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Ethics Questions Challenge Essay Contestants

Jessica Schick and Samara Martin had different approaches to their entries in the annual Rotary Club of Grandville-Jenison oratory contest. Jessica chose to write about a bad decision she made: "the only time ever in my life I have been...

Can I Hear the Part About the Squirrel Chase Again?

Hayden Cole opened a book titled "Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch" and began to read aloud: "She had a bucket of pink paint, a big brush and some rags," began the East Elementary second-grader. At first, her listener...

Fast Talking, Storm Chasing, Globe-Toting Teacher

The first thing you notice in Dave Carmichael's weather and science class is that he often carries around a globe, using it as a prop to explain intertropical convergence, polar jet streams and pressure belts. The second thing you notice...

Tell Your Story!

Our journey through life, including our experiences, our challenges, our successes and our failures, helps shape who we are. How we learn from these experiences and apply them to our outlook and approach toward life impact our daily living...

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...

Schools to Business: How Can We Better Prepare Students?

Grandville Public Schools leaders want to know what skills and traits employers are looking for in their young workers, and they're going straight to the source to find out. The district's fundraising arm reached out recently to area businesses during...

Understanding Tourette’s: ‘It Makes Me Feel Different’

Jackson Houtman has been volunteering at an animal shelter and wouldn't mind having a pet of his own someday. He's also been trying to convince his mom to enroll him in karate class. But what would really make Jackson happy...

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...

Class Class? Yes Yes!

Stacey Byl has had her current group of kindergartners for exactly 20 school days, and already they seem particularly, well, engaged. “Class class,” she says, not loudly or particularly soft. “Yes yes,” all her students respond, their voices matching Byl’s. “Mirror,” Byl...

Bulldogs at West Point: a community tradition and point of pride

Though far from West Michigan, the United States Military Academy at West Point has a little bit of home among its ranks. Grandville Public Schools currently has five cadets enrolled in the academy...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

AP Classes Score Big with Students

The Advanced Placement U.S. History classroom was adorned with presidential posters that students have earned working on campaigns over the years. Teacher Kyle VanderWall challenged his students to consider why Lord Dunmore's Proclamation (to free slaves who would fight...

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...

Third-Grade Reading Bill? Ask Fourth-Graders

A group of fourth-graders in Nathan Peltz's class at Cummings Elementary School planned to travel to Lansing today to discuss their opinions on the so-called "third-grade reading bill" with the Senate prior to their vote. Sixteen of Peltz's fourth-graders penned...

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...

Solar Eclipse Mania: ‘It’s Officially Happening!’

On Eclipse Day 2017 -- also the first day of school -- South Elementary School families whooped-it-up as the moon made its move. The swim-suited revelers soaked up the sun and careened down an enormous slip-and-slide hosed down by...
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