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Reading never takes a day off

Grandville staff didn’t stop learning just because of an unprecedented number of snow days in the district. As part of a district-wide hashtag #BulldogsRead, faculty and staff posted selfies and book covers...

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...

Skilled Trades Fair Offers New Opportunities

Four days after Derek Mabie turned 18 he started working at Swoboda, a Kentwood-based automotive parts manufacturer. Since then, Mabie, a tool-room technician, has nearly completed an apprenticeship program through Grand Rapids Community College, 100 percent-employer sponsored by Swoboda, to...

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...

Seating for safety and success

To reduce the tipping over of chairs in his classroom, Henry Stallings received funding from the Grandville Education Foundation for alternative seating, including red exercise balls and bases...

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...

‘Line Up Straight, Try the Corndogs, Don’t Hurt People’s Feelings’

Karie Uhl knows kindergarten is a time of big transition for children. Uhl, who just finished her fifth year teaching kindergarten at South Elementary School, says there are issues she and her fellow teachers see every year, including separation...

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

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

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...

Building a groundswell of support for fresh water

They started the year as penpals. Now they have met and are working together to explore local water systems...

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...

Way Beyond ABC’s: Kindergartners Master a Growing List of Academic Skills

Byron Center’s Brown Elementary School kindergarten students are seated on a carpet in a big circle fronting a white board. They are making sense -- “number sense” that is. Teacher Andrew Smith writes the number 912 on the board and...

A great read gets better with student presentations

As 'experts' on 'The Great Gatsby,' English students share their literary takes on a classic tale, hopefully enriching the read for all...

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...

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...

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...
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