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GRPS Superintendent Sees Vision of Greatness Coming into View

Editor’s note: As the 2014-15 school year is about to conclude, School News Network invited Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal to reflect on the state of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Here, in the first of two installments, Neal looks back on...

Too Many Student Leaders? No Such Thing, Say GRPS Officials

When Grand Rapids Public Schools officials went looking this year for two student representatives to serve on its Board of Education, they found students like Javonte Jefferson, Henry Atkins and a whole bunch more. In the past, district leaders had...

Grand Rapids Gets Behind Getting Students to School

Antonio Zavala is the kind of student Grand Rapids Public Schools has been cultivating recently: the kind who comes to school every day, on time and ready to learn. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Sibley Elementary School on Grand Rapids' Northwest...

With Love and High Expectations, Top Teachers Nurture Good Students

The boy was not having a good day. A new student in Vicki Boase’s second-grade classroom, Ja’Quon sat scowling in his seat while other students were getting to work. Boase took him into the hall and had a talk....

iPads Help Individualize Lessons, Lead to ‘Higher Level Thinking’

Mario Suarez says he learns better when using an iPad in his special education classroom at Harrison Park School. The 8-year-old second-grader is among a group of Harrison Park students using technology to help them learn by building higher-level thinking...

Ford Students Review Rare Documents While Researching School Namesake

Thirteen-year-olds Delmy Rivera and Raquel Santos along with their classmates at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center have spent part of their school year researching the presidency of their school's namesake. It's common practice for West Michigan students who routinely study...

Winning Submissions from Annual 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. Each winning student will receive a certificate...

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...

My Super Heroes

Heroes and role models use their gifts to help make the world a better place. They put the needs of others in front of their own needs and look for ways to help others. Heroes are courageous and brave....

GRPS will ask voters to approve $175 million bond issue in November

Voters in the Grand Rapids Public Schools will be asked in November to approve a $175 million bond issue for building construction, technology improvements and upgraded security features to buildings. The school board voted unanimously during a Feb. 23 work...

Parent University Building Stronger Families

With a seven-year-old son diagnosed with autism, Grand Rapids Public Schools parent Deanna Wilson has some special challenges. She'd been educated by doctors and counselors over the years about her son's special needs, but never received much advice on how...

Challenge Scholars Helps Reinvigorate West Side

There's a lot of positive energy emanating from Grand Rapids' West Side and many say at least some of it is because of the Grand Rapids Public School's Challenge Scholars program. Backed by a $32 million commitment from the Grand...

Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic? How About Manufacturing, Marketing & Sales?

It may be a little unusual that a 17-year-old is already the CEO of a company but the venture headed by Rolando Garcia is anything but your typical firm. The company stems from a group of classes Rolando is taking...

Parents Promote GRPS in New Campaign

Steve and Nora Faber want their kids’ education to be something special so they chose the dual English Spanish Immersion program at Southwest Community Campus. They liked that their two boys would begin learning the Spanish language and culture long...

Partnerships Spark Explosion in Robotics Programs

By all accounts, Bobbijo Zoerhof is a good teacher, but she admits to being stymied when it came to helping her students program a robot for their FIRST Robotics team.That’s when a new community partnership between the Grand Rapids...

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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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