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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Phone: (616) 527-4900 Fax: (616) 527-4731