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The West Ottawa Story: Our Community Supports Us

The West Ottawa Story: Our Community Supports Us

May 9, 2014 – We have tried to use this space to highlight the successes in West Ottawa that exemplify three areas of emphasis from the marketing team: 1) safe environment, 2) academic quality and opportunity, and 3) student attention. This past week, our community really helped […]

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The West Ottawa Story: From EL to Full Ride

The West Ottawa Story:  From EL to Full Ride

May 2, 2014 – We received the following story from one of our teachers at North Holland: Dear Greg, Last week I was talking with a parent of one of my former students. When I had him in 2nd grade at North Holland, he spoke Spanish at […]

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The West Ottawa Story: High School Forensics Team

The West Ottawa Story:  High School Forensics Team

April 25, 2014 – We are fortunate in West Ottawa to have many high quality opportunities for our students, and the Forensics team is certainly a shining example. During spring break, this group performed for kids of all ages at The Herrick District Library. This was the […]

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April 2014 West Ottawa News: Volume 4, Issue 3

April 2014 West Ottawa News:  Volume 4, Issue 3

April 2014 West Ottawa News: Volume 4, Issue 3 In this issue: Bond Proposal 2014 – Investing in Our Community: Safety & Security, Building Improvements, 21st Century Learning; Bond Facts; Two issues on the Election Ballot, May 6, 2014; Just for Seniors – While aging, making concessions […]

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The West Ottawa Story: All Staff Contribute to our Students

The West Ottawa Story:  All Staff Contribute to our Students

April 18, 2014 – We all play different roles in the district, and all are important as they contribute to the opportunities and experiences available to our students to excel. Some of us, however, play more than one position on the team as this note from Michelle […]

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The West Ottawa Story: Academic Excellence

The West Ottawa Story:  Academic Excellence

March 28, 2014 – Because so many positive experiences happen for our students on a daily basis, it can be easy to take for granted what West Ottawa does for kids. That quality is not missed in the following note that Liz VanderWege, principal at Lakewood elementary, […]

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The West Ottawa Story: Enhancing a Safe Environment

The West Ottawa Story:  Enhancing a Safe Environment

March 21, 2014 – Despite what the media would have us believe, schools in general are safe places for kids, and West Ottawa works hard to create a safe and nurturing environment. Two recent examples how that safety is built are worth our attention. Representatives from our […]

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The West Ottawa Story: Adventure School, Preparation for Life

The West Ottawa Story:  Adventure School, Preparation for Life

March 14, 2014 – Harbor Lights Middle School teacher Dave Becker along with colleagues Nancy Harrigan, Rhonda Wentworth, Sara Pieper, Jeff Hardy, Lyn Bumstead and Principal Dennis White took students to Adventure School recently. Mr. Becker describes it this way: “Approximately 30 – 40 students are chosen […]

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The West Ottawa Story: High Quality Opportunities

The West Ottawa Story:  High Quality Opportunities

March 7, 2014 – Nicholas Holtvluwer, Principal at Woodside Elementary School, shared the following opportunity that he and his staff are making available for our students: “As a former elementary school teacher and administrator in Tampa, Florida, I was involved in the early stages of the National […]

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The West Ottawa Story: Academic Quality Recognized

The West Ottawa Story:  Academic Quality Recognized

February 21, 2014 – In case you missed it, West Ottawa Public Schools was recently recognized as one of the best schools in the state of Michigan. Here’s an excerpt from the press release: “The West Ottawa Public Schools has been named an Academic State Champion by […]

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