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Senior Conference Puts Focus on College, Careers

Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

‘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...

New Group Gives More Parents a Voice

As a mother with three children in public schools, Barbara McFall wants to support her children’s educational experience. But sometimes she senses a wall...

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...

Plant, Wait, Pollinate

It's a small garden with the potential for enormous impact. And it's all organic, so that means worms and manure. But don't worry, says...

Part Silly Adult, Human Monkey Bar; All Kindergarten Teacher

Gerald Neff sits on a kindergartner-size table at the front of his classroom on a recent morning and welcomes his class to a new...

Kenowa Vote Passes, Sparta and Grandville Also Approved

Tuesday’s voter approval of a $55.24 million bond issue meant a lot to Ross Willick, not just as a principal but as the parent...

Three Districts Seek Community Support in May 3 Election

Grandville Public SchoolsREQUEST: A 10-year renewal of the district's sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities.COST: The 1.4 mill renewal...

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...

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...

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...
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