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‘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...

Draw Your Own Conclusions — Seriously

Physical science class at Comstock Park High School has become true to its name in recent years. Freshmen spend class time actively immersed in real-life science. They forecast the weather. They collect data on temperature at different altitudes gauged by...

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...

Providing Food, Clothing for a ‘Very Giving Community’

The already humid atmosphere inside former classroom No. 8 in Greenridge Elementary School got even stuffier recently as families streamed into the cramped but tidy space. But nobody was complaining: They were there to shop for free clothing, home and...

Students Learn Early if Teaching is for Them

It's clear within seconds after Taylor Fox takes over Angie Freeland's second-grade class at Pine Island Elementary: This high school senior is a natural in the classroom. She did have a good teacher; Taylor was in Freeland's class back when...

‘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...

Let’s Build It Club Encourages Tinkering

It seemed like magic in the 1980s commercial for The Clapper light, but Pine Island Elementary students took just minutes to make their own "Clap On, Clap Off" devices that create music. Fifth-graders Evan Brooks and Joe Drake snapped pieces...

‘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...

Comstock Park Board begins superintendent search

The search is on for a new superintendent after Ethan Ebenstein announced he is leaving the post at the end of June to become the superintendent at Ionia County ISD...

Students Buddy Up, Join Hands to Stop Bullying

"Be a buddy, not a bully," said Pine Island Elementary students who are learning young what it means to be a good friend who stands up against bullying. The third- through fifth-grade Comstock Park Public Schools students spent October focusing...

Playing for Page-Turners

Books were the prizes at a fun night for Comstock Park Public Schools elementary students to connect with their parents. Students munched pizza and won stories of all kinds at the recent Book Bingo event, held to promote literacy. Photos...

‘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...

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...

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...

Let Me Show You the Leader in Me

First-grader Freddy Williams grasped a visitor's hand firmly and gave it two quick shakes, maintained eye contact, and welcomed her to his Stoney Creek Elementary classroom. Across the hall, Carter Cobb explained his classroom's goals for the year to guests...

‘You can’t rely on other people to build you up’

Shane Brewer admits he once did “the bare minimum” in school. “I just scraped along. It’s not that I’m not smart. I just didn’t see the point.” Until he did...
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