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Back to School, Five Times Over

There was excitement in the halls of Comstock Park Public Schools Monday, but it was a lot earlier than usual. Nancy Dahl sat at the attendance window in the main office at the high school, and worked with practiced efficiency...

Need Tutors? Call the Cool Kids (a.k.a High Schoolers)

On Tuesday afternoons, high school junior Cristina Essex and Emily Sternburgh make their way to Mill Creek Middle School Media Center to help sixth- through eighth-graders with their homework. It turns out, said middle-school students, Cristina and Emily know how...

School Lunches are Fresher, Healthier

The days of a greasy burger served with fries and a Cherry Coke for school lunch, followed by a mid-afternoon candy bar from the vending machine, are gone. On a typical Tuesday at Mill Creek Middle School, in Comstock Park...

STEM ed through mask-making

Some 120 seventh-graders in Whitney Goulooze’s art class at Mill Creek Middle School are being introduced to the special effects industry
Tamyah Yarbrough, left, and Evelyn Reyes mix up a batch of best-selling oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal raisin philanthropy gets students cooking

The after-school kitchen club formed in January is using proceeds from lunchtime sales of cookies to benefit kids facing cancer

Elevation Education By Way of Cape Hangnail

Sixth-graders' study of landforms had them traversing the Island of Podiatry by way of Bunion Strait, Blister Delta and the Isthmus of Lint. Afterward, the Mill Creek Middle schoolers got to plot their own island next door. And boy...

‘Don’t Talk to Me, I’m Driving’

Garrett Wolcott gripped the steering wheel and stepped on the brake as soon as he noticed the traffic light had turned red. Beside him, Dalilah Herrera kept an eye out for the next turn while Hyethaniel Wagenborg and Abby...

Ambassador to Her Own Personal U.N.

This is the sixth time Dottie Unrath has hosted exchange students, providing each a warm home from which to experience a new land. The first one, a boy from Sweden, fell in love with another student and eventually came back...

Clothes Pins, Hot Glue and Elmo

District staff across Kent ISD busied themselves in the weeks and days leading up to today, readying their buildings and classrooms for students. Lowell Martha Hayden worked quietly but quickly to get her second-grade classroom at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell set...

Teacher Challenges Students to Think, Take Risks

Mike Swift flipped off the lights in his eighth-grade language arts classroom. He momentarily went into the hall, cracked open the door and peered in, staring. His students shrieked. Swift had created an image they are not likely to forget...

March Madness, Books Edition

Mill Creek Middle School students are narrowing top-rated books to declare their March Madness Tournament of Books final champion. Students began the tourney with 16 books, selected because they are award winners on the website Goodreads, and favorites among students...

Doing Your Best Earns Recognition

There’s a growing group of students at Mill Creek Middle School wearing green and yellow T-shirts with the words “Got PRIDE” on them. The sixth-through-eighth-graders received the shirts from staff in recognition of doing their personal best. PRIDE, which stands...

Retro Dinner Theater, with Songs You Can Dance To

Mill Creek Middle School sixth-grade choir students opened their arms wide, punctuating "Life goes on, bra!" during the Beatles' 1968 hit "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". Then they performed Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" before jumping ahead to the eighties with an air-punching...

Former NBA Player Infuses Zeal for Skills On, Off the Court

Hip-hop music blared inside the Godwin Height High School gymnasium the last few days in July, creating a feel-good mood that resonated with the young people who swayed to the beat while standing in single file. Applause erupted when retired...

Health Department Helps Students Make Healthy Choices, Avoid Bad Ones

One by one, Comstock Park's Mill Creek Middle School students walked to the front of the classroom, picked up items containing toxins and placed them inside a gigantic, fake, hollow cigarette. Methane gas, carbon monoxide, lead, formaldehyde, rabbit repellant, nickel...

Eating Right Requires Paying Attention to Food Labels, Good Habits, Educator Says

YMCA educator Elizabeth Kinsman picked up a cardboard container of Pop-Tarts that said "low-fat." "Someone would pick this up and say, 'Hot-diggity-dog, I'm doing a healthy thing,'" Kinsman told Comstock Park Mill Creek Middle School students. But two Pop-Tarts come in...