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Grand Rapids City Commission to host 'Night Out' meeting at Union High School

Residents can meet and greet with city department representatives before the meeting.

Heat to be restored to Union High School classrooms Wednesday

The heat went out in some classrooms at Grand Rapids' Union High on Oct. 23.

Community rallies behind Union High football to ‘fill the stands’  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- High school football season is well underway and the Union High School football team is facing an extra challenge off the field. At the ...

Heat out in part of Grand Rapids' Union High

A Grand Rapids high school is working to fix a heating problem as temperatures start to drop.

Viral photo prompts support for Union HS football

A photo of bare stands at a Union football game has garnered hundreds of comments on social media, but change is expected Friday.

Grand Rapids using space heaters to keep Union High students warm

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids Public Schools is heating classrooms at Union High School with space heaters, after two furnace heat exchangers failed, ...

Food Fight Fridays: Wayland Union High School  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

WAYLAND, Mich. -- We continued our 'Food Fight Fridays' and made our way out to Wayland Union High School. Students and staff really pulling together to ...

RedHawk Showcase field loaded again  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich -- The 5th annual RedHawk Showcase is set to take place this Saturday at Grand Rapids Union High School. Once again the field is ...

Schools in East GR, Grand Rapids react to threats

East Grand Rapids administrators have given the high school the all-clear after a bomb threat sparked an evacuation Monday morning.

3 Kent County schools targeted by voicemail threats, police say  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids police department says the threat that evacuated students at East Grand Rapids High School Monday was part of a ...

Grand Rapids senior home sends people to shelter  The Detroit News

Dozens at a retirement home in Grand Rapids have been moved to a high school due to a weather-related power outage.

Shelters open in W MI amid widespread outages

Partnering with the city, Grand Rapids Public Schools opened two overnight shelters Thursday for those who are without power.

Union celebrates lively 2018 'Masquerade' themed prom

Union High School held its prom Saturday, April 28 at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

Grand Rapids superintendent forum attracts engaged, diverse audience

Grand Rapids schools is holding town hall meetings about selecting its next superintendent.

'The Spirit of South High' | 50 years after closing, legendary school still teaches

Alumni from a former West Michigan high school refuse to let their school spirit fade, even though their school itself faded away fifty years ago.

The Last Class Comes Back Home  School News Network

Walking through a first-floor, artfully decorated condominium, Steven Mazurek pointed toward the floor and said, “I sat right here. It was seventh grade. This was ...

Westboro Baptist Church to protest at Grand Valley, Union High School

Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial group that protests against homosexuality, will hold demonstrations Tuesday at Grand Valley State and Grand ...

New Jersey minor identified as suspect in GR high school bomb threats

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Kent County Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday that a minor in Newark, N.J. is responsible for making bomb threats at three ...

Union High School top scholars

Maryam SharifSupplied Noelle Gable Union High School announces the following top graduates for 2018: Maryam Sharif Parents: Amina Sheikh and Dini Baba ...

Grand Rapids cancels tonight's superintendent search meeting

Bad weather forced Grand Rapids schools to cancel its Nov. 26 superintendent search input meeting.

Kent, Ottawa high school SAT scores from lowest to highest

The Michigan Department of Education recently released the results for the 2017 SAT exam, which is taken by 11th graders.

7 candidates vying for 5 seats on the Grand Rapids school board Nov. 6

Seven candidates are vying for five, four-year seats on the Grand Rapids school board in the Nov. 6, general election.

Grand Rapids school board buys Southwest Side land for new school

The Grand Rapids school board voted Jan. 7 to buy land from Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to build a new school in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.

Parents, community leaders excited about possible free college tuition

Parents and community stakeholders react to potential for free college tuition with the designation of Grand Rapids Public Schools as a Michigan Promise Zone.

7 candidates file for 5 open seats on Grand Rapids school board

Seven candidates have filed to run for the Grand Rapids school board in the Nov. 6, general election, including three incumbents.

Project aims to ease affordable housing 'crisis' hurting one Grand Rapids school

As debates over affordable housing, high-end apartment buildings and gentrification unfold across Grand Rapids, one project on the city's Northwest Side is ...

Grand Rapids schedules 4 meetings for input on superintendent search

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Grand Rapids school board is inviting district families and community members to attend four town hall meetings to share thoughts on ...

