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Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

“Journey off the Map” is the name of the Vacation Bible School session activities this summer at Berrean Church in Muskegon, MI.

Bible School runs July 19 – 23 at the Church, located at 635 Seminole Rd. in Muskegon. Activities include games, crafts, music, snacks, teaching and worship rally.

For additional information, please contact Carolyn Raymond at 231-557-6121 between 6 – 8:30pm.

Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

Business competition in California results in job certifications for tech students

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On May 6, 2015, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students Xavier Baron (Oakridge), Matthew Visger (Montague) and Jailon Jamison (Fruitport) traveled to Anaheim, California to compete with the brightest and most skilled computer whizzes in the nation.

The three Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students qualified by earning top spots at the state-level Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference. Though the teens didn’t place in the top ten this year, they enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to visit the West Coast including a visit to Disneyland. While there, Xavier earned a Security Fundamentals and a Networking Fundamentals certification. Matthew also earned his Networking Fundamentals certification. These certifications will allow them to bypass entry-level classes and open the door to places of employment.

2015 Ravenna Senior Awards Night

2015 Ravenna Senior Awards Night

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Ravenna High School graduating seniors were awarded $345,600 in scholarships during the senior awards night. The members of the class of 2015, which consists of 82 graduating seniors, were awarded with scholarships such as the Jonathan Link Memorial Scholarship, the START scholarship, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the DI State Scholarship, the Bruce and Antonia Privacky Memorial Scholarship, and many more.

Other awards that were given include the Ravenna Academic Hall of Fame award, which was given to the Valedictorians Brianna Grimm and Emma Pahl, as well as the salutatorian Justin Jones, the Citizenship award, the MIAAA award, the Academic Excellence award, and various awards for athletics and academia.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has awarded Grand Haven High School the prestigious Silver Medal ranking in the latest “America’s Best High Schools” results released on Tuesday.

Out of 21,000 High Schools, GHHS ranked in the top five percent of all high schools in the U.S. In Michigan, they ranked 32nd out of 862 high schools, including charter and magnet schools, placing them in the top four percent.

Tracy Wilson, Principal at GHHS, said “We are extremely proud of our students and the staff for again attaining this accomplishment. This award demonstrates that we continue to have a program of excellence on a state-wide and national level. The ranking also affirms the K – 12 teaching staff, parents and community.”

Superintendent Keith Konarska said, “This ranking validates what we know to be true, that our district is one of the premier districts in the country. This is another great day for our school district.”