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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

Rain gutter regatta showcases buoyancy, engineering skills

An annual boat race has become a highlight of sixth-grade science class. At stake: bragging rights and 'a goofy trophy'...

Capitol riot gets personal in heart-sinking moment for history teacher and Michigan elector

The day after a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol, teacher and Michigan elector Blake Mazurek sat down with School News Network to discuss Wednesday’s events and how teachers and parents can help children navigate trauma and uncertainty in the wake of such events...

Nate Fowler named new superintendent for Lowell Area Schools

Interim superintendent given the nod by Lowell Board of Education to lead the district...

Students switch to Zoom for traditional visit to senior home

Students at Murray Lake Elementary didn’t want to miss the chance to spread holiday cheer to their senior neighbors, even though they couldn’t visit in person...

Choir teacher featured on national TV after SNN profile

A middle school choir teacher received an early holiday surprise on the television talk show, “The View,” this week, thanks to School News Network...

History geek with unique role in this year’s national election hopes to inspire students

Since 1837, fewer than 700 people have served the state of Michigan as an Electoral College elector. This year, a middle-school teacher from Grandville was one of them...

Bond projects making progress in Lowell

Contractors at TowerPinkster have been busy at Lowell schools this fall, making progress on the bond projects passed by voters in 2019...

Health Department helps schools tackle challenges of instruction, during winter, in a pandemic

Working with the health department has been crucial in helping area school leaders understand the nature of COVID-19, the types of mitigation strategies that can be most effective and how to plan for the future...

Cohorted specials usher in ‘a new kind of community’

Cedar Trails Elementary School’s “specials” teachers — art, music, physical education and literacy and technology — have joined forces to create an outdoor recreation program...

Hour of Code to be held virtually this year

In partnership with Kent ISD, West Michigan Tech Talent is creating a virtual Hour of Code curriculum for third- through fifth-graders across West Michigan...

Satellite library aims to boost reading for the fun of it

The Kent District Library location opened this week, and is exclusively for East Lee Campus students and their families...

Education foundation awards 16 teacher requests for funding, totaling nearly $12,900

Some $12,000 in available grant funds remain, and may go to spring mini-grants or to fund requests that arise this year due to COVID-19 uncertainty...

This trail leads to kindness

More than 300 student-painted rocks were hidden along the trailway near school as part of an elementary orienteering lesson...

District bond request Nov. 3 includes upgrades, additions and community wellness & resource center

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools is asking voters to approve a 30-year, $17.79 million bond proposal to fund major reconstruction, additions and improvements to Lee Middle and High School...

Secondary schools go back to hybrid for three weeks

Lowell Middle and High schools are returning to a hybrid learning schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 2...
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