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Witnessing Inauguration Showed ‘Democracy at its Finest’

As I stepped on the bus at approximately 5:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, I knew this trip to Washington D.C. to witness the Presidential Inauguration, with about 20 of my peers and history teacher John Doyle, was going to...

A Year in America, and Then Some

In his year of study at Wyoming High School, Triet Vu learned a lot of things about America and its education system that were much different from his home in Vietnam: the easier curriculum, the pervasive technology, the intensely...

Middle College: Head Start, Financially Smart

Mitch Hendrickson earned 62 credits and an associate's degree while still a high school student, for free. On top of that, he's a full year ahead of his peers at Central Michigan University. It's Hendrickson's first year at CMU, after...

Students Go Greek by Questioning, Discussing Issues as Socrates Did

Though the topic was tied to the American Revolution, discussion among Wyoming Intermediate School fifth-graders was inspired by a robed man with a long beard who did his musing more than two millennia ago: Socrates. The young philosophers joined the...

Leadership program put teens on track for summer jobs

Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, has three components: life-skills development; job placement and community service...

Festival Highlights Student Art, Music

Students blended their creativity into a huge showcase of talent during Wyoming Public Schools' Festival of the Arts showcase recently. The daylong slate of activities included choir, orchestra, music and dance mini-performances, numbers from the high school show "Nunsense: The...

One Grad Looks Back: ‘I Was Determined to Build a Team of Support’

I always knew I would go to college and that there was no other option for my future after high school. Funny thing was, nobody else considered it for me at all. My father, an immigrant from Sicily who moved...

Language, Culture and ‘Jambo!’

Sixth grade teacher Rebecca Bing remembers a particularly tough day at school. She walked down the hall, feeling a little tired and pensive. Suddenly, Toussaint Melchsedek passed by, a big smile on his face, and said, "Jambo!" "All of a...

Students Pitch Trash to Clean Schools, Park for Service Day

When Vicki Johnston challenged Parkview Elementary School students to choose a community-service project, they overwhelmingly chose a cause: "Trash the Trash." Hosted by the school's Peer Mentoring Program, about 300 of the Wyoming Public Schools students spread out across Wyoming's...

Wyoming School Entrances to Become Secured This Summer

Construction will take place this summer to secure entrances at Wyoming Public Schools' eight school buildings, a project Wyoming Superintendent Tom Reeder said is too important to not pursue. Renovating entrances at the schools was part of a $37 million...

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap

A fence illustration is often used to show the difference between equality and equity. Two pictures each show three children, one tall, one short and one in between, trying to peer over a fence. In one picture, they are treated...

Wolf Sculpture Celebrates New Wyoming Mascot

A bronze wolf head sculpture, frozen in mid-howl, now stands in the Wyoming High School gymnasium lobby, a permanent art installment celebrating the district’s new mascot. Inscribed in its granite base is the Rudyard Kipling quote, “For the strength...

A proud Wolf looks back on a career of service to Wyoming

From removing pay-to-play fees for athletics to starting the Wyoming Middle College dual enrollment program so students can earn a tuition-free associate’s degree in high school, retiring Superintendent Thomas Reeder has kept his eye on giving students opportunities they need to thrive...

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...

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...

Science unplugged

Seventh-graders, tasked with devising ways to generate electricity on their own, created windmills, water wheels and generators...
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