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Friendships Break Down Barriers

I have pretty good recollection of who I sat with in the lunchroom during both my elementary and high school years, I can say with some certainty – and shame – that it wasn't any kids with special needs. So...

Look Out Humans — Here Come the Robots

A robot made of Legos pushing around poop could lead to students being scientists and engineers. Settle down, it's not real poop. It's manure made of Legos, and it was part of the challenges for students as this year's...

#LetMeSpeak: Students do just that, and their classmates listen

Sophomores at Grandville High School join national conversation through personal narrative...

May 3 Sinking Fund Renewal Sought

Voters will be asked on May 3 whether to approve a 10-year renewal of the district's sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities. The millage was originally approved in 1996 and renewed in 2006. Superintendent Roger...

Video Chat Piques Interest in Reading, Writing

Jaxson Wilder isn't sure he will ever become an author, but at least he now has an idea of what it takes. Jaxson and his fellow fifth-graders at Cummings Elementary were able to ask questions via Skype with California-based children's...

Innocent until proven guilty

Students in Valerie Conley’s sixth grade class practice elements of the judicial system through annual mock trial experience...

Curbside Literacy, Scout Style

Spencer Phillips kicked around a handful of ideas for a project that would earn him the rank of Eagle Scout. "I wanted to do something different," said the Grandville High senior. "I wanted to do something to benefit not only...

Girl Scout, Journalist, Spartan

School: Grand View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: ⅚ teacher andassistant principal at Century Park, adjunct instructor at Ferris State University with a focus on field supervision, and classroom teacher in a variety of grades in Chicago. How...

Area Science Teachers Take National Stage

Go ahead, ask a question. Better yet, ask a bunch of questions. Three science teachers from Kent ISD schools were among 10 teachers who recently made presentations at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Philadelphia. The trio — Kristy Rieger...

Helping with Stress at the Holidays

When Karen Hoekstra was in high school, there was no "be nice" committee, and talking about mental illness just didn't happen, she said. "Had there been those sort of programs they have here today, it would have saved me a...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Soldier’s Letters Bring Civil War Close to Home

Eighth-grader Nevin Hooper says learning about a local Civil War soldier was "way more cool" than learning about the bloodiest war in U.S. history from a textbook. Libby "Fred" Rozema and Riordan McPhail agree. "You always get it from the textbook's...

Magical symphony tour: ‘Maybe one day I’ll be onstage like that’

Sixth-grade students in Laura Alexander’s and Sara Peterman’s classes had the opportunity to explore DeVos Performance Hall as part of the Grand Rapid Symphony’s annual “Nooks and Crannies” Tour...

District Welcomes New Principals

New Year, new faces in the top office at five buildings: John Philo at the high school, Ken See at the middle school, Ana Aleman-Putman at East Elementary, Jennifer Harper at West Elementary and Angela Thornburgh at Central Elementary....

In Honor of Those Who Served

Editor's note: Schools across Kent County observed Veterans Day with a variety of events. Here is a sampling. Byron Center Boys Scouts brought up the flag; "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was sung; red, white and blue were worn; and...
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