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The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy received a $20,000 Reach Higher System Impact grant to enhance college and career readiness. The school will focus on two strategies: 1) providing all students an opportunity to receive college credit in high school through AP courses and dual enrollment courses and 2) assisting with academic strategies to avoid remedial classes at the college level.
The parents and community of Congress Elementary School will host a Candidate Forum on October 24, 2018, so that voters can learn more about the candidates for Grand Rapids Public School Board of Education who are seeking election on the November 6, 2018, ballot.
Grand Rapids Community College saw a 31 percent increase in the number of Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates enrolling, an indication of a growing partnership focused on ensuring that all city students have an opportunity to succeed.
A Grand Rapids senior’s artwork depicting a better future with more renewable energy has earned a $1,000 college scholarship and prominent display of her winning creation in downtown Grand Rapids as ArtPrize 10 heads into its final week.
Jenna Sherwin’s piece, “Light Up the World,” was chosen by three professional judges as the top winner of the sixth annual SmartArt competition among Grand Rapids Public Schools’ high school students, sponsored by Consumers Energy.
On September 14, 2018, the Michigan Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (MISCA) presented the Zone 5 Coach of the Year award to Ottawa Hills boys swim coach, Eve Julian.
Twenty-three teen students from Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) who participate in the nationally-recognized teen arts + tech program through the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) have found a platform in ArtPrize 10 to share their powerful art and voices. Various art mediums were engaged by WMCAT students; each one accompanied by a message that allows ArtPrize attendees to experience issues that matter to teens in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Public Schools has been a part of my life for more than 55 years, beginning as a student and now ending as the superintendent. It has truly been a remarkable story that I could not have imagined when I stepped into the kindergarten classroom at Madison Park Elementary in 1963. However, as a bookend to my time with GRPS, effective June 30, 2019, I will be retiring as your Superintendent of Schools.