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Wednesday: Learning

Online learning could mean changes for snow days

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a boy growing up in Kingsley, Adam Zellmer remembers winter school cancellations as carefree days filled with sledding, snowball fights and snow forts. Now, as superintendent of South Hardin Community Schools, Zellmer starts inclement winter mornings by driving ...

Bay College’s Certified Medical Assistant Program grows

ESCANABA — Bay College began offering courses in the fall 2020 semester for the Certified Medical Assistant certificate program. With the fall 2020 semester complete, the program has gained momentum and is seeing growth from 7 students to 25 new students either enrolled in or in the ...

Helping transfer students

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Registrar Kim Rotundo received a personal letter from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer praising her leadership in making it easier for students to transfer credits among Michigan’s higher education institutions. Whitmer also congratulated Rotundo on her ...

Daytime darkness: Total solar eclipse wows in Latin America

CARAHUE, Chile — Thousands of people gathered in the Chilean region of La Araucanía on Monday to witness a solar eclipse, rejoicing in the rare experience even though visibility was limited because of cloudy skies. Skies were clear in northern Patagonia in Argentina, where people also ...

Publishing saw upheaval in 2020, but ‘books are resilient’

NEW YORK — Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same. “A lot of what has happened this year — if it were a novel, I would say that it had a little too much plot,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan ...

State launches Financial Empowerment Curriculum pilot program in schools

LANSING — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II recently announced that Henry Ford College and Dearborn Public Schools have launched the state’s first Financial Empowerment Curriculum, which teaches youth the basic principles of managing their money. The pilot program represents the beginning of ...

‘The Neighborhood Division’: NMU alum publishes new book

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University alumnus Jeff Vande Zande has published his latest collection of short stories. “The Neighborhood Division” travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners ...

Kindergarten teacher keeps students motivated through pandemic

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Suzette Haywood intended to retire from her career as a teacher last year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic caused education to practically be turned upside down, she knew she couldn’t call it quits. “I didn’t want to end on that kind of a note,” Haywood told ...

Planning for postsecondary

MARQUETTE —  Michigan College Access Network is partnering with San Diego State University’s Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment to launch the School Counselor Fellows Program. The two-year program will provide ongoing mentorship and training. One of the chosen counselors is ...

Bath school bombing of 1927 to be subject of educational reading

MARQUETTE — Local novelist and historical fiction writer John Smolens will do a Zoom reading from his new novel “Day of Days” as part of Peter White Public Library’s Authors Reading Virtually monthly. The book revolves around the real-life events of a school bombing that took place ...

Bay College ‘Futures for Frontliners’ applications on rise

ESCANABA — Inspired by the GI Bill which provided college education to those serving their country in World War II, “Futures for Frontliners” is a tuition-free pathway aimed at those essential workers who have not yet obtained an associate or bachelor’s degree and want to advance their ...

Michigan schools must write off student lunch debts to qualify for state grant

LANSING — Only 13 school districts have applied for help in paying off school lunch debts of Michigan public school students with just days left before a deadline. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed $1 million funding to pay off student lunch debts in February to end lunch shaming, which is ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: What Grandparents Teach, Too learned in 12 years

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final edition of the weekly Grandparents Teach, Too column. After publishing 624 columns, 280,800 words, two books in English and Spanish, and 312 podcasts, the teachers at Grandparents Teach, Too/Learning Through the Seasons are retiring. Iris Katers will ...

PHYSICS STANDOUTS: Northern Michigan University researchers’ work showcased

MARQUETTE — Mariah Goeks entered Northern Michigan University as a Freshman Fellow, immersing herself in research typically reserved for juniors and seniors at other colleges. Her research alongside physics faculty mentor Rick (P.W.) Mengyan has included several trips to Rutherford ...

All in the family

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University senior Emma Drever and her father Peter Drever (‘93 BS) have both served as presidents of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University, the student government organization on campus. Emma is president now and Peter was 29 years ago. The ...

Making math count for youngsters

Life is like a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives-unknown Families can use everyday activities to help children prepare for math in school and have a life- long awareness, understanding, skill and good attitude toward numbers and ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Making soup is fun with children

“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. — Beethoven” Children evidently can make great soup. They love to cut, chop, and learn to cook soup. When they are talking with adults in the kitchen, the soup is twice as good. Cooking soup is another way to blend children’s learning ...