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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...

Dream Keepers honor MLK

Second-graders create Dream Keeper boxes and add mementoes of every year’s activities. At the end of fifth grade, the students leave Wealthy Elementary with their boxes...

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...
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