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Math Success Rates Jump in Comstock Park

Editor's note: This is the second in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Comstock Park High School Algebra 2 teacher Dave Staublin sketched a plain cylinder...

Drama Club “Space Aliens” Teach Etiquette, Theater Basics

Aliens made a surprise appearance in the Pine Island Elementary media center recently. The youngsters from a galaxy far, far away soon made friends with human Comstock Park Public Schools elementary students, who taught them the ways of planet Earth...

‘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...

Eating Right Requires Paying Attention to Food Labels, Good Habits, Educator Says

YMCA educator Elizabeth Kinsman picked up a cardboard container of Pop-Tarts that said "low-fat." "Someone would pick this up and say, 'Hot-diggity-dog, I'm doing a healthy thing,'" Kinsman told Comstock Park Mill Creek Middle School students. But two Pop-Tarts come in...

Clothes Pins, Hot Glue and Elmo

District staff across Kent ISD busied themselves in the weeks and days leading up to today, readying their buildings and classrooms for students. Lowell Martha Hayden worked quietly but quickly to get her second-grade classroom at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell set...

Zoo visit by students for students

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

Community Members, Schools Stepping Up to Address Need in Comstock Park

The Giving Closet is stocked with winter coats, boots, clothes and more, ready to make the winter months easier for struggling families in the Comstock Park area. The donation closet, located in the Comstock Park Public Schools Administration Building, is...

Support Staff Ready to Respond to Students’ Medical Needs

During a back-to-school first-aid training session, Comstock Park Public Schools teacher's aide Mandy Rodriguez learned how to administer an EpiPen, a device used to inject epinephrine to stop an allergic reaction that leads to throat swelling and can be...

Need a Playmate? Have a Seat and Just Say ‘Yes’

Evan Fish said he knows what it's like to get bummed out during recess when there are all kinds of kids around but seemingly nobody to play with. So when the Pine Island Elementary third-grader read about something called a...

From the Congo to Comstock Park: Refugee to Graduate with Near-Perfect GPA in Two...

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring When Gloire Rubambiza arrived in Comstock Park two years ago as a refugee from Africa, high...

Retro Dinner Theater, with Songs You Can Dance To

Mill Creek Middle School sixth-grade choir students opened their arms wide, punctuating "Life goes on, bra!" during the Beatles' 1968 hit "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". Then they performed Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" before jumping ahead to the eighties with an air-punching...

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...

Bond Refinance Nets Big Savings

The refunding and sale of $10.65 million in bonds will save Comstock Park Public Schools taxpayers more than $1.684 million. The refinanced 2005 bonds were sold at a true interest cost of 1.51 percent. The original bonds had an average...

Park Ranger for a Summer, Teacher of Nature All Year

The kindergartners in Cheryl Hutchings' class at Stoney Creek Elementary have a few ideas about what park rangers do. "They clean the water," Wyatt said. "They clean the dirt," added Blake. And from Aiden: "They help people stay safe." Hutchings, clearly delighted by...

‘I want to teach,’ says senior inspired by sixth-grade teacher

This cadet plans a career in middle school education. He credits his own teachers for cementing his aspirations...

Volunteers Challenge Students to Give of Themselves

When Comstock Park High School senior Justin Terveen helped deliver Christmas gifts to a local family in need last year, he saw the children were wrapped in blankets to keep warm because of insufficient heating. “It was a huge...
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