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Pen pals build bonds during remote learning

How does a teacher create get-to-know-you opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners?

Art with a fishy surprise

An art project demonstrates that what you see at first isn’t necessarily the whole picture...

Foundation grants $28,285 in fall funding requests

Virtual phys ed and art experiences, materials to improve classroom focus and books on social issues aimed at middle-schoolers are among the grants approved this fall...

GRCC participates in study around product that could slow COVID spread

The inhaled mist device, developed by a FHPS and GRCC grad, could prove useful in schools...

Save more money, buy more shoes, do more good

STEM Academy students used Consumers Energy’s new 3D mapping software to take virtual tours of a facility, then crunched the numbers to come up with energy- and money-saving solutions...

Class of 2021 has ‘test-optional’ choice when applying for college

Most schools in the state of Michigan have become SAT/ACT-optional for the Class of 2021 for admission purposes. There are, however, pros and cons for students...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

Building closed, great teaching & learning go on

This middle school moved from in-person to remote learning temporarily. SNN got perspective from inside the building while students learned from home...

Freshmen create voter guide aimed at first-time voters

Civics teacher Jeff Manders hopes to spark students’ interest in becoming engaged in the political process...

Two schools closed due to COVID cases

Northern Hills Middle and Northern High schools closed their doors temporarily this week due to students testing positive for COVID-19...

Teaching from a distance: ‘they have to learn to be patient’

Lana Tran, a 26-year district teacher, is in her regular classroom this year, but behind a locked door. Her 18 students are at home, their parents having chosen distance learning...

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

Avid reader, Petoskey-stone hunter, lover of great outdoors

Melanie Hoeksema is the new Ada Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Wedding singer, home renovator, intentional leader

Kristen Pennington is the new Knapp Forest Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Forest Hills Eastern student takes top honors in Ford essay contest

Isabel Gil took first place in the 2020 President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge, while Nina Lu and Ethan Magley earned honorable mentions...

Connecting those in need with those who want to help

A pair of brothers with tech savvy and big hearts have created a website to help during the COVID-19 crisis...

I regret taking normal for granted

A Forest Hills Central High journalism student shares her thoughts. We invite students and staff in our coverage area to submit theirs to SNN@Kentisd.org...
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