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Foundation for Excellence Partnership Grants KPS High School Free Transportation

Foundation for Excellence Partnership Grants KPS High School Free Transportation

Olivia Ely

June 14, 2019

Loy Norrix students, Tayvon Davis and Jeremiah Nelson, board the bus at the 2:45 stop to head home. With the new agreement, KPS students will ride for free beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. In the summer of 2018, The Foundation for Excellence was given 70 million dollars to fund projects for K...

Junior Loses the Kalamazoo Promise

Junior Loses the Kalamazoo Promise

May 9, 2019

By Dylann Meek “When me and my mother went to the office to change the address, that’s when the secretary told me I was out of district and would not get the [Kalamazoo] Promise,” said junior Nakia Brown. At the beginning of her junior year, Nakia Brown lost the Kalamazoo Promise after moving ...

A Fresh Perspective: Loy Norrix Welcomes New Principal

A Fresh Perspective: Loy Norrix Welcomes New Principal

Brandon Schnurr

November 28, 2018

From principals being put on administrative leave to the hiring of new assistant principals, Loy Norrix has experienced many changes in administration throughout the last two years alone. Last school year, we welcomed Johnny Edwards, the current Director of Secondary Education to Norrix as our interi...

Opening Our Arms to Ottawa’s Own

Opening Our Arms to Ottawa’s Own

Noah Bond

October 2, 2018

Serving an American public school district is a welcome opportunity for Canadian-trained nurse, Jennifer Macfarlane. Macfarlane started her nursing career in neurosurgery at The Ottawa Hospital in 2008. The Ottawa Hospital, located in the capital of Canada, has delivered more than six thousand babie...

Getting Graded on Giving Grades: Teachers Discontented with the Evaluation Process

Getting Graded on Giving Grades: Teachers Discontented with the Evaluation Process

Anna Kushner

April 25, 2018

“When an administrator walks in the room, the students’ demeanor automatically changes to one that is more guarded, and their nervous energy sometimes transcends to my own,” said drama teacher Paige Carrow. Recently, many teachers at Loy Norrix and within the Kalamazoo Public Schools community ha...

Early Intro to Health Careers II: WMed Educates Sophomores

Early Intro to Health Careers II: WMed Educates Sophomores

Brandon Schnurr

March 14, 2018

  In recent years, a new program has popped up to help high school sophomores all around Kalamazoo. The Early Introduction to Health Careers II Program is a pipeline program that was started in 2015 by Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to expose teens to the possi...

What it’s Like to be in an EFE: The Surprising Truth

What it’s Like to be in an EFE: The Surprising Truth

Zach Skinner

March 2, 2018

Education for Employment (EFE) programs provide unique experiences for high school students. The mission statement for EFE programs is ”It is our job to prepare today’s students for tomorrow's careers.” According to their website EFE programs this by providing a jump-start on career and post-s...

Teacher Contract Negotiations Puts a Strain on Kalamazoo Public Schools and its Teachers

Teacher Contract Negotiations Puts a Strain on Kalamazoo Public Schools and its Teachers

Anna Kushner

October 21, 2017

If you were to walk into Miller Auditorium on August 28, 2017, you would have seen a sea of black-clothed teachers sitting silent in solidarity. Every year the Kalamazoo Public Schools District adopts a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. From this budget the district then adopts a teacher salary co...

Renovations Leave Loy Norrix With a Fresher and Cleaner Look

Renovations Leave Loy Norrix With a Fresher and Cleaner Look

Olivia Ely

October 6, 2017

  The KPS district is hoping to revitalize the look of Loy Norrix and give Norrix a better reputation as well as attract more students and families. “The district [KPS] is pushing and doing what it takes to keep our school up and going,” said Principal Rodney Prewitt. The renovation inclu...

Waiting for Weighting: Kalamazoo Public Schools Should Weight the KAMSC Classes on a 5.0 Scale

Waiting for Weighting: Kalamazoo Public Schools Should Weight the KAMSC Classes on a 5.0 Scale

June 12, 2017

Guest Writer Nathan Goodwin-Kelly On most weeknights, there are numerous students staying up late into the night, studying and completing assignments.  The Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center is attended by a small portion of Kalamazoo area students. Students take math, science and computer scien...

Kalamazoo Public Schools Lengthen Foreign Language & Math Classes In Hopes of Boosting Student Achievement

Kalamazoo Public Schools Lengthen Foreign Language & Math Classes In Hopes of Boosting Student Achievement

Nora Hilgart-Griff

May 19, 2017

On December 16, 2016, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services Cindy Green presented several recommendations to the School Board for changes in the current Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) curriculum. The most dramatic change that would affect KPS high schoolers is the transition of...

Volume 57, Issue 4

Volume 57, Issue 4

May 9, 2017

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