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High-Achieving Reading: How One School Does It

Brown Elementary School fourth-grader Layla Funk looked up from the book she was reading to consider the question: “How has your school helped you become a great reader?” “You have to have a good book you like with you and...

Classmates Find Art in Each Other’s Faces, Home State

For West Middle School students, "paper cuts" are part of the artistic process. That is, paper cuts in the form of their classmates' faces and other intricate designs. A multimedia collaborative art piece, "Painting Under Paper Cuts" is the handiwork...

Yep, She Was That Kid in Middle School

School: West Middle Other positions you have held in education: I was high school science teacher and competitive cheer and girls track and field coach at Thornapple Kellogg High School for 10 years. How about jobs outside education? I worked in...

Teen Marketers Turn Profit at Spirit Store

As a business, what's the best way to market to teenagers? Put them in charge, high school students recently proved. At Byron Center High School, the Spirit Store –- a space at school meant for selling Bulldog T-shirts, sweatshirts and...

Sticky, Oozy, Science-y Fun

Countryside Elementary School second-grader Addison Gearhart sunk her feet into the watery cornstarch inside a plastic kiddie pool and took a couple steps. "It felt squishy, and when I walked on it, it was a solid," she said afterward. Students participated...

Tuesday’s Votes a ‘Double Win’ for a Growing District

By fall of 2019, Byron Center High students will have an expanded high school, adding room to grow for the burgeoning district. "I'm totally excited," Superintendent Dan Takens said about a "double win": overwhelming approval Tuesday of the district's $68.5...

Revving Up Reading, Writing with Workshops

A renaissance of reading and writing is going on at West Middle School, where teachers say students are indulging in books they love more than ever and learning a lot, page by page. They regularly peruse eighth-grade English Language...

Investing in Hard Work Pays Off with Economics Award

When it comes to understanding the stock market, there's a lot that goes into bulls and bears and highs and lows. When giving his two cents, though, senior Braden VanDyke says to take a blended approach with an "eye...

Character Development All About Attitude

Mornings at Countryside Elementary begin with a joyful buzz. While visiting a classroom, Principal Jolynne Dobson chooses four kindergarten students to help her test music before playing it over the intercom. Sounds good, they all agree. Dobson greets students with...

‘It’s Incredible, the Opportunities We Get’

Jazz at Byron Center High School has always been about swinging hard and playing big, and hitting the smooth, cool notes just right. So too at Northview High. But it's not about earning a grade or even competing for band...

Young Storytellers Delight Younger Listeners

It was story time in Brown Elementary School second-grade classrooms. Byron Center High School freshmen arrived with books they authored, containing action-packed, kid-friendly plots, characters ranging from animals to space cadets and decorated with colorful, creative pictures. The younger students...

‘Free to Try, Free to Do Your Best’

For some students, inspiration came from a science teacher's lesson on the expanding universe. For others, it was reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first time. And for others, it was finding their voice in the school choir. Many...

Future Lunar Lander Builders Start Practice Young

The message is simple: brush your teeth. A public-service announcement video being created by a group of Nickels Elementary fifth-graders stars two teeth. One is white and clean, the other yellow, brown and yucky. In the skit, the pearly white...

Payoff for Real-life Job Skills: Independence

Senior Claire Trestrail lifted a can of Pringles out of a box and found its place on the grocery shelf. "I'm stocking candy, and peanut butter, and pecans and everything else," she said. Beside her, senior Edgar Juarez was busy...

This Eagle Scout and 3-point Shooter Gives His All

Kyle Bueche has done exceptional things. As an eighth-grader he was recognized by peers for his fabulous three-point shot in basketball. Now, as a junior, he has earned the top rank in Boy Scouting. Kyle, who has Down syndrome, works...

A Chance to Have Their Say – Finally

Editor's note: For 18-year-old high school students, Tuesday's election was their first chance to cast a ballot for president. School News Network asked several students from Kent County-area public schools what their first vote for president meant to them,...
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