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In Sun, Rain, or (Piles of Snow), Volunteer Controls Parking Lot

Conrado Coipel stations himself, stop sign in hand, outside Oriole Park Elementary School to control traffic. He ushers cars onto 40th Street, directing them to turn right, because to the left a line of cars waits to enter the school...

Students Leave Their Mark Through Artwork

Wyoming High School senior Lordia DiPiazza has left her signature, and it's in the form of a smiling face looking toward the future. Lordia, an accomplished artist, created a mural in the high-school hallway. It's a painting of a girl. The...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

A Boost for Bicycle Safety, with Cheers

West Elementary School second-grader Max Troche plans to wear his brand new helmet when he rides his green and black bike this spring. "I'm excited because the helmet I have hurts my head," Max said. Thanks to a donation from Hudsonville...

Mariachi band adds festive cultural tradition to music program

With a plan to someday play in the community, the new Wyoming Mariachi Band is lifting up Hispanic Heritage through music

Volunteer Builds Robots to Teach Engineering

Students on the Wyoming High School FIRST Robotics team explain their robots’ ball-launching mechanism with notes of pride in their voices as they talk about competing against much bigger teams in intense match-ups. They built the machine in six busy...

Grant to Fund Monthly Food Truck for School Communities

When Godfrey-Lee Public Schools teachers chipped in to pay for two Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry trucks to help feed the community last school year, the response was huge. Parents and community members lined up for the fresh bread, produce...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

Sharing Her Music to Feed Body and Soul

Playing piano moves Becca Hanson's soul. That's why she makes it about something bigger than herself. She likes to share that feeling – indulgent, she calls it – with others. She's that kind of leader: a poised, soft-spoken doer who...

Consistent literacy instruction means improved reading

Newly implemented curriculum aligns K-12 curriculum, stocks all elementary classrooms with books and materials...

Wyoming Bond Proposal to Fund Construction

The Wyoming Board of Education is making a second attempt to get a construction bond request passed by voters, this time breaking it into two proposals and doing more to spread the word about the need for improvements. Following the...

New Sense of Belonging Leads to Improved Grades, Behavior

As a school social worker and black woman, Brooke Davis found a trend at Wyoming Junior High School distressing: The African-American girl population was leading every other group of students in suspensions. Girls were acting out and turning on each...

Students Speak Out About Mental Health

For students battling anxiety and depression, sometimes the greatest stress comes from seeking success. In today’s culture of high-stakes testing, high-cost college and all-everything excellence, getting anything less than an A on an exam can push a student’s panic button....

Board Seeks Public Input on Bond Request

In eyeing the needs of the district and planning for the next 30 years, administrators are considering a November bond request that would not raise property taxes. But first, they are seeking input from parents, teachers, students and community members...

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...

Grant aims to ready middle schoolers for what comes after high school

Seventh-graders in four Wyoming school districts will receive tutoring, mentoring and career exploration opportunities via Grand Rapids Community College...
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