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It’s official: they can read

For the fourth year, kindergartners were honored with a parade through Lakeside Elementary hallways and along the sidewalk in front of the school to celebrate finishing the first Units of Study for Teaching Reading...

Students on vaping: ‘pretty scary stuff’

In school buildings throughout West Michigan and beyond, the use of e-cigarettes is officially an issue -- a potentially deadly one. Experts and students weigh in...

Thanks to dedicated artists, city snowplows will be hard to miss

Over the past couple weeks, art teachers led third and fourth graders from all three elementary schools in decorating a trio of city snowplow blades...

Xlandia: a government created by the people, for the people

In order to make recommendations, students studied their assigned home countries and weighed the effectiveness of the current governments there...

On Chickenman, changing classes and staying off the senior bench

Some 75 members of the school’s Leadership and Youth Development Program guided 250 newbies through all things Pioneer...

Pupil poets recite odes to cool moms and happy Saturdays

At the annual poetry party in a trio of Wealthy Elementary classrooms, kindergartners got the chance to show off their newly minted descriptive and rhyming skills...

You’re hired!

Students in Meg Richards’ class took wondering about that a few steps further, when Richards assigned them to write cover letters aimed at convincing her they were ideal candidates for a spot in her classroom...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Student interviews connect history with real people

For the fifth year, those in Tad VandenBrink’s U.S. History class got a chance to see how close they could get to someone who lived through and was uniquely affected by key events in the country...

EGR voters asked to renew & restore full rate for non-homestead property tax levy

Area voters will also see tax requests from six other school districts next Tuesday including Byron Center, Kelloggsville, Kentwood, Lowell, Rockford, and Sparta...

‘No matter what life throws at us, we grow, like flowers’

Said counselor Elle Burgess of Elizabeth Walski’s positivity in the face of numerous challenges, 'If anyone has shown they have grit, it’s her'

Lee Elementary makerspace shines brightly for EGR visitors

The makerspace room at Lee Elementary was the star of the show when visitors from East Grand Rapids Schools came to see how they might incorporate the model in their district...

Letters to policy-makers make cases for education reform

Students in Anne LaGrand’s AP language and composition class spent weeks researching education and came up with what they think are the top priorities...

Ye olde history unit comes to life

Fifth-graders at Lakeside Elementary finally got their reward as part of the culmination of their eight-week social studies unit studying the 13 U.S. colonies...

Up above the world so high, like an RV in the sky

The unit is part of Next Generation Science Standards, which charge students to practice an integrated understanding of core ideas in science and engineering...

Yule Ball puts everyone inside pages of famous novel series

The sixth annual event drew some 300 students in grades three to eight. Costumed characters were portrayed by about 45 parent volunteers and 25 staffers...
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