide Students Food for Weekend

 The backpacks hang, waiting in student lockers in the morning, then go home filled with nourishing food for the weekend. They are vehicles for feeding children healthy meals, delivered through the three-year-old Byron Center extension of Hand2Hand Ministries.  The program,...

Byron Center West Middle School gets Weather Lesson from Teri DeBoer

Byron Center West Middle School students learned the answers to some interesting questions about weather phenomena from meteorologist Terri DeBoer recently. “Who knows why we hear thunder?” she asked students. She equated the sound to opening a pop can,...

Local Students Win Prizes in Statewide Film Competition

Eating healthy, anti-bullying, diversity, exercise and safety were a few of the topics high school students from across the state chose to share messages about making great choices. Students from across the state took home $21,000 worth of prizes for...

Students Get Lesson in Civil War Living

Re-enactors from Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company F, based in Grand Rapids, recently brought history to life for Byron Center West Middle School students. The group, which aims to educate the public and preserve Civil War life, spent the day...

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 to Open Stand-Alone Early Childhood Center

A renovated Byron Center facility will soon bustle with the activity of the district’s youngest learners. Byron Center’s first stand-alone Early Childhood Center opened to day care programs May 28, and to all preschool programs for the 2013-2014 school year. “It’s...

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...

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,”...

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...

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,...

iPads Proving Their Value at Schools

As Brown Elementary School kindergartner Christian Moomey got ready to record himself reading a story on an iPad, Principal Barb Johnson watched.  “It takes a little bit to load,” he told her. “Oh, here we go! Record,” he said,...
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