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Parents Respond: Students are Being Over-tested

Public school parents' top priorities for their children should be raising their level of hope and maintaining a high level of interest in what they're taught, not standardized tests that have too much funding attached to them, according to...

Area Science Teachers Take National Stage

Go ahead, ask a question. Better yet, ask a bunch of questions. Three science teachers from Kent ISD schools were among 10 teachers who recently made presentations at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Philadelphia. The trio — Kristy Rieger...

Hackers Beware!

A group of Kent Career Tech Center Information Technology students immersed in a cyberdefense competition willingly disclose their front-line mantra: To thwart a hacker, you must think like one. "I thought it was cool to work on fake security flaws,"...

Schools Learn how to Guard Against Cyberattacks

Schools can reduce the fallout of hackers’ cyberattacks by developing a two-prong plan that prevents their assaults and outlines what to do when information is stolen, concluded the main speaker at a recent IT cybersecurity workshop at the Kent...

With a Little Help from Their Music Friends

Running through Northview High School sophomore Hamin Gil’s mind recently were the melodic lines he spent weeks memorizing so he and other marching band members could take part in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s competition at Ford Field in...

Advice to Educators: Take Your Tech in Sips, Not Gulps

When it comes to researching new assistive technology strategies online, time-pressed educators often feel like they've been hit with a fire hose. A more effective way is akin to sipping from a garden hose, said Chris Bugaj, a sought-after...

Carly Glanzman: Michigan Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

She's got 642 subscribers to her YouTube channel, and content she has shared has been viewed more than half a million times. Her blog, which she has been writing since 2005, shares with her students, their parents and others...

College? Career? The Adviser is IN

Star Zetocha wishes she had the type of school counselor she intends to become one day. “I was literally discouraged not to apply anywhere out of the ordinary when I said to the school counselor I wanted to leave the...

Cooking Up Support for Library Improvements

Chatting was far down the list of priorities for Jack Swanson on a recent Saturday morning. The retired Kent City Community Schools principal/teacher arrived at 7 a.m. so he could flip pancakes and French toast on a hot griddle inside...

Out With the Old

Linda Kibbey carefully inspected the bank of tables and chairs that were for sale at the school district’s recent used furniture sale. Her shopping strategy included looking underneath each table for any memories students may have clandestinely left behind. “I...

One for All, All for One

Morgan Ogden puzzled over what her family crest should include. She knew it needed to contain an animal that demonstrated strength, colors that conveyed her family's qualities and branches that sprouted leaves with her relations' names inscribed on them. The...

Early Childhood Specialist Named to National Seat

Kathryn O'Hara-Wallis is headed to Florida this winter, but she's not going as a vacationer. The early childhood specialist for Kent ISD's Great Start Readiness Program is one of several educators from across the nation who will serve as liaisons...

Surprise! Good Vision and Learning are Linked

Marley Beauchamp slips on a pair of 3-D glasses, but it's not because she plans to munch popcorn while watching a popular animated film. Instead, Kent County Health Department vision and hearing technician Denise Knight holds in front of the...

Veteran Crossing Guard Goes the Extra Mile to Ensure Safety

Wearing a fluorescent vest and clutching a handheld "stop" sign, crossing guard Cherrie Medendorp makes sure West Godwin Elementary students like Sataya McBride walk safely across the intersection at 36th Street and Clyde Park Avenue in Wyoming. Actually, the veteran...

Constitution Day Kindles Respect for Rights for All

Hands immediately shot up when attorney Tom Behm asked the fifth-graders at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center the year the U.S. Constitution was signed. The students lobbed a battery of years. 2003? 1996? 1960? "1787 is when our Constitution was drafted," Behm...

Caledonia FFA Members Lead Sale of Champions

Two Caledonia FFA members, Hailey Goble and Alexandria Schut, took top honors at the Kent County Youth Fair this year in the market animal sale of champions. The sale of champions represent the grand champion animals picked at the...
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