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Think Deeper — Use a Map!

When it comes to digging deeper into reading, writing, vocabulary, science or math; giving details about the beginning, middle and end of a story or event; or explaining the cause and effect of an action, Dutton Elementary students are...

Caledonia’s Riverbank Run Legacy Continues

Christopher Warren was the type of principal whose commitment to children and education was unquestionable. Whenever he saw a need at Caledonia Community Schools’ Kettle Lake Elementary, he worked to meet it. Now, his family, students, and staff are rallying...

College Tour Spurs Curiosity for What the Future Holds

Hands instantly shot up when Davenport University freshman Jacob Roe asked if the Duncan Lake Middle School seventh-graders had any questions about college life. They sure did. Is college boring? - "Depends on how much you get involved," Roe said. What the...

New Building will Enable New Ways of Teaching

Caledonia High School Principal Brady Lake sees the new high school building, under construction next to the main high school, as much more than just added space. Its layout and design will be perfect for student collaboration, inquiry-based learning, problem-solving...

First-grader donates nearly 200 books to his school highlighting black history

David Donaldson knows a lot about Katherine Johnson, an African-American woman and mathematician who made major contributions to NASA. He’s read about her in the book “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race.” Now...

Teacher of the Year Engages Middle Schoolers with Humor, High Energy

Judy Doran talks fast. Very fast. Very, very fast. That characteristic strikes one immediately on first meeting her. But if you ask her students to describe her they will yell out plenty of others: "Awesome!" "Cool!" "Smart!" "Compassionate!" "Unique!" "Hilarious!" "Protective!"...

Not Your Average Kiln

Students from Caledonia Community Schools and Lowell Area Schools recently learned what it was like to fire pottery in an unconventional location: the school parking lot. Coincidentally, the districts performed the unique firing on the same day, using similar...

Drawing a Path to Her Future

Katie Bork's drawings explode with imagination. Scenes in black ink reveal a world right out of her brain. Faceless people go about their daily lives with exclamation points and question marks on their bellies; they float in dreamlike bubbles;...

Caledonia requests override to restore millage

The Caledonia Board of Education approved bringing a two-year operating millage proposal to the voters on the November ballot...

Students Keep an Ancient Tradition Alive

When Caledonia High School's band director Kyle Wellfare first tried to play a song on the bagpipes, it didn't go smoothly.  "This is the hardest thing I have ever done," he remembers saying. It got easier, and he and...

Scarred by War, Driven to Make a Difference

Born against the backdrop of war, Bosnian immigrant Katarina Vickovic is driven to take advantage of her second chance, and to help others avoid the heartache she and her family suffered. The Caledonia senior was a baby when her parents...

Keep Calm and Carry On Conversations with Students, Bus Driver Says

Paris Ridge Elementary School second-graders considered words to describe Dave Smith, or "Mr. Dave," the man who drives them to and from school. "Nice!" "He's awesome!" "Funny," "Joyful!" "Caring!" "Smart!" "He's very patient and encouraging," added Nichole Merlin, second-grade teacher. "He...

What’s Your Interest? Enrichment Programs Run the Gamut

Jameson Hemmerly popped into Elizabeth Alexander's classroom to ask for a little guidance. It was Wednesday, and the sixth-grader needed to know which after-school activity to go to: knitting, the mentoring program LEGION or Math Olympiad. Alexander helped him consider...

Caledonia’s Green Ways Save More Than a Million $$

"It's cold outside" is often heard this time of year, but folks at Caledonia Community Schools might be tempted to say "it's chilly inside." The district keeps its buildings at 68 degrees, one of several energy-conservation measures that have...

Finger-Pointing Baboons Named Hands-Down Art Competition Winner

Marissa Drew is drawn to illustrating animals with human bodies. Good call. Now she knows others agree with her artistic whimsy. A painting she initially drew for her high school Advanced Placement art and digital art classes has gained...

From Soggy Schoolyard to Ecosystem

How does Dutton Elementary School affect the Plaster Creek watershed and eventually the Great Lakes? Students have only to look up at their school roof then down onto their new rain garden to explain. The fewer pollutants that make their...
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