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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...

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...

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

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...

Statewide aquatic robotics competition tests students’ engineering skills

A competition Saturday on the east side of the state will give Forest Hills students a chance to show off their marine robotics skills

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...
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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,...

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 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...

It’s All Happening at the Zoo

Corrin Kile made a beeline around the corner to where her classmates sat on folding chairs in front of a window of water. "Dos nutrias!" she called. Jack Kenworthy and Kaeden Berg dropped what they were doing to follow Corrin,...

Play Makes Great Way to Practice New Language

After a year of chatting via an instant messaging app with their friend Louie Li in Shanghai, China, two students in the district's Mandarin Chinese immersion program got to visit with him in person recently at a picnic for...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

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...

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...

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...

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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