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Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of the Kent Intermediate School District are narrowing their search for the ISD’s next superintendent.

Board members will begin interviewing the four finalists this week.  The candidates include Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; Dr. Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD; Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools; and Dr. Sara Magana Schubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Finch will be first up for questioning.  His interview will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday.  Shubel and Caniff will be interviewed Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.; Martin will answer the Board’s questions on Thursday.  The second round of interviews will take place Tuesday, March 31.

My Town: 'Super heroes' trade in capes for children's books

My Town: 'Super heroes' trade in capes for children's books

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A group of "super heroes" traded in their capes for children’s books this week to promote literacy during March is Reading Month.

The heroes were the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives of Vista Charter Academy students.  They visited classrooms Tuesday morning to read to children for the school’s Super Hero Read-In.  

Vista Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Vista Charter Academy Participates in Random Acts of Kindness Week 2015

Vista Charter Academy Participates in Random Acts of Kindness Week 2015

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Vista Charter Academy students participated in the national Random Acts of Kindness week with a variety of activities. Pictures attached of students writing notes to school custodians and other positive message to students and teachers throughout the school.

People around the country participated in the week, on social media by using the hashtag #RAKWEEK2015. For more information visit https://randomactsofkindness.org/.

Vista Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--On Friday, Feb. 13, 1st – 5th grade students of Vista Charter Academy raised awareness for heart health by jumping around.

Students collected pledges and participated in heart healthy activities during their physical education classes. This national event was sponsored by the American Heart Association. For more information on the Jump Rope for Heart program visit www.heart.org.  

Visit www.nhaschools.com for information about Vista Charter Academy.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town: Dancer donations will help fill space under Christmas trees

My Town: Dancer donations will help fill space under Christmas trees

WYOMING,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Students of Dance Expressions donated 176 toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.