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On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...

School never tasted so good

A switch two years ago to a trimester calendar created new slots in the schedule for more exploratory experiences...
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Award-winning student videos explore cultural identity

Two area students won awards for their short videos exploring their cultural identity – and how others perceive them – in the 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest...

Staging a comic tragedy, with masks and lots of deaths

The class, in its third year being offered at the school, includes the study of the history of drama, improvisation, performance skills and scene creation...

‘Everything is, like, so expensive’

The exercise is part of the percentages unit. Once students chose a profession, they researched the average salary for that career, then were given a set of non-negotiable expenses...

‘It’s a really big deal’

As the district this week wraps up its annual fundraising efforts for a local nonprofit, one student shares what that support means to her...

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...
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