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New building, no new taxes, say district officials

The issue will appear at the bottom of the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and is part of a long-term plan to update and modernize the district’s elementary schools...

Community Celebration draws a big crowd

The district hosted its annual Community Celebration on Sept. 14 in front of the middle school. Students, their families and members of the community came out to enjoy games, bouncy castles and treats, and to hear music...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

Of travel, teaching, and Timberlake

Beth Travis is the new principal at East Kelloggsville Elementary School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Mr. Rocket’s legacy trails for four decades

Retiring Athletic Director Bruce Foster leaves a legacy of impacting students’ lives through sports, and doing what he can to provide an excellent program for student athletes...

‘He tells me to never give up’

Susan Faulk’s English Language Arts for ELL students are benefiting from one-on-one time with tutors who sit down to listen to them read books, or from a computer reading program...

Drama’s back, and students are ready to act

After five years without a program and, now, with a renovated auditorium, a stockpile of props pulled from storage and two enthusiastic new hires, Kelloggsville High School theater has been resurrected...

Fine dining, served up student-style

Third-grade students, proclaiming “Let’s Eat!” in Italian, welcomed guests to their student-led dinner, getting a taste of running a restaurant...

Practicing leadership on the playground

Sixth-through-eighth graders are using the skills they learn in the semester-long leadership class and paying them forward helping out at the elementary school to reinforce good behavior...

New approach lifts struggling students’ math scores

Thanks to streamlined coaching, students are filling in gaps in their basic skills so they can move forward in math

Olympic-style reading events push students to go for the gold

Forget a pentathlon or decathlon; Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School students completed up to 20 events for the “Read for the Gold!” March is Reading Month theme. With the focus on reading at home, fourth- and fifth-graders tallied up points toward...

Deeply rooted in community, retiree helps plant trees and love of reading

Retired Forest Hills media specialist Jim Ward works to support reading and good schools in his community of Kelloggsville

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them

Hispanic families struggle with uncertainty about Dreamers’ future

Students who are Dreamers, among about 700,000 young people nationwide who arrived to the U.S. as children of undocumented parents and are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, wonder if they will be able to go to college or secure financial aid. They feel betrayed by the system
Godwin Heights is among four high schools where Chief Carmody meets with students

Retiring police chief says teen sessions will continue

James Carmody has made it a priority to give high school students a voice at the table. Every week he meets with students, rotating between Wyoming, Godwin Heights, Lee and Kelloggsville high schools

Way Cool: Public Library Within a School

The new Kelloggsville Branch of Kent District Library was buzzing with activity as children, teens and families checked out the new community facility they can walk to for books, study and technology use. Teachers and staff members, who are...

‘Rice Bowls’ a Poem by Seventh-grader Christeen Nguyen

Rice Bowls by Christeen Nguyen I am Asian I am Hungry I wonder what my lunch will be I see a bowl of rice I wish I could eat it right now I am Asian I am hungry I pretend not to be hungry I feel really cranky right...
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