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Kids hat and mitten tree results

Kids hat and mitten tree results

From: Tina L. Tilton, Saint Mary's Parish School Board Co Chairwoman

GHAPS school board honored in January

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Grand Haven Area Public Schools is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.

"Our school board members are elected to serve by our community and receive little recognition for the difficult job that they do," GHAPS Superintendent Keith Konarska says. "They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students."

In a climate of change and challenge, GHAPS school board members develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and impact individual students.

GHAPS - Celebrating Our Parents

GHAPS - Celebrating Our Parents

By: Keith Konarska, Superintendent
From:
http://www.ghaps.org

Research is clear that parent involvement in a  child's educational experience is paramount to his or her success. As the Thanksgiving season is upon us, I cannot help but express my deep gratitude to our parents for all they do to help support our students. Our district is extremely fortunate to have the commitment of so many parents to ensure  our vision of "Success for All." For example, the participation rates of parents at our Parent Teacher Conferences is well over 90 percent, our parent teacher associations and booster groups raise thousands of dollars to support programs and teams, and not only is there consistent parent attendance at performing arts events and athletic  competitions, but many parents serve as coaches and advisors for special events like Science Olympiad and Destination Imagination. This is incredible!

Lakeshore receives ExxonMobile grant

Lakeshore Middle School received a $750 grant from the  ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. This grant will be used to help fund both the Completing Homework in a Learning Lab (CHILL) after-school homework program located at Lakeshore Middle School and the Community CHILL Program located at RiverHaven Village.

The Ferrysburg EZ Mart worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 2,400 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations.

Animals bring science to life at White Pines

Animals bring science to life at White Pines
Melissa Moerland's sixth grade science classroom at White Pines Middle School has been described as the local Animal Kingdom, in reference to the famous attraction at Disney World.   "My classroom is really cool," Moerland says. "I have lots of exotic animals and house the self-proclaimed (not official) school mascot - Buck Macaw."   The room has two rainforests and a variety of animals.   "I have geckos, canaries, red-cheeked cordon bleu finches, zebra finches, java rice finches, and doves that are nesting two newborn babies," Moerland says. "In addition, there are chinchillas, a rabbit, California king snake, tarantula, rat, cockatiel, parakeets, fish, and a bearded dragon.    "The students utilize the animals when we study habitats," Moerland adds.

Rosy Mound fourth graders lift hearts while working for food pantry

Rosy Mound fourth graders lift hearts while working for food pantry

Fourth grade students at Rosy Mound Elementary teamed up with Love INC and the Feeding America program on Friday, December 3, to help members of the Grand Haven community just in time for the holidays. 

Students in TJ Klumpel, Sue Lampen and Annie Ratke's classes helped to distribute food, Christmas cards, homemade leis, hot chocolate, cookies, and hats and mittens to families that were waiting in line for the mobile food pantry. 

While bundled up in warm clothes, the students had the chance to "be the light in another's day." Through the efforts of striking up conversations, offering a lending hand, and providing Christmas cheer, many of the students had the opportunity to understand how good it feels to have a serving heart.

GHAPS seventh graders study polymers

GHAPS seventh graders study polymers

Seventh graders in Betsy Ainsworth's science classes are exploring the many physical properties of matter. By making and comparing five different kinds of a stretchy polymer, students are able to get a hands-on look at texture, ductility, elasticity, malleability, viscosity and so much more. They can then compare and contrast the different substances into a culminating project, and draw conclusions about their properties and what makes the polymers behave the way they do.