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Beth Heinen Bell

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Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Rockford, Lowell, Grandville and Cedar Springs. She is an award-winning journalist who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio

Six feet apart, but closer than ever

When the virus forced educators to change course, one Lowell teacher found a way to keep building community despite social distancing. Andrew Sargent shares his “Lessons of the Pandemic” story with SNN...

Assistant principal grateful for ‘overwhelming’ statewide honor

North Rockford Middle School Assistant Principal Al Reickard has been named Michigan’s 2022 Assistant Principal of the Year...

Bird nerd, off-roader, intentional leader

Jen Burns is the new principal at Century Park Learning Center. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

A fire truck, real firefighters and a spray hose = ‘best day ever!’

For Fire Prevention Week, kindergartners at Lakes Elementary School enjoyed a visit from Lt. Matt Alles and firefighter Ed Lockhart of the nearby Cannon Township Fire Department...

Gunner, another counseling dog, joins Chillie as greeter, morale booster

The Rockford Education Foundation recently welcomed Gunner the golden retriever to the high school counseling program as a counseling dog...

No camping trip? No problem, camp’s coming to you

If West Elementary’s sixth-graders can’t go to camp, their teachers will bring camp to them...

District says bond projects on time, on budget

With projects at Cedar Trails and the middle school completed this summer, the district has begun construction on new classrooms and hybrid learning spaces at the high school...

Pink Arrow Ts bring community together again, artfully

A community art project, now on display at ArtPrize, has helped Lowell students start the school year on the right foot...

Students wade in to investigate stream health and find bugs

Students in AP Environmental Science recently took a trip out to Buck Creek to learn more about its aquatic ecosystem by doing some water quality testing...

Head of human resources chosen as interim superintendent

Korie Wilson-Crawford, head of human resources, will serve as interim superintendent while the school board searches for a successor to longtime Superintendent Michael Shibler, who retires Dec. 31...

A heart for kids, a hand that can break concrete

She is the new assistant principal for Century Park Learning Center and Grand View Elementary. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

High-quality learning for every student, every day

Dan VanderMeulen is the new director of curriculum for Lowell Area Schools...

‘Whatever it takes’ to support students

Tom Hosford is the new principal at Rockford High School’s 10-12 building...

‘You can see their minds expanding’

This multi-award-winning physics teacher and robotics coach has made it his mission to keep doors open for students and encourage young women to pursue STEM careers...

Artist-in-residence helps students tap interests to grow creative skills, independence

Teacher Nichol Handwork said the partnership was a marked change from the typical, quiet R1TS classroom setting, where students often don’t seek out much social interaction...

A graduation victory for this band of brothers

A quartet of fifth-year seniors at Unity High School weren’t sure they would be able to graduate, until they met each other and realized that they could do it together...
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