Kalamazoo Public Schools reports highest number of graduates since start of 'Promise'

Kalamazoo Public Schools reported its highest number of graduates since The Kalamazoo Promise was announced 15 years ago. The district graduated 734 students in 2020, Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday. “That number represents a 62-percent increase and highest number of graduates to date in the post-Promise era and is the seventh year in a row with an increase,” she said. “The pandemic didn’t stop our students from performing at their best and our district from providing the support it has committed to providing to ensure that our students are successful.” KPS had 454 graduates in 2005, according to a news release. That number rose to 692 by 2

Ecorse Public Schools opens hotline for parents, students struggling with technology

Students are going to school to learn their lessons in Ecorse, but it’s also the parents who are being schooled on the ins and outs of virtual learning. District officials in Ecorse Public Schools had a feeling parents might need some assistance navigating through the Google Classroom platform while trying to assist their child. They were right. Parents initially were given an option to have their child participate in face-to-face classroom learning, or attend virtually. According to school Supt. Dr. Josha Tailson, about 30 percent of parents elected to have their child attend for in-school instruction. About 70 percent chose the online option. While students have only had a few days o

Kalamazoo Area Schools Hosting Free Shoe Drive Thru

For kids who will be attending Kalamazoo Public Schools this year and are in need, a free pair of shoes is going to be finishing off your back-to-school list. First Day Shoe Fund will once again be providing free shoes for those in need, but with updated safety measures in place because of Covid-19. The Drive-Thru will take place at the Wings Event Center from 9 a.m. until 5:30 pm. September 18th and 19th. The following schools with student attending this year were given times to arrive: Friday, 9/18 9am-11am: Portage Public Schools 11am-1pm: Comstock Public Schools and Paramount Charter Academy 1-3pm: Vicksburg Community Schools, Schoolcraft Community Schools, and Climax-Scotts Community Sc

Muskegon Public Schools to offer in-person tutoring

Muskegon Public Schools, which is offering online-only classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, will offer in-person tutoring to allow students get important face-to-face instruction from their teachers. If there’s one lesson Muskegon Superintendent Matthew Cortez learned from virtual learning during the spring, it’s the importance of students building strong relationships with their teachers. “We noticed in the spring that our kids do thrive off of that relationship with their teachers,” Cortez told MLive. “To be real clear, the single best way that we educate our children is face-to-face.” But Cortez also knew he wasn’t willing to risk the safety of his students and teachers by bringing Musk

Holland Public Schools and Hope College to provide academic and cultural enrichment through mentor p

Hope College’s Children’s After School Achievement program has received a grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area to provide remote programming this fall. The program, first established in 1987, provides “academic and cultural enrichment” for around 100 students first through fifth grade from Holland and West Ottawa. It is intended to improve student academic performance by providing students with the tools they need to succeed. The $25,000 grant comes from CHFZ’s COVID-19 Community Stabilization Fund and will provide additional materials and Hope-student staffing for the program. The programming will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continue through Friday, Nov. 13. “We’r

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