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Short stories, tall tales

A collection of short stories by Mark Pullen’s fourth-graders at Lakeside Elementary shows what they have learned in their realistic fiction writing unit...

Bringing ‘positive intent’ to work every day

Heather McKinney-Rewa is the new East Grand Rapids Middle School assistant principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Fifth-graders find beauty in science by dissecting marigolds

One teacher used readily available nature just outside school to introduce this year’s science unit, as well as flowers from home to study the parts of plants...

From meeting room to classroom

The district’s Board of Education is on the move this year, now that its meeting room regularly draws a much younger audience...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...

Here come the students; schools try to be ‘prepared for everything’

Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

Community input key to district’s reopening plan

After initially releasing a fully in-person return-to-school plan, the district revised it twice as national, state and local health guidelines changed...

Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

The annual rite of passage for fifth graders was modified because of safety measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus...

Above the fold: student journalists make headlines with big wins

Three area school news sites take top honors at annual state interscholastic journalism awards, held online this year...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

School’s back! Districts begin to launch Continuity of Learning Plans

Districts statewide are rolling out individualized plans by April 28 to continue learning through the end of the school year...

‘One person can change so much for so many’

'I think people need to recognize there’s something greater than themselves at stake'...

Navigating the new, for-now normal

The Cornells of East Grand Rapids on coping, disappointment, and resilience...

History: these fifth graders are really digging it

For the second year, teacher Linda Sawade recreated a site at the earliest known Colonial settlement...

An elevator, an octopus & lots of swimming pools

Students created computer models and 3D scale models of their dream homes...
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