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State Farm’s $100,000 Grant to Fund Kelloggsville, Godfrey Lee Service-Learning Agriculture Programs

When Kelloggsville Middle School teacher Marcia Cisler recently considered projects made possible through service-learning grant money, she talked about students gardening, growing hydroponic vegetables and recycling. As she faces the end of the grant money allocated to the district...

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...

An Engaging Alternative to Conferences

During the high school Showcase, senior José Vicario showed his mother, Jovita Vicario, what he's been working on at school. He explained the importance of a T-shirt he painted, in sociology class, which says "Use Your Heart to Change the World,"...

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...

Remembering the Rockets

Former high school football teammates Rich Bolhuis and Dan Roeloffs did a little reminiscing about their glory days during the Kelloggsville High School football team’s 75th anniversary celebration. Part of the 1971 undefeated Rocket varsity team, Roeloffs, of Marne,...

Longtime Counselor Takes On Principal’s Role

Name: Kelly Farkas School: Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary What will be your first priorities as principal be? My first priorities are to get to know the students, staff and community. What are you most looking forward to as principal here? I'm looking forward to working...

Growing Food for Local Families at Community Garden

After careful planting and a summer of growth comes the harvest. The bounty from this garden – the Kelloggsville Community Garden— was recently donated to a food bank called The Family Network of Wyoming. Onions, tomatoes and peppers are...

Schools Learn New Ways to Teach Reading

Collaboration is the way forward, say leaders of West Michigan's Reading Now Network. Teachers teaching other teachers, more staff with reading expertise, and learning from those whose students are excelling, are all actions the region's schools are taking to...

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...

Homes for the Holidays

School staff visited students throughout the district and beyond for the first-ever holiday home visit initiative...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

Kelloggsville Students Enjoy Restored Fourth- And Fifth-Grade Intramural Sports

While breaking for water during intramural basketball practice, Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary fifth-grade student Camilla Casado said she was happy to have the chance to play ball with her friends after school. "We get to actually be on a team and...

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...

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 School Chief Known to Sink Basket, Golf Balls

School: Kelloggsville High School What and where was your previous job? Principal of Northrop High School in Fort Wayne Community Schools, in Indiana Degrees: Bachelor's degree in health/physical education from University of Arkansas at Monticello, master's degree in educational leadership from...

Students Urged to ‘Find What You Love’

If someone had told Greggory Hampshire how clinical psychologists spend their days (with lots of paperwork), he might not have pursued it as a career. That's one reason he likes bringing community professionals into classrooms and giving students real...

‘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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