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Think Deeper — Use a Map!

When it comes to digging deeper into reading, writing, vocabulary, science or math; giving details about the beginning, middle and end of a story or event; or explaining the cause and effect of an action, Dutton Elementary students are...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...

Silkscreen Printing Creates First-Year Scholarship

Orders are streaming in to have Caledonia High School art students custom print logos on T-shirts, hoodies and crewnecks using a printing technique that started in China more than 1,000 years ago. Consequently, students are learning how to juggle a...

Look Out Humans — Here Come the Robots

A robot made of Legos pushing around poop could lead to students being scientists and engineers. Settle down, it's not real poop. It's manure made of Legos, and it was part of the challenges for students as this year's...
Members of the Cedar Springs Division II Odyssey of the Mind team are, from left, parent coach Traci Slager, seventh-grader Aiden Lake, sixth-graders Annalise Elliott, Brielle Sarniak, Nate Slager and Coryn Wiles, eighth-grader Jade Yowtz, and long-term coach Michelle Wiles

Mind Sports Roundup

School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics

Whole Grains Headed to Cafeterias

Everything's baked, everything's good for you, and, next year, everything's going to have to be made with whole grain in school cafeterias. The changes are a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which required lunch programs to...

Student with Autism Hits Milestones Thanks to Teachers, Students

Connor Zondervan is pretty much like every other senior at Caledonia High School. He takes classes, is getting ready to graduate, and figuring out where he wants to go to college. It’s a place his parents never thought he would...

A ‘Battler’ who Wouldn’t Settle for Less

Brittney Schnicke's first thought as she stared at her limp, badly damaged fingers was not whether she would be able to keep them, or how the accident would affect her future. And it wasn't whether she would ever regain normal...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Caledonia FFA Grows Award-winning Students

Caledonia's FFA club's strong leaders and a supportive community are big reasons behind the group's reputation for raising good citizens and garnering dozens of awards over the years. “FFA really made me who I am today,” said Nathan Frahm,...

Recycling Program Helps Special Education Students Practice Essential Skills

Logan Montaque and Matt Kuzava cannot contain their glee. It's their turn to grab a two-wheel collection cart and walk from classroom to classroom to pick up the High School's paper for recycling. Logan and Matt gather the paper with...

First Day in the Life 2016

Editor’s note: This year, a quartet of School News Network reporters fanned out across Kent ISD and paired with a single person experiencing his or her first day. Below is a glimpse inside that exciting, nerve-wracking annual school ritual. Grand...
Brayden Grant’s snow globe is in the “middle of nowhere”

Shaking Up a Writing Standard

To shake up a fourth-grade writing standard, Paris Ridge Elementary teachers Amy Dyksterhouse, Bari Cane and Sarah Cox challenged students to write persuasive letters to their parents about where they would like to live inside a snow globe.

Inadequate funding – even in affluent districts – still short-changes students

It’s not just poorer districts feeling the pain from Michigan’s inadequate school funding, officials say. Higher-income districts are also pinched by the funding formula and having to make cuts...

Students Learn Computer Code; Local School Picks Up $10,000

Thousands of students across Kent ISD (and millions nationwide) got a one­hour lesson in computer coding from top-level experts as part of an industry-led effort to teach kids how computers work.  One lucky school – Kraft Meadows Middle School...

Marketing Teacher Brings Real-World Experience to Classes

The pressure is on. It's the lightning round of a "Jeopardy"-like game show that challenges two Caledonia High School sports and entertainment marketing students to hit a buzzer before their opponent when they think they know the answer to...
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