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Love of Writing, Getting the Scoop, Sparks Student Newspaper

It’s deadline day at Hawk Nation. The staff of the Cedar Springs High School newspaper are hunched over computers, putting final touches on their stories for the next issue. And Hailey Vinton needs help with a headline. “It needs to...

Teaching About Religions to Foster Understanding, Respect

As students walked into Craig Beach’s darkened classroom on a recent morning, they heard the song “Wild World” by the former Cat Stevens, now the Muslim musician Yusuf Islam. A projection screen showed the Kaaba, the sacred building in...

Biology Students Wade into Cedar Creek for Answers

The water is cold. The leaves and sticks are slimy. And then there are the bugs. “It’s disgusting. There are teeny, tiny creatures crawling,” Cedar Springs High School freshman Abby Scott said while peeling through a leaf pack looking for...
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

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...

Community, Consistency + Shared Expectations = Stronger Academics

A new banner meant to create a shared experience across age groups is getting educators, administrators and parents out of their seats, partnering up and modeling what their K-8 classrooms will come to look like. They're learning the ropes of...

Coach Honored for Molding Winners on Field and Off

Make no mistake: Coach Gus Kapolka loves to win. And his Cedar Springs High School football team is quite good at it, going 3-1 through its first four games this season. For his players, however, victories don’t come only on...

Vietnam Vets Bring Realities of War Back Home to Students

Speaking to juniors at their alma mater, a pair of Vietnam veterans provided students both with historical perspective and a lesson more personal. Chuck Smith and Tom Hoskins told a Cedar Springs High School history class of the war's gritty...

Area Schools Receive HEARTSafe Designation for Cardiac Preparedness

Kent Transition Center, the Tech Center, and Cedar Springs public schools are among the 40 Michigan schools to recieve recognition for the new MI HEARTSafe School designation by the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), Education (MDE), Michigan Alliance...

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...

For These Seniors, Degrees Already in Sight

Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education. Enrolled in the district's Middle College program -- 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...

Teacher Ties Lessons Together with Students’ Neckwear Choices

Of the dozens of ties hanging on his teacher’s bulletin board, Kamden Klaasen picked out one with special meaning for him: the one showing Bugs Bunny and friends playing golf. “Before my grandma died, she used to take me miniature...

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...

Car Crash Couldn’t Stop Him from Walking – or Marching

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. Kaleb Robinson loves to play drums in the Cedar Springs High School marching band. But after...

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
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