Kazoo School in the News

Kazoo Students Qualify for State Competition of National History Day

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, 35 Kazoo School students in grades 4-8 participated in the regional competition of National History Day. This event invites students in grades 4-12 to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice – related to the year’s theme – and present their findings in as a paper, display, website, documentary, or performance. Students must be …

Rob Bradford, Kazoo Humanities teacher, celebrates kind kids

Channel 3 visited Kazoo School again this week as they put together a story about Kind Kids. See the full video and article here.

Michigan History Day Results

Recently our students participated at the state level of Michigan History Day and National History Day.  Click here to see the results.  We are so proud of the hard work and dedication our students exhibited!

Kazoo School making big strides in math scores for surprising reasons

WWMT Newschannel 3 recently visited Kazoo School to do a story on the fun and unique ways that math teacher Kelly DeRango is supporting students in the learning of their math skills.  Click here to find out what’s different in our classrooms!

Kazoo Makes the News with National History Day Results

Congratulations to Kazoo School alum Caroline Yapp and recent Kazoo graduate Alex Vonhof on their outstanding work at National History Day!  And a great big high five to all of our National and State History Day participants!  Way to go! Click here to read the article that appeared on MLive.com!

Kazoo School Students Qualify for National History Day

Seventeen middle school students represented The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School at the History Day State Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 26, 2014. Of those seventeen, seven students qualified for the National History Day Competition to be held in Washington D.C. in June.  Those students are Maddie Hinkley (The Soweto Uprising); Alex Vonhof (Plessy v. Ferguson Court Case …

Kazoo School Collaborates with Western Michigan University to Offer Engineering Camp

In partnership with Western Michigan University, middle school students from the Kalamazoo area will get a taste of engineering as part of The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School’s Summer Session.  The camp will be held in WMU’s Parkview Campus labs, and be taught by university engineering professors.  Students will be able to design and create new objects using a 3D …

Kazoo School Students “Ignite” Their Voices

Kazoo School Students “Ignite” Their Voices In partnership with Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, middle school students at The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School got a taste for writing and performance.  Five local poets from Fire, Denise Miller, Kandace “DC” Lavender, Maliika Gray, Cornelius “Preacher C” Shaw, and Fire’s Executive Director, Dr. Michelle S. Johnson, spent three days getting to know …

Middle School Students “Adopt” South Haven Beach

The Middle School students once again made their annual pilgrimage to South Haven in September for a day of beach clean-up, water quality analysis, community building, and fun.  Students sixth through eighth grades spent the morning on Lake Michigan collecting trash and conducting water quality studies.  They documented their findings as part of an on-going, long-term scientific study of Lake Michigan …

Middle School Students win Top Honors at Nationals

(Kalamazoo, MI – June 19, 2012) – June once again found Kazoo School middle school students representing the State of Michigan at the National History Day Competition in College Park, Maryland. Andrew Beck, Eli Cartier, Hannah Lane-Davies, Lily Krone, and Caroline Yapp earned the right to travel to Maryland after winning at both the regional and state levels. Andrew Beck, …

Kazoo School students sing, perform skits and entertain residents at Friendship Village

KALAMAZOO – Kindergarten and middle school students from the Kazoo School spent Tuesday afternoon performing songs, skits, and speeches for residents at Friendship Village. From small choirs to songs in sign language, impromptu speeches to comedic skits, and instrumental soloists sprinkled in between, the program was a showcase for a variety of talents. The program was a collaboration between music and theater …

Kazoo School Renamed in Honor of Longtime Family

KALAMAZOO – Members of the Board of Trustees, students, parents, faculty, alumni and community members gathered on the campus of Kazoo School Thursday, June 2 for a ceremony to officially rename Kazoo School as the Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School, in honor of the mother of a community leader whose longtime support has been instrumental in the school’s growth. The …

Kazoo School Students win State History Day Honors

Kalamazoo, MI, May 3, 2011:  More than 300 students from around the state of Michigan gathered at Grand Valley State University over the weekend to compete in the state finals of the National History Day competition.  After successfully advancing from the district level, 21 students from the Kazoo School won the right to participate in the state finals.  Of the …

