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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

During Monday night’s Montabella Community Schools Board of Education meeting, Michelle Goodwin, associate superintendent for instruction with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), who is part of the Reading Now Network, commented on three themes she saw in the elementary school and how to address them. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella Elementary School to work with Reading Now Network

It’s been almost a full school year since Montabella Elementary School introduced the Journey Reading Series, and it has been well-received overall. The new curriculum was adopted with hopes of improving literacy in the elementary school and thus increasing test scores.

Audience members waved green or red pieces of paper to show their support or opposition to statements made during Congressman John Moolenaar’s listening session Thursday at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar hosts raucous listening session at CMU

Not much listening took place during a Thursday night “listening session” hosted by Congressman John Moolenaar.

Nearly 900 people packed Central Michigan University’s Warriner Hall to hear from the Republican representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which encompasses 15 counties.

Kalvin Quakenbush, a junior and the head electrician for the Mustang Robotics, tells the Montabella school board on Monday how he helped design a robot to be able to be successful in the gear component of a competition. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella Mustangs Robotics team is looking for support

Being involved in robotics has helped Kalvin Quackenbush with his grades and direction after high school graduation. “This program kind of led me where I wanted to go, which is electrical engineering or robotic engineering,” said Quackenbush, a Montabella High School junior and the head electrician of Mustangs Robotics.

Rep. Jim Lower sits down with  volunteer grandparent Joan Pitts during his visit to Montabella Elementary School. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Rep. Lower tours Montabella Elementary School

As State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, walked the hallways of Montabella Elementary School, he gets a chance to see what administrators, teachers and students experience there on a daily basis.

Congressman John Moolenaar, left, speaks with Doug Bartlett, an Edmore mail carrier and president of the Michigan Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, prior to riding with Bartlett on his mail route Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Congressman Moolenaar rides along with mail carrier, tours health facility

Moolenaar, R-Midland, is the representative of the 4th District, which includes Montcalm County (minus Eureka Township), as well as Gratiot, Isabella and Mecosta counties, among others. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 4th District is the second-most rural district in the state, second only to the 1st District, which contains the entirety of the Upper Peninsula.

Jim Lower, the Michigan State House representative for the 70th District, stands in front of the state Capitol in Lansing, where the Republican from Cedar Lake spends much of his work week. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower takes on Lansing: A day in the life of a freshman state rep

A portrait of Theodore Roosevelt and a bust of Thomas Jefferson are prominently displayed in the downtown Lansing office of Michigan State House Rep. Jim Lower. There’s nothing random about Lower and his approach to being a state representative.

“There’s reason and purpose to literally everything I do,” he says.

From left, Montabella Community Schools Board of Education Student Representative Sidney Lint, Trustee Katie Ludwig, President Jann LaPointe, Superintendent Shelly Millis and Trustee Eylie Foster listen to information about how to help students meet Michigan test scores. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella superintendent and school district grades reviewed

Montabella Community Schools Board of Education members graded Superintendent Shelly Millis’ performance after reviewing student test scores.

Both Montabella and its superintendent received their annual evaluations during Monday night’s board meeting.

From left, Montabella Community Schools Board President Jann LaPointe, Superintendent Shelly Millis and Trustee Eylie Foster review and discuss the agenda for Monday night’s school board meeting, which included a first reading of a sex education curriculum. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella school board reviews new sex education curriculum

EDMORE— Montabella Junior/Senior High School is following suit with neighboring school districts by introducing a sex education curriculum aimed at special education students. In January, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) was awarded a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant for schools within Montcalm County. “Montcalm (Area) ISD asked schools if they were interested in [...]

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Montabella encourages peer interaction through LINKS

After grabbing their lunch boxes and lunch trays, six Montabella Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students headed down the hall to the library to eat their lunch together. The lunch group is part of Montabella Community School’s LINKS Program, which is a peer-to-peer program to support students with autism. Montabella currently has LINKS programs in kindergarten through ninth grade.