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Bridie Bereza hails from Lansing and has worked in the Grand Rapids area as a reporter, freelance writer, and communicator since graduating from Aquinas College in 2003. She feels privileged to cover West Michigan's public schools and hopes to shed a little light on the amazing things happening there through her reporting. Read Bridie's full bio.

Social skills, life skills & job skills, one beverage at a time

The cart is a new service that seems like a simple enough undertaking. But for the four students who operate the cart, it’s providing valuable lessons that will transfer to other avenues in life...

Celebrating uniqueness

In an effort to spark pride in their students, two teachers have created a three-month project that challenges students to explore the question: “Who AM I?”...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

Coach’s story goes beyond playbooks, is one for history books

Tom DeGennaro said that while Retired Zeeland Athletic Director Stan Jesky’s 52 years of coaching experience are worth noting, it’s his life story -- starting with birth -- that needs to be shared...

Local companies find solutions in high school seniors while they explore careers

Seniors get a head start on careers in a program offering school credit – and a wage – for work experience...

Walkathon delivers peer connections, outside experiences

Last year’s event raised $2,100, which paid for a monthly student experience at Pine Grove, ranging from a mobile zoo exhibit to the antics of local author and puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad...

With teachers in high demand, this district partners with MSU

The college of education has about 100 interns, and about a quarter of those are in West Michigan. Other districts with MSU interns include Grand Rapids and Kentwood Public Schools...

Space to breathe, move and reflect

Margie Muñoz is harnessing the darkness of a basement classroom to help students manage stress and other challenges...

New building, no new taxes, say district officials

The issue will appear at the bottom of the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and is part of a long-term plan to update and modernize the district’s elementary schools...

Bridie Bereza

“When you take the time to listen, people will tell you amazing things.” These were the words I heard from a professor at Aquinas College, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English and communications in 2003. They have rung...

Community Celebration draws a big crowd

The district hosted its annual Community Celebration on Sept. 14 in front of the middle school. Students, their families and members of the community came out to enjoy games, bouncy castles and treats, and to hear music...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Student: emphasis on values changes school culture

Since implementing a curriculum that focuses on behavior, high school teachers and administrators say they have seen a major decrease in the number of disciplinary referrals...

Former rule-breaker, current relationship-builder

Bradley Tarrance is the new principal at Godwin Heights Middle School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...
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