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Kindergarten through fifth grade students attend one of five elementary schools. Each building espouses an individual philosophy and promotes "traditional" programs and awards, but all aspects of education point toward the same goal -- to encourage and to inspire students to develop their own intellectual capabilities, enthusiasm and curiosities. All elementaries have an "open door" policy, welcoming parental involvement, inviting grandparents to share special days, and extending building use to the public

Highlights of the educational program common to Boyce, Emerson, Jefferson, Rather and Twin Rivers are:

competent and caring teachers
Capturing Kids Hearts
strong, written, coordinated core curriculum
Reading Wonders and Math Expressions programs
Accelerated Reader Program (computerized)
specialized teachers for art, music, and gym
elementary social workers
district school nurse
universal breakfast program
lunch program
networked computer labs/media centers
computerized English Language Arts and math learning programs
classroom audio enhancement systems
modern playgrounds
demonstrations, talent shows, and art exhibits
Christmas musical at Ionia Theatre
Gifted and Talented Program - Destination Imagination
Third Grade Water Safety Program
DARE Program for 5th graders
educational assemblies, field trips, award assemblies
weekly building newsletter/monthly district newsletter
breakfast buddies
summer programs
book fairs
career days
supportive Parent/Teacher Groups
Parent/Teacher Conferences in fall and spring
family night programs (Accelerated Reader, math/science, movie)
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    • 10/21 Rather Fall Festival At Ionia Middle School Gym 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMIonia Middle School Gym
    • 10/23 Teacher Grade Level Meetings 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • 10/24 Rather Lunch With The Principal 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM
    • 10/26 Rather PFCU Student-Led School Branch 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    • 10/27 End Of First Marking Period

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