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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...
Students from Hudsonville Public Schools won the first Youth Collaboration Award in 2016 (photo courtesy of ArtPrize)

June 7 deadline for new Educator Award plus Youth Collaboration competition at ArtPrize

Area schools can register (for free) to participate in the Youth Collaboration part of ArtPrize. With the sponsorship of Western Michigan University, student teams will be eligible to win one of two cash prizes of $2,500, selected by public vote and experts. Registration is open through June 7...

Students, business sponsors, honor veterans with series of ceremonies and activities

The event honored veterans across West Michigan and helped students see them and their service as more than a sound bite...

Michigan Teacher of the Year tells DeVos his concerns about school choice

East Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox and other State Teachers of the Year had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and shared their concerns about her policies on vouchers and charters...

Through music and movement, students with disabilities learn life skills

At Lincoln School, students with autism, multiple impairments and cognitive disorders learn through movement, music and story thanks to a partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet...

Let’s review center-based special education programs, say superintendents

A study will bring in an outside consultant to evaluate whether GRPS center-based programs are providing best practices compared with other districts in Michigan and beyond...

Looking for career ideas? You’ve come to the right place

Students from several West Michigan school districts attended the event, where representatives from area health, construction, manufacturing and information technology businesses featured career choices...

Michigan’s NAEP Scores: What do they mean? Probably not what you think

32 Percent of Michigan’s 4th Graders Score at 7th Grade Level on the NAEP. Did you miss that headline last week?  I did too. That’s because it wasn’t reported.  Instead, Michigan’s schools and students were slammed by pundits because just 32...

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun...

East GR’s Jack Lado takes the title at Spelling Bee with “bollo”

For nearly 15 minutes, totaling 18 rounds, Jack Lado and Aashray Mandala matched each other, word for word, until Aashray slipped and Jack won the 41st annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

A student’s perspective on March for Our Lives: ‘I helped make that happen’

Northview High School junior Morgan King shares her perspective on the March for Our Lives and the student movement to make schools safer
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