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My Town Kentwood: Flames fly during safety lesson at Park Charter Academy

My Town Kentwood: Flames fly during safety lesson at Park Charter Academy

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The flames were flying at Ridge Park Charter Academy last week, as eighth grade students learned fire safety from the Kentwood Fire Department.

Fire marshal Timothy Maday and fire inspector Bob Peterson took part in the presentation Tuesday, April 29. Peterson demonstrated what happens to a fire when you use the right and wrong materials to try to put out the flames.

Ridge Park Charter Academy is located at 4120 Camelot Ridge Dr. SE in Grand Rapids.   The school is part of the National Heritage Academies system.

My Town: Voters approve funding for Kelloggsville and Caledonia schools

My Town: Voters approve funding for Kelloggsville and Caledonia schools

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools will keep its operating millage.

Tuesday night, voters approved renewing the 18 mill tax, 268-85.   The measure renews the millage for five years, clearing the way for the district to continue to receive  per pupil allowance.  

Voters in the Caledonia Community Schools district also approved a $41 million bond to fund a new freshman plus building.  The funding would also go toward expanding and upgrading existing buildings and improving athletic fields, facilities and playgrounds.

For the entire election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

 

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

My Town: EKHS students selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Four instrumental music students from East Kentwood High School have been selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held on the campus of Western Michigan University, May 8th-10th.  

They are:

  • Derek Bartlett (11) Honors Jazz Ensemble-Trombone
  • Peter Cripps (11) Honors Band-Tuba
  • Claire Ross (12) Honors Orchestra-Horn
  • Travon Williams (12) Honors Jazz Ensemble- Piano

For Cripps and Ross, selection was a result of proficiency examinations at State Solo and Ensemble.  Their scores were among the highest in the state for their instruments. Williams and Bartlett were selected as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators nominated several students from throughout the state.   A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances.

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to renew a millage for district operations on Tuesday, May 6.

The Operating Millage renewal proposal would extend the 18 mill tax on property within the district that Kelloggsville Public Schools relies on to receive its per pupil allowance.  Under the proposal, the millage would be renewed for five years. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Voters to decide Caledonia Community Schools bond proposal

My Town: Voters to decide Caledonia Community Schools bond proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Some voters in My Town Kentwood will decide a proposed bond for Caledonia Community Schools.

The district wants to borrow $41 million through bonds to fund a new freshman plus building.  The funding would also go toward expanding and upgrading existing buildings  and improving athletic fields, facilities and playgrounds.  The bond would last 22 years at an estimated rate of 7 mills.  The district says the proposal will not include a millage rate increase for taxpayers within the district. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Mouse Squad creates a team of student techies at Cross Creek Charter Academy

My Town: Mouse Squad creates a team of student techies at Cross Creek Charter Academy

BYRON CENTER, Mich.Teachers at Cross Creek Charter Academy have a unique support system to help them with technology requests: the mighty Mouse Squad. 

The Mouse Squad is a team of middle school students assigned to tackle technology tasks ranging from cord cleanup to computer repair.  Students in the class start by learning tech repair through a computer-based program and with the guidance of their teacher, library technology specialist Alexandra Brown.

“The students repair or work on just about anything that I would, such as printer issues, phones not working, switch out broken monitors, or correcting sound issues,” said Brown. “Right now, our students are learning to use Screenr so they can make a four to five minute screen cast or video on how to use various programs.”

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.