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Constitution Day Kindles Respect for Rights for All

Hands immediately shot up when attorney Tom Behm asked the fifth-graders at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center the year the U.S. Constitution was signed. The students lobbed a battery of years. 2003? 1996? 1960? "1787 is when our Constitution was drafted," Behm...

GRPS, City Come Together for Betterment of Students

A historic agreement between Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids was signed with proclamations of celebration and hope for the city's children. The Grand Rapids City Commission and GRPS Board of Education met on Sept. 22...

Student ‘Musees’ Explore Exhibits, Venture into City to Learn

Sirens are wailing as three score sixth-graders step out of the Van Andel Museum Center and into the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The fire engines roar toward a plume of smoke west of U.S. 131, but the students...

Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center Cuts Ribbon for New Media Room

The $15,000 media room makeover for the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center (GRCDC) is ready for use. The renovated space, revealed Monday, was chosen in April from 46 elementary and middle schools throughout Kent County as the winner of the...

Back to School Already? Get Ready!

Among the thousands of parents and students who descended on John Ball Park recently were Alicia Allen and her daughter, Laticia. They came to the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Back to School Celebration to get information about Southwest Community...

From Baby Scholars to Early-college Learners, Successfest Celebrates Education

It was called Successfest, and it sure felt that way to the mothers who took the stage with their preschool children. They were the most recent graduates of a program called Baby Scholars, which helps parents get their five-month to...

Neal: It’s Time to ‘Take This on Home’ for Grand Rapids Students

Editor’s note: This is the second part of our interview with Teresa Weatherall Neal, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Here, Neal looks ahead to the challenges of the coming school year. This interview was conducted before the Board...

GRPS Superintendent Sees Vision of Greatness Coming into View

Editor’s note: As the 2014-15 school year is about to conclude, School News Network invited Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal to reflect on the state of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Here, in the first of two installments, Neal looks back on...

Too Many Student Leaders? No Such Thing, Say GRPS Officials

When Grand Rapids Public Schools officials went looking this year for two student representatives to serve on its Board of Education, they found students like Javonte Jefferson, Henry Atkins and a whole bunch more. In the past, district leaders had...

Grand Rapids Gets Behind Getting Students to School

Antonio Zavala is the kind of student Grand Rapids Public Schools has been cultivating recently: the kind who comes to school every day, on time and ready to learn. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Sibley Elementary School on Grand Rapids' Northwest...

With Love and High Expectations, Top Teachers Nurture Good Students

The boy was not having a good day. A new student in Vicki Boase’s second-grade classroom, Ja’Quon sat scowling in his seat while other students were getting to work. Boase took him into the hall and had a talk....

iPads Help Individualize Lessons, Lead to ‘Higher Level Thinking’

Mario Suarez says he learns better when using an iPad in his special education classroom at Harrison Park School. The 8-year-old second-grader is among a group of Harrison Park students using technology to help them learn by building higher-level thinking...

Ford Students Review Rare Documents While Researching School Namesake

Thirteen-year-olds Delmy Rivera and Raquel Santos along with their classmates at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center have spent part of their school year researching the presidency of their school's namesake. It's common practice for West Michigan students who routinely study...

Winning Submissions from Annual MLK Essay Contest

A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions. Each winning student will receive a certificate...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions...

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But...

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Impacting America.. My Way

When I think about Rosa Parks and what she did, or how she impacted America, I begin to think of ways that I could possibly be an impacting person and be influential for people today. One thing that I...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions...

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But...
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