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My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

------------------------PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP NEWS RELEASE---------------------------

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Grand Rapids Catholic Central is searching for a new varsity football coach.

Current coach Trip Gallery has announced he will not return for the 2014 season.  Gallery has served as head coach the past two seasons, leading the Cougars to a combined 16-5 record.  He also teaches social studies at Northview High School.

“First, I want to thank Trip for all that he has done for our school and our student athletes.  He’s a first class individual who cares about helping young people succeed,” Hinshaw said.  “I wish him the best, but ultimately we felt it was critical to have our head football coach employed as a full-time staff member.  For reasons I certainly understand, Trip is unfortunately unable to make a career move at this time.” 

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 Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

My Town Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

BELMONT, Mich.— The grocery bags at the Family Fare in Rockford are getting a makeover, in honor of March is Reading Month.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy students have been decorating the bags with colorful, creative messages related to March is Reading Month.  The students hope to encourage area shoppers to read more.

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

My Town Plainfield: Students get a glimpse into middle school life Feb. 27

My Town Plainfield: Students get a glimpse into middle school life Feb. 27

BELMONT, Mich.—  Chandler Woods Charter Academy students are encouraged to get a glimpse into middle school life during an information night Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fifth-grade students and parents are encouraged to attend the event, which will include discussions about middle school curriculum and extracurricular activities.  Students and parents can also meet middle school teachers while learning more about what to expect in the next three years.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Warm up with a Northview concert

Warm up with a Northview concert

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Community members are invited to get a break from the cold in take in some music from Northview students.

The Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center will welcome seven nights of music, beginning with Crossroads Band on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  The concert schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Crossroads Band Concert
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.: NHS Winter Band Concert
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: East Oakview Grades 1 & 2 Concert
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Crossroads Choir Concert
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.: North Oakview Grades 1&2 Concert
  • Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.: NHS Vocal Music Department Concert
  • Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Community Band Concert

All performances are free and open to the public.