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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the Class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio

Godwin Heights halfway through 2020 bond improvements

From roof repairs to a new athletic entrance to its athletic fields, Godwin Heights is entering the home stretch of construction projects.

It’s all hands-on in chemistry

The approach is in its second year as a national pilot...

Tech tools are now ‘part of everyday life’ for teachers

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

Staff brings comfort and joy to students

'We look for ways to be able to connect with our families which has been really hard due to COVID and not being able to have parents in the buildings,' said West Godwin Principal Mary Lang, who was Mrs. Claus for the event. 'This is a great opportunity to make those connections'...

Powered by hydraulics

“I see now what it takes to be an engineer. The amount of ideas you have to come up with is crazy,” said one eighth-grader...

Kent ISD REMC hosts holiday village contest

At Kent ISD, a holiday contest celebrated the many different departments that work together to support students and families...

A visit from angels

A trio of serene angels, a twinkling Star of Bethlehem and a clear midnight sky provide a holiday scene for seniors to enjoy...

Positive behavior: that’s the ticket

Through incentives such as tickets for good behavior, West Godwin is seeing good results from a positive-behavior intervention program...

Kent Transition Center students make pies, learn life skills

The annual sale gives students math and science practice, and experience in real-life work environments...

Area schools prepare for the arrival of Afghan refugees

More than 200 participants have attended Kent ISD programs designed to highlight ways to welcome students and their families...

Teaching the future teachers

Kent Career Tech Center students get hands-on teaching experience as part of the new Teacher Academy program...

New curriculum helps students understand how emotions impact learning

The district created a committee last year to review its social-emotional learning curriculum by defining a vision, considering why it is important and what the district hopes to achieve...

Kitchen prep is career prep for high school senior

Godwin’s Keonna Foster is getting hands-on culinary training at a downtown restaurant with an accomplished head chef...

Walk this way

A new sensory path offers a place to burn off some extra energy while developing motor skills...

Connecting both ends of the talent pipeline

In his new position, Ryan Graham will spread the word to students and businesses about the possibilities offered through Kent ISD’s secondary education programs...

To see their legacy, look up

A painted ceiling tile tradition begun last year aims to give departing second-graders a way to leave their mark...
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