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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.

Payoff: Simply Beautiful

School was out for the day, but students didn't need to go far to get to their next project. On the West side of Godwin Heights High School, a variety of decorative plants and flowers were laid out in...

SNN Receives Grant to Promote Student Journalism, Workshops

The school news website created two years ago to serve staff, families and students could include writing from the students themselves about what goes on in their classrooms. Kent ISD and School News Network (SNN) was recently awarded a $3,500...

Dyslexia Causes Struggles for Students, but They Can Still Excel

What do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison and approximately 20 percent of students have in common? They have been forced to approach learning differently due to dyslexia. Dyslexia is a reading difficulty that slows the development of reading skills,...

Staff Joins Students in Bocce Tournament, Prep for Special Olympics

Edible medals and a rolling good time was had by Forest Hills students when the Kent ISD maintenance staff showed up for a bocce ball tournament. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner munching on cookie medals...

Students Travel to Washington D.C. for Close Up Experience of a Lifetime

With application numbers more than double compared with previous years, Kent Intermediate School District and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation worked together to ensure as many students as possible get to experience the ‘Close Up’ trip to Washington D.C. What...

More Technology Not Always Better, Says Top Teacher

Andrew Steinman doesn’t think all new technology needs to be embraced, especially by educators. But the selfie? That has its place, or at least it did during a conference where Steinman, Kent ISD’s Educational Technology, Teaching & Learning Consultant,...

Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Names Winner

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee, hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, recently welcomed 4th-8th grade students from 180 schools in six counties to compete for a chance to move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in...

Winning Submissions from Annual MLK Essay Contest

A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions. Each winning student will receive a certificate...

Student Learning is MVP at Recent Drive Basketball Game

Despite a loss for the Grand Rapids Drive pro basketball team, a recent game against the Austin Spurs provided a winning opportunity for Kent Career Tech Center students. Students in the graphic communications program got to photograph the game alongside...

Caledonia FFA Ranks at State and Regional Levels

The Caledonia Community Schools FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter maintained its standing and commitment to the organization through high performance at a recent regional competition and through state proficiency recognition of three members. FFA, an organization with 50,000...

National Teacher of the Year Advocates Critical Thinking

During his year-long journey through the country speaking to educators, National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb has one main goal: encourage teachers to help their students be independent, critical thinkers. Although a recent snowstorm prevented him from speaking at...

Students Lead Drug, Alcohol Awareness Conference

Two hundred Kent area students, selected for their leadership potential, gathered for a day of lessons and activities as part of the Empowering Youth Leadership Conference at Calvin College. The conference was produced by eight volunteer students from area schools...

Grant Brings Books to Music, Art, Phys Ed Classes

Reading may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about an elementary physical  education, art or music class, but for three teachers at Sparta Area School’s Ridgeview Elementary, books are a large part of their...

Students Fill Bellies with Empty Bowls

Students at Sparta Area School's Ridgeview Elementary helped needy families during the holiday season by raising over $1,350 by participating in the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Benefiting Kids Food Basket, the program gets students making bowles in art class to sell...

Area Students and Schools Make Holidays Brighter for Many Families

Sparta’s Angel Tree & Toys-for-Tots Programs Ensure Area Families have Merry ChristmasSPARTA AREA SCHOOLS – by Adrian Hirsch Along with quality family time, the holiday season offers a way for Sparta Area Schools students to give back and engage...

Teachers Engage Students, Parents in Using Technology for Learning

With new technology initiatives, gone are the days that the dog can eat your homework, or the letter home to parents about slipping grades could be intercepted at the mailbox. A pilot program in Sparta Area School’s classrooms is...
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