Points of Pride

Caledonia Community Schools is committed to cultivating agile learners who are empowered with 21st Century Skills and prepared to compete in a global environment. To that end, we are extremely proud of our schools and our student's accomplishments. Below you will find some points of pride for our district.

CKH Convoy of Hope Recipients

Our Capturing Kids' Hearts(CKH) representative recently embarked on a district wide journey, making surprise visits to all our buildings. Her mission? To shine a spotlight on an exceptional educator and present them with a well-deserved $100 gift card, courtesy of the CKH Convoy of Hope project.

This special recognition celebrates the unwavering dedication these teachers have shown to our Capturing Kids' Hearts initiative. It's truly inspiring to witness the passion and commitment of staff who consistently go above and beyond to ensure our students thrive. Let's give a huge round of applause to these staff and all our outstanding educators who touch lives and make a difference every day!

ECC - Trisha Scott
CE - Jenny King
DE - Karlene Hantle
EL - Kelly Mulry
KL - Nancy Dryburgh
PR - Nicole Meurlin
KMIS - Becky Bravata
DLMS - Emma Ritz-Smith 
CHS - Ian Durkee


Rising Star Awards

Caledonia Community Schools is honored to have 7 buildings to be selected as a "Rising Star" by Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH)! This is given to a select group of schools in their first year of implementation of CKH, who have shown exemplary progress and impact of CKH practices in the building. Nice work teams!

Caledonia Community Schools recently received recognition from the state for its work in providing students with various needs academic and behavior strategies to help them be successful in school and beyond.  Visit our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) page for more information on MTSS. 

It is with great pride and excitement that we announce that Caledonia Elementary School has been named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for being an Exemplary High Performing School!  Awesome job, Caledonia Elementary!!

PDF DocumentPress Release - September 19, 2023
External LinkNational Blue Ribbon School Award Announcement


We are excited to announce that Dutton Elementary School has been recognized as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for being an Exemplary High Performing School. Awesome job, Dutton!!

Blue Ribbon Article

West Michigan Teacher Collaborative

We are excited to announce that Kolin Herron, Allison Siekman, and Pam Tava have been selected as members of the West Michigan Teacher Collaborative! This program is dedicated to training the next generation of outstanding educators, and we couldn't be prouder of our staff for this achievement. Congratulations! 

Learn more about this initiative at https://teachwestmichigan.org/.

Mock Trial Teacher of the Year

We'd also like to congratulate Jenny Jonkman for her well-deserved recognition as Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, underscoring her exceptional commitment to civic and law-related education.

Mock Trial Teacher of the Year Photo

Grand Rapids Gold - Teacher of the Night

We'd like to congratulate Rachel Campbell from Paris Ridge Elementary for being nominated by the Grand Rapids Gold as Teacher of the Night last weekend! Along with her family, she enjoyed tickets to the game, some swag, and a special presentation during halftime. It's wonderful to see educators like Rachel being recognized for their hard work and dedication. 

WZZM13 Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Colin Nelson, a teacher at Caledonia High School, for being selected as the WZZM13 Teacher of the Week! 
WZZM13 Article/Video Link

Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Golf Coach Veronica Van Wagoner, who was named Regional Coach of the Year – a well-deserved honor! 

Social Worker of the Year

Congratulations to Scott Bont for receiving the 2023 School Social Worker of the Year award for Region C from the Michigan Association of School Social Workers.