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East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan

East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan

The competition will be intense down on the football field, with a stadium full of cheering fans, at East Kentwood High School this Saturday, October. 21. Uniformed players will be suited up in their school colors, every movement planned, with the sole focus of trying for the best performance of the season. It’ll be a lot like the games you see in every football stadium across America, except for one thing, there will be no football.

 

In fact, this is no game at all. This event is the East Kentwood High School Falcon Marching Band Invitational, a marching band competition, and it’s happening from 2:30pm to 10:00pm.

 

It is a musical extravaganza and one of the biggest marching band shows in West Michigan, with twenty high school bands from around West Michigan slated to compete for top honors.

 

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As enrollment in online learning continues to increase across the county – by 80% over the past five years – two statewide, tuition-free, public virtual education schools, Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) and Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), are inviting the local community to learn more about the benefits of virtual education. Families that attend can expect to meet with staff and/or families from the school and gain valuable insight on the rigor and flexibility of virtual education and how it may be the solution for their child’s individual learning needs..

If interested, RSVP for any of the upcoming information sessions below:

Great Lakes Cyber Academy:

Pizza Party with Great Lakes Cyber Academy

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

Fricano Place

1050 W. Western Ave., Ste. 210

Muskegon, MI 49441

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.

Retirement Open House for Dr. James Sawyer at EKHS

Retirement Open House for Dr. James Sawyer at EKHS

Kentwood Band and Orchestra Boosters are hosting a retirement open house for Dr. James Sawyer.  The open house will be held on Thursday, June 9th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the main cafeteria at East Kentwood High School.   Please join us in celebrating his career as a music educator.

East Kentwood Students Perform with Grand Rapids Symphony

East Kentwood Students Perform with Grand Rapids Symphony

Several students from East Kentwood High School performed recently with the Grand Rapids Symphony at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.  These students were selected to participate in the Mosaic Scholars Program for the 2015-16 school year.  Mosaic Scholarships are designed to provide talented African-American and Hispanic instrumental students in the Grand Rapids area with the opportunity to develop their musical skills and to immerse them in the world of classical music.  All of these students have been studying privately with professional musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony. Mosaic Scholars perform with the Grand Rapids Symphony at the annual Symphony with Soul concert at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.