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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...

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

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,...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Winning the Superhero Poster Contest

The top 20 posters in this year's River City Water Festival Superheroes Contest have been selected and are on display through March 12 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Winners of the contest, open to areastudents in grades 5...

Making Way for the Butterflies

The nasty invasive species and weeds that took over the Collins Elementary garden space have disappeared, making way for a new garden next spring. Marnie TenCate's second-graders and Karin Cramer's fourth-graders made it happen as part of a STEM project....

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...

District Grad Aids in Relief Efforts to Hurricane Victims

Editor's note: SNN reporter Morgan Jarema had the opportunity to interview Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stepanovich, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Navy and a 2000 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. His mother, Susan Stepanovich, is...

French or English, It’s Still Teen Talk

In the B Wing of Eastern High School, three groups of students sat around tables asking one another questions that most teens do when they first meet: "Do you play any sports?" "What's your school like?" "Have you been to the mall...
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Students’ fairy tale figures live wax-ily ever after

More than 100 Knapp Forest Elementary second-graders became “frozen” wax characters who occupied displays in the school’s classrooms and hallways to recite stories they had written
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Trending Now: Student News Site Thrives

The two classrooms-turned-newsroom of the student news website, The Central Trend, are a steady buzz of activity on a winter afternoon just before the final bell. On the sports side, reporters on laptops put the finishing touches on ice hockey,...

Past Top Teachers Advise, Encourage This Year’s Honoree

Surrounded by a dozen exemplary teachers in the room, Michigan Teacher of the Year Tracy Horodyski paid close attention to the advice of one of them. “It’s a real gift,” said Nancy Flanagan, the award’s recipient in 1992-93. “Don’t let...

Spelling Bee Winner off to National Bee

The third time was the charm for Aiden Mischley. The Forest Hills eighth-grader bested 18 students from six counties on March 22 to take first place at the 39th annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Other top participating districts included...

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...

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...

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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