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It’s Showtime for Student-designed Production

Trenton Brink twirled around wearing a purple jacket and top hat as he sang the gentle opening lines of "Pure Imagination," from the book and movie "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory." The pressure is on for the Knapp Forest Elementary...

Staff Joins Students in Bocce Tournament, Prep for Special Olympics

Edible medals and a rolling good time was had by Forest Hills students when the Kent ISD maintenance staff showed up for a bocce ball tournament. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner munching on cookie medals...

A Trio of Newcomers

Meet three of seven new principals at Forest Hills Public Schools: Eastern High Assistant Principal Kristine Yelding, Ada Elementary Principal Kimberly Van Antwerp, and Orchard View Elementary Principal Tim Fournier. Other principals in new buidings this year are David Simpson, Northern...

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...

Simultaneous Kite-Making Launches Goodwill Across Oceans

Homemade kites connected elementary students nearly 2,000 miles apart as part of what they dubbed "One World, One Sky." Students from Forest Hills Central, Eastern and Northern high schools spent time at Ada Elementary helping construct kites, at the same...

Parents Lead Effort to Promote Mental Health Awareness, Acceptance and Advocacy

To attack negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness, a group of parents in the Forest Hills Public Schools district has put to work the theory that there's comfort in numbers. Experts say it's not only working, but actually saving lives. A...

Science Meets Art, STEAM Results

Stephanie Cionca stood in front of a class of fifth-graders and set up an exercise aimed at figuring out how much water they would need to add to one cup of plaster of Paris to get a perfectly pasty...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

It’s all happening at the zoo

Nearly 200 Central Woodlands ⅚ students worked in teams to research and develop plans for what they saw as an ideal renovated otter exhibit at John Ball Zoo...

All Things Salmon-y

At home, Koen Unangst helps take care of the family dog. At school, he helps take care of nearly 200 newly hatched salmon. So the Pine Ridge Elementary fourth-grader speaks from experience when he says "taking care of a...

Students Hope to Save Lives with Honored Video

Brooke Buchanan and Molly Growney admit they sort of assumed their teacher was giving them busy work when he assigned them a project at the end of last school year. What they created took nearly four months to finish and...

‘No Sense Keeping Knowledge to Yourself’

Vishnu Mano was selling homemade lemonade at home over the summer when a better way of doing business dawned on him. The Knapp Forest Elementary sixth-grader decided to enhance his stand -- called "Chubby Yoda's Organic" -- by cross-promoting it...

Parking Lot Painted with ‘Positivity & Joy’

On a gray-grit city parking lot through some of this summer’s hottest days, a dozen students painted a bright path of hope. Their zig-zag creation of sunshine colors on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids emerged from interviews with area...

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...

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...

Summer Programs Push Participants to Think, Work Like Scientists

Six students sat hunched on the floor, writing on a poster bearing photos of penguins they’d taken the previous day at John Ball Zoo. Their task: identify the living and non-living things in their habitat those penguins need to...

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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