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District’s newest school is a winner in green design

Southwest Middle High School - Academia Bilingue is a state-of-the-art, $20 million project that has earned LEED silver certification...

Districts ready to spend COVID relief dollars — once state allocates them

Area school districts are waiting for federal relief funding to address the year-long impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

A shirt with a message: Black history is happening ‘right now’

A GRPS student’s T-shirt design is in 220 Meijer stores in six states for Black History Month...

District launches virtual choice expo for theme, neighborhood schools

An annual school choice expo for GRPS schools will expand to include neighborhood schools and be held virtually on Feb. 18...

How one school reached out to missing students

Union High School principals and teachers tracked down missing students to see how they’re doing, where they’re learning and whether they’ll come back...

Food service manager honored for work in pandemic year

A GRPS employee is honored by the School Nutrition Association of Michigan as Manager of the Year...

Longtime volunteer does whatever’s needed for school: ‘I love being here’

A 24-year parent and grandparent volunteer tends to student and family needs at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy...

Back to classrooms for GRPS students — finally

After 44 weeks and 4 days, GRPS students were back in their classrooms Tuesday...

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Equity and inclusion leader named interim director of UPrep association

The founding director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is the new interim director of Grand Rapids University Preparatory Association...

Through screens and technical glitches, learning goes on

In a year of forced online learning, teachers themselves have had much to learn in keeping students engaged and progressing...

Schools, organizations step up to feed students, families

Area schools continue to provide free grab and go meals at regular distribution events and community partners are helping to fill in the gaps to make sure everyone is fed during a very challenging time...

All GRPS students allowed to return to classrooms on Jan. 19 in updated plan

GRPS has had to put a slight delay on a Return to Learn plan that includes in-person instruction...

Dedicated educator overcame ‘life’s circumstances’ to lead GRPS

Dr. Leadriane Roby has had a life full of preparing for unanticipated circumstances...

A veteran teacher adapts to new reality: ‘nothing compares to this’

An elementary school teacher of 40 years says education has never seen anything like 2020...

For IT team, COVID meant turning on a dime to online

‘It really does feel like rebuilding the plane while it’s in the air,’ says IT specialist Craig Ghareeb...
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