Lasting Impression

By |February 3rd, 2016|News|

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month every year. Typically I write about all the great opportunities we at Heartlands offer the students of Ionia County. I also write about the impact my staff has on our youth; we all have stories of success and struggle from our time with students. Yet, sometimes […]

Braxton Montgomery: 1st Grader at Jefferson Elementary

By |February 3rd, 2016|News|

Many myths and misperceptions exist about people with autism. One common myth is that individuals with autism lack empathy or compassion for others. Meet Braxton Montgomery, a first grade student at Jefferson Elementary School who completely shatters this myth. Braxton heard about the program I’m Kids 3rd Meal that supplies food to children who […]


By |February 3rd, 2016|News|

Over the past several years, many of us in education on occasion may have asked this question, “Why am I doing this?” I know I have (more than once)! If you are someone in education, you empathize what I am affirming. In my position at the ISD, I am very cognizant of the stressors […]

Celebrating 25 Years of Transition in Ionia County

By |February 3rd, 2016|News|

“…the Ionia County Intermediate School District purchased the original John C. Blanchard House from the Ionia County Historical Society… It will be used as a classroom for the Young Adult TMI students from Freedom Acres School…It is not uncommon for adult TMI students to have their classroom be in a facility other than a […]

30 Years Celebrating the Exceptional

By |February 3rd, 2016|News|

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the first annual Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Special Education Awards Banquet took place! The PAC is a group of parents of special education youngsters appointed by their local school board to assist and advise the ISD on the delivery of services to special education […]

Celebrating Our School Leaders This January

By |January 5th, 2016|News|

January is School Board Recognition Month and Ionia County ISD is joining 541 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.
“Michigan’s public school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the […]

Working To Improve Fiscal Stewardship

By |January 5th, 2016|News|

One of the major themes this year has been increased fiscal stewardship. At the ISD, we have consciously made decisions in the past whereby our expenditures have have been larger than our revenues, thus causing us to make up the difference by pulling from our fund balance. Funding for education has not kept up […]

Heartlands Focus on College & Career Readiness

By |January 5th, 2016|News|

At Heartlands we provide amazing opportunities to prepare our students for the next chapter of their lives. One focus of the curriculum is college and career readiness. In every program, our students are exposed to various careers available within their program area. Guest speakers visit the classrooms and present information about their careers. They […]

Ionia County YAC Plans to Give Back on Martin Luther King Day

By |January 5th, 2016|News|

Ionia County Youth Advisory Council is (YAC) partnering with Toad & Bean and Consumer Merchandise who will provide bags sewn in their sewing classes to YAC. YAC will use the bags in three different ways as part of their Martin Luther King Day service project. They will prepare bags with dental supplies for children […]

Creating Clarity for Progress Monitoring

By |December 1st, 2015|News|

On November 5th, Ionia County ISD hosted a unique learning opportunity for 90 special education providers and administrators from around the state. Participants traveled from as far away as the Upper Peninsula to expand their knowledge on using student level data in a meaningful way throughout the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The theme […]