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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...

Art Teacher Helps Students See, Express Themselves

Art teacher Shawn Dejonge wants to know, “Who are you?” On the first day of class, Wyoming Intermediate School students walked into the art room to the the sound of English rock band “The Who” singing its legendary question....

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...

If It’s Tuesday, Gramma Bobbie and Grampa Hank Will Be There

Nine years ago, former Huntington Woods Elementary Principal Andrea van der Laan was looking for volunteers willing to contribute 45 minutes a week. Bobbie Bulthuis remembers responding: “If we have to drive 45 minutes to get here, you have to...

Iraqi Student Visits Oriole Park Friends, Gets Needed Medical Treatment

It wasn’t long before 10-year-old Hamzah Al-Daeni took on the role of teacher in the Oriole Park third-grade class. “One, two, three,” he counted, an effervescent smile spreading across his face as he instructed students to take turns racing...

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...
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