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Kalamazoo

Public

Schools

February 2017

Volume 20, Issue 2

www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

Kalamazoo Public Schools, 1220 Howard St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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R E S I D E N T I A L C U S T O M E R

IMPORTANT DATES

Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 2 & 16, 2017

7 p.m.

Administration Building

1220 Howard St.

Feb. 20-24

P.M. Half-Day Kindergarten

Attends All Day

Feb. 21

A.M. Half-day Kindergarten

Attends All Day

March 1

Elementary School

Literacy Night

March 2

Middle School

Literacy Night

For more information,

call (269) 337-1572

Inside

Loy Norrix High School

Remodeling Begins

this Summer

Page 6

Mobile Health Clinic Schedule

Page 6

Maple Street

Librarian Honored

Page 9

Chef Shaun’s recipe

Page 11

FIRST SATURDAY @ KPL February 4

The next First Saturday @ KPL event

will be held at the

Kalamazoo Public Library, downtown,

on Feb. 4, 2017, from 2–3:30 p.m.

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Radiant Church’s ‘Big Give’ Gives Lincoln Students Big Reason to Smile

Graduates Return to Share College

Experiences during 2016 Alumni Day

Dozens

of

Kalamazoo

Central and Loy Norrix high

school graduates returned to

their alma maters on Dec. 23 to

share their college experiences

with current students.

It was the annual Alumni

Day celebration in which older

students share with younger

students advice for successfully

completing high school and

achieving success in college.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Superintendent Dr. Michael

Rice welcomed alumni back for

classroom visits in both schools.

“It’s a powerful experience

for our young people to see

you as the elders now. They

look at you in a new light,”

(continued on page 8)

It started with backpacks.

About five years ago, Radiant

Church in Richland wanted to do

something for the community, so

the church conducted a backpack

drive. The church members re-

sponded enthusiastically, donat-

ing hundreds of backpacks and

stuffed themwith school supplies.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

responded appreciatively, but as

church members were handing

out the backpacks they encoun-

tered teachers who said, “Thank

you for this. One of the things we

really need is socks. A lot of kids

come from homes where they

don’t have a lot.”

“We were shocked,” said

Pastor Lee Cummings. “Teachers

were telling us they go through

a lot of socks because kids’ shoes

sometimes have holes, so their

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Joseph Richardson and Daylin McCants told teachers at Kalamazoo Central High School

to be tougher on students to prepare them for college during Alumni Day 2016.

Radiant Church volunteer Deb Orosz

helps kindergartener Ah’Zariah

Streeter find the perfect coat as part of

the Big Give held at Lincoln.

Early/Middle

College Helps

Create Connections

Between Education

and Careers

The

Kalamazoo

Public

School

Board

of

Trustees

recently approved dramatically

expanding the offerings in the

Early/Middle College Program,

to help expose students to more

career opportunities.

In December, the board

approved increasing the number

of EMC programs from eight to

35. The Early/Middle College

Program allows students to

earn a high school diploma and

college credit simultaneously.

By enrolling in EMC for two or

more years, students can earn

a professional certificate or an

associate’s degree in subjects

(continued on page 5)