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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 or email Erin.

Turning Up The Music in Wyoming

A two-story, 12,000-square-foot band and choir area at Wyoming High School will add much-needed space for the school’s music programs. The high school in the former Rogers High School building at 1350 Prairie Parkway SW was built in 1957, and...

First-Day Buddies

Lakeside Elementary School kindergartner Tyler Blake tried to pull his backpack out of his locker. It wouldn’t budge. “It’s stuck,” he told fifth-grader Ted Campbell, who quickly helped him retrieve it and get his lunch box out of the bag. “Let’s...

Middle Schoolers Join EGR’s Engage 1:1 Program

The first week of middle school in East Grand Rapids looked a little different than in the past. Middle school students lined up in the media center carrying laptops and tablets of different sizes and styles, ready to equip...

Gleaming New Building Gives Comstock Park a Center for Arts, Athletics, More

The gleaming new Comstock Park Performing Arts and Athletic Center could be called a “gym-atorium” or “audanasium” or “cafe-gym-auditorium.” Certainly, the term “multi-functional” best describes the gym that easily converts into a 700-seat auditorium. The $7.9 million facility is the...

Innovation High, Global Tech: Engaging Students in Real World Connections & Projects

World War II for sophomore Zach Jones became something real when he met veterans who remembered it firsthand. It brought the history lesson to life in a way a text cannot, he said. He and his peers from Kent Innovation...

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...
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What will school look like in the fall? Community leaders prepare for various scenarios

Much is still to be determined about reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, and superintendents are preparing for various scenarios. Families are asked to complete a survey to provide input and share their opinions...

GRCC honored as a promising place to work

GRCC is among 16 schools in the nation recognized as one of 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges...

School officials join legislators calling for federal help with pandemic-induced state budget shortfalls

As many counties across the state see the coronavirus curve plateau or recede, fears about illness are fast becoming eclipsed by fears about budgets, and how schools will manage...
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