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Spring Grants Bring Visit from Rapper-Poet, Arts-related Activities

A meditation and writing lesson from a West Michigan rapper-poet, physical education classes that integrate music and movement for special-needs students, and a machine that will introduce hundreds of high school students to printmaking were three of a dozen...

The Arts & Chocolate: What Could be Better?

Rowan Marshall posed next to one of her works of art displayed inside the Grandville Branch of the Kent District Library so her mom could snap a photo of the achievement. It was the second time her work had been...

On the move with rolling robots

Mary VanderMeer’s third-grade class learns about coding through grant-funded robots...

Ukuleles: Officially a Thing

Music teacher Susan Berce sang and strummed her ukulele as students walked into class. "There she was just a walkin' down the street, singin' do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do." Berce interrupted herself to give directions. "Join me whenever...

Art Walk Homage to Award-winning Artists

At Century Park Learning Center, a riot of color swirling like a Chihuly tangle of glass sprouted all over the school. The inspiration for students: picture book illustrations found in Caldecott winners. Rainbow-beaked birds like toucans dangled overhead, like Richard...

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...
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