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‘I Just Made Them My Friends’

When eighth-grader Jaden Delosh started attending the middle school right after spring break, he was happy to have Ke'Waun Blackmon show him around. "It gave me a friend," said Jaden, who moved from Waterford, near Detroit. Ke'Waun made the transition a...

Student Writers Awarded Grant for Field Trip

Kelloggsville student Chandler Pham took a break from sprucing up a path through the woods to consider his role with several classmates in bringing fifth graders to Hagar Park, in Georgetown Township. "It was a new experience for us. We...

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...

Parents Learn English, Form School Connections

Isabel Pineda read “out,” “up”, “is,” and “have” with her second-grade daughter, Yazmin, from a list of early-elementary-level reading words. But Isabel wasn’t just helping Yazmin; she was learning to speak English.Packed into two-and-a-half hours each Monday night at...

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...

Evening of Science, Slime and Snacks

Colorful slime gelled and circuits connected recently during Rocket Family Night at Kelloggsville Middle School. Five classrooms were set up with hands-on science experiments for students of all ages to experience. Each allowed youngsters to create something to bring home,...

Kent School Services Network Coordinator Brings After-school Programs to K’ville Students

It's Thursday at Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School, and the final bell has rung. About 40 students remain after school to eat, take a cooking lesson or meet with a tutor or mentor. In one room, several students and their parents...

Dynamic Community Liaison Touches Lives

Ask anyone in Kelloggsville Public Schools: Virginia Tummelson is a youthful, larger-than-life district dynamo. The community liaison for Hispanic families, Tummelson simultaneously serves as educator, translator, counselor and advocate for students and parents whose voices otherwise may go unheard....

Staff, Students Connect Through After-school Sports

Second-grader Alvaro Guizar hit a foam tennis ball over the net in the gymnasium. "Nice backswing. I like that swing!" yelled West Kelloggsville Elementary Principal Eric Schilthuis. Meanwhile, second-grader Nathan Gallgos practiced volleying the ball. "I'm good at this game!"...

‘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...

Extreme Bikers Stress Importance of Helmets

Professional BMX bikers soared off ramps set in Kelloggsville Middle School, performing backflips, 360-degree spins and advanced tricks called tail whips and no-footed can cans.Through a partnership with Spectrum Health and Grand Haven-based action sports organization AGA Nation, bikers...

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...

Responding to the Mean Girl

Parent Sophia Gork played the "mean girl" to Marcia McEvoy during a Kelloggsville Public Schools workshop on helping students get along at school. "Loser," Gork snarled. "Thanks, I didn't know you cared," responded McEvoy in a light-hearted tone of voice. Targets of...

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...

New Coordinators Serve Up Hugs & Help

East Kelloggsville Elementary School kindergartner Ricky Brooks threw his arms around Student Service Coordinator Christie Alexander in a big hug. "Thank you!" he exclaimed. Alexander had spent a few minutes with Ricky, helping him line up paperclips to make shapes during...

‘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...

‘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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