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Students Awed by Virtual Visit to Roof of the World

As Jill Smith readied for a lesson on Mount Everest, those in her classroom giggled with anticipation: The mountain wasn't coming to them; they were going to the mountain. "If you are one of those people who tends to get...

Finding Their “Aha Moment”

It's the last day of a week-long visit from bestselling children's author Melissa Stewart, and today it's Wealthy Elementary students' turn to share their work. Third-grader Noa Stein is the first to raise a hand, but a case of last-minute...

The Power of the Pen, from Three to 100

Two classrooms, two grades ... two levels of writing being honed. All in a day's work at Breton Downs Elementary. Never Too Old for Star Wars Kindergarten teacher Kristen Borak's students were immersed in how to write how-to's when the school...

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...

More to film than meets the eye

The International Baccalaureate filmmaking class also includes contextual, cultural and historical analysis...

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...

EGR Millage Vote Is Today

East Grand Rapids Public Schools voters will go to the polls today on a trio of tax requests. Two of the district’s millage renewal requests are for the state-authorized non-homestead tax on industrial and commercial properties, which does not include...

A ‘drive to do good in the world’

Born in Paris, Léa Schmitt and her family moved to Grand Rapids from France in time for the last few weeks of her sixth-grade year at Breton Downs. She barely spoke English...

Hooked on Fly-Fishing

Abby Bell remembers her first fish: a rainbow trout she caught (and released) out of a pond in Montana, while staying with family at a relative's cabin. She was 4 or 5. "I remember the smile on my dad's face,...

Principal Switches Schools to Continue 21-year Legacy

New Lakeside Elementary Principal Craig Weigel plans to continue the legacy of 21-year school leader Linda Kehm, who retired this summer. Kehm coined the motto "Where Kindness Counts!" at the school, a culture-building phrase students and staff will keep saying. "That...

Yoga Club Renews Students’ Spirits at EGR School

During Monday lunch period, Wealthy Elementary students are encouraged to take off their shoes, stretch, breathe and relax. Yoga teacher Brooke Dillane gathers up about 25 girls for a session spent in Tree, Warrior, Child's and other poses. Dillane started...

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...

Fifth-grader’s Story Tops with Readers

When the boat she was solo sailing on Reed's Lake last summer capsized, Rachel Anne Williamson could see her mom onshore and knew her instructors were coming for her. Nonetheless, "I was concerned about hypothermia," admitted the Breton Downs...
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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...

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...

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...
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