Nash, Walker help Muskegon get by Grand Blanc  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich -- Vernon Nash III and Jarvis Walker combined for 40 points in Muskegon's 56-53 win over Grand Blanc on Saturday afternoon in the ...

Long time Westsider works to build community as Union High School's new football coach  The Rapidian

Rick Angstman sees building up the local football team as a way to give back to the community he loves and build a stronger neighborhood for the kids who live ...

West Michiganders struggle without heat, power

I was very pleased to evacuate because I was so cold,” a retirement home resident said.

Blackface Snapchat videos spark probe at Wayland Union Schools

WAYLAND, Mich. – District leaders at Wayland Union Schools are investigating racist Snapchat videos of high school students wearing blackface and using ...

Bomb threat that forced evacuation of Lowell school deemed not credible

Students were evacuated from Lowell Middle School Friday, Jan. 11 after a bomb threat. Classes resumed late morning after the threat was determined not to be ...

Shelters opening up for families without power  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- As thousands of Consumers Energy customers remain without power Friday, several area warming centers and shelters are opening ...

Grand Rapids to sponsor 2019 class of police recruits

For the third consecutive year, the Grand Rapids Police Department will sponsor a group of recruits as they go through the police academy at Grand Valley State ...

GRPS holds town hall meetings in search of new superintendent  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Families in Grand Rapids will get a chance to weigh-in on who should be the next superintendent of the school district. This comes ...

Animal Shelter provides free boarding for pets in need  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Kent County Animal Shelter is providing free pet-boarding *service* for those who have no other options in the cold weather.

New affordable apartments break ground in Grand Rapids Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It's a response to the growing housing crisis on the city's west side. Crews will break ground on the Harrison Park Apartments Thursday, ...

The school district that almost never calls for a snow day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich - Kids in the Grand Rapids Public School district may be asking their parents these days, "What's a snow day?" That's because there ...

Grand Rapids Union High School teachers upset about being potentially replaced by Teach for America instructors  The Grand Rapids Press -

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Union High School teachers spoke at tonight's Grand Rapids school board meeting, upset over language in the superintendent's ...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home  School News Network

First place: Aneeqa Hasan, Forest Hills Central High School Second place: Melanie Roelofs, Plymouth Christian High School Third place: Aunner Calderon, ...

'Ram pride: He lived it'  School News Network

When he was a student at Munising High School, Ryan Kelley was a star athlete in basketball, track, baseball and football. As a football all-stater, he played ...

New $20M Southwest Side high school expected to open in 2020

Grand Rapids Public Schools anticipates opening a new $20 million English/Spanish immersion high school on the Southwest Side the 2020-21 school year.

On the way for future GR grads: the promise of college funding  School News Network

In what officials call a “game-changer” for students, future Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates could be guaranteed a tuition-free education at a Michigan ...

Q&A: Grand Rapids superintendent holding community meeting tonight at Union High School  The Grand Rapids Press -

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - For the fourth time this month, Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will be center stage tonight to present her plan to ...

West Michigan program wants to show high schoolers a new kind of manufacturing job  Michigan Radio

This year's high school graduates have walked across the stage and received their diplomas. Now it's time to decide: what comes next? The manufacturing.

Free college program for Grand Rapids students expanding

The Challenge Scholars program that offers free college to some students in Grand Rapids schools is expanding under a partnership with Grand Rapids ...

Verify: Are high school coaches liable for sports-related concussions?  WZZM

At 16, Destin Julian suffered a seizure following a head-to-head blow during a high school football game. The injury put him in the hospital, and Julian never ...

Pregnant mother of 4 killed in crash 'always put family first'

Nancy Orozco, 28, was pregnant with her fifth child, who was delivered after the crash but did not survive.

Food Fight Fridays  Fox17

PLAINWELL, Mich. — We visited our final school this morning for our FOX 17 Food Fight Fridays and officially have our winner! Plainwell High School took home ...

This Michigan school district hasn't used any snow days this year  Detroit Free Press

Kids in the Grand Rapids Public School district may be asking their parents these days, "What's a snow day?"

Seven state-ranked teams to play in Saturday's Union Red Hawks Showcase

The calendar will say it's February on Saturday, but it will feel more like March at Union High School. That's because Union will be hosting the 4th Annual Red ...

