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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...
Art teacher Amber Warren shows, from left, Alexiana Ochoa and Alexis Odelin, how to make a name monster

Necessity, Not Luxury

Art teacher Amber Warren sees the difference in students who have had experience in art and those who haven't. The latter have little faith in their artistic abilities, she said. "They are not confident." After offering art at reduced levels...

Latino Club Members Celebrate Culture, Share Concerns about Future

For Hispanic high school students in the new Latino Student Union, there are many ways to relate to each other. They enjoy shared traditions and values: "tamales, Dia De Los Muertos, big families, music, dancing," lists sophomore Joshua Casas....

New AP Civics Class Tackles Tough, Timely Topics

As a teacher at one of the most diverse high schools in Michigan, Katie Baechler knows many of her students and their families are affected by injustice and discrimination. She thinks that's a reason to get them talking about...

What’s in the Water? Students Wade in to Learn

Southeast Kelloggsville teacher Lynnea Roon lifted up a vial containing water that had turned abright blue, taken from a portion of Buck Creek that flows through the schoolyard. "That's a lot of phosphate!" a fifth-grader observed. Next she showed a vial...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

New AP Courses Give Students Shot at College Credits

A slate of four new Advanced Placement classes at Kelloggsville High School are giving students a taste of college rigor and the opportunity to earn college credits. After several years with no Advanced Placement opportunities, the high school this year...

‘I show them another way, and another way, and another way’

A bank was robbed. Fifteen suspects – all middle-school staff members – had their mugshots taken, each holding a dollar bill up to their forehead. Algebra students were notified. The CSI team was waiting on video surveillance to confirm the...

‘When Trouble Came to Find Me, She Was There’

Lexis Pearson was a self-described troublemaker when she was in seventh grade. Her poor choices led her to the office of social worker Brooke Davis. But by her junior year, Pearson had turned herself around to the point of being...

Grad Returns to School … This Time with Blankets

While clutching a class picture from school year 1955-1956, Jeanne Wendt leaned over to speak to a preschooler who was stretched out on her nap-time cot. A handmade blanket covered the little girl. "That's me in kindergarten," she told preschooler...

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

Kelloggsville Middle School seventh-grader Christeen Nguyen's poem recently caught the attention of her writing teacher, Katy Andreini, who had assigned the class to write "Who I Am" poems, to tell something about themselves. "What I mainly eat is rice," said...
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