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Adrian Hirsch has been with SNN since its launch, starting as an intern from Grand Valley State University where he received a degree in broadcasting and business. After the internship, Adrian was brought on as staff to continue reporting, editing and publishing stories for SNN and Kent ISD. Adrian has been active with community radio station WYCE for years, served as Non-Profit Coordinator for GRTV, and currently works as the Web Producer for SNN.

Small Group Lessons Boost Literacy, Reading Interest

While class size is on the rise in many schools across K-12 education, a new program to Sparta Area Schools -- Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) -- is providing small group lessons to students falling behind their grade-level in reading. "LLI...

Teaming Up with Special Olympics

The stands erupted as Sparta High School student James Towery rebounded and headed back down court during a recent Special Olympics basketball match between Sparta Area Schools and Forest Hills Public Schools students. "Coast-to-coast James Towery!" said the game's...

Class Dojo Connects Parents, Provides Positive Competition for Students

A new program in Kent City Elementary classes provides parents instant feedback on how their student is doing in class, while encouraging classmates to bring their A-game in a friendly competition to do their best. The free program, Class Dojo,...

Bus Driver Turns Daily Ride into Reading Time

When Jenna Rykse saw pictures of students reading on a bus during a Reading Now Network conference, the Sparta Area Schools Reading Specialist knew exactly who needed to know about the idea. Enter Brenda Bostelaar, bus driver turned literacy coach,...

Students, Educators Show Off the Latest and Greatest in Teaching & Learning

More than 100 educators, business people and students from across the region are expected to participate in NovaNow, a two-day conference that spotlights innovations in teaching and learning, from new ways to battle bullying to teaching math skills through...

Musician, Fourth-Graders ‘Link Up’ for Collaborative Concert

When music mentor Yun Preece set foot into the fourth-grade exploratory music session at Kent City Elementary, she was as excited to hear what the 115 students knew about classical music as they were to hear her play a...

Students With Visual Impairments Cook Up New Skills

Cookies? Check. Apple crisp? Check. Camaraderie? Check. These are the ingredients that make up the fun-filled after-school cooking class for visually impaired students from neighboring districts in Northern Kent County. Twice a month, students from Kenowa Hills Public Schools, Sparta...

Saying Goodbye with a Song

Linda Johnson was packing up for retirement when she was called to the principal's office during her last week at Kent City Elementary. Johnson, a fifth-grade teacher at the school for 25 years, was dismayed, she recalled, but as...

Warm Feet, Warm Hearts

While many C.A. Frost students were designing cupcakes, others were gathering socks. Sixth- through ninth-grade students held a drive that collected more than 250 pairs, which were donated to The Other Way Ministries in Grand Rapids. Seventh-grader Elizabeth Bursley said...

Bringing the School Along on ‘A Christmas Story’ Adventure

Thanks to a relationship between Kent City Elementary and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 179 students and family members got to attend a production of the classic tale "A Christmas Story." To sweeten the deal, Katie DeVries, a school social...

Not Your Average Kiln

Students from Caledonia Community Schools and Lowell Area Schools recently learned what it was like to fire pottery in an unconventional location: the school parking lot. Coincidentally, the districts performed the unique firing on the same day, using similar...

Young CyberArtists Click, Drag, Create

Learning to use a computer mouse and printer may not sound like creativity skills, but for elementary students designing action scenes and mandalas out of digital paint and sand, making art with technology was inspiring. "Building this collaboration has opened...

Eight-year-old Combats Cold Weather for Others

As third-grader Addisyn Robinson traveled with her mom to the hospital to see her grandfather, she repeatedly saw homeless people on the street. She knew there must be something she could do. An alternative to putting a roof over their...

‘A Girl Like Her’ Shows Harsh Realities of Bullying, Suicide

When offered the opportunity to comment on bullying, the consensus from students who recently attended the screening of "A Girl Like Her" was it's real, it's what's happening and the truth of it is scary. Alyssa Mason, a student...

Meet the Principal: Cary Stamas

Cary Stamas is a nerd, he says, touting his degrees in physics and math as evidence. But he also loves to draw, read and scuba dive. No big surprise he fits right in as the new leader at MySchool@Kent, which serves students...

Teachers in Industry Helps Educators Connect Students with Careers

Will I ever use this information? The all-too familiar question asked by many students taking technical courses can stump some instructors, many of whom came straight to the head of the classroom after finishing college. Programs such as Kent ISD's...
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