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High School Students Present Re-imagined High School Ideas at TEDx Event

East Grand Rapids High School junior Marie Lachance knows a lot of her classmates have great ideas. They are students like senior Brandon Elliott, who imagines a student-run classroom where students hone their passions. Or senior Meredith Gillespie, who...

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...

Collaborative Art with Haitian School Selected for ArtPrize

A mural that has traveled thousands of miles to unite children in East Grand Rapids and Haiti will have a prominent location for this month’s ArtPrize competition. To mark the first day of school, Principal Caroline Cannon announced the piece’s...

With EGR’s Shubel, ‘We never coasted’

Superintendent Sara Magaña Shubel will retire at the end of June, after 12 years at the district’s helm...

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...
“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...

Reaching Out: Positively Impacting Others

When administrators asked Turner Sytsma to help a younger student who was facing struggles in school and at home, the East Grand Rapids High School senior stepped up. "I've been meeting with him to keep him on track and give...

‘No matter what life throws at us, we grow, like flowers’

Said counselor Elle Burgess of Elizabeth Walski’s positivity in the face of numerous challenges, 'If anyone has shown they have grit, it’s her'

Students Get a Summer Boost to Help Them Start High School

Garrett Reahm, Benny Lafleur and Davion Pearson got a head start on their English class this summer, just before they start ninth grade in September. They can explain mystical singing sirens, six-headed monsters, personified whirlpools and the sun god in...
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.

East GR’s Jack Lado takes the title at Spelling Bee with “bollo”

For nearly 15 minutes, totaling 18 rounds, Jack Lado and Aashray Mandala matched each other, word for word, until Aashray slipped and Jack won the 41st annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disability Haven’t Stopped EGR Grad

Editor's note: This is the fourth of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. East Grand Rapids High School senior Rosie Accola has an easy smile and super-smart vocabulary. She...

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...

Special Ed Student Efforts Underwrite Free Family Stays at Ronald McDonald House

Taking a tour of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, eight high school students were knocked out by the recreation room. “Oh, nice!” one of them exclaimed as they stepped into the room outfitted with a pool table, foosball table...

Gone in Six Seconds

The golf balls that Bill Trapp's students launched over a third-story railing could be the basis for future engineering or science innovations. More than 50 students, mostly seniors, in Trapp's advanced projects in physics and engineering class worked in pairs...

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...
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