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SLPS - Hot Air Balloon Launch

SLPS - Hot Air Balloon Launch

By: Lauren Thompson and Kaili Horne
From: http://www.springlakeschools.org

The everyday, arduous work of chemistry class was put on hold as we embarked on a new project–to fly a hot air balloon on a cold winter’s day.  We formed groups of three or four and gathered materials.  By materials, I mean tissue paper and glue sticks.  We knew we were in for a treat.

The groups settled in and we were able to check out the competition.  We eyed one group forming rainbow-themed panels.  We also saw one group who had forgotten to bring in tissue paper, so they were scrounging around for other’s scraps.  Another group, who had members accepted to Purdue, made their balloon a tribute to the university with a black and gold design.  My group named our balloon the “Frostbitten Floater.”  It was, I have to say, magnificently crafted together with white and silver snowflake patterned tissue paper.

All-Day Kindergarten coming to St. Mary's

SPRING LAKE, Mich. - Saint Mary's Paris School will open the new academic year in fall 2011 by offering for the first time, an all-day, five-day-a-week kindergarten program for children five years of age.

The school is located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.  Kindergarten registrations are now being taken for Fall 2011.

Anyone from the community, particularly newcomers to the Tri-Cities, who are interested in visiting the school or obtaining a kindergarten enrollment packet is invited to contact the school office at 842-1282.

Reading: Seven Key Habits to Great Reading

By: Keith Konarska, Superintendent, Grand Haven Public Schools

This past school year our board of education supported the purchase of a new K-5 reading program for our elementary buildings. That approval speaks volumes about the priority that our district places on reading due to the economic challenges that our state is facing. The program, "Good Habits Great Readers", was selected after three years of piloting and comparison with other reading programs. Our staff feels strongly that this program incorporates current best practice research while at the same time maintaining some of the  traditional program structure that they desire. Key to program development is the ongoing promotion of seven key habits to great reading.

Lubbers Cup Regatta to bring top rowers to compete on Spring Lake

Lubbers Cup Regatta to bring top rowers to compete on Spring Lake

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) rowers will face off against teams from around the United States and Canada next month on Spring Lake.

On April 2, GVSU Rowing hosts the annual Lubbers Cup Regatta from the Spring Lake Yacht Club. The races run from 8 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

John Bancheri, GVSU’s Director of Rowing and Varsity Men’s Head Coach, talks about the history of the regatta, “The Lubbers Cup started 16 years ago under Coach Richard Laurance as a duel with Michigan State University. In sixteen years, this event has seen tremendous growth and an increased level of competition. This annual event has drawn some of the faster club and varsity crews in the Midwest. In fact, in the last three years, four of the top intercollegiate clubs teams in the country have competed at the Lubbers Cup Regatta.

GHAPS Superintendent to Hold Open Office Hours

Grand Haven Area Public Schools' Superintendent Keith Konarska will hold Open Office Hours on Monday, March 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Education Service Center, 1415 Beechtree Street.

Catalina Club to perform in March

The 2011 Grand Haven High School Catalina Club will be performing "Floating with the Fellas" on Friday, March 18 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the GHAPS Community Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children 5 and under are free. The club has grown significantly from 55 girls last year to 85 this year. The show will feature deck and synchronized swimming routines all to male bands like Outkast, NSYNC and New Kids on the Block. It will also feature a few surprise appearances throughout the show. Tickets may be purchased one hour before each show.  

GHAPS welcomes the Heroes of the Underground Railroad

GHAPS welcomes the Heroes of the Underground Railroad

From: http://www.ghaps.org

Grand Haven Area Public Schools and the Grand Haven Area Arts Council are sponsoring an evening with the Bright Star Touring Theatre for an all-ages presentation of the "Heroes of the Underground Railroad".

The "Heroes of the Underground Railroad" presentation will take place on Monday, February 28, at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Join Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry “Box” Brown and others in an empowering look at the figures behind America’s Underground Railroad. From the secret signs along the routes to the Abolition Movement, this play leaves few stones unturned.