Intervention programs to grow in Grand Ledge schools

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge School Board members agreed with the high school’s intervention board to try to expand the Grand Ledge Public Schools’ help-room program to allow more students to succeed. After a presentation from the intervention board at the school board work meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 10, both parties decided on expanding the program that already sees more than 1,000 students in each help-room per semester. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students who are struggling to be able to go to a special room where they’ll be able to get specific help,” said Brian Metcalf, the Grand Ledge superintendent. “Obviously we’re seeing the failure rates decrease and student learning increase, which is really what we are all about.”

The subjects offered in help-rooms are: social studies, science, math and English. Metcalf and the other school board members saw the rates of improvement in the presentation.

ID the ice? Help shipping, boaters

By GREG MONAHAN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Think all ice is the same? That’s not the case on Michigan’s Great Lakes. And now scientists have found out how to detect the differences – with math. The development, reported recently in the International Association for Great Lakes Research, is important because it could help guide freighters through Michigan’s icy lakes, assist the Coast Guard in breaking up large ice formations and help weather scientists predict evaporation that could lead to lake effect snow. Researcher George Leshkevich of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Ann Arbor led the study with help from Son Nghiem of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Hope Middle School Holds Math Carnival to "Build a Bridge" of Learning

By Caleb Nordgren
Holt Journal staff writer

Rarely is a middle school basketball court reserved for math. Hope Middle School’s Feb. 25 Math Carnival was an exception to that rule, however. Parents and students gathered in Hope’s gym at 6 p.m. for a night of math-based games. Everyone who attended was given $20 in fake money to play the games, and at the end of the night, players traded in their funny money for raffle tickets.