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The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

‘I want it to look happy’

With help from generous donors, elementary teachers worked to make welcoming, kid-friendly space while following the rules of social distancing and sanitation...

EDUCATION EVERYWHERE

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Explore the unique programs and activities area cultural groups offer to extend student learning – in and beyond the classroom. For teachers (and more) all in one place!

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  • Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Kent District Library
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Music and Dance

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Making Headlines

Inspiration from others fuels his ambition

A political hopeful prepares further during a national conference for student leaders...

Summer programs hit a high note for thousands of students

Educators across the county called on Kent ISD to deliver more robust summer learning opportunities following the school shutdown due to the pandemic.

Amid the virus gloom, schools shine rays of goodness

For every storm cloud there’s a rainbow on the horizon, and in the midst of coronavirus, there are plenty of bright spots to illuminate -- especially in the world of education...

School bus delivers so much more than meals during school closure

Kenowa Hills is one of many districts who are making sure their students receive the daily meals that they normally rely on their schools to provide...

Student homelessness tied to lack of affordable housing

AJ, 16, is one of nearly 2,500 students in Kent County who are homeless. She is one of many young people affected by the lack of affordable and available housing...
Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

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New VP says ‘It feels like joining a family’

Aaron Romoslawski is the new vice principal of Sparta High School. He takes over for Stacey Rumsey, who was named Sparta High School principal last spring...

The changing of guard – as long-time educator and AD welcomes a new one

Godwin Heights Football Coach Brandon Kimble will take over as the district’s athletic director when Robert Hisey, dean of students and athletic director, officially retires Nov. 2...

Whole-child advocates ready to lead, collaborate

SNN gets to know these new elementary principals in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Amid uncertainty, new protocols, there’s laughter, new connections

Junior Olivia Austin reflects on the first day of a very unique school year...

Learning Despite a Crisis

School News Network will continue reporting on how districts, teachers and families are helping students learn outside the school walls, as well as sharing stories on classrooms and student activities that were in process before the statewide school closure. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during such a difficult time, so please send us your ideas for stories and questions you have. Thank you, and live safely!

FEATURED BRIEFS

Superintendent announces retirement, interim named

A former Byron Center superintendent is taking the reins at Thornapple Kellogg on an interim basis...

Essential workers can attend GRCC free

They spent the two months of the stay-at-home order working in hospitals, grocery stores and public safety. Now they will be able to attend Grand Rapids Community College for free...

Charts indicate when students should go to school, stay home

The Kent County Health Department has created flow charts for students and staff to reference if they have symptoms that are concerning for COVID-19...