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Teacher, Math Team Create Buzz of Excitement at Lakeside Elementary

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. While his 44-student third-grade math team sat with fingers crossed, Lakeside Elementary teacher...

Two Blue Ribbon Award Winners Named in Kent County

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Brown Elementary School, in Byron Center Public Schools, and Wealthy Elementary School, in East Grand Rapids Public Schools, as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 in the category of “Exemplary High Performing...

Watching Nature Happen in a Bottle

Evan Adamy held on to a terrarium-like container fashioned from plastic bottles and pointed out its essential features. "Down here is some aquatic life and up here is some land life," said the Wealthy Elementary fourth-grader. "We're supposed to see...

Toughing it out through troubled times, she sets her sights on college

Before coming to the district, Ivy and her two brothers -- one older, one younger -- had lived in 16 different homes and been in and out of a half-dozen schools as a result...

Happy To Be Back

When Principal Linda Kehm says “Lakeside Elementary” in front of her students, the response is automatic: “Where kindness counts!” comes the chorus of voices. The first day of school marked a new beginning following a year-long battle for Kehm, 60, who...

Students Vote ‘Team Champ’ for King

When Champlain “Champ” McCahill was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010, he asked if he was going to die. His doctor said she believed he would survive, but he had a “really big mountain to climb.” Now, as a...

High School TEDx to “Burst Bubbles”

Just about a year ago, Marie Lachance could sum up her state of mind as “nervous but hopeful,” though her friend Anna Laffrey would also add “stressed.” This year, with the second annual TEDxEastGrandRapidsHigh just around the corner, Lachance...

Students Do Battle with ‘Bots, Steampunk Style

Busy 'bots, moving gears and quick-thinking pilots converged at the For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Robotics district finals at East Kentwood High School recently. Thirty-nine robotics teams, from as far north as Traverse City, south as...

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...

Be Nice Initiative Encourages Positive Actions in Schools

“Be Nice” messages recently made their way from student to student at East Grand Rapids Middle School; a bold-lettered banner in the EGR high school hallway reminds students to show kindness;  and signed pledges put the promise of niceness...

District Takes Next Step in International Baccalaureate Program

East Grand Rapids High School is moving closer to becoming endorsed as an International Baccalaureate school. In the meantime, teachers are preparing students in the Class of 2018 to sign up for the highly-regarded program. English teacher and IB coordinator...

‘I’ll Saw this Wood Up – I’m Not Scared of It’

From the courtroom to the archery range and beyond, a quartet of female high school students are breaking into fields dominated by males. Two Kent Career Tech Center students were among 32 students across Michigan to receive 2016 Breaking Traditions...
Teacher cadet Tomer Adnegeko at recess at Breton Downs Elementary with a group of enthusiastic admirers

Teacher Cadet Feels ‘Super Legit’

Tomer Adnegeko admits he used to think teaching at the elementary level would be way easier than middle and high school.

EGR, Byron Center Students Win National Art Awards

A Byron Center middle and East Grand Rapids High School student were recently awarded national silver medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, placing them among the top 1 percent of about 230,000 pieces of work submitted...

Making Room For The Artist In School

East Grand Rapids Middle School art teacher Holly Lampen was planning a "frog apocalypse." Ninety paper-mache amphibians will soon hang from the school ceilings and climb up the walls. "We are going to invade the school," she said, as her...

Architecture Should ‘Enrich Experience,’ EGR Grad Tells Students

Senior Alex Pritchard likes the idea of a career in architecture, engineering or design. In one of his classes, he is designing a house meant to accommodate multiple generations under one roof. So he liked what he heard when renowned...
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