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Stepping up to Eleven

At Grandville Middle School a while back, they lifted up a beautiful bunch of Somebodys. But these six seventh- and eighth-graders weren't elevated for their grade-point average. Nor their athletic prowess. Nor how they might contribute to band or choir...

Soldier’s Letters Bring Civil War Close to Home

Eighth-grader Nevin Hooper says learning about a local Civil War soldier was "way more cool" than learning about the bloodiest war in U.S. history from a textbook. Libby "Fred" Rozema and Riordan McPhail agree. "You always get it from the textbook's...

May 3 Sinking Fund Renewal Sought

Voters will be asked on May 3 whether to approve a 10-year renewal of the district's sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities. The millage was originally approved in 1996 and renewed in 2006. Superintendent Roger...

Fast Talking, Storm Chasing, Globe-Toting Teacher

The first thing you notice in Dave Carmichael's weather and science class is that he often carries around a globe, using it as a prop to explain intertropical convergence, polar jet streams and pressure belts. The second thing you notice...

This Former Lifeguard Likes Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels (and Is a Twin!)

School: Grandville High School What and where was your previous job? This is my 15th year working for Grandville Public Schools. My first 13 years I taught English at  GHS, but I spent last year at the middle school teaching English....

Kenowa Vote Passes, Sparta and Grandville Also Approved

Tuesday’s voter approval of a $55.24 million bond issue meant a lot to Ross Willick, not just as a principal but as the parent of two students at Zinser Elementary School. For his children and about 300 other students, the...

#LetMeSpeak: Students do just that, and their classmates listen

Sophomores at Grandville High School join national conversation through personal narrative...

New Group Gives More Parents a Voice

As a mother with three children in public schools, Barbara McFall wants to support her children’s educational experience. But sometimes she senses a wall between the school system and parents, and a less than welcoming attitude in some schools. That’s...

Schools to Business: How Can We Better Prepare Students?

Grandville Public Schools leaders want to know what skills and traits employers are looking for in their young workers, and they're going straight to the source to find out. The district's fundraising arm reached out recently to area businesses during...

AP Classes Score Big with Students

The Advanced Placement U.S. History classroom was adorned with presidential posters that students have earned working on campaigns over the years. Teacher Kyle VanderWall challenged his students to consider why Lord Dunmore's Proclamation (to free slaves who would fight...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

Teaching About Religions to Foster Understanding, Respect

As students walked into Craig Beach’s darkened classroom on a recent morning, they heard the song “Wild World” by the former Cat Stevens, now the Muslim musician Yusuf Islam. A projection screen showed the Kaaba, the sacred building in...

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...

Third-Grade Reading Bill? Ask Fourth-Graders

A group of fourth-graders in Nathan Peltz's class at Cummings Elementary School planned to travel to Lansing today to discuss their opinions on the so-called "third-grade reading bill" with the Senate prior to their vote. Sixteen of Peltz's fourth-graders penned...

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...

Art Walk Homage to Award-winning Artists

At Century Park Learning Center, a riot of color swirling like a Chihuly tangle of glass sprouted all over the school. The inspiration for students: picture book illustrations found in Caldecott winners. Rainbow-beaked birds like toucans dangled overhead, like Richard...
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