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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...

From Baby Chicks to Rolling Robots, It’s All Cool Science

The end of the school year brought students in Jeffrey Post's fifth-grade class one of the world's oldest lifecycle lessons alongside one that's fairly high-tech. In the back of Post's classroom, a group of students were enjoying some of their...

Academic Decision Day ‘Sends the Right Message’

Anyone who knows high school knows about college decision day, when senior athletes make a show of signing with a college sports team. Alyssa Rector, Donovan Crandall and Bobby Carpenter know what it's like to see the logo of their...

How Does My Garden Grow? Science Tells Us Answers

Jaime DeVries’ kindergartners had no sooner gotten settled after lunch when she asked them if they knew what time it was. “Garden-planting time!” said Kaelyn with a whoop, as she pumped both arms over her head. Indeed. And before they trekked...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

‘Don’t Talk to Me, I’m Driving’

Garrett Wolcott gripped the steering wheel and stepped on the brake as soon as he noticed the traffic light had turned red. Beside him, Dalilah Herrera kept an eye out for the next turn while Hyethaniel Wagenborg and Abby...

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...

Want to Read Better? Let’s Go to Tape

Bella Greenlee can tell you a thing or two about ants. "I know that they carry their food; I see that a lot," said the Stoney Creek Elementary first-grader. "I know that they live together, and that they care for...

Caring Comfort for Sick Students

Jan Elderkin has been down this road before. A member of the Comstock Park Golden Panthers senior citizens group, Elderkin said she jumped at the chance to join club members in producing homemade blankets for nurse rooms in the school...

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...

‘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...

Student-made ‘Vehicles’ Propelled by Science

It wasn't rocket science, but it pretty much forms the basis of it. Students in Meghan Butler and Tim Olson's eighth-grade science classes recently put Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion to the test with a hands-on, inquiry based engineering...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...
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