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Building a Dream Into Reality

I see the horror figures portrayed in the media. I flinch and glower at the images of helpless people, abandoned and alone, drowning in hatred, blood staining their bodies while marking them for dead. They're all refugees trying to...

Student Brings STEM to Nearby District

A Central Woodlands fifth-grader turned a little TV-watching time into a golden opportunity to reach students who maybe haven't had the same opportunities she has at her school. Inspired by a commercial, Hannah Levy applied for a $500 grant from...

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...
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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,...

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...

High School TEDx to “Burst Bubbles”

Just about a year ago, Marie Lachance could sum up her state of mind as “nervous but hopeful,” though her friend Anna Laffrey would also add “stressed.” This year, with the second annual TEDxEastGrandRapidsHigh just around the corner, Lachance...

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...

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...

Bilingual, Musical, Athletic & Inspired by Many

School: Pine Ridge Elementary What and where was your previous job? Adjunct professor for Davenport University’s College of Urban Education Degrees: Bachelor’s in Spanish, master’s in educational leadership Other positions you have held in education: Secondary Spanish teacher, TriValley Academy, California; Dean of Students ...

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...

Realizing Your Limits

Signing up for classes to take the following year, the year you haven't even begun to think about, is exceptionally challenging when faced with the repercussions of your decisions once it actually comes to arrive. The single week you have...

Teachers’ Turn to Learn

This year, nearly 1,000 K-12 school leaders in 45 states and 38 countries signed up to participate in Shadow a Student Challenge. It's a full school day when administrators and teachers spend a day in February alongside one of...

Double-Duty Huskies

At halftime during a recent Forest Hills Northern High School varsity football home game against Greenville, cheerleaders finished "Let's Go!" and joined friends and family in the stands as football players made their way back to the locker rooms. But...

Here They Come! Students Pour Downtown to Soak in ArtPrize

ArtPrize Seven is under way, and that means thousands of students will be streaming into downtown Grand Rapids. With the annual art competition kicking off Sept. 23, teachers across the Kent ISD are taking the opportunity to use public art...

Maravilloso!

Lots of learning, fun and great Latin food filled Ada Vista Elementary at the inaugural Fiesta Latina, organized by the Spanish immersion school's Cultural Arts committee and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Students and their families were given...

Students Build Arm, Little Girl Scoots

Being born without a forearm has never slowed down Maeli Gottschalk. That is, until she got to the age when most kids yearn to ride a bicycle. Turns out she was only slowed temporarily, thanks to some students at...

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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