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Zoo visit by students for students

Some 125 Stoney Creek Elementary kindergartners toured John Ball Zoo and were led by zoo school students

‘Books… were calling to me to learn more’

Stoney Creek second-graders recently got to use their fascination with certain animals to show off newly acquired nonfiction writing skills
Tamyah Yarbrough, left, and Evelyn Reyes mix up a batch of best-selling oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal raisin philanthropy gets students cooking

The after-school kitchen club formed in January is using proceeds from lunchtime sales of cookies to benefit kids facing cancer

STEM ed through mask-making

Some 120 seventh-graders in Whitney Goulooze’s art class at Mill Creek Middle School are being introduced to the special effects industry

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...

Writing Lesson Rewrite Produces Big Gains

Aiden Hernandez may only be in the first grade, but he's already got opinions about things. As in, "yes" to green beans and "no" to broccoli. And he's not a fan of snow or math, but he does like...
Linda Nelson, violinist with the Grand Rapids Symphony, shows Meeah Fisher how to hold a bow

Students Play a Happy Tune with Symphony Pros

The three strings musicians who visited Pine Island Elementary this week didn't have to do a whole song and dance to hold the attention of teacher Wendy Hawes' fourth-graders. The songs were enough. Jonathan Copsey's hand shot up during the...

Elevation Education By Way of Cape Hangnail

Sixth-graders' study of landforms had them traversing the Island of Podiatry by way of Bunion Strait, Blister Delta and the Isthmus of Lint. Afterward, the Mill Creek Middle schoolers got to plot their own island next door. And boy...

Today’s Lesson: How to Capture Zombies

Pine Island Elementary third-graders were hunched around six tables in Tony Molnar's STEM class, their kingdoms' crests waving overhead as they worked to construct traps for the invading zombies. Noise level: about a 7. Engagement: a perfect 10. The goal: to imprison...

After Auto Industry, He Chose ‘Noble Career’ of Teaching

David Staublin has been known to poke fun at his diminished hearing. Having grown up in Charlevoix, he said, he attended "a lot of concerts" at Castle Farms, a '70s and '80s mecca for rock 'n' roll. "And I think...

Volunteer Credit to Watch Sports? Yes You Can!

To get to his regular volunteer gig this fall, sophomore Zach Hall climbs two flights of metal stairs, then hoists himself and whatever gear he needs up about a dozen ladder rungs and through a hole in the floor. From...

‘A Little Family’

Guadalupe Becerra admits that for most of high school she has been more interested in the social aspects than in the academics. But now, she says, it's go time. The fifth-year senior has been pulling out all the stops...

District Sees Big Savings from Bond Refinance

Taxpayers will benefit from a recent bond sale to the tune of approximately $2.5 million. Just like a homeowner refinancing a mortgage to reduce the interest rate, the district refinanced in August to lock in lower interest rates on a...

Kindness is Many Things, Through Children’s Eyes

Kindergartners in teacher Cheryl Hutchings' Stoney Creek Elementary class recently wrapped up their inaugural year of school, and capped the achievement as published authors of a book called "Kindness Is ..." All of Hutchings' students had a hand in contributing...

Thinking About Summer? Let’s Learn from It

With mere days left in the school year and her Pine Island Elementary fifth-graders' thoughts predictably drifting to sunnier, summery-er activities, teacher Lisa Czypera still managed to sneak in plenty of learning. The trick: using beach balls and tying them...

From Baby Chicks to Rolling Robots, It’s All Cool Science

The end of the school year brought students in Jeffrey Post's fifth-grade class one of the world's oldest lifecycle lessons alongside one that's fairly high-tech. In the back of Post's classroom, a group of students were enjoying some of their...
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