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Students bite into healthy eating, learn wellness tips

The Kent County Health Department’s new campaign, along with the YMCA, encourages students to eat those fruits and veggies, at home and in the school cafeteria...

From making meals to selling Christmas cards, students learn job skills

Now in its 15th year, Region 1 Transition Services provides continuing education opportunities for adults, ages 18-26, with special needs in northern Kent County. The program’s goal is to help students gain employment, become involved in their local communities and lead independent lives...

Helping young children the purpose of countywide millage request

Early childhood advocates in Kent County are hoping voters will approve a .25 mill proposal to fund programs to help prepare children for kindergarten...

County weighs in on attendance campaign

The straight-forward message behind “Strive for Less than 5”, the county-wide campaign to reduce absences: The more school a child misses, the further they fall behind and the more at risk they are of eventually dropping out...

Students tour world of manufacturing

Touring several local plants, students learned manufacturing isn’t what it used to be...

New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Hey, budding writers: get published & win cash

Short stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Friday, Nov. 30.

Local candidates talk education issues at town hall forum

With the November elections less than two months away, some voters see education as a major campaign issue. Candidates in four contested legislative races -- three House races and a state Senate contest -- answered questions at a forum this week at East Grand Rapids High School...

Kent ISD creates new position to promote diversity, combat racism

New Kent ISD director aims to make sure “all of the kids in the village are taken care of”...

Understanding what the fuss is all about: A primer on the M-STEP

The new school year coincides with the release of the last school year’s state assessment data (2017-18) — the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)...

Park Party Photo Gallery

SNN was at Lamar Park on June 21 along with an estimated 8,400 kids and their parents for the kickoff of partner Maranda’s annual Park Party series. More Maranda Park Parties are still to come this summer, including a popular one in Kentwood this Thursday from noon-2!

State officials get an earful on proposed social studies standards

About 80 people turned out at the Kent ISD for a hearing hosted by the Michigan Department of Education on proposed changes to the state’s K-12 social studies teaching standards, with many lodging objections...

Camp will offer essentials of civic learning, policy engagement

Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are offering a free summer workshop/camp on Aug. 6-8 focused on civic learning, current events and the Constitution...

Career and education planning, a for-credit course

About 20 local ninth- through 12th-graders are exploring careers this summer and earning three free college credits along the way...

MDE seeks parents for focus group June 21

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking 12 parents for a June 21 focus group about the Parent Dashboard. No experience with the dashboard is needed, and participants will be given $40 as a thank you for their time...
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