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Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

The annual rite of passage for fifth graders was modified because of safety measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus...

Above the fold: student journalists make headlines with big wins

Three area school news sites take top honors at annual state interscholastic journalism awards, held online this year...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

School’s back! Districts begin to launch Continuity of Learning Plans

Districts statewide are rolling out individualized plans by April 28 to continue learning through the end of the school year...

‘One person can change so much for so many’

'I think people need to recognize there’s something greater than themselves at stake'...

Navigating the new, for-now normal

The Cornells of East Grand Rapids on coping, disappointment, and resilience...

History: these fifth graders are really digging it

For the second year, teacher Linda Sawade recreated a site at the earliest known Colonial settlement...

An elevator, an octopus & lots of swimming pools

Students created computer models and 3D scale models of their dream homes...

‘Hamilton’ cast member and EGR alum: ‘Be spectacularly you’

Mikey Winslow also sat on the exclusive senior bench, something he said he didn’t even do while a student. You gonna tell him to move?

Write what you know, they say. These students did it

First graders wrote the books on what they know...

A life well lived? Students decide

Over about a four-week period, they came up with their own definition of ‘a life well lived’ by researching people not found in their textbooks...

Video gaming moves from virtual online to inter-school competitions

A sense of belonging and representing the school is high on educators’ lists when they explain why they are pursuing fielding teams...

Referee, bobblehead collector aims to make every day the ‘best day of my life’

Jeff Dykhouse is the new East Grand Rapids Middle School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...
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