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My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.

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: Sixth grade students face off in Cupcake War

My Town: Sixth grade students face off in Cupcake War

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The baking battle is over, and the winner is West Michigan charities.

Wednesday, sixth grade students from Blandford School, Zoo School and CA Frost Environmental Science Academy competed in their own Cupcake War to raise money for local charities.  The students worked in teams of four to create a cupcake that would take top ratings in theme, appearance, design and taste.  They also had to incorporate a special ingredient.

The Best of Show award went to Blandford School.  Zoo School sold the highest percentage of their cupcakes, and CA Frost Environmental Science Academy sold the most cupcakes.  Altogether, the schools raised $656 selling their cupcakes, which will go to the schools’ charity of their choice.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to  Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, is hosting a free college financial aid seminar on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. featuring a representative from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The event, which is open to the public, will help educate parents and students on financial aid, the FAFSA application, and scholarship options for any student considering college.

Families interested in learning more about the college application and financial aid process should RSVP for the event on the Nexus Academy of Grand Rapid’s event page.

The event will be held at the Nexus Academy campus in Grand Rapids, located inside the Clark Place building at 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Suite 225.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

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