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20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day? Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which serves...

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...

High School Earns International Baccalaureate Designation

You definitely could call East Grand Rapids High School sophomores Clara Luce and Keegan Sullivan avid learners. "Just talking about learning, to me, is really very exciting," said Clara. "I think just thinking about thinking is interesting, and I'm willing to...

Twirly Skirt, Hot Tamales and a Passable British Accent

As original projects go, Megan Miller's science unit on the Earth's core layers takes the cake and then some. "Some students did make cakes, and pizza and Rice Krispies treats," said Miller, who teaches fifth grade at Wealthy Elementary. "We...

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...

‘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...

Start College Planning Early, Experts Say

Focus on your GPA, get involved, develop good study habits. Students can start preparing for college as early as freshman year, which makes it a lot easier as the semesters tick by, say local high school counselors. Here are a...

‘You Don’t Have to Do Bad Things to Have a Good Time’

On a recent Saturday afternoon, East Grand Rapids High School students Keagan Haulenbeek, Shannon Ors, Michael Bender and Emily Milanowski busied themselves around school in their roles as co-chairs of "Healthy High." Throughout the building, their peers held yogic...

Odyssey of the Mind Unfolds as Epic Adventure

Dan Delano's head pops up in the top window of the cardboard castle. The East Grand Rapids Middle School student flops a very long blond braid down the side of the castle wall. On the ground below, a witch talks...

Myths and fables, modernized in skits, videos and puppets

Goddesses of avocados and Starbucks, we bow before your wonderfulness

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...
“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...

High School Applying to Become International Baccalaureate School

Students in the East Grand Rapids High School Class of 2018 may have the option of graduating with a global diploma. The district just finished the first year of a three-year process to start an International Baccalaureate program for...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...

This Former Park Ranger Has Sung Competitively in Four Languages

School: Wealthy Elementary What and where was your previous job? Special education teacher at Wealthy Elementary Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in special education from Michigan State University, master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Valley State University Other positions you have held in...

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Breton Downs Elementary students held signs expressing “Freedom,” Peace and Love” during a silent march near their school in memory of the civil rights activist. Following the walk, the kindergarten-fifth grade students gathered...
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