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Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

One extra year nets big reward: free college degree

'100 percent happy that I did it.' Middle College grad earned associates degree in half the time, free...

The quest for scientific discovery

New curriculum has students discovering scientific principles on their own before memorizing them...

Third-grade artists invited to create new installation

Third-grade artists bring district themes, such as “reaching for the stars” to life on canvases headed for administration building...

A new start for New Beginnings

New space, new options, ongoing support for students at New Beginnings High School...

District adds child life specialist to robust mental health team

Cedar Springs mental health team grows with specialists trained to teach children how to process feelings before taking action...

Dogs: best friend, great listeners

Students bolster reading time by sharing stories with furry friends from West Michigan Therapy Dogs...

Blogger/teacher writes book to encourage educators to stay in field

Cedar Springs world history teacher finds some balance and shares strategies he uses in his ninth-grade classroom...

Family man with a mega-resume settles in as principal

Brian Balding is the new Cedar Springs Middle School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

New superintendent aims to be “positive influence” throughout district

Smith has been in education for 25 years — as a teacher, a principal or in other administration roles. “That collection of experience prepared me for this opportunity in Cedar Springs” he said...

At summer camp, teacher and her family get to know students outside class

In her 12 years working with the district, Shelly Alvarez has taught kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades -- and she’s been to summer camp with many of her students...

Hudsonville’s Scott Smith to become new Cedar Springs Superintendent

After narrowing the candidate field to one, the Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the offer to Smith, who has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Hudsonville Public Schools...

Dealing with effects of e-cigarettes on school agenda

With incidents of vaping on school grounds on the rise, school officials are stepping up efforts to get information to students...

Financial aid guru has been district go-to for decades

Figuring out how to pay for college presents a number of challenges, and filling out financial aid forms is often the most difficult. But Jordon wasn’t worried...

Determined grad finds her way from life-altering earthquake to success

Coming to U.S. from Haiti just two years ago, Roodflore Winkels has accomplished much and is reaching for new heights...

Lessons in how to handle grief take center stage at this elementary school

Staff at Cedar View Elementary find ways to help students understand and deal with grief...
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