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Delicious Ethnic Dishes Make for a Great Day at School

Families from all corners of the map come together as a school community at Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School, and, recently, their favorite dishes created a smorgasbord of ethnic delights. Pierogi, curry chicken, plantains, fry bread, corn sticks and Spanish rice...

Cake Challenge Teaches Physics Concepts to Eager Judges

Question: What tastes better, cake mixed by hand or with an electric mixer? Answer (as determined by Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary fifth graders): Both are pretty good, but cake is moister and less crumbly when made with an electronic mixer. Fifth grade...

Poetry Helps Angry, Distant Student Emerge as School Leader

54th Street Academy junior Brianna Darin spoke about her battle with depression and anxiety on National Public Radio’s program “State of Opportunity,” explaining whatit’s like to be a child who feels like there’s no hope -- and how she...
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...

Students make friends by way of pen

A teacher and her former teacher are connecting their classrooms through letters...

Kelloggsville Cardboard Houses to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

Kelloggsville students’ art project hit home in a real way. The cardboard houses they built mean something much larger than paint and cool designs. They mean increased awareness of local homelessness and raising money for families affected in the district. The...

Poetry Group Inspires Students to Mix Words, Share Experience

Words tumble and flow, punctuated by emotion. Fingers snap rhythmically in the classroom as verses come full circle. It is poetry, raw, unnerving and real, and it's coming from Kelloggsville High School students. "When you write something down, you're writing...

He Pushes Students to Excel, with Pushups and ‘Geronimo!’

When it comes to encouraging students to give it their all, band director Troy Anderson says take the leap and yell "Geronimo!" By that he means hold nothing back. Blow those horns and pound those drums with gusto. "Why are you...

‘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...

Polishing English Skills by Studying Stones

Third grade West Kelloggsville students learning English have become mini-gemologists at school, studying facts about agate, mystic blue quartz, brown citrine and an array of other shiny, shimmery stones. "It looks like a flower," said Alejandra Paniqua, lifting up a...

Mediator in Schools to Resolve Escalating Conflict

Tina Murua sat down recently with Kelloggsville Middle School seventh-graders Genesis Figuero and Kiara McBride. The girls were ready to talk face-to-face about problems with their friendship, prompted by hurt feelings and misunderstandings. Taking turns holding a bag of marbles...

Fourth-graders and Fish Tales

"Let's talk fish!" a Department of Natural Resources official told a group of Southeast Elementary School students, as they learned about the process of hatching and raising fish to stock Michigan's lakes, streams and rivers. They spent the day at...

The measure of a mentor

The district has partnered with a local nonprofit to implement a formal, measurable program between students in the district...

Students Earn “Caughtcha” Rewards for Making a Difference at School

West Elementary School students held up signs with words like “Listen,” “Patience,” “Trustful,” “Kind,” “Nice” and “Polite” for a video titled “Respect in One Word” about characteristics they felt were most important for a safe school climate.  The video, created...

Taxpayers to Consider Renovation Bond

Kelloggsville High School will undergo a renovation and expansion to the point it's "considered new" if a bond request is approved Tuesday, Feb. 24, said Superintendent Sam Wright. Voters will consider the $30 million proposal to fund the major building...

Visit a Senior, Meet a Pilot or a Teacher, or an Artist

High school students have learned many interesting tidbits about the residents they are getting to know at American House Senior Living Community in Kentwood. Each resident has a story, they've learned: Betty Reynolds was the first teacher at Battle Creek...

‘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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