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Chandler Woods Charter Academy crowns spelling bee champ

Chandler Woods Charter Academy crowns spelling bee champ

BELMONT, Mich.— An eighth grade student from Chandler Woods Charter Academy is now a spelling bee champ.

David Skidmore took first place during the annual school spelling bee last week. Mike Pitsch, who is in seventh grade, came in second place.

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

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s varsity basketball teams will be trading in their green for purple Friday as the school hosts its inaugural Purple Community basketball games.

The West Catholic boys' and girls' teams will take on Northview.  The girls will tip off first at 6 p.m.  The boys’ game begins at 7:30 p.m.  Both West Catholic teams will be wearing commemorative purple jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off to benefit biomedical research at the Van Andel Institute.  Students will also be selling purple t-shirts and hosting a glow stick ceremony to honor loved ones affected y cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

West Catholic High School is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. 

Bowling Tournament provides Valentine's weekend break for parents

Bowling Tournament provides Valentine's weekend break for parents

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—  If you’re looking to get a break from the kids for a couple hours during Valentine’s Day weekend, Northview High School has one fun option.

The 2014 Wildcat Doubles Bowling Tournament is Sunday, Feb. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.  The event is a fundraiser for the NHS bowling program.  The three-game tournament is open to all students in 7-12 grades.  Admission is $10 per person, but includes the lane and shoe fee.   Participants without a teammate will be paired up.

Deadline for entry is Jan. 30.  For more information, contact Randy Pleune at pleunerl@gmail.com .

Chandler Woods students read for 2014

Chandler Woods students read for 2014

BELMONT, Mich.-- Chandler Woods Charter Academy students will kick off 2014 by reading for 2,014 seconds this Friday, Jan. 17.

The 33-minute session is part of the annual Chandler Woods Reads event.  Students are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring blankets and pillows to lounge on while reading.  The reading session will begin at 8:10 a.m.

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

Chandler Woods Charter Academy open house Jan. 16

Chandler Woods Charter Academy open house Jan. 16

BELMONT, Mich.--  Families interested in enrolling their children at Chandler Woods Charter Academy are invited to learn more about the school Thursday, Jan. 16.

An enrollment information meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chandler Woods, located at 6895 Samrick Ave. in Belmont.   Visitors can meet leadership staff, learn about the educational benefits of Chandler woods and tour the school.

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

Northview Community Band recruiting new members

Northview Community Band recruiting new members

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Northview Community Band is looking for musical members.

The band will hold its first meeting of the new year in the Northview High School band room on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The group will meet every Tuesday evening.  The band will present their annual concert on Tuesday, March 4 in Northview’s Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

No auditions are necessary to join the group, but all members should have previous high school band experience, access to their own instrument, and must pay $35.  For an application, click here or contact Linda by emailing lbockheim@nvps.net or calling 361-3444.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.