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My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

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The Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces the 7th annual Bands on the Grand festival on March 7, 2015. The series of concerts will be held at Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Schedule

• 11:30 a.m. - Rockford Community Band

• 12:30 p.m. - Grand Ledge Community Band

• 1:30 p.m. -  Lansing Concert Band

• 2:30 p.m. -  Motor City Brass Band

• 3:30 p.m. -  West Michigan Concert Winds

• 4:30 p.m. -  Forest Hills Adult Community Band

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Bands on the Grand is an all-day adult community band festival. Each band will perform a free concert for the public which will be critiqued by professional music adjudicators. Each participating band will then have a private group session with a professional Clinician.

My Town: Rockford undergoes review for accreditation

My Town: Rockford undergoes review for accreditation

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As part of its commitment to continue its district-wide accreditation and improvement, the Rockford Public Schools hosted an AdvancED External Review Team from February 1-4, 2015. As part of the accreditation process, the district undergoes a comprehensive review every five years.

AdvancED, the global leader and largest community of education professionals in the world, conducts rigorous on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools to ensure all learners realize their full potential. The organization’s goal reaches far beyond certifying that schools are "good enough" but rather is committed to helping schools improve.

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

 

LANSING, Mich.- Members of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) testified in the State House Friday to urge the legislature to find ways to increase the number of workers entering the skilled trades.

“The lack of workers going into the skilled trades is the biggest factor impacting the growth of Michigan’s home building industry,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes in Rockford. “The shortage of labor is resulting in construction delays and increased labor costs, and it’s dragging on our state.”

Bitely cited several Michigan laws that make it difficult for home builders to hire young workers and encourage them to look at careers in the construction industry.

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon ISD)-- Students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Computer Aided Design and Internet, Network & Security Technologies programs earned top-three spots during the annual Business & Technology Challenge sponsored by Baker College.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, hosted more than 150 students from nine schools in Michigan.

CAD students from the MACTC demonstrated success in the AutoCAD and Drafting & Design events by earning the following awards:

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: Rockford native joins Ferris State University Board of Trustees

My Town: Rockford native joins Ferris State University Board of Trustees

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LANSING, Mich. (Office of the Governor) – Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ana Ramirez-Saenz, of Rockford, and Rupesh Srivastava, of Franklin Village, to serve on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees. Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava will serve eight-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2015, are subject to the confirmation by the Michigan senate.

“Ana and Rupesh are talented professionals and bring valuable experience to the board,” Snyder said. “I am confident they will do great work for Ferris State.”