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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...

Students Speak Out About Mental Health

For students battling anxiety and depression, sometimes the greatest stress comes from seeking success. In today’s culture of high-stakes testing, high-cost college and all-everything excellence, getting anything less than an A on an exam can push a student’s panic button....

Lights, Camera, AP History!

The usual pre-class chatter in room 228 at Grandville High School had an unusual edge to it on a recent Wednesday morning. That was because a film crew was busy setting up equipment. That day's lesson will have especially far-reaching...

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...

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...

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...

This Former Lifeguard Likes Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels (and Is a Twin!)

School: Grandville High School What and where was your previous job? This is my 15th year working for Grandville Public Schools. My first 13 years I taught English at  GHS, but I spent last year at the middle school teaching English....

‘I think this course should be required in every school’

Jessica Fillmore was sprawled on the ground, having just fallen from a roof. Classmate Kelsey Russell was the first at her side. She asked a series of questions to assess her friend's condition, then "log-rolled" Jessica over to check...

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...

Girls: Curious About Sports? Bring It

What if you could try out a sport before trying out for the team? For girls at Grandville Public Schools, it’s possible. The Women's Varsity Leadership Club is sponsoring a Girls Sports Day from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct....

Grandville Scores Big with Victory Day

Touchdown. Some 200 people filled the stands at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 18 to cheer on 26 Grandville Public Schools students with cognitive and physical disabilities who were outfitted with either jerseys or cheering pompons for "Victory Day." They were...

Everyone is a Star on Victory Day

Most everybody who loves football probably dreams of being able to take to the field at least once. This Saturday, nearly two dozen very special sports fans will get to hit the turf at Bulldog Stadium for their moment...
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