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India Stewart Dunning: Survivor and Scholar

Her clothes are arranged by color.Like Pippi Longstocking, she sleeps upside down, with her head at the footboard and her feet at the headboard. Ever since first meeting "Bucky" in the Disney flick "The Emperor's New Groove," she's been in...

How Clean Water Boosts School Attendance

Alex Kaufmann and Sofia Debano joined their classmates in the Central Woodlands 5/6 school gymnasium recently to culminate a service learning project centered on the essential role water plays to those in developing countries. They are also putting into perspective...

On Snow, Surf or Sidewalk, Let’s Go Boarding!

Bill Curtis was teaching physical education at Eastern High a few years ago when, he says, "I got the sense that a lot of the students just weren't being engaged by the traditional things we were doing in class." Fellow...

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

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...

Teachers Team Up to ‘Design Think’ Their Way to Cross-Curriculum Project

Lynn Cvengros is always looking for writing and research opportunities for her students. When the Forest Hills Eastern High School Advanced Placement Language teacher came across an article about the "edible schoolyard" concept, she saw abundant potential. In the article,...

Educator Says Ship-board Experience One of the Best of her Life

Kari Fuller said she was geeked to spend a week this summer on the U.S. Lake Guardian research vessel, where she was part of a learning adventure that set a scientific record and sailed through a 100-year storm. The gifted...

‘Beautiful Chaos … So Much to Learn’

With just about a week to go until the start of her senior year, Ella Streng was still feeling a bit out of sorts. She had returned to Michigan only days before, after a month in India, where she'd had...

Baseball, high school, happiness

Amy Pallo is the new Eastern High School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...

This Group Could Drive You Batty

In their first year of competition, team "Hey, Watch This!" brought home the silver. And for their classmates, that means a week of focus on all things batty. The 10 Orchard View Elementary students took second place overall in the...

From Ireland to India, Students Tour Holidays Around the Globe

Yes, Christmas is coming, and Hanukkah just happened, to the delight of kids across America. How are other children around the world celebrating the holidays? A couple of local classrooms sent their students on a quest to find out. Forest...

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...

Education Researcher Says We’re Teaching Too Much to be Good at Anything

There aren't enough hours in the day for educators to teach everything we're asking of them, let alone constructively criticize peers to improve how we teach young people. That's the abbreviated, cliff notes version of education guru Robert Marzano's theory on...

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...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! Each week School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD districts and...

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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