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A case study

The experimentation involved dropping, crushing and trying to understand the effects of forces on different objects...

Barbie can bungee

Students apply their math skills to send dolls on a high-flying adventure...

Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

Making change, learning leadership

A middle school girls’ group builds leadership while focusing on social justice...

Budding poets find their voices

When Betsy Berry began a month-long poetry unit this fall, she never imagined that a single poem would spark a newfound passion for poetry in her eighth graders...

Words matter

Last year’s annual climate and culture survey revealed that bullying and name calling were affecting a significant number of students at the school...

A room to groom

Middle school barbershop provides free cuts, nurtures love of reading...

Godwin Heights band marches on in top form

The legacy of making stellar music continues at Godwin Heights High School, where more than 200 students are in the marching band...

A place to grow and harvest

New garden collaboration feeds students’ minds and bodies...

Retooled for school

The main objective was to move fifth-graders out of middle school, but administrators say there have been benefits at all grade levels...

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...

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...
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