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‘We Inspire Each Other’

Johnny Agar and Duncan Lake Middle School sixth-grader Dakota Tomac share a unique perspective on grit and working to reach their goals. “I have CP (cerebral palsy) like him,” said Dakota. “I have a lot of dreams in my life.” Agar,...

Community and Caledonia are One, Says Award Winner

Whenever she sees a big yellow school bus from Caledonia Community Schools roll by, the word “community” stands out to Judy Harrison, the Caledonia Education Foundation's 2013 Honored Alumnus. “Caledonia is about community,” Harrison said of her hometown. “That's what...

Recycling Program Helps Special Education Students Practice Essential Skills

Logan Montaque and Matt Kuzava cannot contain their glee. It's their turn to grab a two-wheel collection cart and walk from classroom to classroom to pick up the High School's paper for recycling. Logan and Matt gather the paper with...

Silkscreen Printing Creates First-Year Scholarship

Orders are streaming in to have Caledonia High School art students custom print logos on T-shirts, hoodies and crewnecks using a printing technique that started in China more than 1,000 years ago. Consequently, students are learning how to juggle a...

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...

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...
Dutton Elementary School teacher Heidi Kruizenga was surprised to become the center of a bubble map

Teacher Map Leads to Geyser of Gratitude

Much to her surprise, Dutton Elementary School teacher Heidi Kruizenga became the noun in the center of a gigantic bubble map, so her kindergartners could surround her with enough positive words to make her burst with happiness. Principal Shawn Veitch,...

Ignore ‘judge-y people’ and celebrate your uniqueness, students say

Thirty-one students entered artwork into the schools’ first Diversiprize, for which, in true ArtPrize style, students and staff members voted on what pieces best reflect themes of diversity...

His Life is a Lesson

Roger VanLaan, 91, lives in a world he couldn't have imagined when he graduated from Caledonia High School in 1939. And the students he recently spoke to in history class there can barely imagine the world he once lived...

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...

Fright Night Promotes Selfless Concern for Others

With an ample supply of creativity and teamwork, the Caledonia High School Student Council and classmates made Fright Night Haunted Forest fundraiser a monster success. The annual event benefits families struggling to make ends meet. Held at the mouth of...

What’s for lunch today? Check your phone

Website and app provide nutritional information on school lunches...

Female panelists speak on success, mistakes

What would you do if you knew you would succeed? Would you become a doctor? Write a book? Run for office? Run a marathon? That was the question put to middle and high school girls at a recent event

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...

New High School Principal’s First-Year Goals: Learn and Listen

Name: Brady Lake School: Caledonia Community Schools High School What will be your first priorities as principal? I need to learn about Caledonia High School. I need to learn its history, where they are going and where they are currently. I will...

‘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...
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