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Dogs: best friend, great listeners

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

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...

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...
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
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