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GRCC and Wyoming Public Schools to Sign Middle College Partnership

Wyoming, MI - Grand Rapids Community College and Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) will be signing a letter of intent for the creation of a middle college program for the fall of 2012 at tonight’s school board meeting.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Public Schools Administration Building.

According to the agreement, the vision of the middle college partnership is to provide the opportunity for participating students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in four years.   Wyoming Middle College students will begin in their sophomore year and complete the program after an extended year of classes.   Students will be “dual-enrolled” in high school and college courses, with tuition for the college courses paid for by WPS as part of the district’s per pupil state funding.

State of Schools Address Brings Attitude of Gratitude and Hope

State of Schools Address Brings Attitude of Gratitude and Hope

By Rachel Melville

The atmosphere for the State of Schools address was one filled with hope, acknowledgement and gratitude as Board of Education (BOE) President Senita Laneer called attendees to their seats. All were treated to a performance of “Colors” and the Pledge of Allegiance by the Ottawa Hills High School JROTC. President Laneer then took time to acknowledge members of the BOE, elected official clergy, parents, students, faculty (past and present), tax payers and members of the community to stand and be given a warm round of applause saying, “ You are all very important to GRPS. You all should be applauded.”
 

Local school helps take the struggle out of homework

Local school helps take the struggle out of homework

Students at Vista Charter Academy, recently enjoyed a night of math games with their parents to learn skills they can use at home together. Over 200 parents and students attended the evening to promote parental involvement and better equip parents to help their children with math homework.

Calvin history prof lands prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Cyprus

Calvin history prof lands prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Cyprus

Calvin history professor Young Kim has landed a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant to study in Cyprus during the 2012 academic year. Kim will be studying an expert in heresies: Epiphanius--a  church father born in Palestine--and will write a book about his life and work.

"He wrote this large manual that described the beliefs, practices and refutations of 80 heresies," Kim said. The work is called the "Panarion," Greek for "Medicine Chest," and it cautions against, among many others, the Manichaeans, the Origenists, various 'Gnostic' sects and the different derivations of non-Nicene theology.

"However, the "Panarion" tells us in many ways more about the author than it does about the heresies he describes … ," said Kim. "It embodies in written form his self-constructed public persona--as the defender of orthodoxy, the scourge of heretics."

Warm, Safe and Dry

Warm, Safe and Dry

By Rachel Melville

Davenport U Students Set Record at State Business Competition

Davenport University students earned 26 first place awards at the 40th annual Business Professionals of America (BPA) Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference, creating a new record for victories by one university at the state competition. Fifty-five students from Davenport’s Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo campuses competed in 48 events at the competition, held at Northwood University in Midland on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. 

“Davenport University students have dominated this competition for years,” said Dr. Linda Rinker, Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost for Davenport University.  “Results like this against top competition from across Michigan are a testimony to the fact that our students are learning what they need to succeed in the workplace and get where the world is going.”

Behind the fireworks: Louters is exemplary teacher

Behind the fireworks: Louters is exemplary teacher

by Myrna Anderson
from http://www.calvin.edu


The boy standing center stage in the darkened auditorium, sporting goggles and an orange T-shirt, is holding what looks like a plate of foam. Standing next to him is a man in a white lab coat, who instructs him, “When you see something happen, don’t react. No smiles, no laughter, no flinching, nothing—like rock.” The man lights the foam. It explodes in the boy’s face, but he doesn’t react. Out in the audience, the kids are screaming, and a few leap to their feet, applauding.

The scene is from a 2011 Vimeo clip, and the man prowling the stage in the white coat is Calvin chemistry professor Larry Louters. In 23 years of “Chem Demos,” he has had a few close calls but no real mishaps as he has revealed to thousands of area middle schoolers the scientific principles behind exploding soda bottles and flaming soap bubbles.