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My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The search for Kent Intermediate School District’s next superintendent is down to two people.

After the first round of interviews this week, the Kent ISD School board whittled down the pool of four finalists to two- Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; and Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools.  Superintendents Dr. Curtis Finch of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Dr. Sara Magana Shubel of East Grand Rapids Public Schools were not selected for second round interviews.

Caniff and Martin will be interviewed a second time Tuesday, March 31.  The person selected for the job will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30, after nine years of leading Kent ISD.

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of the Kent Intermediate School District are narrowing their search for the ISD’s next superintendent.

Board members will begin interviewing the four finalists this week.  The candidates include Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; Dr. Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD; Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools; and Dr. Sara Magana Schubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Finch will be first up for questioning.  His interview will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday.  Shubel and Caniff will be interviewed Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.; Martin will answer the Board’s questions on Thursday.  The second round of interviews will take place Tuesday, March 31.

My Town: East Kentwood High School Presents CATS

My Town: East Kentwood High School Presents CATS

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Cats are about to take over the stage at East Kentwood High School.

The school's fine arts department will be performing the musical "CATS" on March 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.

"CATS", by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is one of the most successful musicals of all time.  It has been seen throughout the world by over 73 million people.  Now is your chance to see a production put on by some very talented high school students.  It's time to make a new "Memory."

All shows will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at East Kentwood High School, located at 6230 Kalamazoo Ave., SE.  Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or by calling the switcboard at East Kentwod High School  at (616) 698-6700.

 

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

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Twenty-one soloists, two duets, a trio, three quartets, three choirs and two ensembles from West Ottawa High School received first division ratings at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival at East Kentwood High School on January 31, 2015.

By earning the first division (or excellent) ratings, they qualified to participate in the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held March 21 at Grandville High School.

“The number of first division medals have been steadily increasing over the past decade,” noted Michael Hamann, band director. “I think this may be the most first division medals our kids have ever earned at this event.”

My Town: Kentwood student Peter Cripps selected for All-State Honors Band

My Town: Kentwood student Peter Cripps selected for All-State Honors Band

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Peter Cripps, a senior tuba player at East Kentwood High School, earned a position in the Michigan High School All-State Honors Band.  He performed with top band students from all over the state of Michigan, at venues and events including DeVos Hall at the Michigan Music Conference.

Since learning to play the tuba in 6th grade, Peter has earned many honors.  He has achieved Division I ratings on his tuba solos for six consecutive years.  Peter was selected for District Honors Band in 7th grade, Michigan Middle School All-State Band in 8th grade and Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band in 11th grade.  He plays tuba in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at East Kentwood High School and in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

My Town: Kentwood Middle School students in District Honors Band

My Town: Kentwood Middle School students in District Honors Band

MSBOA District 10 Middle School Honors Band

Several middle school students from Kentwod Public Schools were selected to perform in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra (MSBOA) District 10 Honors Band.  They include Crestwood 8th grade students Ryan Strauss (trumpet), Sean Prusko (percussion), Nevaeh McFall-Green (flute); Crestwood 7th grade students Otis Connors (tenor saxophone), Brayden Babcock (tenor saxophone), Emily Kwekel (flute), Mitchell Arganbright (percussion); Pinewood 8th grade students Kyle Corfixsen (alto saxophone), Bethany Dame (percussion), Matias Pedreros (tuba); and Pinewood 7th grade students Jacon Sagum (flute), Turner Woods (percussion) and Enzo Ubaldo (trumpet).

Jaes Ross, director of bands at East Kentwood High School, was chosen as band director of the year for District 10 last year.  Because of this award, he had the honor of conducting the 7th grade honors band.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.