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A Fond Farewell to Superintendent O'Neill

A Fond Farewell to Superintendent O'Neill

COOPERSVILLE, MI - Even though retiring superintendent Kevin O'Neill's  last day isn’t until August 31st, staff and students at Coopersville Area Public Schools celebrated Dr. O’Neill’s 13 years of "Gold Medal Achievements" in an Olympic event with the entire staff and student body present. Over 2600 people were able to keep a secret in order to surprise the outgoing superintendent. The festivities began with Olympic style fanfare with Music and Dr. O’Neill leading a five building student delegation with an Olympic torch in hand to the stage. Followed by an all-school photograph courtesy of Geskus Photography. Next the gymnasium roared while Band Director Scott Struyk led every one in the Bronco Fight song.

Each Building presented Dr. O’Neill with a "Gold Medal of Achievement" symbolizing the wonderful legacies he has left for the Coopersville District.

Coopersville Schools Welcomes New Technology Director

Coopersville Schools Welcomes New Technology Director

Scott Plough is the new Technology Director for Coopersville Schools. He will be jumping right in with his duties to help oversee some new mini laptop purchases. This will help complete the tech plan of giving every student in grades 6-12 a mini netbook to use by the fall of 2012. The middle school and the high school have wireless technology enabling students to use their “Mini’s” anywhere within their buildings.

Scott was formerly the Network Manager for Muskegon schools. “With the huge investment of technology here in the district, now is the time to protect that investment with a Director who can manage all aspects of that technology.” said Ron Veldman Assistant Superintendent. This position will also allow us to do many services in-house thus saving on contracted services for a considerable cost savings for the District.”

Open House Honoring Coopersville Area Public Schools Superintendent Kevin O’Neill

Open House Honoring Coopersville Area Public Schools Superintendent Kevin O’Neill

A community open house honoring Superintendent Kevin O’Neill’s 13 years of service to Coopersville Area Public Schools is set for Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Coopersville High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to parents, students, community members, and CAPS staff who would like to say farewell to Kevin prior to his retirement in August.

2011 C.A.D.L. Poetry Contest winners

2011 C.A.D.L. Poetry Contest winners

The 2011 C.A.D.L. Poetry Contest winner have been announced and are posted to the library's website.

Winning entries were submitted by Sarah Brandt, Katie Hunter, Ann Malarik, Emma Sietsema and Catherine Plank. This year's contest received over 50 entries in all.

Prizes included gift cars to Schuler's Books and an "I Love Books" bookbag.

Click Here to visit the contest page and read the poems.

Helping a Friend in Need

Helping a Friend in Need

COOPERSVILLE, MI - After hearing that her friend and co-worker Julie Morris was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Renee Braxmaier knew she wanted to help. In order to make her donation go further, Renee purchased flower pots and using her painting skills turned a small investment into a large donation for Julie. Single mom Julie Morris (Middle School food service worker) was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and is without medical insurance. Julie is struggling to make all the payments associated with the treatment of cancer. That is when Renee got busy and sold hand painted pots for a minimum donation of $25.  These hand painted pots sold like hotcakes and turned a small investment into a donation of over $1,000.00! Thank you to everyone who purchased a pot to help the cause! She couldn't have done it without you!

 

 

Farmers’ Panel: My Local Favorites Talk Grassfed, Organic

Farmers’ Panel: My Local Favorites Talk Grassfed, Organic

Do you have a farmer?

It gives me great joy to say “my farmer” and my joy multiplies as I find more and more wonderful places and wonderful people in Grand Rapids, MI to which to apply that label. I’ve got “my milk farm” and “my egg farm” and “my chicken farm” and “my beef farm” and some that fit many categories. The photo above is from one of the first times we went to pick up our raw milk at Angelus Farms. Sadly, with 6 kids, new calves, an expanding chicken flock and maple syrup, “my” milk farmers weren’t able to find the time to participate in the panel.

Coopersville Farm Museum presents artist Carol VanderNat

Coopersville Farm Museum presents artist Carol VanderNat

From Coopersville Farm Museum

Now through July 2, 2011

Born and raised in the Grand Rapids area, Carol brings a new and fresh approach to visual art in her work which shows her love of color, line, and detail, as well as ele-ments of surprise! Never formally trained in the arts, she knew early on that visual art was a part of who she was. Only recently, however, has she re-developed a style and work that has been hers all along. Her sense of detail and attention to color placement and movement are ac-centuated by the distinctive and always-present "blacking" of one form or another, which is a signature trademark of her work

Visit http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org for additional information.