Fill A Cart Fundraiser
AmeriCorps VISTAS from the Ionia ISD, with help from family and friends, as well as Ionia County Youth Advisory Council members, came together to give back on Make a Difference Day. IM KIDS 3rd Meal held a Fill A Cart fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th.
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Early Intervention Makes a Difference for Families and Children!
The birth of a child is a time filled with anticipation and dreams for the future. All parents want their children to be healthy and to grow and develop normally. However, for some parents, those dreams and expectations change when their child is born prematurely or diagnosed with a health or genetic condition that puts the child at risk for developmental delays. Other parents watch as their child grows, but important milestones such as crawling, walking, or talking do not occur on time. Regardless of when concerns arise, facing the possibility that your child may have a developmental delay or disability and finding the supports and services needed to help your child creates challenges for many families.
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Students Hold "Strive to Arrive Alive" Teen Driver Safety Conference
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens! The Ionia County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council in partnership with Ionia County ISD hosted the 5th Annual Teen Driver Safety Conference on October 14th, 2015 at Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX to educate young people on safe driving. This conference is sponsored by State Farm and other local partners.
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Pumpkins for Kids
The Fall season is in full swing here at Freedom Acres. The doors are decorated and talk of everyone's favorite pumpkin spice food or drink can be heard in the halls. I would like to take this opportunity to share a program that Freedom Acres has participated in over the past few years. The program is called "Pumpkins for Kids" and is a partnership with the Michigan Reformatory right here in Ionia. Each year, the Reformatory delivers a truckload of pumpkins that they have grown, to our school. These pumpkins are used in a variety of ways for learning and fun with our students!
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Autumnal Update from Heartlands
Autumn in Michigan means many things for many people. For some it is the changing of the colors in the trees while others think of the salmon run in the rivers, hunting seasons beginning and time spent in the woods. At Heartlands, Autumn means students are back and learning at the speed of success, finding their purpose and learning skills for their future.
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September Was Hunger Action Month
September was Hunger Action Month; 1 in 5 children in Ionia County and 1 in 4 children in Montcalm County are food insecure. Ionia Montcalm (IM) Kids 3rd Meal program held multiple fundraisers during the month of September to help end hunger in our communities.
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Instructional Coaching
The general education department has two new faces.

Kelly Piercefield and Kathy Dole are instructional coaches who are working with local districts to improve student achievement by implementing research-based strategies and practices. Teachers and administrators across the county are receiving support and/or coaching in the following areas:

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Farm Fresh Eggs For Sale!!!
The Heartlands Plant and Animal Science program is selling Farm Fresh Eggs for $3 per dozen. Contact Jason Griffith at for more information.

Summer Partnership is a Win-Win for Students and the Community
Jason Thayer, Health Care Aid for the Autism Program, and Mike Antonides (Michigan Rehabilitation Services Coordinator) partnered this summer to create a successful recycling initiative. Mike Antonides applied for and received a grant for a 3rd paper shredder housed at the Recycling Center. As jobs piled in, Mike needed additional help to tackle recycling all of the old documents from multiple contracts that he had garnered.
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Summer Cooperation
The makeup of any classroom requires cooperation, tolerance, understanding, and an opportunity to grow and learn. Our classrooms for students with Severe Cognitive and Multiple Impairments are no different. Did you know that these classrooms are operated on a 200 day calendar and extend into July and August?
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Carley Bennett, Summer Intern in General Education Department
Carley Bennett is a Youth Advisory Council member and this summer she worked as a Summer Intern for the General Education Department. She spent the majority of her time working on the YAC's Strive 2 Arrive Alive 5th Annual Teen Driver Safety Conference.
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Heartlands Institute of Technology Open House
Have you ever wondered, "What is Heartlands?" Come to the Heartlands open house to meet our friendly staff members and learn more about our programs on September 16th, 2015 from 4pm - 7pm at the Ionia Education Center located at 250 E. Tuttle Rd. Ionia, Mi. Click here to see our flyer!

Ionia County ISD Welcomes Jason Mellema
Jason Mellema is on the job as Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent. He was chosen to replace Bob Kjolhede, who retired June 30th after 8 years of service to Ionia County schools. Mr. Mellema, 35, was superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, prior to his appointment.
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Recycling at ICISD
You may have noticed our newest ICISD addition. The PaperGator, located in the back administration parking lot, not only disposes of our recyclable paper products but gives us money in return!! Click here to see what can be put into the PaperGator bin and what cannot. Staff and community members are welcome to use the bin for appropriate item disposal.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser: All proceeds go to IM Kids 3rd Meal. At Ionia First Christian Church, 130 E Washington. On Tuesday June 30, 2015 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Cost: $5.00 Adults Children 5 Years or younger Free.

PAC Special Education Awards Congratulations
Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Parent Advisory Committee Special Education Awards! Click the image to the right to see more.

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