Real Life Experiences For Students At Heartlands

By |March 9th, 2016|News|

February was Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month. It was a month of celebration based on the accomplishments of our staff & students. Some highlights:In Plant/Animal Science, one student advanced to the top 3 in the state for the Star Award. One team advanced to the state demonstrations; 2 speakers also advanced to state […]

2016 Dolly Parton Imagination Library Quilt Raffle

By |March 9th, 2016|News|

The quilt raffle is one way you can support the library and provide books to children in their homes. There are 45 quilts total, that are featured in this book, each quilt is handmade by community members and citizens interested in assuring that every child has books in their home and is read to […]

Wellness Grand Prize for 2016

By |February 23rd, 2016|News|

The 2015-16 Wellness Grand Prize is a two night stay at The Inn at Bay Harbor Resort.  Thank you to Boyne for the generous donation to our wellness committee to keep motivating our employees to strive for happy, healthier lifestyles.  The one night stay donated by Boyne was matched by the ICISD Wellness Committee; employees earn […]

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 […]