Unions, parents try to force removal of GRPS special education director

The Michigan Education Association, local teachers unions and parents raised concerns about special education in the Grand Rapids Public Schools under its ...

Catholic school turned affordable housing opens in GR

A former Catholic school building transformed into an affordable housing development on Grand Rapids' West Side is complete.

Health center opening on GRPS high school campus

Cherry Health anticipates opening a new school-based health center at Innovation Central High School on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Parents of slain teen: 'Wonderful son' lost to 'jealous rage'

Andre Hawkins, 17m was shot to death on Tuesday, Jan. 23, outside of a friend's home.

Shelters consolidated in Kent County  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Shelters opened by both Kent County and the American Red Cross are being consolidated as power is restored to the area.

Westboro Baptist Church plans pickets at three mid-Michigan schools

Protesters for a Westboro Baptist Church demonstration gather off Grand Valley State University's campus on a sidewalk in the public right-away at Lake ...

Grand Rapids Schools superintendent kicks off listening tour

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal kicked off her listening tour Wednesday, March 14, at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center.

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour  School News Network

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS ...

Grand Rapids' $175 million school bond calls for 5 community meetings

Grand Rapids Public Schools schedules five community engagement meetings on proposed $175 million bond proposal for November ballot, beginning in April.

West Michigan native murdered in Georgia

Police say they have arrested the man who shot and killed a West Michigan native living in Georgia.

Game Preview-The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes to face the Redford Union Panthers in Season Opener.

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes will face the Redford Union Panthers in their football season opener this week. The Panthers finished 3-6 last year and ...

Grand Rapids superintendent unveils pitch to close Creston, other schools as part of consolidation, reinvention plan  The Grand Rapids Press -

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal on Monday, Oct. 29 unveiled a massive restructuring proposal that closes 10 ...

Trip to March for Our Lives in D.C. motivates students to 'make the change' for safer schools and society  School News Network

Caleb Hekman has read about mass social protests in his history classes at City High School. Now he has been part of one. The junior was one of 42 local ...

Grand Rapids seeking Promise Zone designation to offer youth free college

Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking to become one of Michigan's Promise Zones and provide a tuition-free pathway to college.

Bathroom-wall threat prompts Dowagiac Union Schools to close Wednesday  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

DOWAGIAC, Mich. -- All Dowagiac Union Schools will be closed Wednesday, after a threat was found Tuesday on a bathroom wall at Dowagiac Union High ...

Teen sounds off in Facebook video about frustrations with standardized testing

A sophomore at Kent Innovation High School uploaded a video to Facebook voicing her frustrations with standardized testing.

Nicolet, Arrowhead top list of school superintendent salaries in the Milwaukee suburbs  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

When it comes to superintendent salaries for school districts in the Milwaukee suburbs, the district administrators at Nicolet and Arrowhead are at the head of the ...

State data shows turnaround at consistently low performing high school in Grand Rapids  Michigan Radio

The Grand Rapids Public School District is making strides in turning around some of its lowest performing schools. That's according to new data released by.

Stislicki family copes with pain on two-year anniversary of Danielle's disappearance

It's been two years since Danielle Stislicki was last seen. Her family continues to wait for closure as the police investigation continues.

Former Grand Rapids Union principal now leading Holland High School  The Grand Rapids Press -

Former Grand Rapids Union High School Principal Justin M. Jennings has started as the new principal at Holland High School.

Ruth's Chris Steak House donating $85,000 to create 'dream library' at GRPS' Union High School  Mlive Kalamazoo

Ruth's.JPG. Ruth's Chris Steak House will donate $85,000 to help create a "Dream Library" at Union High School. The announcement was made at the Grand ...

Community mentors help eighth-graders cope with stress, handle classes and think about college  School News Network

Eighth-grader Iyana Baldwin sat across a library table from Zahna Woodson and told her what was on her mind: bitter disappointment about her basketball ...

Armed Forces Thanksgiving gives students appreciation of military service

Army veteran Noah Galloway calls the event something that needs to spread beyond Grand Rapids.

Student Advancement Foundation helps GRPS fill funding gaps

The Student Advancement Foundation is on track to again give more than $1 million to Grand Rapids Schools this school year to support kids in various impact ...

Partners unveil $40M redevelopment plan for 'Plaza Roosevelt'

"Plaza Roosevelt" will include a $20 million Grand Rapids Public high school, 45 new affordable rental apartments, 19 affordable single-family and multi-family ...

