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Funeral Notices for Aug. 29, 2013

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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Why recess? The important role of play in education

When school is in session, I love to drive by playgrounds during recess time and watch the children at play. Sadly, today the pressure to push academics has caused critics to argue that this time could be better used in the classroom. Unfortunately, there are many schools throughout the country that are doing away with this activity in an effort to increase instructional time and test scores.

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OUR VIEW: Heads up! It’s a new season

The days are becoming shorter and although the current heat wave doesn’t suggest it, the nights will get crisper, the leaves will eventually turn and the autumn of the year will be upon us. For some that means apple cider, wagon rides, playing in the leaf pile and long walks in the woods. It also means the start of another school year with all that it brings and, of course, the return of high school football as our local champions carry the banner for their communities across the state.

Belding’ Stefanie Harig, far right, sends an attack over Saranac’s Brynne Harder (12) and Karlee Derosha, middle, during the second game of the teams’ match Tuesday.

Belding wins battle of Redskins in straight sets

After a win in the Daily News Invitational Saturday, Belding’s volleyball team got into some dual action Tuesday. Belding beat Saranac in the first dual of the season 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 in a battle of teams nicknamed the Redskins that lasted just 44 minutes.

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Lakeview High School goes from state’s bottom 5% to county’s highest achieving

Three years ago, Lakeview High School was placed on the state’s list of lowest-achieving schools, and district residents were left reeling. Last week, the school was placed on another list. This time, everybody’s smiling.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Aug. 27

Greenville boys fifth, girls sixth: The Yellow Jackets finished last in the Red Division in both boys and girls at the Chippewa Hills Warrior Invitational Tuesday, scoring 109 points in boys competition and 140 on the girls’ side…

Troy Hicks, director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, collaborates with Kathy Kurtze, a language arts teacher from Carson City-Crystal High School, on a writing exercise earlier this summer. — Courtesy photo

CMU summer institute fires up local teachers for new school year

Several local teachers had the opportunity to participate in a summer writing project before the start of the new school year. Carson City-Crystal Area Schools teacher Kathy Kurtze, Central Montcalm Public School teacher Shannon Powell, Greenville. Public Schools speech therapist Jamee Gunn, Lakeview Community Schools teacher Ron Patton and Montcalm Community College teacher Kresta Train spent four weeks of their summer break immersed in writing at the Chippewa River Writing Project Summer Institute at Central Michigan University.

Dwight Quinn

Belding welcomes back two teachers, adds new assistant principal

The Belding Area Schools district will begin this school year by welcoming back some new and familiar faces within its faculty. At the Aug. 19 school board meeting, board members unanimously voted to bring back two teachers who had been laid off in the spring due to low projections in enrollment

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 28, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

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SHORT TAKES: 50 years of a dream

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the march on our nation’s Capitol and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a turning point in an ongoing struggle with our nation’s basic human conscience, and the beginning of new social and legal precepts. Regardless of the work still to be done, we have made meaningful advances in our social well-being.