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As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As Online Learning Continues to Grow in Popularity, Parents Invited to Attend Info Sessions

As enrollment in online learning continues to increase across the county – by 80% over the past five years – two statewide, tuition-free, public virtual education schools, Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) and Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), are inviting the local community to learn more about the benefits of virtual education. Families that attend can expect to meet with staff and/or families from the school and gain valuable insight on the rigor and flexibility of virtual education and how it may be the solution for their child’s individual learning needs..

If interested, RSVP for any of the upcoming information sessions below:

Great Lakes Cyber Academy:

Pizza Party with Great Lakes Cyber Academy

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

Fricano Place

1050 W. Western Ave., Ste. 210

Muskegon, MI 49441

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.

Miranda Kirsch of Zeeland receives Lake Trust Credit Union Scholarship

Miranda Kirsch of Zeeland receives Lake Trust Credit Union Scholarship

Miranda Kirsch of Zeeland, MI was the recent recipient of a $1000 Scholarship given by Lake Trust Credit Union of Holland, MI. Each year the Credit Union awards 10 Scholarships to students planning on attending a college in Michigan. This year they received 157 applications.

David Snodgrass, the Credit Union President and CEO, states that, “Throughout our experience, we’ve heard a lot of truly remarkable stories from students all across Michigan. We are inspired by each student’s commitment to their future and honored to be a part of their pathway to educational success.”

Lake Trust announces their scholarship program at the first of the year and accepts applications through the end of February. A team is assembled that reviews each and every application. Scholarship recipients are community-minded students who exemplify the Credit Union’s core values of Trust, Teamwork, Adaptability, Learning and Making a Difference.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has awarded Grand Haven High School the prestigious Silver Medal ranking in the latest “America’s Best High Schools” results released on Tuesday.

Out of 21,000 High Schools, GHHS ranked in the top five percent of all high schools in the U.S. In Michigan, they ranked 32nd out of 862 high schools, including charter and magnet schools, placing them in the top four percent.

Tracy Wilson, Principal at GHHS, said “We are extremely proud of our students and the staff for again attaining this accomplishment. This award demonstrates that we continue to have a program of excellence on a state-wide and national level. The ranking also affirms the K – 12 teaching staff, parents and community.”

Superintendent Keith Konarska said, “This ranking validates what we know to be true, that our district is one of the premier districts in the country. This is another great day for our school district.”

Three Recent Graduates Receive Fulbright Recognition

Three Recent Graduates Receive Fulbright Recognition

News Release:

Three recent Hope College graduates have received recognition through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Sydney Bryer, a member of the Class of 2015 from Olathe, Kansas, and Kimberly Collins, a 2014 graduate from Carmel, Indiana, have each received English Teaching Assistantships.  Crystal Hollis, a 2010 graduate from Elmhurst, Illinois, has been named an alternate for a research fellowship.

Several Hope students or recent graduates have received the awards through the years, including three last year and a total of 24 since 2008.

Bryer will spend August through June 2016 in Germany.  She majored in German and Special Education, and her studies at Hope included spending the fall 2012 semester in Berlin, Germany.  After her time abroad through the Fulbright award, she plans to return to the U.S. and be a special-education teacher.