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Caledonia to Vote on No-Increase Bond

Voters in the Caledonia Community Schools district will go to the polls next month to decide on a bond issue leaders call a “zero millage increase.” The $41 million bond translates into no increase because it simply extends the current...

Board begins search for new superintendent, seeks public input

The Caledonia Community Schools Board of Education has officially begun the search for a new superintendent, and is asking community members to answer a three-question survey on the district’s website through March 16. The board  selected consultant Gary Rider, regional...

‘An incredible fit’

The Board of Education has offered the position of superintendent to current State School Reform Officer Dedrick Martin. Following a superintendent search and interviews with four candidates, the board voted unanimously to offer Martin the position...

Library Lab Experience Makes House Call – at School

Paris Ridge Elementary students walked into an art room that had been transformed into a mini-maker space. Before them were kits with activities in engineering, physics, electrical, architecture and making slime, all for them to explore at their choosing. "We...

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...

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...

‘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...

Student To Lead Michigan Key Club

Addie Clipfell is the new governor for Key Clubs in the state of Michigan -- the first time a Caledonia High School student has been elected to the office. Not bad for a student who was timid and didn't talk...

Truth or Rumor? Ask a Key Communicator

One way to get parents talking: add days to the school year. When that type of change occurs, superintendents and Board of Education members know they'll be fielding many calls and emails. In Caledonia, that's when the Key Communicators launch...

Raising a Record Sum for Cancer Research

Each year, many personal stories are tied to Duncan Lake Middle School's annual Cancer Walk, which has raised more than $100,000 for cancer research since 2008. But for this year's crop of eighth graders, the effort served as a...

Student with Autism Hits Milestones Thanks to Teachers, Students

Connor Zondervan is pretty much like every other senior at Caledonia High School. He takes classes, is getting ready to graduate, and figuring out where he wants to go to college. It’s a place his parents never thought he would...

FFA Members Make Hard Work Look Fairly Fun

It was 90 degrees at the Barry County Fair when Jordyn Skinner walked her dairy feeder cow, Russell, into the show ring for the Senior Showmanship for Dairy Feeders contest. With her long blonde hair pulled back in a...

Learning Garden Opens

Kettle Lake Elementary students have a new place to appreciate the great outdoors while reading, performing skits and feeling the sunshine as they learn. Complete with rocks to sit on, a reading deck, a dry creek, five raised beds gardens...

‘Kids Doing Things for Kids’

Using grant-funded equipment to take video of students reading books aloud is giving some youngsters at Paris Ridge Elementary a way to practice verbal reading skills. It's also helping a club for patients at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Elementary students...

Future Farmers Earns Gold Award

The 90-member Caledonia Chapter of Future Farmers of America distinguished itself once again as a top student organization. It is now only one of 15 Michigan chapters out of 110 that earned a Gold Award at the FFA state...
Members of the Cedar Springs Division II Odyssey of the Mind team are, from left, parent coach Traci Slager, seventh-grader Aiden Lake, sixth-graders Annalise Elliott, Brielle Sarniak, Nate Slager and Coryn Wiles, eighth-grader Jade Yowtz, and long-term coach Michelle Wiles

Mind Sports Roundup

School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics
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