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Everyone is a Star on Victory Day

Most everybody who loves football probably dreams of being able to take to the field at least once. This Saturday, nearly two dozen very special sports fans will get to hit the turf at Bulldog Stadium for their moment...

Understanding Tourette’s: ‘It Makes Me Feel Different’

Jackson Houtman has been volunteering at an animal shelter and wouldn't mind having a pet of his own someday. He's also been trying to convince his mom to enroll him in karate class. But what would really make Jackson happy...

Quoth the Rooster, ‘Some More’

Four student collaborators in Sandra Bajema's language arts class performed an outlandish Edgar Allan Poe parody by vilifying a rooster: Students Chris Veldhuis and Aiden Marsiglia recited their parody with dash of slapstick and drama: Every morning at the hour six,...

Poet, Rapper Teaches Sixth-Graders to Let the Words Flow

Sixth-graders at East Elementary recently got to work with an award-winning wordsmith who writes music they can relate to. Before they learned his method of composing, they learned how to clear their minds in order to give all that...

From Downtime to Downward Dog Time

In her 25 years as a teacher, Sandy Brunett knows well the challenges of getting elementary students to switch gears from one area of focus to another, or from relatively unstructured time such as lunch and recess to time to...

Taking the stage: teaching duo shares passion for theater arts

Both avid fans of the theater arts, married teachers Amanda and Jay Fischer spend their summer break heavily involved with the Shadblow Theatre in Jenison...

Part Silly Adult, Human Monkey Bar; All Kindergarten Teacher

Gerald Neff sits on a kindergartner-size table at the front of his classroom on a recent morning and welcomes his class to a new day. "Morning Georgia! You're wearing a dress. Are you getting married today?" he asks a youngster...

Solar Eclipse Mania: ‘It’s Officially Happening!’

On Eclipse Day 2017 -- also the first day of school -- South Elementary School families whooped-it-up as the moon made its move. The swim-suited revelers soaked up the sun and careened down an enormous slip-and-slide hosed down by...

Grandville Scores Big with Victory Day

Touchdown. Some 200 people filled the stands at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 18 to cheer on 26 Grandville Public Schools students with cognitive and physical disabilities who were outfitted with either jerseys or cheering pompons for "Victory Day." They were...

Senior Conference Puts Focus on College, Careers

Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and pursue a career that involves music and dance. "I'm fortunate that I know exactly what I...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....

Ethics Questions Challenge Essay Contestants

Jessica Schick and Samara Martin had different approaches to their entries in the annual Rotary Club of Grandville-Jenison oratory contest. Jessica chose to write about a bad decision she made: "the only time ever in my life I have been...

Can I Hear the Part About the Squirrel Chase Again?

Hayden Cole opened a book titled "Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch" and began to read aloud: "She had a bucket of pink paint, a big brush and some rags," began the East Elementary second-grader. At first, her listener...

Bulldogs at West Point: a community tradition and point of pride

Though far from West Michigan, the United States Military Academy at West Point has a little bit of home among its ranks. Grandville Public Schools currently has five cadets enrolled in the academy...

Plant, Wait, Pollinate

It's a small garden with the potential for enormous impact. And it's all organic, so that means worms and manure. But don't worry, says fifth-grader Sydney Dyess: While worms are as wiggly as you would expect, manure has nowhere...

Moving on Up, Combo Locks and All

The middle school's recent two-day welcome-back event felt more like a celebratory party than school function. The new crop of 475 seventh-graders beamed as they triangulated their new digs, the middle school. Definitely happy and excited, a bit nervous, but...
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