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‘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...

Marketing Teacher Brings Real-World Experience to Classes

The pressure is on. It's the lightning round of a "Jeopardy"-like game show that challenges two Caledonia High School sports and entertainment marketing students to hit a buzzer before their opponent when they think they know the answer to...

Project’s About More Than Just a Dress

As they made dresses for girls in Africa, Caledonia schools and its community were a perfect example of "it takes a village." "I enjoy getting to do something for people you don't even know — complete strangers are helping you,"...

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...
Katee Aubil, speech language pathologist, reads a book about anxiety as part of Social Thinking, with a little help from kindergartner Drake VanLente

Students Go for the Green in Social Learning

It's easy being green. But blue, yellow and red? That's another matter. Special education students are learning to express how they feel and to identify others' emotions through a curriculum that helps develop social skills. High school junior Heather Arney...

High School Sideline: Organic Milk

It looks like big things are on the horizon for sophomore and Future Farmers of America member Shannon Good. Shannon is really no "future" farmer; she's already milking cows, driving tractors and cleaning stalls at her family's small dairy and...

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...

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...

Strong faith, desire to help pushes her to be healing force through song

Despite tremendous loss, and mental and physical ailments, MacKenzie Van Dorp is off to the country music capital to pursue a career in music...

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...

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...

Whole Grains Headed to Cafeterias

Everything's baked, everything's good for you, and, next year, everything's going to have to be made with whole grain in school cafeterias. The changes are a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which required lunch programs to...

Caledonia FFA Grows Award-winning Students

Caledonia's FFA club's strong leaders and a supportive community are big reasons behind the group's reputation for raising good citizens and garnering dozens of awards over the years. “FFA really made me who I am today,” said Nathan Frahm,...

Warm Bench, Warm Hearts

If you need a buddy, have a seat. That's the message Junior Girl Scouts want their peers to hear. Two Caledonia troops recently added special benches called Buddy Benches to the Dutton Elementary and Caledonia Elementary playgrounds for anyone feeling...

A successful Odyssey

Question: What do you get when you mix a Model T, legendary inventors, an electric eel and a tricky obstacle course? Answer: An Odyssey of the Mind skit designed by elementary school students that placed ninth among 41 teams at...

Learning Math, Stretching Dollars, Doing Good

The comments from a group of second-graders during a recent trip to the grocery store weren’t what you might expect. Instead of “Can we get doughnuts?” or “Why can’t we get the chocolate cereal?” it was “This one is cheaper,...
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