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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.  

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--Players from the West Michigan Lake Hawks read books to students at Timberland Charter Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 

Team members also talked to students about their career as American Basketball Association players.  They visited the gym and showed off some of their basketball skills.

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

Hope College professor honored for community service

Hope College professor honored for community service

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Debra Swanson, professor of sociology at Hope College, has been named the recipient of two awards that recognize her commitment to service to community:  one for her own dedication as a volunteer, and another for her role in guiding students in learning how to make a difference.

 In November, Swanson received the Premier Mentor Award presented each month to a mentor involved with programs partnered with the Ottawa County Mentoring Collective for her work as a volunteer with Total Trek Quest, a running program for elementary-age boys.  In February, she will receive a Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award for emphasizing service-learning in the classroom at Hope.

 Swanson was presented the Premier Mentor Award by State Representative Joseph Haveman of Michigan’s 90th District on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Grant to Hope College supports summer program for high school students

Grant to Hope College supports summer program for high school students

HOLLAND – For the fifth consecutive year, ExxonMobil has provided support for high school students to learn about the natural and applied sciences as participants in the summer research program at Hope College.

A $7,000 grant to the college supported the participation of five high school students in the REACH (Research Experiences Across Cultures at Hope) program this past summer. The award was presented at Hope earlier during the current fall semester by David Handy, a territory manager with ExxonMobil, and Matt Van Zanten and Abigail Albers, representing J&H Oil, a local ExxonMobil branded fuels marketing distributor.

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

'Phantom of the Opera' Musical starting December 5

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Holland High School Performing Arts Center will present "Phantom of the Opera" Dec. 5- Dec. 8 and Dec. 11- Dec. 15.

The musical is centered around a deformed Phantom, lurking under the Paris Opera stage, who eventually falls in love with Christina, a young soprano. Phantom devotes himself to training her for stardom.  With Christina’s rejection of his love, the Phantom creates an uproar in the Opera House.

Tickets to any of the nine shows are $10 each for students with ID and $15 each for adults. The Performing Arts Center is located at 600 Van Raalte Ave. in Holland. For more information, call (616) 494-2000 or visit www.hollandpublicschools.org or http://www.holland.org/.

West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

West Ottawa High School a GRAMMY semifinalist

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High is the only school in West Michigan to be in the running for a GRAMMY award.

The school is among 123 schools nationwide selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program honors the top U.S. public high schools committed to music education.  Four West Ottawa secondary music ensembles are performing at state music conference this school year, which the district says is rare.

The GRAMMY Foundation relies on a panel of top music educators and professionals to determine which schools make the cut.  Each finalist will receive an award and music program grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.

The foundation will announce the finalists in mid-March 2014.