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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...

Healthier Options on the Menu

In their new cafeteria, high school students stopped by a demonstration table to sample California rolls packed with sticky rice, cucumber, avocado and cooked pollock, which were customized with ginger and wasabi sauce right before their eyes. "I like it...

A Lesson in Philanthropy, Taught by 6th-graders

How do you turn $2 into $8,500? Lemonade stands, cupcake sales, a backyard movie night, and peddling painted rocks and bracelets are just a few ways. Student-run businesses recently popped up around town as sixth-graders took $2 (plus some investment...

Learning Garden Opens

Kettle Lake Elementary students have a new place to appreciate the great outdoors while reading, performing skits and feeling the sunshine as they learn. Complete with rocks to sit on, a reading deck, a dry creek, five raised beds gardens...

Recycle, Reward, Recreation

Students at Kettle Lake Elementary soon will have a perfect example of what recycled materials can become: a new playground structure to be added to their schoolyard. Kettle Lake was the grand-prize winner of a new structure made from recycled...

‘We Inspire Each Other’

Johnny Agar and Duncan Lake Middle School sixth-grader Dakota Tomac share a unique perspective on grit and working to reach their goals. “I have CP (cerebral palsy) like him,” said Dakota. “I have a lot of dreams in my life.” Agar,...

South Campus Features New Space, New Ways of Learning

Throughout the new Caledonia High School South Campus, students gathered in groups, busy working in open spaces. The setting resembled groups of professionals from Google or Steelcase, as students worked on projects individually and together, plugged in their tech...

Learning History from Those Who Made It

Each spring, sophomores in Joel Diekevers' class interview veterans, documenting their stories and learning their history. Students personally invite veterans to participate and connect with those who served, sometimes closing the gap between generations and building mutual respect. Over the...

Tapping Their Potential

Meet the League of Everyday Guys Inspiring Our Neighbors (not to be confused with the comic book-series turned-movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"). Somehow, though, this league – made up of Caledonia High School and middle school students –...

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...

Truth or Rumor? Ask a Key Communicator

One way to get parents talking: add days to the school year. When that type of change occurs, superintendents and Board of Education members know they'll be fielding many calls and emails. In Caledonia, that's when the Key Communicators launch...

Drawing a Path to Her Future

Katie Bork's drawings explode with imagination. Scenes in black ink reveal a world right out of her brain. Faceless people go about their daily lives with exclamation points and question marks on their bellies; they float in dreamlike bubbles;...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD...

Punt, Pass and Read

Caledonia High School varsity football player Justin Heaton read Dr. Seuss' children's book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to kindergartners at Emmons Lake Elementary. "You have brains in your head," Justin read. "You have feet in your shoes. You can...

‘A Chance to Have a Meaningful Life’

Dutton Elementary School second-grader Daniel Donaldson uses pictures and words on his talker to say what he needs to say. "The device gives me the chance to participate with the rest of the class and share the things I'm...

Better Teaching for Better Readers

Before beginning a lesson on weather and climate at Kraft Meadows Middle School, Anita Archer took a moment to talk to each of the two dozen middle school students who sat before her, one at a time. She asked...
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