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My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

Aspect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that can show families how to have a cultural adventure of a lifetime.

Host families, married adults and single adults are encouraged to host an international high school student for a semester or an academic year.

Aspect Foundation works with students of nearly 30 different countries that all share the same vision-- to experience life the American way. The students are ages 15-18 years and chosen by their English proficiency, maturity and academic excellence with a variety of different abilities and interests.  They arrive in August.

Potential host families can view student profiles or get more information at www.aspectfoundation.org or call 1-877-966-6498 or 1-800-US-YOUTH.  

My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

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HOLLAND, Mich.-- State Rep. Amanda Price presented Lakeshore Elementary School with a special state tribute from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Price, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Gov. Rick Snyder, to commemorate its exemplary achievement as a 2013-14 National Blue Ribbon School award winner.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to recognize Lakeshore Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient and the entire school community for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Price, R-Park Township. “The collaboration between staff and parents has created a nurturing environment in which, with the continued commitment of Lakeshore’s educators, students are continuing to excel academically.”

Lakeshore Elementary is part of the West Ottawa Public School District and serves over 400 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade.

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

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.