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Move More, Do Better in School

Things got moving fast recently in Stoney Creek Elementary School teacher Heather Paparella's second-grade class. Students were stretching, jumping and dancing. Students were taking a "brain break," led by YMCA instructor Caley Faulkner, to become refreshed and re-energized. Dancing to...

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...

Teacher pleaser, shoe tier, lifelong learner

Tiffany Jackson is the new Stoney Creek Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

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...

Creating their own Christmas story

Fifth grade students at Pine Island Elementary put their acting skills to work for Christmas play...

‘A Great Big World Out There’

Experiencing faraway lands is important to staff and students at Kelloggsville and Comstock Park high schools. What impact does globe-trotting have on students, and how do they raise the money needed to add those stamps to their passports? Read...

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...

Comstock Park Celebrates School Breakfast

Stoney Creek Elementary School first-grader Dominic Estudillo took a drink of his strawberry smoothie and smiled. "It's delicious!" he said. Dominic and his classmates got to taste-test the nutrition-packed treat after watching a presentation by Stoney Creek Dean of Students...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

‘Bring your best every day’

Katie Bredeweg, a second-grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, talks about her experiences in the classroom and the lasting impact that a teacher can have...

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...

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...

Students Teach Each Other in Programming Club

The brains behind the new Comstock Park High School Programming Club are senior Josh Chua, who taught himself to code at age 10, and junior Rachel Lodes, who sees the field as wide open for women. The friends and fellow...

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...

Ambassador to Her Own Personal U.N.

This is the sixth time Dottie Unrath has hosted exchange students, providing each a warm home from which to experience a new land. The first one, a boy from Sweden, fell in love with another student and eventually came back...

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,...
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