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Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...

‘Not only do you belong here, we need you here’

As Byron Township’s population increases, the district’s enrollment has burgeoned and is steadily growing to represent more cultures and racial backgrounds. Efforts to celebrate diversity, increase awareness is a district-wide initiative...

Flowers, produce to yield bumper crop of learning

Marshall Elementary students and staff members recently broke ground on their lush plat, planned through H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) Gardens...

Students post open letters of kindness to special people

Students in the eighth-grade English classes of Jamie Stevenson, Kaiti Blundy and Erin Bastic completed a journalism unit with something personal: writing letters to be posted openly for someone they care about...

Her overarching goal: to teach that American ideals are worth striving for

Rebecca Debowski witnesses and guides her students as they learn to look at things in a more nuanced way and respect what one another have to say, from every perspective...

From homelessness to supporting himself, he’s ready for college

Technically homeless, Tristen Foley worked and studied around the clock to get his diploma...

Acclaimed artist helps students create with their ‘crazy ideas’

Jovonnah Nicholson served as a visiting artist in Molly Marshall’s art room, creating mugs on the classroom potter’s wheel for students to embellish with their own ceramic designs

Art + science = $500 award for student jeweler

Lauren Doyle won an award from the Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame for her process of coating jewelry with metal by means of an electric current

Students, staff discuss importance of diversity in a mostly white district

Students are inviting all to the table to talk about diversity and spur a movement to show all are welcome in Byron Center

Students become engineers to design games, including Black Panther and the Brooklyn Bridge

Design-thinking, meet science, technology, engineering and math. In all three of the district’s elementary schools, students are busy inventing by using a step-by-step process that allows them to develop products like real designers would

Ooey Gooey Goopy

There's a slime-making craze oozing through preteen circles and leaving many a parent wondering, "Who ya gonna call?" when gooey trails are left on tables and goopy blots on countertops. The answer isn't Ghostbusters but high school science teacher...

Need Extra Study Time? You’ve Got It

With the end of the semester approaching, nine students in English teacher Trevor Muir's classes had unfinished essays or quizzes. Without a last-minute push Muir knew the students would fail the class. He required them to spend a session of...

A Lot of Blood + a Portal = STEM Brilliance

Who better than a trio of West Middle School seventh-graders to come up with The Cell Apocalypse, a video game that shows how the smallest units of life function in the human body? “I learned stuff about blood I never...
Earl Lutey, World War II and Korean veteran, chats with Byron Center High School senior Matthew Bridges

Finding Heroes ‘Right in Our Own Hometown’

Veterans were the stars of the show when high school seniors gave a heartfelt salute and thank you by documenting the former service members' words.

Super Readers Save the Day!

There are new superheroes in town, and with the point of a popsicle stick, the zoom-in ability of hyper-focused eyes and ears, and the ability to know words in a "snap," they are flying through their reading levels. Districtwide, kindergartners...

‘Carbon Cleansers’ Tackle Ways to Reduce Construction Footprint

The eight Earth-conscious eighth-graders are working to offset carbon emissions using an action plan, which they are entering into a competition that has involved the whole school.
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