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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

Michigan art teacher of year makes all subjects ‘artful’

Art teacher Adrienne DeMilner brings art into all subjects and areas at East Kentwood Freshman Campus and out into the community. She was recently awarded 2018 Michigan Art Educator of the Year and Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association...

Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...

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...

She got an early jump on college in high school; now she’s on campus

Wyoming Middle College students like Lauren Kramer start classes on the GRCC campus with an understanding of college rigor and expectations – and many credits already completed for free...

‘Not only do you belong here, we need you here’

As Byron Township’s population increases, the district’s enrollment has burgeoned and is steadily growing to represent more cultures and racial backgrounds. Efforts to celebrate diversity, increase awareness is a district-wide initiative...

From class clown to head of the school

Andrew Kolzow is the new East Kentwood Freshman Campus principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Free meals for all mean no more lunch-money worries, or breakfast either

Approximately 4,400 students at Wyoming’s four elementary schools, the fifth- and sixth-grade Intermediate School, the junior high and Wyoming High School now have the opportunity to eat school meals at no charge...

New superintendent looks to ‘significantly impact’ district

New Superintendent Craig Hoekstra has the opportunity to lead major investment in the district where he grew up, serving generations of Wolves to come...

It’s a new school year and a new country for immigrant and refugee students

The first day for students in Kentwood is the first day of school in the U.S. for some newcomers...

After Taking a Left Turn, He Found His Right Calling

Justin Mathes began by tutoring youth at various schools, now the new Valleywood Middle School Principal...

New books, more connections, teacher says

Students last school year wrote recommendation letters for VanderGalien to receive the grant. The Book Love Foundation awarded 60 classroom library grants totaling $120,000 to teachers in the U.S. and Canada in 2018...

Leadership program put teens on track for summer jobs

Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, has three components: life-skills development; job placement and community service...

Students explore many ways of worship

The four-day Interfaith Service Day Camp brought together 21 West Michigan students representing several religious and non-religious backgrounds to explore religions, get to know one another, enjoy food and culture, and volunteer...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

Career and education planning, a for-credit course

About 20 local ninth- through 12th-graders are exploring careers this summer and earning three free college credits along the way...

A story about a little boy who, for a while, filled a chair in...

‘I think about the many other people in our school districts with stories that center around belonging and who we, as a nation, are open to allowing to belong’...
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Michigan art teacher of year makes all subjects ‘artful’

Art teacher Adrienne DeMilner brings art into all subjects and areas at East Kentwood Freshman Campus and out into the community. She was recently awarded 2018 Michigan Art Educator of the Year and Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association...

Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...

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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