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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

Interim Cedar Springs chief’s top priority: smooth transition for district

Interim Superintendent Mark Dobias says his primary focus is on the future of the district, and he sees his role as providing “support for transition between now and when a new superintendent is appointed by the board”

District leaders, teachers seek to heal community following superintendent’s resignation

The Board of Education voted 5-1 to approve a resignation agreement with Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, who led the district since 2014

Student art piece chosen to be next Red Flannel Festival logo

Red Flannel Festival reached out to the high school art department for its next logo. Read on to see whose design was chosen

Fourth-graders spread goodwill with ‘Wake Up the World Wednesdays’

For three years Cedar View fourth graders have been pausing mid-week to make sure they and those around them find joy

Teachers Say Children Need to Play, Not Work All Day

If you think kindergartners still play with glue and paper all day, think again. In fact they're not playing enough, educators say, so they've set aside a day to do just that. See how children learn through playing at...

Reading initiative shows early positive results

Where there is a problem, there is a solution. So when scores indicated that many Cedar Trails Elementary students would not meet state of Michigan reading guidelines, the school implemented a Reading Now Network program customized for its students. With guidance...

At Home on the Range

"Zinga, zinga, zinga, zoo." "Higher ... now higher ... still higher," said vocal teacher Linda Tata. The boys repeated the melodic phrase in higher and higher tones -- and then lower and lower -- until each reached the end of his...

Gifts from the Hearts of Staff

Holidays are times for sharing and school administrators are making sure their students have something extra during the winter break. Since many New Beginnings High School students find much of their support system at school, explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, staff...

Making STEM a Team Sport

You could tell the sixth-graders gathered in the Red Hawk Elementary cafeteria know there's excitement ahead, but since this was just the second meeting of the new robotics team, they were just learning the rules to the upcoming challenge. A...

Building Strength from the Inside

Eighth-grader Gavin Spicer gave the challenge 100 percent and that is what mattered. Gavin was chosen by his classmates when Mike Benson, team captain of The Conquerors strongman team, asked for the strongest person in the room to take center...

Students Sock It to the Community

As soon as the class decided on its next charity project, eighth-grader Kolten Wolf was on board. "When I heard about 'Socktober' I texted all of my cousins and asked everyone I knew to help out," he said. By the...

‘Precious Cargo’

Those who work with students both inside and outside school walls know that supporting students can be key to their success. So it is likely not a surprise to find bus driver Stephanie Malloley volunteering for an area youth program. "Two...

Classroom energy + student enthusiasm = math success

Four years ago, Cedar View fifth grade teachers Jennifer Kahler and Erin Cairy switched the traditional teaching style of explaining math concepts and helping students as they worked individually to what they call "Collaborative Math." Fifth grader Colten Schreiner knows...

Team Targets ‘Anything That Might Impede Education’

"I am not that person holding a sign on the busy street corner and I don't sleep under the bridge. But, I am homeless." Students in rural Kent County schools may never use those words, but community resource coordinators Jennifer...

Dog Groomer, Band Fan, Roving Boater

School: Cedar View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: Previously I was a teacher, a school principal, a program coordinator, and a discipline coordinator. How about jobs outside education? I was a dog groomer and pharmacy tech prior to...
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