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City High/Middle School earned a first for GRPS when it was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only three high schools in Michigan so honored this year.,,

Fourth graders from across city cross lines with pictures on ‘Flexible Fence’

A collaboration of GRPS, artist Eliza Fernand, ArtPrize and PNC Bank, the 6-foot-high 'Flexible Fence' features more than 1,000 pictures by fourth graders from 26 schools...

Raised in the district, they’re now ‘giving back’ by teaching there

As school districts work hard to recruit new teachers, homegrown talent offers something extra to students...

Army of youth march to ‘fight for the world we will be living in’

Students from across Kent County put their science learning to work by taking part in the worldwide marches calling for action on climate change...

Two new leaders for GRPS

Laura McCloud is the new supervisor of Special Education for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Tammi Jenkins is the new principal at East Leonard Elementary...

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy junior Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios was so sure she wasn't going to win the 2019 SmartArt competition, she forgot to mention the big event where they announced the winner to her parents. Oops...

WMCAT holds enrollment information session for fall classes

After-school classes ranging from music tech and production, fashion design and photography to graphic arts are available this fall to Grand Rapids Public high school students, at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology...

North Park Montessori School reopens after asbestos scare

North Park Montessori School is reopening for the new school year after getting a clean bill of health following an asbestos exposure scare last winter...

‘Welcome back, guys!’ Latino leaders cheer on returning students

When Union High School students arrived bright and early for their first day of classes Tuesday, Aug. 20, they were greeted at the school doors by more than a dozen exuberant Latino community leaders...

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez left a dangerous life in Guatemala to achieve academic excellence and set career goals in America...

Two programs become one, to help infants and toddlers

The Ken-O-Sha Home Community program will fit hand-in-glove with Kent ISD’s Early On program when Grand Rapids Public Schools transfers its special education center programs to Kent ISD this summer, leaders say. Both programs serve children with impairments from birth to 3 years old...

Students tell designers what they want to see in their park

Students who helped redesign Plaster Creek Family Park were the guests of honor when dignitaries from the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Public Schools broke ground on the $1.045 million project...

‘I gave it my all’

Retiring after seven years as superintendent, and 44 working for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Teresa Weatherall Neal said she is proud of the work she did to help students believe in themselves...

GRCC reps ‘raid’ high school to share college info

The first crop of Challenge Scholars to receive tuition-free college has worked closely with GRCC on learning to navigate higher education...

A new teacher with a passion for the classroom: ‘I love helping kids’

While the number of new teachers continues to drop dramatically, Brittney DesLauries says she wants to do it for the rest of her life...
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Students win prizes for short videos about compassion

Two local students made moving videos about caring and compassion, and were amply rewarded for their artistry...

Grand Rapids Student Showcase

Impacting America.. My Way

When I think about Rosa Parks and what she did, or how she impacted America, I begin to think of ways that I could possibly be an impacting person and be influential for people today. One thing that I...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions...

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But...
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