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Settling Conflict by Settling Minds with Connective Art

With colorful petals radiating from a bright orange center, the mandala Circle of Art rug represents the universe and all its connectivity. For members of the high school's National Art Honor Society, it's also a way of connecting with a...

Students recognized on diplomas for biliteracy

Michigan is one of more than 30 states to offer the seal. In Kent County, 113 students earned it, far more than any other Michigan county...

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...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Ph.D.-bound college student shares her journey through science with high school students

The Ph.D. route is possible and rewarding, 2015 graduate tells Wyoming students. Wyoming High School Class of 2015 graduate Gabby Huizinga visited science classes recently to share the pathway she took from high school to a doctoral program...

She got an early jump on college in high school; now she’s on campus

Wyoming Middle College students like Lauren Kramer start classes on the GRCC campus with an understanding of college rigor and expectations – and many credits already completed for free...

Wyoming Scouts Give Elementary Children a Nicer Place to Play

When West Elementary School moved into the former Newhall Middle School building, students inherited a schoolyard never used by children in kindergarten through fourthgrade. The building was vacant for a year after the middle school closed because of district...

How Are Districts Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students?

Challenged with designing a structure to safely hold a raw egg when dropped from several feet above the floor, Oriole Park Elementary School third and fourth-grade students started brainstorming in groups. "We can use the six cotton puffs under the...

Butterflies, Borrowing Books Part of New Life

Parkview Elementary first- and second-graders Erik and Isaac Alfaro spotted monarch caterpillars on milkweed plants at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, in Grand Rapids Township. “How many are there?” asked Lisa DeMaagd, Wyoming Public Schools English Language-Learner coordinator. “Cuatro!”...

The Rhythm of the Words

Oriole Park Elementary Schools students walked, tiptoed and froze on cue to classical music during a half-hour singsong session filled with music exercises based on rhythm and beat. "Snail, snail, snail, snail. Up and down and all around," they sang...

Students Celebrate Film, Learn about Media from HBO

Executives from HBO were in Grand Rapids recently to talk with some of the area’s youth. No, not for some new reality series, but to share insight into careers in media and entertainment. Students also viewed the finalists of...

Special Olympics Athletes Find Joy, Confidence on the Slopes

For Brianna Salazar, swooshing her way downhill and between flags while skiing the giant slalom feels exhilarating. "I love that experience. I never thought I'd get an experience like that. I just love it," said Brianna, a Wyoming High School...

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...

Getting the Wiggles Out Helps Students Learn

In teachers Danielle Terpstra and Kristen Accorsi's classrooms, 50 first-graders sit on yoga balls, wobble stools and yoga mats, and stand on balance boards. They keep in constant motion while completing their work, participating in groups and paying attention...

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...

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...
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