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Spelling Bee Winner off to National Bee

The third time was the charm for Aiden Mischley. The Forest Hills eighth-grader bested 18 students from six counties on March 22 to take first place at the 39th annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Other top participating districts included...

Middle Schoolers Witness Life Cycle of Salmon from Egg to Release

As East Grand Rapids Middle School eighth-grade students walked into science class, many took a moment to peer into a specialized fish tank. Salmon eggs inside had recently transformed into eleven, newly hatched fish still attached to their egg...

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...

Volunteers Transform School Library System

When East Grand Rapids Public Schools eliminated its elementary media center paraprofessionals three years ago due to budget cuts, it was clear to parents Trish Reid and Carole McDonald that a new way was needed to provide students with...

Students Create Mural with Smile Project Artist

A winged dragon at Wealthy Elementary School has swollen from notebook-paper sized to several feet tall and wide. A wizard has morphed as well, from small sketch to large-scale painting, and now casts magic from up high with his...

Students Debate International Issues, Roleplay UN Delegates

Their names are Emily Livermore, Kate VerMeulen, and Annalise Brinks, but they have aliases spanning the globe: Brazil, Canada, Australia, Nigeria. Want to know more about them? Ask how they feel about nuclear proliferation, climate change, or ISIS. But expect...

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...
“He’s very energetic,” said student Evelyn Griffin. “He makes learning fun”

‘The Classroom is Why I Wake Up in the Morning’

Eighth-grader Aaron Souter touched an iPad screen to maneuver a sphero along a stairwell floor, while classmate Ryan Reszka constructed an obstacle course of ramps for the plastic robot to jump. The coding skills students need to pull off the...

Students Walk In Haitian Children’s Shoes for A Day

Carrying heavy buckets of water, balancing a basket on her head and completing work with crayons and paper gave Breton Downs Elementary fifth-grader Ella Gjorgjievski a sense of what a school day in Haiti is like. But as Haitian Day...

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...

EGR selects new superintendent

The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously on June 21 to offer the superintendent’s position to Heidi Kattula. She would replace Sara Magaña Shubel, who will retire at the end of July...

‘Soul of Northview’ Says Students Are the Reward

Ted Burba loves to swim, and he’s good at it. He twice won the state diving championship as a student at East Grand Rapids High School, and in 1960 swam the last 50 yards for EGR’s state-champion 200-yard relay...

EGR Students Test Drive Google Glass as Way to Tune In to Class off...

While East Grand Rapids High School teacher Brandon Oldenbroek lectured in his AP Psychology class, senior Julian Lipton sat in the front row with the latest in wearable technology on his face. A short walk away inside Gaslight Village's Starbucks,...

Geography Made Personal

For many, Glen Arbor is home to Sleeping Bear Dunes and family vacations. But Joe Hunter knows the Northern Michigan town as the place where the blackout happened. "We were in Cherry Republic and all the lights went out," recalled...

Fighting Words!

If you think reading comprehension is accomplished best in quiet spaces, you haven't done reading comprehension the way Winona Tinholt's students do it. For the third year, fourth-graders in Tinholt's class at Wealthy Elementary are honing their skills through fantasy...

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...
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