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Lightbulb lunches garner student voice

Every month, teachers recommend a different group of students from each grade for lunch with the principal. Students offer suggestions and ideas about their school...

Nick Minnema – special and driven, for all the right reasons

The Forest Hills Transition Center student and athlete competed this month at the Special Olympics World Games half a world away – in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, as well as the UAE’s largest city, Dubai...

Their writing is tops with readers, judges

A pair of students from two West Michigan public schools took high honors in the seventh annual Write Michigan short story contest, hosted by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music...

Why did the pencil cross the road? Wait for it …

The pint-sized comedians got tips from comedian Allen Trieu, then tried out their own funny bone-tickling skills on one another...

Urban & suburban students find common interests in 15-year partnership

The recent meet-and-greet was the 15th annual gathering of students from the two elementary schools...

Providing ‘safe spaces’ for students of every kind to learn

Collins Elementary Principal Mitchell Balingit has been named the district’s first director of student success and equity...

Homemade toys sale benefits endangered animals

As an added, cross-curricular twist, each toy was given a materials budget of 10 virtual dollars, and art supplies and equipment could be purchased or rented...

Reading is elementary for these word detectives

For the first full school year, students across the district are using the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, a curriculum developed by author and educator Lucy Calkins...

Students drink deeply of cultures while making cups with masks

Math, history and art come together in creative ways as sixth-graders make drinking vessels inspired by cultural masks...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...

Building a groundswell of support for fresh water

They started the year as penpals. Now they have met and are working together to explore local water systems...

Brain-teasers for bears? Spider monkey back-scratchers? High-schoolers can devise those

Biology teachers at Central and Eastern high schools involved some 400 students -- mostly freshmen biology and senior AP biology -- in designing new animal exhibits at John Ball Zoo and enhancements for existing ones...

‘Walk slow, move things around, be patient’

The goal is that students gain an appreciation for the natural world, and to understand ecosystems having seen them with their own eyes, right outside school..

Bond would improve classrooms, infrastructure, security

Voters in Forest Hills will be asked Nov. 6 to approve a $130 million request at no increase to taxpayers to fund capital improvements over eight years...

Not playing scientists; ‘We’re being scientists’

Some students at Eastern and Central middle schools have been bringing caterpillars and monarch chrysalides indoors from their outdoor native plant garden to boost their chances of becoming butterflies...

If I have to be standardized, so do they

Forest Hills Central High School Senior Reena Mathews reflects on her experience as a student taking standardized tests...

A Shadower’s-eye View of Job Shadow Day

One cannot simply learn from a classroom or a computer the insights and experiences that reside in a workforce, beyond the education bubble and removed from the nurtured opinions with which parents heavily equip their kids. I have no...

How We Can Help Harvey Victims from Home

Written by Forest Hills Central High student Sophie Bolen. This piece originally was published in The Central Trend. Republished with permission. As the rain trickles down my window, I can’t help feel anything but gratitude. I am engulfed in dryness,...
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