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IHM Students Add “Footwear Designer” to Resume

Footwear brand Cushe, a division of Wolverine World Wide, has added new local talent to their design team: students from the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in neighboring Grand Rapids, Mich. Using one of Cushe’s most popular product concepts as a template, 8th grade students were asked to create their own variation of the style. The winners were picked by the Cushe Marketing and Product Development team and sent in to production.   
 

SVS Vision, VSP Vision Care and Transitions Optical Team Up to Help Michigan Students

SVS Vision, VSP Vision Care and Transitions Optical Team Up to Help Michigan Students

News Release:

Mount Clemens, Mich., May 14, 2012 – Detroit-based SVS Vision is partnering with VSP® Vision Care and Transitions Optical to bring two fully-stocked, state-of-the-art mobile eye exam clinics, nicknamed “Eyenstein” and “SeeZar,” to Harms Elementary School in Detroit on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Mulick Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids on May 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., to provide free, comprehensive eye exams and eyewear to hundreds of students in need. The addition of “SeeZar” to the outreach program this year will enable more kids to receive care.

Harms Elementary is located at 2400 Central Street, in Detroit.

Kentwood student headed to D.C. for National Spelling Bee

Kentwood student headed to D.C. for National Spelling Bee

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kentwood boy is one of 12 students representing Michigan in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Mwangi Wa Maina attends Crestwood Middle School and is in seventh grade.

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

Each GRPS "family of schools" will be holding a K-12 athletic meeting for all parents of new, current, and potential student athletes. GRPS Athletics staff will discuss how they are building successful K-12 programs and the Athletic Director will discuss the family of schools’ road map to the student athletes' success. It is the athletic department's goal to have students graduate with the opportunity to continue their academic and athletic careers beyond high school. Student athletes are encouraged to attend with their parents.


Union Family of Schools (Union, Burton, Westwood, CA Frost, Harrison, SWCC, Buchanan, Cesar Chavez, Covell, Shawmut Hills, Sibley)
May 10th at 6:00pm in the Union High School Auditorium
 
Creston Family of Schools (Creston, Riverside, Aberdeen, Coit, Congress, East Leonard, Kent Hills, North Park, Palmer)

2011 Calvin grad awarded $250,000 Hertz Fellowship

Cheri Ackerman, a 2011 Calvin grad, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Hertz Fellowship. The fellowship, bestowed by the Hertz Foundation, supports gifted leaders in the applied sciences and engineering. It is awarded to 15 to 20 applicants out of 600.

See full story: http://www.calvin.edu/news/archive/2011-grad-wins-hertz-fellowship

"I can definitely see that it's not something I've necessarily earned," said Ackerman. "Yes, I worked hard for it. Yes, I researched. But I look at it as a gift from God."

The $250,000 Hertz Fellowship will pay Ackerman's Berkeley tuition for five years and provide her with a sizeable stipend. The idea behind the award is to free up young minds to innovate, said Ackerman: "You get to pick the projects you work on and to pursue ideas that might seem crazy."

City High-Middle School Ranked Among Top Schools in America

City High-Middle School Ranked Among Top Schools in America

For the fourth consecutive year, City High-Middle Schools has been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report. The report ranks City High-Middle School among the top 10 Michigan High Schools, coming in at #7; #53 among the nation’s Magnet schools, and #519 in the nation earning them a Silver Award.

However, City High leaders and parents are quick to note that they expect more and better, especially once all City High students are taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma exams in the next few years.

“If the 100 percent participation rate in City’s International Baccalaureate Programme was factored into this year’s calculations, City would be on the heels of the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills for the honor of the top school in Michigan,” said Jon Waalkes, City High parent whose wife Kimberly heads up the City High PTSA.

GRPS Invites Community to Evaluate Superintendent

GRPS Invites Community to Evaluate Superintendent

Grand Rapids Public Schools is asking students, parents, staff, and the community to complete a brief online survey evaluating Interim Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

In a letter sent home to parents, Board President Senita Lenear wrote: