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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...

GRPS Forges Partnerships with Neighborhood Associations

When Principal Bridget Cheney looks at Congress Elementary School she sees a vibrant community following on the heals of the decade-long revitalization happening in the neighborhood surrounding it. That wasn't the case five years ago just before Cheney was assigned...

New Vision for Downtown Grand Rapids, GRPS

Grand Rapids residents in the coming years may see Innovation Central High School much the same way as it appeared when it was first built in 1911. Aside from the innovative programs happening inside the Gothic building, there may be...

Parents Applaud New C. A. Frost Leader

When Greg Ramey took over as principal of C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy in Nov. 2013, he asked his staff to think back to when they were students and list the most important attributes of their favorite teachers. The answers...

Student Numbers Show Transformation Plan is Working, Leaders Say

The news that Grand Rapids Public Schools lost far fewer students than projected is evidence that Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal’s Transformation Plan is working, school leaders say. The district reported losing fewer than 100 students on Oct 1, far fewer...

Sinking Funds Could Save Taxpayers Money

As Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal prepares to ask her board in November for another revenue source, she’ll be keeping an eye on pending legislation in Lansing proposing to expand the allowable uses of sinking funds. Whatever...

Museum Becomes a Classroom

If the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Museum School is anything like the week she spent with students at the Grand Rapids Public Museum last year, fifth-grade teacher Abbie Marr said students and parents should expect great things. Marr, who teaches...

India Stewart Dunning: Survivor and Scholar

Her clothes are arranged by color.Like Pippi Longstocking, she sleeps upside down, with her head at the footboard and her feet at the headboard. Ever since first meeting "Bucky" in the Disney flick "The Emperor's New Groove," she's been in...

Teacher Looks to Bring Metal Slides Back to Playground

When Grand Rapids Public Schools moved its Oral Deaf Program from Shawnee Park Elementary School to Ken O Sha Elementary last year, one thing was overlooked-- the metal slides from the playground. While metal slides have gone out of...

College-Going Culture, Scholarships, Creating Pathways for West Side Students

When Gwen Heatley first started working as the career and college pathways coordinator at Harrison Park Elementary/Middle School in fall of 2011, she held a contest that required students to write down the name of a college. A few...

Designing a New Future, One App at a Time

Problem: Young people find downtown Grand Rapids boring and expensive. Solution: a smart-phone app that turns its stores and cultural attractions into a game featuring an evil mayor and zombies. Crazy idea or community asset? That's what some Grand Rapids...

Year-round School Calendars May Not Suit All Districts, Administrators Say

Michigan students have gotten used to clearing out lockers during the first week of June with a long summer stretching lazily ahead. A post-Labor Day return to school is not only the norm, but the law. While many students spend...

Junior ROTC Alive and Well at Innovation Central

Innovation Central High School is known for its Center of Innovation programs, but a new program, The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, has been offering its own unique experience. JROTC is offered as a class during the school...

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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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