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Retiring Custodian a “Superhero Listener”

Many who have walked the halls at Oriole Park Elementary School know Bob Pickard is a superhero. To students who have inquired about this cleaning-carted crusader, he called himself a “Superhero Listener.” The longtime custodian (who may be able to clean...

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...

TEAM 21 Funding to Restore Cut Programs

For Claribel Ortiz, having a place for her four children to go after school and in the summer while she works helps a lot. She knows David, 11, Francisco, 10, Josue, 9, and Jazmine, 7, will get help with their...

Crowd of Volunteers Work to Beautify Schools

More than 250 volunteers from Grand Rapids First Church spent a summer week improving Wyoming Public Schools' buildings in any way they needed it, interior cleaning, painting, and sprucing up the schoolyard. The annual "Do It Together" event, hosted since...

High School Students Publish Book Documenting Personal Journeys

"My parents left me right after I was born, so I grew up in orphanages before I was adopted and moved to the United States." "It was November 9, 2011 when I had called the Kent County Jail to schedule...

All Day, Every Day: Success Starts With Attendance

Wyoming Intermediate School social worker Christine Karas works hard to make sure students are getting to school, even if she has to give them a ride herself. "I like doing it," Karas said. "I like getting to meet families." One...
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Student Graduates after Riding Train of Death through Mexico

Editor's note: This is the fifth of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. During the last day of his senior year at Wyoming High School, Jose Sanchez-Bueso completed his...

Local Educators Get a Real Taste of Marine Boot Camp

Kenowa Hills High School Assistant Principal Jim Smith had to stop thinking like a scholar to determine the quickest way to complete a mission with his group during a boot camp designed for teachers. They were compelled to use all...

Wyoming Second Graders Band Together With Colorful Creation

Oriole Park Elementary second graders recently stretched a colorful chain created from tiny rubber bands down the school hallway, past classrooms and lockers. "It's almost as long as the hallway," said second grader Abby Kramer. Rubber band looming is all the...

Wyoming Theater Director Pushes Students toward Perfection

It was very important that everything come out of the trunks, Director Jeremy Schnotala insisted as his cast of Wyoming High School students scurried to their correct positions on stage. Umbrellas, balls, totes, hats and wigs – sometimes even...

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...

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...

First Graders See, Touch and Talk Numbers

It's time for math in Sarah Bultema's Parkview Elementary first-grade class. "This is a 100 chart," Bultema told students who responded with "oohs" and "aahs" as she lifted up a huge sheet of black paper. "And it's missing the numbers...You...

Teacher Overwhelmed with Support for Son

When Easton Miller, 5, arrived for a special party at Wyoming Junior High School, where his mother is a teacher, he noticed everybody was wearing the same T-shirt. Below the shirts’ Wyoming Wolves logo and the words “Crushing Chiari,” the...

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...

Students Take Simulated Voyage to the New World

High winds rocked the ship as third- and fourth-grade immigrants held tight to their modest belongings during their simulated 14-day voyage to America. “Squeeze onto the boat to leave Europe for the New World,” said fourth-grade teacher Ginger VanderBeek moments...
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