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Only 4 days left to see “Mighty Mike”

From: http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

(Grand Rapids, MI) Starting August 31, visitors have only 4 days to get their last glimpses of the record breaking, 13-foot, 600-pound,  alligator that has called John Ball Zoo home for the past 17 weeks.  MIGHTY MIKE and his five smaller ‘gator pals will be retrieved by their owner the day after Labor Day to return to their winter home in Florida. 

It’s been a good run for Mike.  Over 350,0000 guests got a look at the giant-in-the-pond.   Some got to see him gobble up a raw chicken and a few got to see him hoist his massive body onto the shore.  He was on TV, in countless Flckr photos and in the newspaper.  Mike was the first animal visitors saw when they entered the zoo and the last animal as they left. 

Mighty Mike’s<

GRPS - Last day of voting for Kohl's Cares initiative

Dear GRPS Students, Parents, Staff and Supporters:
 
Following our email yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Ken-O-Sha Elementary was not the only school involved in the Kohl's Cares initiative on Facebook. In fact, nearly every school in the district has applied! That means that ANY school in the Grand Rapids Public School district could win one of 20 $500,000 grants to improve their school.
 
Today is the last day of voting. All you have to do is log on to (or join, if you haven't already) Facebook and find the Kohl's page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/kohls?ref=ts. Click on the Kohl's Cares tab and search for your favorite GRPS school. Every vote counts, so vote multiple times for any and all of the GRPS schools involved!
 
Get the word out, post to your Facebook page and email all your friends! Show everyone how much you support GRPS and our ongoing success story.

GRPS to begin blended learning curriculum at high schools

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-  Starting Tuesday, high schoolers at Grand Rapids Public Schools will have to adapt to a blended learning curriculum. It's a new way of instruction and learning that has generated strong opinions from both supporters and opponents.

The blended model will offer two subjects, Social Studies and Math, in a blended form starting this school year. Students will operate on a three day schedule. On day one, students will meet in a traditional classroom setting where the teacher explains a concept. Days two and three the students will meet with one or more teachers and assistants and much of the work will be technology based.

West Michigan schools receive federal improvement grants

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Twenty-eight of Michigan's lowest achieving schools have been awarded federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to help them increase student achievement, including seven schools in West Michigan.

The funds are from the federal School Improvement Grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Barack Obama last year.

In West Michigan, the schools getting grants are:

Fun, free and frugal events for families in Grand Rapids September 1-7

I am guessing that since school is finally starting in Grand Rapids, most of you don’t need suggestions for how to keep busy this week; but I’m going to give you one anyway. 

It’s what I do.

August & Summer 2010 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids

Temperatures last month averaged 74.9°F, 5.5°F above average, and 5.9°F warmer than last year (69.0°F), making it the sixth warmest August on record, and the warmest since 1959 (75.5°F). Twenty seven days were warmer than usual; three were cooler, and one was average. The highest temperature occurred on August 29 with 93°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 27 with 51°F. Temperatures for the summer season (June, July and August) averaged 73.2°F, 3.9°F above average, and 5.3°F warmer than last summer, tying for the fifth warmest summer on record, and the warmest since 1934 (73.3°F).

Cornerstone University students are welcomed in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Hundreds of students are back in Grand Rapids ahead of a new school year.  Cornerstone University welcomed back more than 400 students Wednesday.  Organizers helped them move into their new home.  This year's class comes from 20 states and 14 nations.

Cornerstone University President Joe Stowell says, "Every class is different, but every class is valued.  Every one of these lives have been prepared to come and experience Cornerstone University so we value them individually and we're thrilled to have them as a class"

Classes at Cornerstone will begin next Wednesday.