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Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day

Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez started high school while pregnant and will graduate on time, with honors and an upward trajectory-- toddler in tow...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...

The Biology Chronicles

An entire year of science curriculum fits handily into three stories...

Students make friends by way of pen

A teacher and her former teacher are connecting their classrooms through letters...

Of painters and putters

A middle school art teacher puts pizzazz into an art history unit by pairing it with an unlikely sport...
(Courtesy Photo) Teachers and staff assemble before heading out to visit the homes of children who will be kindergarten age this fall

Kindergarten Karavan connects with incoming students

Every fall, a new group of kindergartners --  some excited, some teary -- heads to school for their first day of what should be a 13-year foray into formal education. Inevitably, a few are missing: Perhaps their families didn’t...

The writing on the wall

School shifts from covering up graffiti to creating murals in bathrooms...

Grant aims to ready middle schoolers for what comes after high school

Seventh-graders in four Wyoming school districts will receive tutoring, mentoring and career exploration opportunities via Grand Rapids Community College...

Nurturing a love of nature

A middle school’s extracurricular club aims to get students outdoors and in-the-know about the environment...

Social skills, life skills & job skills, one beverage at a time

The cart is a new service that seems like a simple enough undertaking. But for the four students who operate the cart, it’s providing valuable lessons that will transfer to other avenues in life...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college

Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond...

Space to breathe, move and reflect

Margie Muñoz is harnessing the darkness of a basement classroom to help students manage stress and other challenges...
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