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We appreciate everyone who joined us at last night's School Choice Expo. We had a great turn out. Now, time to countdown to the application deadline: only ONE MORE WEEK. 

Don't miss your opportunity!
Deadline closes November 29!

Grand Rapids Public Schools has the largest selection of school choices in West Michigan. Come be part of the energy, excitement, momentum, & transformation success.


GRPS has best count day in 20 years

District officials said the increase in students is worth over $1.7 million.

Grand Rapids Public Schools had one of their best count days in recent history this fall.

According to district officials, the district has seen a 20-student increase over fall of last year and a 214-student increase above their budgeted projections which is worth more than $1.7 million.

Officials said the gains are a mix of new and some returning students at neighborhood schools, as well as theme schools. In particular, Brookside Elementary saw a large increase in their count day numbers.

"There is just a group of parents that are out there, they're holding house parties and bringing neighbors in with kids in baby carriages saying come be part of this school," said John Helmholdt with GRPS.

Read the full story on 13 On Your Side!

Award-winning student videos explore cultural identity

Two area students won awards for their short videos exploring their cultural identity – and how others perceive them – in the 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest. 

Mariah Barrera, a senior at City High/Middle School, won a $1,000 first prize for her film “Red, White & Green,” a soul-searching reflection on being told at age 9 that she wasn’t a “real Mexican” because she didn’t speak Spanish. 

The winners were among 10 finalists chosen from nearly 100 entries by students who shot films on their mobile devices. They were announced at the eighth annual Mosaic Event held Nov. 6 and 7 at Wealthy Theatre. 

Read the full story on School News Network. 

‘Strong Partnership’ Between GRCC and GRPS Provides Numerous Opportunities for Students

Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools have fostered a long withstanding partnership which has led to an increased number of GRPS students enrolling in GRCC as the college attracts top graduates from the district. 

According to the release, there has been a 121% increase of enrollment into GRCC from GRPS since 2016. This past year, the valedictorians from Central Innovation and Ottawa Hills high school chose to attend GRCC. 

This alliance has had a two-fold benefit.

“Our graduation rates have increased by more than 50 percent over the last seven years and more students are enrolling in post-secondary opportunities like GRCC,” said Ron Gorman, GRPS Interim Superintendent, in a statement. “We greatly value our partnership and longstanding history with GRCC and are excited to see the significant increase in our students enrolling there.”

Read the full story from GRCC!


The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF) has recognized inconsistencies within their brand and have realized that an effort must be made to bring awareness to their mission. In order to help identify and bring clarity to the Foundation's brand and awareness, we are asking the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) community to complete a brief survey.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed at the links below. Your answers are completely anonymous and the survey should take only 3-5 minutes to complete. Surveys are being collected until Friday, December 6th at 5pm.

Mel Trotter Ministries 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal

Thanksgiving Day, November 28
10 a.m. doors open
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meal is served

DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

This meal is offered free-of-charge thanks to the generosity of Mel Trotter supporters. For free bus transportation, schedule and detailed information about the meal, go to
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) will accept new applicants to our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program December 9 - 11, 2019.

The online application process will be fast and easy:
  • Log on to to access the GRHC Pre-Application for Housing Choice Voucher Assistance.
  • Select “Section 8” to apply to be added to the Section 8 waiting list. The Section 8 option will be available from 12:00 a.m. December 9 through 11:59 p.m. December 11.
  • Complete the Pre-Application form, then click “complete application.” Please note your confirmation number.
Check out the flyer for more information!

MI Voice Counts - Education Programs

Do your schools rely on money for education programs?

Head Start, special education and Title I for school funding all benefit from a complete and accurate census. In order to get the most funding for your kids’ schools, we need your help. Be sure to count each and every one of your children so schools can benefit. And when schools benefit, your children do, too.

Curious about the nine questions on the census?

Check them out on MI Voice Counts

NIXLE Emergency Alerts

Residents of Grand Rapids can now receive important, official information directly from the Grand Rapids Police Department through the free Nixle messaging platform. Messages can be delivered by email, SMS text message, through social media, and over the web.

Notification may include:
  • Emergency Alerts: Any information that if not immediately disseminated, could cause the loss of life or serious injury.
  • Advisories: Important information such as school lockdowns, critical incidents, or unexpected major road closures. These advisories will often be accompanied by instructions for community members or areas to avoid.
  • Community: This includes community engagement efforts that we'd like to share with you. Must opt-in to "Community messages" by customizing your personal profile at to receive these messages.
How to sign up: 
  • Text "GrandRapids" to 888-777 (best if you want multiple zip code notifications but it will only be sent once)
  • Adjust your notifications to your work, school, or home neighborhood by texting your zip code to 888-777
  • Online sign-up or to personalize your profile by choosing the type and time of your notification:
Find out more on the flyer (English & Spanish)!


The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Santa Parade is Saturday, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. This exciting community event is always well attended and enjoyed by all. The parade committee is accepting entry forms from businesses, churches, charity groups and other organizations interested in participating in the parade. Please contact the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce at
531-5990 for more information.  
The Santa Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14 marching south on Division Avenue from 33rd Street to Murray Street. Immediately following the parade, children can talk with Santa at Brann’s Sizzlin Steaks & Sports Grille. Parents, be sure to bring your camera for this great photo opportunity!


El Desfile de Santa Claus de la Cámara de Comercio del Área de Wyoming-Kentwood es el sábado 14 de diciembre a las 10:00 a.m.  Este emocionante evento comunitario siempre cuenta con una buena asistencia y disfrutado por todos. El comité del desfile está aceptando formularios de inscripción de empresas, iglesias, grupos de caridad y otras organizaciones interesadas en participar en el desfile. Comuníquese con la Cámara de Comercio del Área de Wyoming-Kentwood en 531-5990 para más información.
El Desfile de Santa comienza a las 10:00 a.m. del sábado 14 de diciembre marchando hacia el sur por Division Avenue desde la calle 33 hasta la calle Murray. Inmediatamente después del desfile, los niños pueden hablar con Santa en Brann’s Sizzlin Steaks & Sports Grill. ¡Padres, asegúrese de traer su cámara para esta gran oportunidad para tomar fotos!


Click here for all of our news from the week.


Don't forget, when you shop use Amazon Smile. A portion of what you buy comes back to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation and makes a real impact on GRPS students' educations.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and make sure to select the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation.

School Spotlight

Campus Elementary

This week, Campus Elementary School received 100 boys and girls winter coats on behalf of AT&T. Thank you for the incredible donation! 


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