Caledonia, Michigan

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Caledonia is a village in Kent County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 1,102. The village lies entirely within Caledonia Township.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.88%) is water.

Education

There are eight public schools in Caledonia and the surrounding area, all of which belong to Caledonia Community Schools. The high school—built in 2004—has an enrollment of 1,250 students. Across the street is Glenmor High School, the alternative school, built in 2006.
There are two middle schools: Kraft Meadows Middle School(KMMS) and Duncan Lake Middle School (DLMS). They have a few sporty competitions between each other. Both opened in 2004, although the buildings have been around longer. KMMS is the original Caledonia Middle School, and DLMS is what used to be the Caledonia High School.

There are four elementary schools: Caledonia Elementary (the original, across the street from DLMS), Emmons Lake Elementary (newest, next to the high school), Dutton Elementary and Kettle Lake Elementary. With a fifth elementary under construction, due to be completed Fall 2010.

Emmons Lake runs on an alternative school schedule that is longer on the calendar, but the same amount of school days. They start in August, three weeks earlier than the rest of the schools, getting Fridays off during those three weeks, get a week off in October and February, receive a two week spring break, and end a week later than the other schools in the district.

There is one Christian school in Caledonia, Dutton Christian School, serving pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. For the 2009/2010 school year, enrollment was 405 students with an additional 69 students in Noah's Ark Pre-kindergarten program. The elementary is adding on two Early Childhood Program classrooms to be completed by the fall of 2011.

Sports and Athletics

Caledonia's athletic teams are known as the Fighting Scots, but some refer to them only as the Scots. Colors are Purple and Gold. Prior to 1970 they were known as the scotties, a small dog being the mascot. In the early 1970s the name was changed to the fighting Scots and the mascot to a fighting Scotsman in a kilt who carried a sword. The mascot was painted onto the wall of the gym. The most recent mascot is wearing a kilt, swordless and carrying a napsack [1]

The school has a history of success in track and field and cross country. Championships and Runners-Up in Track and Cross Country are in the following:
Boys Cross Country:

  • 1996 State Champions - Coach John Soderman - Class B, Lower Peninsula [2]

Girls Cross Country:

  • 1990 State Runners-Up - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula
  • 1992 State Runners-Up - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula [3]
  • 1993 State Champions - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula
  • 1994 State Champions - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula
  • 1995 State Champions - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula
  • 1996 State Champions - Coach Dave Hodgkinson - Class B, Lower Peninsula [4]

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