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A Clean Sweep: Voters in Seven Kent Districts Approve Funding Requests

Tuesday was a good day for schools and students in Kent ISD, as voters approved tax proposals in all seven districts that requested them. Residents supported requests ranging from $3.6 million to $76.1 million in Caledonia, Comstock Park, East...

Outreach Group Links Kids to Summer Camps

Pine Island Elementary fifth-grader Weston Parrish stopped to get information about Hastings-based Camp Michawana at the recent Comstock Park Summer Camp Expo. Camp Michawana was one of 27 camps showing what they have to offer to children this summer, from...

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...

Math Success Rates Jump in Comstock Park

Editor's note: This is the second in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Comstock Park High School Algebra 2 teacher Dave Staublin sketched a plain cylinder...

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...

High School Lacrosse Official at Comstock Park

Comstock Park High School lacrosse players are looking forward to their first season checking, passing and blocking goals as an official team. After four years of club play and building numbers, boys and girls varsity lacrosse players will face off...

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...

Third-grade Reading Legislation Could Hold Back Thousands

Brown Elementary School students discussed the actions of a boasting rabbit and patient tortoise in Gayle Corey’s third-grade class as they considered characters, setting, problem and solution in Aesop’s classic fable. Then Corey challenged them to write a summary. “Go back,...

Comstock Park Seeks Renewal of Sinking Fund for Maintenance Needs

Comstock Park Public Schools' 10-year sinking fund millage is up for renewal May 6. The tax has generated about $360,000 annually for facility repairs and maintenance. The district first passed the sinking fund millage in 2004. Since then, money generated...

Hard Work Results In Naval Academy Entry

As he waited for an interview to seek congressional nomination to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Comstock Park High School Senior Miguel Nava, 17, thought about what set him apart from the other 20,000 applicants to the school. “I couldn’t...

Comstock Park Teacher Introduces Students to World Through Travel

Comstock Park World History Teacher Betsy Rybarczyk fell in love with the world years ago, when as a recent high school grad, she grabbed her backpack and set off to travel Europe on her own.That’s a passion Rybarczyk wants...

Gleaming New Building Gives Comstock Park a Center for Arts, Athletics, More

The gleaming new Comstock Park Performing Arts and Athletic Center could be called a “gym-atorium” or “audanasium” or “cafe-gym-auditorium.” Certainly, the term “multi-functional” best describes the gym that easily converts into a 700-seat auditorium. The $7.9 million facility is the...

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...

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...

Career Academy Combines Job Training with Academics

Maddi Saum hopes to become a physician. Jamasen DeKlein wants to get a job in construction or attend Grand Rapids Community College after graduation. After falling behind in credits at school, they are redirecting themselves with help from the...

Older Students Help Peers Build Positive Relationships

Weighed down by a backpack filled with four textbooks, Mill Creek Middle School sixth-grader Anna Burpee ran slowly, with heavy steps, to the end of the hallway. Moments earlier, her seventh-grade mentor Leslie Walters had tucked a piece of...
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