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More cow bell, please!

About 160 invited donors showed up for the drive and gave 133 pints, the largest in the state hosted by middle school students, according to Michigan Blood...

First-class virtual travelers explore holidays around the world

Cultural traditions and vocabulary, plus simulated airplane travel was all part of learning about other countries...
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To Squirrel Hill, with love

A piece at the holiday concert will honor the members of the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill who were killed in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh...

From the Great Plains to Eastern Woodlands, students delve into Native American culture

The fifth grade social studies curriculum includes five weeks of study of Native American history and culture. SNN recently spent time in two classrooms as students worked...

More to film than meets the eye

The International Baccalaureate filmmaking class also includes contextual, cultural and historical analysis...

No place like home, but where’s your ideal?

Lakeside Elementary second-graders know where they’d most like to live. They not only can picture it in their minds, they wrote about it and made paper dioramas too...

Politically engaged, though not all of voting age

From canvassing for candidates to registering voters – or voting themselves – some area students have been active in the midterm elections...

Breathe deeply and stretch: yoga students find help for de-stressing and testing

A survey of students two years ago prompted teachers to recommend a wider variety of elective offerings...
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Can oodles of duct tape make your boat float?

Middle schoolers seek answers to this question as they designed (using new math and science skills), built and then piloted their boats on Reeds Lake...

New superintendent aims to focus on instruction, managing growth

New EGR superintendent Heidi Kattula sees her role as advocating for students and staff, as well as providing instructional leadership...

Use your education thoughtfully, EGR grad tells today’s students

This 2000 East Grand Rapids High School graduate was chosen as an American Federation of Teachers “Everyday Hero” Award winner in 2016, and she’s got real skin in the game when it comes to public schools...

EGR selects new superintendent

The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously on June 21 to offer the superintendent’s position to Heidi Kattula. She would replace Sara Magaña Shubel, who will retire at the end of July...

With EGR’s Shubel, ‘We never coasted’

Superintendent Sara Magaña Shubel will retire at the end of June, after 12 years at the district’s helm...

Don’t lose that beetle! Fourth-graders prep for annual science fair

Some 60 fourth-graders in Cheryl Radecki’s science classes will share their projects with parents and others on June 7 at the school’s annual science fair...

A ‘drive to do good in the world’

Born in Paris, Léa Schmitt and her family moved to Grand Rapids from France in time for the last few weeks of her sixth-grade year at Breton Downs. She barely spoke English...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...
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