Friend of Education Awarded to IM Kids Third Meal

By |April 29th, 2016|News|

The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG is an international organization that promotes excellence in education.) presented their Friend of Education award to IM Kids Third Meal, a feeding program working to provide food insecure children in our communities with an evening meal.  The group is committed to ending childhood hunger in […]

Freedom Acres Spring Newsletter

By |April 20th, 2016|News|

Happy Spring!  We are all ready for a warm breeze and plenty of sunshine.  This school year has been moving swiftly, and I can hardly believe that we are in our last three months.  I continue to be amazed at the progress our students are making.  I believe this is because our staff is […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month? You might be wondering how you can help. If you like walking in the spring sunshine, free food, fun and prizes we have an exciting event (click here!) for you to partner in.
Each April the ICISD ASD Team plans and hosts an Autism Awareness walk at […]

Ionia County YAC Awards Grants to Address Youth Issues

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

Ionia County Youth Advisory Committee consists of high schools students from each of the five high schools in Ionia County and Lowell High School. The committee completes a needs assessment every two years on local youth needs. They use the information to select grants for organizations addressing these needs within the county. This year […]

MSTEP!! A “New” State Assessment

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

This April students across Michigan will begin the second year of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). It is meant to be an online assessment measuring how much students know and can do. New learning standards require new ways to measure the students’ knowledge. That’s why in 2014-15, Michigan replaced the 44-year-old […]

PAC Special Education Awards Banquet

By |April 1st, 2016|News|

On Tuesday, May 3rd we will be celebrating those individuals who have made a significant impact on a student(s) with a disability. Please consider joining us for the annual Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Special Education Awards Banquet. Reserve your seat at and click on “Conference Registration.” […]

2016 Dolly Parton Imagination Library Quilt Raffle Results

By |March 29th, 2016|News|

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library quilt raffle featured the book “The Mitten” this year.  Here are the winners of the raffle:Quilt #1 Emily Duke Quilt #2 Kim Coulson Quilt #3 Pat Vezino Quilt #4 SOLD Quilt #5 Gaylia Ross Quilt #6 Julie Miles Quilt #7 SOLD Quilt #8 SOLD Quilt #9 Mariah DeYoung Quilt […]

Communication, Joy & Full Potential

By |March 9th, 2016|News|

At Freedom Acres this year, on our very first Professional Development Day, our staff did some amazing brainstorming and reflecting. They reflected on what they could do each day to make our school great. When we boiled it all down, we found three guiding principles that we chose to embrace for the 2015-2016 school […]

At The End Of The Day, It Is Still About The Child…

By |March 9th, 2016|News|

My position affords me the opportunity to supervise both special education and general education programs. When I first started at Ionia ISD my caseload for the birth to three program was nine; four of my kiddos had cerebral palsy, two had Down syndrome and three others had communication delays. Fast forward almost 30 years, […]

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 […]