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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...

Creating Portraits of Orphans Shows Students the Big Picture

A project involving Caledonia High School students creating portraits of orphaned children in Haiti wrapped up this semester with delivery of the final pieces of art back to the children. During the 2012-2013 school year, National Art Honor Society members...

‘Frozen Hands’ Heats up Student’s Winter Clothing Drive

Madisyn "Maddie" DeHorn received $10 from her grandparents for Christmas. The money came with a mission attached. The Duncan Lake Middle School seventh-grader was instructed to do "something good" with the cash. "They want to see how much good I can...

SiTE: LAB Ramps Up Access

During an ArtPrize field trip last week, senior Katie Bork stopped to talk to Christopher Smit, executive director of DisArt, an effort that aims to connect people who have disabilities to art and promote accessibility. Katie, who has a genetic...

Superintendent Resigns After Non-renewal of Contract

Randy Rodriguez, superintendent since 2012, resigned at a special Board of Education meeting Monday, effective immediately. Rodriguez’s decision to leave the post follows the board’s decision last month to not renew his contract, which was set to expire at...

Elementary Students Help Build Well in Ethiopia

A sign on a village well more than 7,000 miles away in Ethiopia says "Kettle Lake Elementary." It's a little sign, but represents a big deal for villagers who used to walk a couple of miles to get a...

CHS Receives State Outstanding Program Award

The Caledonia High School Agriscience program was honored with the Michigan Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) Outstanding Program Award on Oct. 15 at the MAAE annual banquet in Lansing. "As agricultural educators, we serve in a number of different roles...

Better Teaching for Better Readers

Before beginning a lesson on weather and climate at Kraft Meadows Middle School, Anita Archer took a moment to talk to each of the two dozen middle school students who sat before her, one at a time. She asked...

Vote here for your favorite Duck Tape prom outfit

Kent Career Tech Center students Baylee DeVos and Blake Johnson have both been named finalists in the the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Competition and are in the running for a $10,000 scholarship...

Used Clothes, Shoes Heaps on the Lessons

The heap of donated clothes, shoes and boots that need sorting is staggering. It's a daunting task for those not up to confronting a jumble of donations tossed into a disassembled stack. Then, the 40-plus Duncan Lake Middle School...

Construction Continues on New High School, Other Facilities

Cement walls are going up, bulldozers are pushing tons of dirt and construction signs have been posted seemingly everywhere as progress continues on the new high school and other district facilities. Made possible by a 2014 bond approved by area...

Recycle, Reward, Recreation

Students at Kettle Lake Elementary soon will have a perfect example of what recycled materials can become: a new playground structure to be added to their schoolyard. Kettle Lake was the grand-prize winner of a new structure made from recycled...

Elementary students use website to share artwork with family, others

The goal is for students to have a digital art portfolio that encompasses K-12 art projects by the time they graduate. It’s ideal for families from split households and for relatives who don’t live nearby...

Students’ Artwork Fills Online Museum

Artsonia calls itself “the world's largest kids’ art museum” but it's much more than that. The website also gives students a confidence booster and teachers a way to track their progress, puts a smile on the face of grandma in...

Caledonia Future Farmers Earns Outstanding Alumni Award

The 38-member strong Caledonia Chapter of Future Farmers of America alumni and boosters affiliate has earned the right to be in the public eye. It was recently recognized as the 2015 Michigan FFA Alumni Outstanding Affiliate during the annual Michigan...

‘Look at How Much Stuff is Growing’

When students talk about food with third-grade teacher Karen Rath, they mention beets, cilantro and parsnips and explain how things grow. To test their knowledge, they walk out to the schoolyard garden. To test their tastebuds, they take a...
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