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I regret taking normal for granted

A Forest Hills Central High journalism student shares her thoughts. We invite students and staff in our coverage area to submit theirs to SNN@Kentisd.org...

Food Plans for Kent ISD School Districts

The 20 school districts of Kent ISD are making free meals available to students and families during the mandatory statewide school closure...

Learning Despite a Crisis

During the mandatory statewide school closings scheduled at least through April 13, School News Network will continue reporting stories on K-12 learning that were already in process, as well as stories on how districts, teachers and students are helping learning happen during this public health crisis. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during such a difficult time, so please send us your ideas for stories and questions you have. Thank you, and live safely!

Students reflect on benefits of yoga, family game time

Students in Shelby Denhof’s English 11A class at Rockford High recently wrote op-ed essays, as part of a unit on persuasion and argumentative writing. School News Network received a number of essays and selected two of them to publish, by Kaylie Leasher and Rachel Broekstra...

Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

Play It Safe This Summer!

Summer is finally here and now is the time to prepare you and your family to play it safe during the warm weather months. E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety offers some simple yet important tips to remain safe while having fun this summer...

EGR voters asked to renew & restore full rate for non-homestead property tax levy

Area voters will also see tax requests from six other school districts next Tuesday including Byron Center, Kelloggsville, Kentwood, Lowell, Rockford, and Sparta...

Secretary DeVos should be as transparent as local superintendents in budget decisions

This guest commentary is submitted by Michael Paskewicz, former superintendent of Northview Public Schools...

‘What Makes You Proud of America’

Dylan LeClaire’s essay will move on to national competition in July...

Superintendent candidates announced

The School Board of Grand Rapids Public Schools announced Tuesday a slate of five potential candidates to replace retiring Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. Narrowed from a field of 30 applicants, the educators will participate in initial interviews on March 16...

Your opinions count!

What you think about SNN and your improvement ideas are vitally important. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to respond to our annual reader survey...

It’s Burn Awareness Week – do you know these tips?

Scald injuries affect all ages and about every 60 seconds, someone in the U.S. gets burned. Children, older adults and people with disabilities are most vulnerable. Since this is Burn Awareness Week, E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety staff provided this information on scald injury prevention...
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