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Not Your Average Speaker Series: Schools of Thought

Not Your Average Speaker Series: Schools of Thought

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 pm

Rapid Growth's October Speaker Series takes a look at the state of our Grand Rapids public schools, the role of schools in revitalizing Michigan neighborhoods, and what is on the horizon.

Did you know that Grand Rapids Public Schools had over 1000 people participate in its recent 5 year Strategic Plan?

Did you know that Grand Rapids Public Schools has more public/private partnerships than any other district in the State?

Did you know there are parents who choose to send their kids to urban school districts? For a variety of reasons?

Keys to Succeed: ICCF presents piano4

Keys to Succeed: ICCF presents piano4

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:00pm

Once a year ICCF hosts a benefit event to support affordable housing for local families.  This year’s event features a quartet of four professional pianists named piano4 who present a concert of piano quartet compositions and transcriptions.  piano4 programming ranges widely from Bach to Broadway.  The core of their repertoire is the library of 400 transcriptions of the First Piano Quartet (FPQ), of early NBC Radio fame, after whom piano4 is modeled.  Programs include Bernstein's Candide Overture, the Valse from Faust, pieces by Gottschalk and Gershwin, works of Chopin and Liszt, plus orchestra, piano and 'pops' classics.  piano4 now creates and commissions new works, concertos, and transcriptions, adding to this unique tradition.

GRPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at parent meeting Tuesday

GRPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at parent meeting Tuesday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Grand Rapids Public Schools' English Language Learners Office is sponsoring a district-wide parent meeting at Burton Elementary & Middle School, Tuesday, October 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature Alynn Guerra, a Grand Rapids artist, who will conduct a lesson in print making. Guerra will inspire the students and parents to take pride in their Hispanic heritage, as the students will print out a design Guerra has created.

Eli Rodas, a GRPS graduate, will play traditional Hispanic music throughout the evening. A light dinner will be served.

Seminar series focuses on global hunger

Seminar series focuses on global hunger

Calvin College's geology, geography and environmental studies department, in collaboration with the biology department, international development studies program and the Calvin Faith and Science Seminar series is sponsoring the Global Hunger and Food Security Seminar Series.

The 12-part series, which kicked off on Tuesday, October 4, will address such topics as sustainable agriculture, conservation farming and restoring soil fertility, among other things.

"Calvin students have shown both an interest and concern for missions, international development and other global issues," said geology professor Ralph Stearley who helped setup the series. "After [biology professor] Uko Zylstra gave two talks on this same subject in our department last autumn, a number of us realized that a series like this was long overdue."

GRPS Count Day is Tomorrow - Wed. Oct 5

GRPS Count Day is Tomorrow - Wed. Oct 5

The Grand Rapids Public Schools have launched their annual “Campaign to Count Day” with a series of mailings, emails, automated calls, flyers and special events all geared at raising awareness of count day and ensuring all students are in school every day, particularly on Count Day.

This year though, the Fall count means even more to public schools because of the changes made last Spring to the School Aid Fund that changed the Fall/Winter count day formula from 75/25 to 90/10.

“Our message to parents, students, and the broader community is that attendance is important and counts each and every day. But on Wednesday, October 5, it counts for 90% of the state funding for our students, schools and the district as a whole,” said Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.

Grand Rapids Christian High School - FOOTBALL!

Grand Rapids Christian High School - FOOTBALL!

Tailgater at Christian High is Friday, October 7, 2011

“Eagle Walk” is the vision of Coach Fellows to have the varsity football players cheered on as they walk through a tunnel of students, sub-varsity players, GRCYF players, and Eagle fans on their pre-game walk from Christian High, into Eagles Stadium. “Eagle Walk” begins at 5:50 p.m. and the tailgate and food is immediately after!

The location has moved this year. Please join us in the Christian High football parking lot just right outside Eagles Stadium. We encourage everyone to begin the line-up on Friday, October 7, from 5:30 – 5:45 p.m. Players walk at 5:50 p.m. and kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.

Support your Eagles and proudly wear the Christian "C"!

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After one year of surveying, Calvin College biology and geography students have created an inventory and map of every tree on campus, west of the Beltline. The project began in the fall of 2010 under the direction of Calvin College biology professor Dave Warners and geography professor Jason VanHorn.

"As we start thinking about a more sustainable campus and trying to become carbon neutral, it seemed to make sense that we needed to document the trees on campus," Warners said. "In order to know how much carbon sequestration we have on campus, we have to know the number and size of trees.

The online tree map contains details of the size, species, location and age of more than 3,500 trees.

Among the summary statistics was the total number of trees (3,516), the number of species (112), the number of landscaped vs. natural trees (1138/2378) and the number of each type of tree: Norway Spruce is the most common at 305.