Grand Rapids Public Schools

GRPS parent group sponsors school board candidate forum

by (Elizabeth Hoffm...)

Submitted 10-22-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, October 24, the Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC) at Congress Elementary School will be hosting a forum for the candidates for the Grand Rapids Board of Education on the November 6, 2018, ballot. The forum will take place from 6...

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Faith, family, love for community fuels Williams' bid for GRPS school board

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 09-21-2018 under NEWS

This year seven candidates square off for five open seats on the Grand Rapids School board November 6, 2018 election. Of the seven candidates, three are incumbents (Tony Baker, Jose Flores, John Matias) and four are new challengers (Kimberely...

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Still in tears for our students after school walkout

by (crestongr)

Submitted 03-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

By Kymie Spring, Community Organizer, Creston Neighborhood Association I went to City High Middle School well before Columbine or any of the massacres that followed. We felt totally safe then. Later, when I taught elementary school, we had fire...

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'Communities are going to see repercussions' from Trump after-school cuts, leaders say

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 06-09-2017 under NEWS

In the library of Harrison Park School, Ryan Rose read aloud from a book about African animals as a dozen students listened expectantly. “We all went on a safari, past an old Acadia tree,” Rose read. “Nearby, giraffes were grazing...

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Students explore hip-hop as 'something that you live'

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 03-30-2017 under NEWS

Matthew Duncan lightly shakes a can of spray paint and, like the serious aerosol artist he is, deftly sprays an immaculate orange “o” on a canvas. And so begins a lesson on graffiti – or more properly called “writing,...

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Rising GRPS grad rates 'a community effort'

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

Improving the district’s graduation rate by nearly 50 percent over five years takes a lot of people working together – and it will take a lot more to continue the trend. So said Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, following this week...

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'Get everything you can out of it' says school board president

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 02-16-2017 under NEWS

Wendy Falb vividly remembers cleaning the filthy steps of Fountain School one day, back when her older son attended Montessori School there. Fixing up the old school was one of her many volunteer tasks as a self-described “tiger mom.”...

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'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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