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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...

Walking through the ‘door of opportunity’

Wyoming high school students Mounahinde (Terry) Almame and Rohim Mohammed visited Lisa Monroe and Jodi VanDam’s fifth-grade class to talk about their experiences as refugees...

Wyoming Girls Drive Robot to Semi-Final Finish

Manning, or (wo)manning, the Wyoming High School robot resulted in a semi-final finish at a special Girls Only First Robotics competition at Bloomfield Hills High School Nov. 1. The female members of the Wyoming High School Robotics Team responsible for...

Volunteer’s Design Skills Help Make Stage Magic

The wooden structures stood sturdy in Wyoming Public Schools' Dan Heintzelman auditorium. Greg Brooks and a crew of workers added final pieces to what would become main character George Bailey's house and the iconic bridge in, "It's a Wonderful...

Lessons Taught at the Lakeshore

Oriole Park Elementary fourth-grader Emanuel Alcantera made his way over to the sand dune at Tunnel Park in Holland and got his first-ever glimpse of Lake Michigan. “It looks beautiful. It looks fun!” Emanuel said. “I like the shore, the...

Economic Lesson Stuffs Stockings

Marshmallow-y, chocolatey Snowman Soup, Tic-tac-toe games packaged in burlap bags, colorful ornaments, glass magnets and other crafty items will fill the stockings of parents and siblings of Gladiola Elementary students, thanks to some business-savvy students. The school recently was transformed...

First Day Festival

The entire staff of educators started the school year with a morning of celebration last Monday at Grand Rapids First Church, in Wyoming. The fanfare included greetings from Wyoming High School cheerleaders, and a mini-concert from the marching band, which...

Families Bond, Boogie at Family Dance

Gladiola Elementary School students perfected line dances twirled, do-si-doed with their parents, and ate sweet treats at the annual Family Dance. For families it was all about enjoying a night out of music and fun, but the dance, organized by...

Frontiers: Meeting Student Needs Through Online Programming

When her mother died last summer, Wyoming Senior Tashia Sheneman lost a permanent place to live and has since moved several times. One of the few constants in her life is Wyoming's Frontiers Program, where she receives much more...

Figure this: numbers are like toys in Math Circle

‘It’s math for the sake of math – just for fun. In class you are taught math. Here you experience math’...

New Principal Digs into Toolbox to Help Students Succeed

Name: Gwenn Dangerfield School: Wyoming Public Schools West Elementary School What will be your first priorities as principal? My priorities as the instructional leader of West Elementary are to support teaching and learning and a safe learning environment, and to improve learning...

Kids and Mental Health: ‘Parenting Doesn’t Come With a Manual’

During Wyoming Public Schools' mental health series, parents and students explored ways to improve communication with each other. Listening before reacting; approaching each other at the right time; using good body language and knowing what's going on in students' lives...

Educators learn to ‘stop the bleed’ in emergency situations

Preventing death requires quick action, trauma experts said during training. About 100 district educators recently went through special training. It is available free to schools...

New schools chief worked his way up to leadership

Craig Hoekstra is set to begin in his new role July 1, following Superintendent Thomas Reeder, who announced his retirement last month after serving in the position for seven years...

STEM Pros To Female Students: We Need You!

Before heading to the gymnasium floor to compete with robots they helped build, about 100 girls sat down to listen to a panel of female engineers, students and business professionals. The message: science, technology, engineering and math fields are wide...

Community Partnerships Make Big Things Possible for Elementary School

Jeremiah Wardell answered questions about how to best support the education of his son, Parkview Elementary School third-grader Braiden White. On big poster boards, he filled in facts about attendance, reading and even sleeping. After that, the father-son duo was...
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