Kazoo Students Move on to National History Day Competition

Kalamazoo, MI, May 3, 2011:  More than 350 students from around the state of Michigan competed over the weekend in the state finals of National History Day.  Kazoo School students participated only in the “youth division,” for grades 6 – 8.  In that division, of the 28 children from Michigan who will be advancing to the national competition in June, …

13 Kazoo School Students Move on to State Level Competition

On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Kazoo School Middle School students participated in the District Level Competition of National History Day.  Kazoo School has thirteen entries that will be heading to the Michigan History Day Competition on April 30, at Grand Valley State University; seven of Kazoo School’s entries earned first place in their respective categories.     The National History …

Kazoo School Receives Energy Grant

(Kalamazoo, MI – September 29, 2010) Solar panels, wind turbines, light tubes illuminating rooms, motorized Lego cars and,a golf cart run on sunlight were all part of the interactive learning experience for students of the Kazoo School this past Wednesday.  Children in preschool through 8th grade had the opportunity to learn about wind, solar, and waterpower when the Great Lakes …

While Area Private School Enrollment Declines, Kazoo School Enrollment Continues to Grow

KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo County’s private schools continued to be battered by the economy and demographics, with most schools reporting enrollment drops this year.Overall, the county’s K-12 private school enrollment is down 6 percent compared to last fall and 12 percent over the past two years, according to data collected by the Kalamazoo Gazette. Of 14 schools that reported enrollment numbers …

Picking Private Over Public

Some families like the small class sizes, personal attention from teachers and community-like feel of the school. Others have a more spiritual motivation, valuing the fact that the message their children receive in church extends to the classroom, athletic field and even the lunchroom. There are many reasons why many parents choose to bypass free public education and instead send …

Kazoo School Students Win State History Tournament

Kazoo School Students Win State History Tournament Monday April 26, 2010 Kalamazoo Five students at Kazoo School won the Michigan History Day Competition on Saturday and advanced to the National competition, held at the University of Maryland this summer. This year History Day projects focused on “Innovation in History”, and provided students with the chance to do primary source research …

Kazoo School receives grant for need-based scholarship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

KALAMAZOO — The Kazoo School just got more good news. After receiving a historic $500,000 donation last year, the private school has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The one-time educational grant will be used to fund need-based scholarships for new and continuing students in the 2010-11 school year and beyond, said Head of School David …

Exercise and academics are equally important

Kalamazoo Gazette November 16, 2009 Exercise and academics are equally important In her Oct. 3 column, Julie Mack speaks of increasing teacher quality and pay and of improving how we treat teachers; yet I found her words to be both confusing and demeaning. She declared that some subjects are apparently less important, and therefore those teachers are less important; she …

Middle School Students Adopt A Beach

Saturday, September 26, 2009 Kalamazoo BY JANE C. PARIKH moc.ettezagoozamalak@hkirapj (269) 388-8558 SOUTH HAVEN Brilliant sunshine overhead and waves lapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline lulled some beach-goers into summer mode on a recent Friday even though the official start of fall was only three days away. For two Kalamazoo-area women sitting in beach chairs with a cooler between them, …

Kazoo School Ranks in Top 5% in National Test – Again!

by Alison Black | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette Sunday August 30, 2009, 1:00 PM KALAMAZOO — Kazoo School students have done it again — and then some. For the second year in a row, the private, independent school ranked among the top 5 percent of more than 1,700 public and private schools administering Comprehensive Testing Program 4 assessments, results …

Kazoo School Students National Champions

KALAMAZOO — Kazoo School students Lily Krone, Hannah Lane-Davies, Maya Lannen and Caroline Yap have discovered what students in the Kalamazoo area picture when they think of scientists, and the results may not be what you would expect. These four mathematically minded girls won the American Statistical Association’s National Poster Competition, held May 15, with a poster analyzing data collected after …