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Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

'Speak Up' surveys to Congress due Dec. 20

'Speak Up' surveys to Congress due Dec. 20

GREENVILLE, Mich.—How should technology be used in the classroom?

Greenville Public Schools is inviting the community to “Speak Up” and share their ideas with Congress in a survey due Dec. 20. 

Every spring, Project Tomorrow shares the national Speak Up survey results with the U.S. Congress, Department of Education and other federal agencies to help influence initiatives, policies and programs.  The survey itself is free, confidential and takes approximately 20 minutes.  Last year more than 8,000 school communities took part. 

Students can also take part if the enter the security word “gps”.  You can find the survey by clicking here.

'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope

'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- A 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia is getting good news right in time for Christmas.

Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Mike Walsh says doctors have found a 100 percent bone marrow match for Bree Town.  Walsh says Bree went back into the hospital Tuesday, downtrodden because of upcoming chemo treatments before doctors shared the news.  This match gives Bree the best possible chance at beating leukemia.   Walsh says Bree still has another round of chemotherapy, but doctors may be able to do a bone marrow transplant as early as January.

'We Bree-lieve': Hundreds answer the call for life-saving donations

'We Bree-lieve': Hundreds answer the call for life-saving donations

GREENVILLE, Mich. (UPDATE)-- A person from Be The Match Foundation says nearly 500 people stepped up to be tested to find out if they're a bone marrow match for Bree Town.

Bree, 10, is battling acute myeloid leukemia.  She's had more than 75 blood transfusions since she was diagnosed May 1, 2012. Her condition has relapsed and now Bree needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, on top of additional blood transfusions.  WZZM 13 profiled Bree and her fight to live last month.  You can find the story here.

Baldwin Heights Elementary held a bone marrow registration drive in her honor Wednesday evening.  Organizers say 248 people were tested at the school and another 20 were tested at Mersen.

Flat River Dance Company presents 'The Nutcracker'

Flat River Dance Company presents 'The Nutcracker'

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Whether it's a first-time encounter or an annual treat, don't miss the most spirited holiday performance in town as the Flat River Dance Company presents "The Nutcracker." 

Performances will take place Saturday, December 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center, inside Greenville High School. The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra will provide accompaniment for the full length ballet.

Tickets are on sale now at the Flat River Dance studio in Greenville.  Regular admission is  $20; tickets for groups of 10 or more are only $10 and $8 for groups of 25 or more.  Please call (616) 450-4461 to purchase tickets. 

The Sugar Plum Fairy is waiting to dance for you!

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

'Peter Pan' at Belding High School this week

'Peter Pan' at Belding High School this week

BELDING, Mich.-- Peter Pan is flying into Belding High School this week.

The high school drama club will hold performances of “Peter Pan” November 7, 8 and  9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $10 and available at Lombardo’s Pizza or at the door.

Sarah Thompson, who contacted WZZM 13 about the performance, will play the leading lady, Wendy.