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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...

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...

2018 Chaffee Scholar did not go gentle into his passion for space

Patrick Morgan, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School, is rewarded for his tenacity and ambition with the $3,000 Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship, which he will put towards his studies at the University of Michigan...

Toughing it out through troubled times, she sets her sights on college

Before coming to the district, Ivy and her two brothers -- one older, one younger -- had lived in 16 different homes and been in and out of a half-dozen schools as a result...

Should NASA explore black holes or Jupiter moon? Intergalactic jury must decide

Fourth-graders at Wealthy Elementary spent four weeks working in small groups to research and propose NASA’s next big Apollo-like project -- then decided which one to go with...

Release the salmon!

The Salmon in the Classroom program teaches students about the life history of fish, natural resources conservation and the importance of the Great Lakes and fishing to Michigan culture...

Myths and fables, modernized in skits, videos and puppets

Goddesses of avocados and Starbucks, we bow before your wonderfulness
Members of the Cedar Springs Division II Odyssey of the Mind team are, from left, parent coach Traci Slager, seventh-grader Aiden Lake, sixth-graders Annalise Elliott, Brielle Sarniak, Nate Slager and Coryn Wiles, eighth-grader Jade Yowtz, and long-term coach Michelle Wiles

Mind Sports Roundup

School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics

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

Wyoming, EGR and TK superintendents announce retirements

Tom Reeder, superintendent of Wyoming Public Schools, and Sara Shubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, announced their retirements last week, after Tom Enslen of Thornapple Kellogg announced his last month

Underground railroad module turns fourth-graders into historians

All 75 fourth-graders at the school are participating in an online social studies simulation. It is a partnership with the University of Michigan called Imagination Matters
“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...

All Rise and Make Your Case

Hallea Michell strode into social studies teacher Susan McCaffrey’s classroom and approached a podium with a miniature White House on top and the presidential seal affixed to the front. “All rise!” she bellowed as she banged a gavel. It was...
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.

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...

Gotta Know the Territory

Middle School’s First-ever Musical a Classic