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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...

‘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...

And who are we wearing tonight? Duct tape, actually

Baylee DeVos recruited her friend and Tech Center classmate junior Blake Johnson to take on a major art project: create a dress, tuxedo and accessories including shoes, a purse, corsage, boutonniere and hat completely out of duct tape...

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...
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

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

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...

Beatboxer busts growth mindset rhymes

“(Blake) demonstrated what can be accomplished with a positive, growth-mindset attitude and plenty of perseverance,” said Principal Sean McLaughlin

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...

Caledonia school board hires interim superintendent

Newly named interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer recently retired as head of Fennville Public Schools
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...
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,...

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...
Sharon Nelson helps grandson Asher Staskiewicz

Threading a Forgotten Skill Back into Class

The days of home-economics sewing projects may be far in the past. But in teacher Deborah Trent’s art class, stitching and stuffing provided a classic lesson in needlework.
Brayden Grant’s snow globe is in the “middle of nowhere”

Shaking Up a Writing Standard

To shake up a fourth-grade writing standard, Paris Ridge Elementary teachers Amy Dyksterhouse, Bari Cane and Sarah Cox challenged students to write persuasive letters to their parents about where they would like to live inside a snow globe.

Finding the Right Fit

How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn't fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments? Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior --...