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2nd Annual GRPS Back to School Park Parties

2nd Annual GRPS Back to School Park Parties

Dates/Times/Locations:
Monday, August 8 @ Clemente Park SW 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9 @ The Salvation Army Kroc Center SE 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 @ Union High School NW 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 @ Aberdeen Park NE 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Park SE 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Expected Attendance:
Last year, more than 6,000 individuals attended the Park Parties, with an average of 1,500 per event. This year, we are projecting a larger turnout thanks to our partnership with Clear Channel Radio (WSNX, STAR105.7), La Poderosa 640am/Interferencia 810am, The Kroc Center, and all our sponsors.

Event Highlights:

Planting a SEED for science research

Planting a SEED for science research

A handful of local high school students are getting the opportunity to research alongside Calvin professors this summer. The program is called Project SEED, and it offers paid research opportunities to students who wouldn't typically have those opportunities.

Chemistry professor and SEED administrator Mark Muyskens said that the program is intended to foster a love of research in students before they attend college.

"It gets a whole new group of students involved with research at Calvin. We hope the experience motivates these young people to consider a career in science," said Muyskens.

High school students will be spending the next eight weeks in Calvin's DeVries Hall. Each student is paired on research projects with a Calvin professor:

Justin Mason, 16, from City High School, will work on splice variants in Zebrafish with chemistry professor Eric Arnoys.

Man drives from Connecticut to donate iPad2 for local girl battling cancer

 Man drives from Connecticut to donate iPad2 for local girl battling cancer

Sydnie Wade, third grader at Excel Charter Academy, has been battling neuroblastoma and recently received a generous gift from a stranger across the country.

Gary James, founder of Apps for Kids with Special Needs, drove from Connecticut to Grand Rapids to hand deliver an iPad2 with over 100 apps to Sydnie so she could stay caught up with her school work as she goes through cancer treatments.

Ridge Park toasts and roasts to a successful school year

Ridge Park toasts and roasts to a successful school year

To celebrate a school year full of academic and personal achievement, Ridge Park families and staff recently gathered for a pig roast event of fun and games, and even threw water balloons at Principal Brillhart!

GRPS High School Graduations

GRPS High School Graduations

GRPS High School graduations are being held this coming weekend at Houseman Field. The alternate location in the event of rain is Sunshine Community Church.

City - Friday, June 10 7:30pm
Creston - Saturday, June 11 9:00am
Ottawa Hills - Saturday, June 11 Noon
Union - Saturday, June 11 3:00pm
Central & Grand Rapids Montessori - Saturday, June 11 6:00p

GRPS School Health Centers Receive Multi-Million Dollar Grant

GRPS School Health Centers Receive Multi-Million Dollar Grant

On Friday, May 27, 2011, Grand Rapids Public Schools held a press conference to announce a multi-million dollar grant recently awarded to the district for the School-Based Health Centers at Creston, Ottawa Hills, and Union High Schools. The grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Community Health totals $2,625,000 for the three schools and will be spread out over the next five years beginning October 1, 2011.  
 
In 2006, the Child and Adolescent Health Center Grant was also awarded to Creston and Ottawa Hills High School. Since that time more than 35,000 visits have been made to the high schools’ health centers with over 14,000 students being helped by the comprehensive medical, dental, and counseling services which are provided.
 

GRPS Presents "The Wiz"

GRPS Presents "The Wiz"

High School students that participate in the Elective Hubs at Ottawa Hills, City and Union High School are working together to put on a performance of The Wiz. Students in the Design Technology and Visual Arts at Union High School are working to build stage sets and props for the performance, while students in the Instrumental and Musical hub at City High School will provide Orchestra pit music for the performance and students in the Center of Theatre Production and Performing Arts at Ottawa Hills High School will act, sing and dance in the performance.

This is the first time students in the Elective Hubs will have the opportunity to work together to put on a citywide production!