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Erin Albanese

Erin Albanese
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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. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

Taking A Different Path

The Rocket Learning Lab has launched. At a recent class, high school students worked independently on netbooks while others received face-to-face math instruction. Most were beginning a semester of work to earn much-needed credits. The lab replaces the district’s alternative program,...

A New Line of Credit at Wyoming

Talk about a head start.  Wyoming High School students Max Kallemeyn and Gabby Menard plan to graduate with 60 college credits already earned and paid for, an opportunity they didn’t want to pass up. “I could get my two...

Press ‘n Go

Buying lunch at Kentwood Public Schools will soon only take the press of two fingers on a scanner. A new biometric system, being phased in at schools this year, means faster-moving lines, more time to eat and fewer delays....

Happy To Be Back

When Principal Linda Kehm says “Lakeside Elementary” in front of her students, the response is automatic: “Where kindness counts!” comes the chorus of voices. The first day of school marked a new beginning following a year-long battle for Kehm, 60, who...

Superintendent Wright Returns with Big Plans

Superintendent Samuel Wright is back at the helm of the district, challenged with increasing enrollment numbers and balancing finances. “I’m a rocket at heart,” said Wright, 64. “I spent 18 years here. When I learned the district was having...

From the Bottom Up: Scores Take a Jump

An increase in testing scores at Kent City High School, and a significant jumpin the state’s Top to Bottom school ranking, has district leaders cheering. “In almost every category of the ACT we’ve seen a big jump,” said Bill Crane,...

ArtPrize Artist Helps Students Get Messy, Creative

Markers, crayons and paint covered by more markers, crayons and paint created a whimsical, fun, sometimes messy art project for Nickels Elementary School students. “We are creating layers,” said artist Jennifer Mercede, a professional artist commissioned to create a large-scale...

Remembering the Rockets

Former high school football teammates Rich Bolhuis and Dan Roeloffs did a little reminiscing about their glory days during the Kelloggsville High School football team’s 75th anniversary celebration. Part of the 1971 undefeated Rocket varsity team, Roeloffs, of Marne,...

Wyoming Scouts Give Elementary Children a Nicer Place to Play

When West Elementary School moved into the former Newhall Middle School building, students inherited a schoolyard never used by children in kindergarten through fourthgrade. The building was vacant for a year after the middle school closed because of district...

Marching Forward with Winning Band Director

“There’s our tempo, arms are up, one, two, ready and...”  said Jonathan Schnicke, as the Kent City middle school band began its melody. Schnicke recently took his spot behind the podium of the middle school and high school bands...

Volunteers Challenge Students to Give of Themselves

When Comstock Park High School senior Justin Terveen helped deliver Christmas gifts to a local family in need last year, he saw the children were wrapped in blankets to keep warm because of insufficient heating. “It was a huge...

Diverse Dishes – Food Service Staff Learn Creative Ways to Mix Up Menus

Getting students excited about what’s on their lunch trays takes a mix of the right ingredients. Plus, it requires tapping into youthful curiosity, said Mo Shamali, child nutrition director for Kentwood and Kelloggsville public schools. “Kids are savvy,” he said, while...

Byron Center Considering Next Steps to Address Growth

As work crews finish the last projects funded through the $23 million bond issue approved by voters in 2011, administrators are already looking forward to future district needs. Steady enrollment growth will lead to the need for even more space,...

The Power of the Pen to Make a Difference

Wyoming Junior High School student Caitlyn Bulthuis’s persuasive speech about the nonprofit organization 20 Liters will have an impact on the lives of people more than 7,500 miles away. Giovanni Diaz’s speech is helping share a powerful anti-bullying message students...

iPads Proving Their Value at Schools

As Brown Elementary School kindergartner Christian Moomey got ready to record himself reading a story on an iPad, Principal Barb Johnson watched.  “It takes a little bit to load,” he told her. “Oh, here we go! Record,” he said,...

Community Members, Schools Stepping Up to Address Need in Comstock Park

The Giving Closet is stocked with winter coats, boots, clothes and more, ready to make the winter months easier for struggling families in the Comstock Park area. The donation closet, located in the Comstock Park Public Schools Administration Building, is...
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GRCC launches efforts to raise $3 million to improve buildings, boost scholarships fund

One in three Kent County high-school graduates is connected to Grand Rapids Community College in some way, explained college representatives as they kicked off efforts to raise the final $3 million of $15 million earmarked for facility improvements and scholarships...

‘If a child really needs someone, I am that person’

With the goal of providing an extra layer of support to meet the needs of students and staff in a proactive way, Byron Center Public Schools has added behavior interventionists...

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...
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