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MSU? U of M? Elementary Students Consider College Opportunities

Mondays at Pine Island Elementary School have students thinking about becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, politicians and FBI agents. How to get there? "You have to pass college to get a great job," said fourth-grader Ayanna Villano, who wants to go to...

Teacher Challenges Students to Think, Take Risks

Mike Swift flipped off the lights in his eighth-grade language arts classroom. He momentarily went into the hall, cracked open the door and peered in, staring. His students shrieked. Swift had created an image they are not likely to forget...

Sculpting Real Helping Hands

A trio of Kent Career Tech Center 3D Animation students from Comstock Park and Sparta high schools recently had the opportunity to turn their class project into a life-changing helping hand – two of them in fact. Five-year-old Baylee Sherman...

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...

‘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...

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...

Health Department Helps Students Make Healthy Choices, Avoid Bad Ones

One by one, Comstock Park's Mill Creek Middle School students walked to the front of the classroom, picked up items containing toxins and placed them inside a gigantic, fake, hollow cigarette. Methane gas, carbon monoxide, lead, formaldehyde, rabbit repellant, nickel...

‘Who dunnit?’ Forensic students, in the classroom, with the pencil…

Comstock Park High School forensics students simulated and investigated murder scenes to test their skills learned in class...

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...

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...

‘Thanks for Protecting Us’

Students learned about sacrifice and service when schools throughout Kent County honored servicemen and women with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Students saluted veterans with song and poetry, made thank-you cards and hugged parents and grandparents who...

Family Night blends reading and leadership

Pupils in grades K-2 at Stoney Creek Elementary combined their ‘Leader in Me’ and reading during a Family Night to celebrate Reading Month...

When Being a Nerd is ‘More Than OK’

Being a "nerd" at Comstock Park High School is about doing what you enjoy, taking pride in being smart and sharing quirky passions with others. "It's a beautiful thing," said freshman Aidan Martin, a member of the new Nerd Herd,...

High School Baseball Coach Listedon Hall of Fame

Tim Johnson has been wearing his coach's cap for a long time, 28 years in fact, heading the varsity baseball team at Comstock Park High School, with an all-time career record of 555 wins and 302 losses. The beloved coach...

Digital Learning Day Highlights Comstock Park Improvements

It was Go Noodle break time in first-grade teacher Kristen Keifer’s classroom. Students hurried from their desks to stand in front of a projector screen, which blinked to life with cheerful, animated characters.  After a student pushed a digital pen...

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...
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