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My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A fund that pays for repairing facilities and purchasing property for Comstock Park Public Schools  will continue on for another decade.

In a 591-237 vote Tuesday, voters approved renewing a 0.9984 millage that would go toward the district's Building and Site Sinking Fund.  The renewal means the owner of a home with a taxable valuation of $100,000 can expect to pay $99.84 per year.

Tuesday night, voters also approved renewing a millage for Northview Public Schools' Building and Site Sinking Fund for another ten years.  The proposal passed overwhelmingly- 1,425 votes to 521 votes. The rate is limited to 1.2056 mills, or approximately $120.56 per home with a taxable valuation of $100,00. Funding will go toward school property purchases and construction and upkeep of schools.

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Kenowa Hills kindergarten informational meeting April 30

My Town: Kenowa Hills kindergarten informational meeting April 30

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Parents with children who are 5 years old by October 1, 2014 are encouraged to attend a kindergarten informational meeting this Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

The district-wide meeting will take place at Kenowa Hills Central Elementary Café, 4252 Three Mile Road NW.  District superintendent Gerald Hopkins and all elementary level principals will be available to share registration information and discuss the kindergarten experience.

A separate kindergarten orientation will take place Monday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alpine Elementary, Central Elementary, and Zinser Elementary.  Please contact your home school at the following numbers to schedule an appointment for your child’s visit:

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event.

Right now, students are busy preparing for the fundraising  event, which will take place May 2 at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes: