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First We Relax, Then We Dance

Certified hypnotist Michael Brody asked a dozen students to visualize themselves in several scenarios: a gorgeous beach day with a surfer catching waves; bouncy with anticipation for their third birthday with an invitation to suck their thumbs; and a...

In Honor of Those Who Served

Editor's note: Schools across Kent County observed Veterans Day with a variety of events. Here is a sampling. Byron Center Boys Scouts brought up the flag; "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was sung; red, white and blue were worn; and...

Community’s Gift: A Book for Every First-Grader

At the Congress Elementary School library, volunteer reader Alexis Rangel of Lake Michigan Credit Union delved into the magic of Caldecott Medalist's Dan Santat newest book, "After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again." She then gave...

College Savings Gets Kickstart from Community

For Case DeBoer and his family, saving for college has already started with a $50 community investment in his post-secondary education. Perhaps the 7-year-old McFall Elementary first-grader will pursue an automotive technology degree to become the race-car driver that currently...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

Girl Scout, Journalist, Spartan

School: Grand View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: ⅚ teacher andassistant principal at Century Park, adjunct instructor at Ferris State University with a focus on field supervision, and classroom teacher in a variety of grades in Chicago. How...

From Classroom to Workplace and Back Again

For Luke Wilson and John Rasch, the pathway to teaching started at Kent Career Tech Center, when they were high school students learning the importance of getting real. As recently hired career education specialists -- Wilson at Aviation Maintenance Technology...

Art Walk Homage to Award-winning Artists

At Century Park Learning Center, a riot of color swirling like a Chihuly tangle of glass sprouted all over the school. The inspiration for students: picture book illustrations found in Caldecott winners. Rainbow-beaked birds like toucans dangled overhead, like Richard...

Challenged Students Find Freedom on Horseback

Five-year-old Desi Golnek – fitted in a riding helmet - sat astride Scooter, with volunteer David Drombowski holding the horse's bridle and Thornapple Kellogg paraprofessional Suzanne Thomas on the right. "Walk on," said Desi with a happy giggle. Slowly they...

Museum Students Help Envision ‘a City for Humans’

On the Bridge Street Bridge -- with traffic roaring by and glass giants towering nearby - Grand Rapids Public Museum School students Sophia Almonte and Delson Carson painted pleasing waves of blue and white across four lanes of traffic....

Superheroes Save the Day (Even Marriages) at ArtPrize

The superheroes from Kent Transition Center -- a few masked and caped, ready to explore all quarters of light and dark -- charged into the David D. Hunting YMCA, ready to perform their truth, observations and, well, superpowers. To the...

AP Classes Score Big with Students

The Advanced Placement U.S. History classroom was adorned with presidential posters that students have earned working on campaigns over the years. Teacher Kyle VanderWall challenged his students to consider why Lord Dunmore's Proclamation (to free slaves who would fight...

Courageous Student Wins Prestigious Honor

Although she thought winning the State of Michigan Breaking Traditions 2017 Excellence Award might be the pinnacle of recognition last spring, earning the YWCA Tribute Award's prestigious Judy Lloyd Student Leadership Scholarship made Binti Abdi whoop for joy. She...

From Schoolyard Garden to School Plate

At the middle school, a learning garden designed by resource room teacher Amy Forman hums along with flat-leaf parsley, Thai basil and burpless cucumber, which is a nearly seedless, sweeter and thinner-skinned variety than typical supermarket cukes. That's one of...

Laser Focus on Reading Produces Good Results

At Grandville's East Elementary School, their double-digits gains in the M-STEP third- and fourth-grade reading scores was driven home by Principal Ana Aleman-Putman's determination to push for excellence. That's despite 71 percent of East's students qualifying for free and...

Two Teens Learn Each Other’s Language, and More

In late June, Eryn Schell left her small community along the Thornapple River to live in Shiga Prefecture, Japan for nearly three weeks. Eryn traveled nearly 24 hours with a cohort of peers from the Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange...
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