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 […]

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 […]