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My Town: Great Lakes Cyber Academy community celebrates rapid growth of new virtual high school

My Town: Great Lakes Cyber Academy community celebrates rapid growth of new virtual high school

Students, staff and supporters of Great Lakes Cyber Academy, a tuition-free statewide online public charter school that is redefining high school for 21st Century learners, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the rapid growth of the new virtual high school. The school, which opened in September, has seen an impressive enrollment of nearly 400 students after only one semester and growth is expected to continue.

“As the education model continues to expand with new options, it is essential for us as a new virtual school to build our community and show our appreciation for those who have supported us,” said Heather Ballien, principal.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days

My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—As many West Michigan schools are preparing to extend their academic calendar into June because of snow days, one district is combating a longer school year with the help of technology.

Anticipating snow days, language arts teacher Kris Schrotenboer recorded two weeks of lessons at the beginning of the semester with Michigan-made TechSmith Relay.  Shrotenboer even recorded some of her lessons on a smart phone at her kitchen table.   The 20-year veteran teacher then assigned students to watch videos on snow days, keeping her lesson plan on track.  Schrotenboer says her some of her students loved spending a little of their snow day on schoolwork, so they don’t have to cram later on.

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.-- Learn more about upcoming programs by the Forest Hills Parks & Recreation Department during the Forest Hills Community Expo this Saturday, March 15.

The event is free to the public.  Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, food from area resstaurants and enter to win door prizes.  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will also set up a play area for children.

The Forest Hills Communty Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ada Christian School.

My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake

My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cornerstone University community is mourning the loss of a long-time trustee and supporter.

John Miller, 82, was laid to rest Wednesday in Marco Island, FL.  Miller’s influence on Cornerstone can be seen throughout campus; multiple buildings have been named after his family, including Miller Library and Miller Hall. Miller also served on the Cornerstone University Board of Trustees from 1964 to 2003. He was an honorary trustee since 2003. 

 “Besides Dr. (Wilbert) Welch, John Miller has had the most impact on this university and we have lost a dear friend,” said President Joe Stowell.

The Miller family is also responsible for numerous scholarships to CU students.

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—Nine Forest Hills school buses that were pulled off the road after a  school bus fire are back in service.

Forest Hills School Superintendent Daniel Behm says the buses were pulled as a precautionary measure, to replace electrical components, which posed a fire hazard. The buses were the same make and model as the bus that caught on fire Nov. 20, 2013.  All of the students and the driver safely escaped the fire, which started in the bus’ engine compartment area.  Two investigations found a failure within the bus’ power distribution module likely caused a short circuit, which led to the fire.  The dealer, Hoekstra Transportation, Inc., replaced all nine of the buses power distribution modules, connection cables and any corroded parts.

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—How does the Bible address the issue of immigration reform?

Michigan faith leaders plan to discuss the answer to that question during the Christian Community Development Association’s West Michigan Regional Conference this Saturday, March 8.  Evangelical leaders will discuss a biblical response and the future of immigration reform at Cornerstone University, located at 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE. As part of the conference, Kate Kooyman of the Evangelical Immigration Table will host an immigration workshop Saturday.