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KPS - Kindergarten Orientation Is March 21: Find Out More!

KPS - Kindergarten Orientation Is March 21: Find Out More!

if you have a child who will be five years old by December 1, 2012, we invite you and your family to visit our schools and to enroll your child in kindergarten during the districtwide Kindergarten Orientation event. You can also apply for PEEP enrollment! PEEP is the KPS Prekindergarten Early Education Program for students who will be four years old by December 1, 2012. You can print all of this information by opening the attachment at the bottom of this post.

What is Kindergarten Orientation? It's a chance for families to register incoming kindergartners, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn more about the many programs KPS offers.

Where is Kindergarten Orientation? Every KPS elementary school will...

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Kalamazoo College Receives $23 Million to Fund Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Kalamazoo College Receives $23 Million to Fund Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Kalamazoo, Mich. - Kalamazoo College has received a $23 million grant to endow the work of its Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL). The grant, made by the Arcus Foundation, will support a broad array of activities including: student scholarships and two endowed professorships, student internships and leadership development programming, faculty and staff fellowships, public lectures and conferences, local and global partnerships, and residencies for social justice scholars and practitioners.

"The breadth of the grant makes it exceptional," said Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran.
"The entire Kalamazoo College community is extremely grateful to the Arcus Foundation and its founder, Jon Stryker, for their belief in the mission of the College and the Arcus Center. Their support will help put Kalamazoo on a path to become a higher education leader in the field of social justice and leadership development."

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 this year to further their college education with the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“My brothers and I are proud to honor our parents with this new scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter retail chain.

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members that awarded $500 scholarships. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members and increased to $1,000 awards. The Meijer family funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment gift to the Community Foundation.

Registration open for Gender and Leadership Summit

Registration open for Gender and Leadership Summit

by Jeanne Baron

KALAMAZOO--Registration has opened for the first student Gender and Leadership Summit at Western Michigan University.

The daylong summit for WMU students will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Bernhard Center. Those attending will be able to network with other student leaders as well as learn about their leadership skills and abilities--regardless of whether they consider themselves a beginning or advanced leader.

This event is the first of its kind at WMU to explore leadership specifically in terms of gender. That theme will be illuminated by a keynote speaker, Dr. Adriana Garriga-Lopez, assistant professor of anthropology at Kalamazoo College, as well as through breakout sessions and roundtable and panel discussions presented by community...

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Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott to perform rediscovered piano masterwork at Kalamazoo College

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott to perform rediscovered piano masterwork at Kalamazoo College

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott will perform Fanny Mendelssohn’s complete cycle of piano pieces entitled Das Jahr (1841) at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm. The recital is free and open to the public.

The January 22 program features a major work from one of the most important composers of the nineteenth century, Fanny Hensel (1805-1847). As with many women composers of that time, few of her works were published during her lifetime, and only within the past 30 years have musicians come to realize her great talent. Her most ambitious work for piano, Das Jahr, was only published in 1989, 150 years after it was written, and this recital is a rare opportunity to hear the complete work. Each of the twelve months of the year is set in music and poetry to form a dairy of her life in 1839-1840, when she felt the high point of her musical life in Rome, as well as the frustration of a thwarted professional life in her native city of Berlin.

KPS - Student Artwork on Exhibit at the Epic Center Jan. 6

KPS - Student Artwork on Exhibit at the Epic Center Jan. 6

From: http://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

The Youth Exhibition Reception on Friday, January 6, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gail Sydnor Art Gallery, located at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 202, in the Epic Center.

The exhibition will feature art work created by KPS students who attended the 2011 Fall Youth Arts Mentoring Program at Edison Elementary.

The program is a collaboration with Western Michigan University that was taught by some of their teaching art students.

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

by Tonya Durlach, WMU News

KALAMAZOO--As thousands of students head back to campus, Western Michigan University will once again offer a one-stop service center to those wishing to take care of last-minute business associated with the start of a new semester.

WMU's temporary One Stop Convenience Center will be assembled on the second floor of the Bernhard Center for one week, Jan. 5-11, offering students and their parents an assortment of campus services in one centralized location. The center will close over the weekend, Jan. 7-8.

One Stop spring 2012 hours