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Beth Heinen Bell

Beth Heinen Bell is associate editor, reporter and copy editor. She is an award-winning journalist who got her professional start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate and proud former Chimes editor, she later returned to Calvin to help manage its national writing festival. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press 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

Scrub up, it’s time for English 

On nonfiction surgery day at Central Elementary, third-graders get to dress up as a medical professional and perform surgery on “patients,” otherwise known as nonfiction magazines. 

Varied interests, goals, all nurtured at school

Junior Amy Sytsma is a talented mathematician and budding engineer who is also heavily involved in the creative arts. School News Network spoke with her about her dreams for the future.

‘I really want to be a teacher’

Grace Kloeckner is a fifth-grader at Central Elementary School. School News Network recently talked with her to learn more about her dreams for the future and how her teachers provide inspiration.

‘It feeds me,’ says teacher-artist 

By day she’s a biology and chemistry teacher at Grandville High School. By night and on weekends, and, really, all the time, she’s an artist — and now, an ArtPrize finalist. 

‘Seeing the world through the eyes of someone else’

Whether it’s reading ancient Greek texts in their original language or discovering how one’s native language can affect perspective, everything about linguistics is intriguing to this recent graduate...

Voters approve bond proposals, millage renewals in six Kent ISD districts

Tuesday’s Election Day turned out to be a good day for education in Kent County, with voters passing bond issues, sinking funds and/or operating millages in all six districts with ballot proposals...

Bond proposals, millage renewals up for vote in six districts

Voters in Caledonia, Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kelloggsville and Northview school districts will see school-related proposals at the polls on Tuesday. Learn more about what’s on your ballot...