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From Geckos to Guava, Students Steep Selves in Spanish

When 34 high school students landed in June at Juan Santamaría International Airport in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, the West Michigan teenagers entered a world of Spanish, from the airport signage and customs agents to dates...

Athlete, Goat Farmer, ‘Chill’ Encourager

School: Thornapple Kellogg Middle Other positions you have held in education: Health/PE teacher for 12 years. My first year was at Grand Rapids Public Schools, and every year since has been at TK High School. Spouse/children: I am married to Nathan...

A Riches of Rookies

Thornapple Kellogg Schools -- all 125 square miles of this rural district -- is feeling happy, hopeful and mostly healthy, says Superintendent Tom Enslen. With 21 new teachers, many graduating from college just months ago, Thornapple-Kellogg is bucking the...

A New Day for the Montessori Way

One. Two. Three. The snip of many scissors launched Ridgemoor Park Montessori into the open arms of a community of believers. The ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Ridgemoor Park Montessori is the start and celebration of a new life for the parents,...

Why Pre-Labor Day? The Details

Ron Caniff, superintendent of Kent ISD, says he did what 20 local superintendents asked him to do when he filed for a waiver in January with the Michigan Department of Education to start school before Labor Day. The ISD...

Moving on Up, Combo Locks and All

The middle school's recent two-day welcome-back event felt more like a celebratory party than school function. The new crop of 475 seventh-graders beamed as they triangulated their new digs, the middle school. Definitely happy and excited, a bit nervous, but...

Solar Eclipse Mania: ‘It’s Officially Happening!’

On Eclipse Day 2017 -- also the first day of school -- South Elementary School families whooped-it-up as the moon made its move. The swim-suited revelers soaked up the sun and careened down an enormous slip-and-slide hosed down by...
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