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‘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...

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...

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...

3D Printing Technology Transforms Classroom into Industry Training

Video game fan Izaak Smith’s sword hilt, outfitted with a wooden blade, was in his hand for the Grand Rapids Comi-Con convention.But the Comstock Park High School sophomore didn’t buy the handle at a store or order it online....

Reading Gets Campy in the Classroom

What better way to read a good story than in the dark with a flashlight? Add s’mores, tents and good friends. As part of March is Reading month activities, Pine Island Elementary third-graders in teacher Laura Lamoreaux’s class transformed their...

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...

World History Comes Alive in Classroom; Students Inspired to Pack Their Bags

In World History teacher Betsy Rybarczyk's classroom, students are challenged to use their imaginations to envision themselves in historical settings around the globe. On any given day, the room could become part of the Italian Renaissance; 1500s England; Christmas...

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...

Music Teacher Awakens ‘Dead Guys,’ Seals Grant Money, Gets Students Moving

In Amanda Hite's music class, there's always a lot of moving and shaking going on. Stoney Creek and Pine Island elementary students dance, wave scarves, toss balls and play with fun instruments to the notes and rhythms of classical composers....

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...

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...

‘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...

First Habit of Successful Authors: Work Hard

Pine Island Elementary teacher Laura Lamoreaux takes it in stride that her class is full of published authors. After all, she helped make it happen. Her third-graders recently held a signing party in the school's media center for a book...

Zoo visit by students for students

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

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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