Grand Rapids Public Schools

'Children are not blueberries': What a Trump/DeVos administration would mean for local schools

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 02-06-2017 under NEWS

Charles Honey, School News Network As someone who taught for 25 years, is the daughter of teachers and married one, Mary Bouwense’s life has been steeped in public schooling. So she was appalled when President Donald Trump, in his inaugural...

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'Beautiful, cool and majestic': Urban students experience Lake Michigan

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 11-22-2016 under NEWS

By Charles Honey, School News Network As they stepped onto a platform and gazed upon Lake Michigan, a group of Grand Rapids fifth-graders let loose a torrent of wonder.   “So pretty!” “Oh my gosh, it’s beautiful!...

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Volunteer reading tutors help GRPS students improve reading proficiency, prepare for future success

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a student's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. This week...

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Tuned in, turned off and taking action: Bitter presidential campaign motivates students

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

A dozen high school students were talking about the first presidential debate. They weren’t too impressed with Hillary Clinton, but even less so with Donald Trump. “A lot of what he said was just lies,” said Ashley Martinez, who...

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Forest Hills flag incident is teachable moment for adults: Consider the realities of others before acting

by (balexander)

Submitted 09-20-2016 under OPINION

Growing up, I was never allowed to play with toy guns; this restriction came without explanation or justification. That was the way it was. I was once gifted this really cool wooden rubber band gun – it was placed in the trash. Anything...

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"There's just not enough love in the world"

by (Carol Shirey)

Submitted 06-10-2016 under OPINION

Miss Brenda makes me happy. Me and at least a thousand other people, every day. She waves and smiles at every single driver that passes her corner – unless she’s making a crossing. Then she might miss a few. Every school day, Miss Brenda...

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Parent driven advocacy organization works with GRPS to ensure students' needs are being met


Submitted 02-05-2016 under NONPROFITS

It started with a Facebook post. And another. And then another. Parents at Lincoln Developmental Center, a Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) school that serves students with the most complex special needs throughout Kent County, were being notified...

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Young writers at Harrison Park Elementary to share community stories on The Rapidian

by (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 12-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Media Team reporters interviewed themselves for their first article on The Rapidian. The students have been writing for their school newspaper since September and are now writing for the broader Grand Rapids community. The Media Team...

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Election results yield victories for school bonds, elected officials

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 11-04-2015 under NEWS

Correction: This article originally stated that the Kenowa Hills bonding proposal passed, after faulty information from local reports. The proposal failed, and has been corrected within the text.    Local elections on Nov. 3 yielded...

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Upgrades on the line in school bonding proposals

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

Bonding proposals are on the ballot for Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Kenowa Hills public schools that would allow districts to update buildings, enhance district technology in and out of the classroom and provide security upgrades to school entrances...

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