Wise Up! Get the Word Out on this New Scholarship.

Students want to be recognized.  They NEED to be recognized.  Often, of course, they’re recognized for the wrong sort of things.  Of course, there’s a lot of GREAT things kids get recognized for too.  But, not too often are teachers, counselors, and fellow students able to recognize kids in a way that provides tangible opportunities too.  Not too often are the talented – but not THAT talented” – recognized.  Until now.

Local businessman Al Hight, who spent a long and productive career in the military shared with me that he wasn’t on the “straight and narrow” growing up.  But someone invested in him and helped him when he really needed it.  After he graduated he enlisted into the military … and flourished.  What he promised himself was that some day, when he had the means and opportunity, he would give back to the community that gave back to him.  Now he’s putting his money where his mouth (and mind) is.  Al is the singular driving force behind Wise Up, a student life recognition scholarship aimed at noticing student achievement in a broad range of categories including: Academics, Athletics, Leadership, Visual Arts, Performing Arts/Theater, Music, and Community Service.

Hight spoke at Calvin College during the West Michigan Counseling Association Fall Conference.  As he shared about this inaugural award, the goal is for students to look for and nominate their fellow classmates who they think stand out in one (or more) of the categories above.  This isn’t necessarily a scholarship for the “usual suspects”: the coolest, smartest, or most gifted.  Of course, they’re eligible just like everyone else.  But this award is meant to celebrate the hard-working, well-rounded students.

Counselors need to sign up their schools to participate and will meet with Wise Up representatives on how to enlist and pare down student nominations.  Students from around the county will be selected to attend the awards gala held at Frederick Meijer Gardens on March 21, where 7 students will be selected (one for each category) to receive a $5,000 scholarship for furthering their education and talents.

Registration for the scholarships are now open and nominations run through January.  For more information, visit wiseupawards.org.

Crestwood MS Invites You to Career Day

Crestwood Middle School would like to invite employers and community partners to their upcoming Career Day.  The goal of the event is for students to become more familiar with the job market, skills they may need, and the schooling/training needed for a variety of career options. Crestwood wants to feature careers that need 2 year, 4 year, tech school, and/or on-the-job training.

Presentation Suggestions

  • Employer and community partners are welcome to bring hands-outs which coincide with their workplace, training center, or school.
  • Discussions with the students regarding what their company manufactures, what services they provide, or what background is necessary to fill the roles at their workplace, is a great way to begin.
  • Attendees are encouraged to share “tools of the trade” as a show and tell for students, if this is a viable option.
  • Bring a power point which shows your facilities and details about your company.
  • If you are a teaching facility, feel free to share what degrees you offer to students, the length of time to earn different degrees and what types of employment students can gain once schooling is complete.
  • We welcome groups of individuals who have varied responsibilities from one company, so that the students can learn how all work together for a final end product or solution.
  • Share your expertise around topics such as workplace expectations, attributes that make a good employee, appropriate dress in the world of work soft skills that are critical to professional success, etc.

Students will be pre-assigned to attend 4, 30 minute sessions throughout the morning, so they can experience an excellent mix of job opportunities and career readiness information.

Date: February 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Nancy McKenzie, Kentwood Public Schools STEM Coordinator, is accepting RSVP’s/questions at nancy.mckenzie@kentwoodps.org.





Circle Your Calendars!

TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY (Thursday, October 12, 8:00-3:00 pm)
Our first Teachers IN Industry event of the 2017-18 school year is now open!  Come with us as we see 3 different sides of the construction industry. We’ll visit an actual job site, meet with a company at their corporate office to see what happens behind the scenes, and hear/see how a local educational institution trains people for work in the industry.  Don’t miss this event! We’re aiming for 60 people to attend the only TII event this fall!

Ever hear students ask, “When are we going to use this in the real world?” Have you ever wondered, in turn, “How do I best answer that, because I’m not really sure?” If you answered yes to either question, then Teachers in Industry (TII) this is the “field trip” for you! Teachers, counselors, and administrators alike are all welcome! And teachers, we’ll pay for substitute reimbursement, up to $100! To sign up for TII, or for more information about the event, look them up on the PD Hub under Career Readiness, or visit us on our website. If you still need some convincing, check out our promo video!

STEM Network (Wednesday & Thursday, November 1 & 2, 8:00-3:00 pm)
Looking for a way to get your STEM fix? Join us for our BRAND NEW network – the STEM Network. We’ve packed so much stuff into this program that we had to make it two days! Participate in a series of interactive experiences under the theme “Connect, Explore, Achieve” where teachers visit local businesses to explore how they use educational content in industry; work with like-minded peers to develop engaging, standards-based real-world lessons that enable student success; and learn what other districts are doing in the world of STEM. This isn’t just a training; this is an EVENT.  Don’t miss out!

To register for the STEM Network, find it on the PD HubOr, reach out to one of the STEM Consultants, Ebiri (ebirinkugba@kentisd.org) or Rick (rickmushing@kentisd.org) for more information.

Girls Rock IT!

Girls Rock IT!

With the goals of breaking stereotypes and exciting girls about interesting opportunities in Information Technology, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology will be offering a FREE day of interactive fun and learning!

Girls in grades 4-8 will be given opportunities for hands-on experiments led by some of the area’s leading computer and information technology experts. Please join us for breakfast and information session about the expanding world of technology careers as students learn a variety of technology skills as they rotate through different sessions.

Visit this site for more information and registration! 

WGVU KidsFare — A Healthy Recipe Challenge

Need a fun activity to encourage your students to make healthy choices? Encourage them to participate in WGVU’s Healthy Recipe Challenge! The goal is to create an original recipe for an appetizer, main course or dessert. This is a great way to encourage informational writing and the winners get to participate in a cook off downtown at the Secchia Culinary Institute – how fun!

Please check out this link for lots more information and also the submission form.

Let’s get cookin’!