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Challenge Scholars, a Grand Rapids Community Foundation initiative with Grand Rapids schools, helps students on the city's West Side prepare for and pay for ...

Arrowhead High School business manager Steve Kopecky to retire in July  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Arrowhead Union High School District business manager Steve Kopecky will retire in July after 29 years with the district.

New pavilion opens to the public in downtown Wayland

The new ITC Pavilion in Downtown Wayland is located on the west side of the rain garden on Main Street, which is located north of Pine Street elementary ...

Manufacturer has a spring in his step | 2018-03-16 | Grand Rapids Business Journal

y Dunwell's enthusiasm for things made using his company's products is effusive. Whether it's today's car door latches, dishwasher hinges, rearview mirror ...

Community school model expanding to nine buildings

The Kent School Services Network is expanding its community school model to include nine more buildings in five districts.

High school junior wins ArtPrize 2015 student competition

Zoe Bultman, a junior at City High Middle School, is the winner of the Consumer Energy sponsored SmartArt ArtPrize competition, earning a college scholarship ...

University Preparatory Academy 2017 prom fun, fancy

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (UPrep) prom was Saturday, May 27, at the Downtown Market. The them was "The Golden Age."

Meet the YWCA's 2017 Tribute Award winners

Seven women will be honored Nov. 8 at the YWCA's annual luncheon.

Where Alternative School Enrollment May Signal Problems  ProPublica

By Hannah Fresques, Al Shaw, Heather Vogell and Olga Pierce, ProPublica, Feb. 21, 2017. Nearly 2,000 school districts house “alternative” schools intended to ...

18 comments from kids in Grand Rapids: Meet the Mayor's Youth Council  The Grand Rapids Press -

The council includes 18 students from eight high schools.

Fight, stabbing ensue following suburban Detroit basketball game

Redford Union High School.jpg. Redford Union High School. DETROIT, MI -- Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred during a fight off school grounds ...

Covell Elementary teachers present Grand Rapids superintendent with other options to closing school  The Grand Rapids Press -

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Covell Elementary teachers Thursday presented Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal with two options as alternatives to ...

Union women's basketball standout signs with Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College women's basketball team has added local Union High School star Tyra Williams to the mix for 2015-16. Williams was a ...

Inside the plans for Grand Rapids' Plaza Roosevelt

Monday morning, eight groups unveiled their plans for the Plaza Roosevelt development. The project will involve the two city blocks surrounding Rumsey Street ...

ArtPrize new Youth Collaboration Award won by Hudsonville students

Student artists from Hudsonville Public Schools, supported by their art teachers, are winners of ArtPrize's new $5000 Youth Collaboration Award for "You Be You ...

'We're on the Right Track'  School News Network

When Principal Tricia Mathes announced to her staff that their school had been taken off the state's list of Priority Schools, they cheered and clapped their hands.

City High student wins ArtPrize SmartArt competition

Katelyn Sheneman, a junior at City High Middle School, "What Makes the World Go 'Round," was the ArtPrize Nine SmartArt student competition winner.

Grand Rapids vs Kalamazoo big-name donors: Which strategy is best?

One philanthropy style favors brick-and-mortar projects, while the other is focused on helping people directly.

Former Nicolet teacher Janis Waugh dies at 72  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former Nicolet Union High School teacher Janis Waugh died Jan. 6 at age 72 in Maryville, Illinois.

Head start: Rising seniors receive college credit from Ferris State University, GRPS summer program  The Grand Rapids Press -

Photo of students and instructors with the Woodbridge Promesa Summer Success Bridge Program, launched by Ferris State University and Grand Rapids ...

Burning planks foster brotherhood among Wayland football players

Wayland varsity football players run around a series of planks during football practice at Wayland High School in Wayland on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Each plank ...

Renters struggle to find affordable housing in the 'missing middle'

New housing is being built for low and moderate income families and well-to-do young professionals. But average wage-earners are being squeezed out of ...

Computers for needy kids on sale for $40

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A West Side nonprofit has set a goal of putting 6,000 donated computers into the hands of needy children for the low cost of $40. "There ...

Holland High School principal resigns after year on the job  The Grand Rapids Press -

HOLLAND, MI – Holland High School is looking for a new principal after Justin Jennings resigned after just one year on the job. Jennings, a Grand Rapids native ...

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