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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...

Crayolas, Creamsicles & Learning

There's a big difference between the proper way to hold a crayon and hanging onto a popsicle. And it's easy for grownups to forget that learning to use scissors is a skill that takes both patience and practice. Some Cummings...

Stepping up to Eleven

At Grandville Middle School a while back, they lifted up a beautiful bunch of Somebodys. But these six seventh- and eighth-graders weren't elevated for their grade-point average. Nor their athletic prowess. Nor how they might contribute to band or choir...

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...

Advice from Detroit Poets: Write What You Know

When Deonte Osayande was a middle-schooler, he said, "I hated poetry. What did I know about gardens in England?" Then he realized he could use his perspective and experiences to create his own type of verse. Today, Osayande, a professor...

Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the Candlestick

Students in Elizabeth "Libbi" Ungrey's forensic science class spent the school year developing the skills to solve crimes of her making. For the end-of-year project, the tables were turned and students aimed to stump their teacher. "This pulls together their...
A plaque documenting high school principal Chris VanderSlice’s work in the district has been mounted in the athletic wing

Gymnasium dedicated in honor of high school principal

Chris VanderSlice worked for the district for 17 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. Now, his impact on the district and community will live on...
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