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Church “Adoption” Bonds School & Community

When members of Wyoming-based Christ Lutheran Church approached Gladiola Elementary School Principal David Lyon about "adopting" the school, Lyon filled out a wish list of possible ways the church could support them. Instead of choosing one community service project,...

Students get a Jump Start on College Applications

Felicia McCrary has an important role at Wyoming High School: help students get into college. She recently did just that, co-organizing a week of events during which 250 seniors sat down and applied. "I help them through the whole college...

‘That’s Why I’m Doing This’

Lori Hayes is finishing up math and science courses in the Wyoming Public Schools Adult Education Program to earn her GED. Once in awhile, she has to bring her 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, to class with her. One day, after listening...

School Votes Push Three Districts Forward, One Back

Following Tuesday’s votes on tax requests for four Kent ISD school districts, three superintendents were smiling. The fourth was choking back tears. Voters approved multi-million-dollar bond issues for Grand Rapids Public Schools and Kentwood Public Schools, as well as a...

Four Districts Ask Voters for Help Nov. 3

Four Kent County school districts will ask voters for financial support on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 3. The tax requests would pay for everything from building repair and construction to new technology and security measures. Here’s a...

Approval of Sinking Fund Would Allow Facility Repairs

Wyoming Public Schools is hoping to purchase new roofs, doors and windows and pay for parking-lot improvements and other ongoing facility needs by establishing a sinking fund. The 0.5-mill, 10-year levy will be on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, but,...

Grant to Fund Monthly Food Truck for School Communities

When Godfrey-Lee Public Schools teachers chipped in to pay for two Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry trucks to help feed the community last school year, the response was huge. Parents and community members lined up for the fresh bread, produce...

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...

International Exchange Students Enrich High School Culture

Chinese students Zheng "Kelly" Haohua and Guo "James" Kaixiang chatted with Band Director Jane Detweiler about playing instruments in the Wyoming High School band. Brazilian student Gabriel Lopez Alves quickly alternated his arms in a fast up-and-down motion using...

Ready for School: Kindergartners Walk Through Routine

Wyoming Public Schools kindergarten students and their parents had a "Smart Start" to school last week, working out the jitters by walking through the daily routine: bus riding, lunch, lining up in the halls and learning what it means...

New Wyoming Principal Inspired By Children’s Perspectives, Humor

Name: David Lyon School: Wyoming Public Schools Gladiola Elementary School What will be your first priorities as principal be? My first priorities have been to establish connections and build relationships with teachers, support staff and administration. In addition, I have been gathering...

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...

Teacher Hosts Weekly Library Days to Keep Students Reading This Summer

Oriole Park Elementary School teacher Ginger VanderBeek scanned the shelves in the children's section at the Wyoming branch of Kent District Library for books about kings and queens. She grabbed a few possibilities for fourth-graders Maya Wiltrout and Emma...

School Embraces Concept That Leadership Can Be Taught

Parent Matt Stowe is used to hearing leadership lingo at home from his daughter, Kalani, a third-grader, and son, Nathan, a seventh-grader. They've practiced the "Seven Habits of Leadership," as defined by businessman and author Stephen Covey, since kindergarten at...

Art Instruction Spans the Century for Third-Graders

Wyoming Public Schools Oriole Park Elementary third-grade students bookended the school year with lessons in art history, touring the Grand Rapids Art Museum during the first semester and ending the school year with a trip to the Muskegon Museum...
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