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In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

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...

Kelloggsville Archer Shoots Straight to Second-Place National Finish

Come lunch hour at Kelloggsville High School, Alex Richards heads to a storage building behind the school to pull back arrows and let them fly. The opportunity to shoot at targets in the school's Archery Club has propelled the sophomore...

‘They Want to Learn so Much’

High School English language teacher Edith Trumbell spends her days with students from Mexico, China, Congo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Japan. For her, teaching them is a privilege. She talks about it with tears glinting...

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

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...

Old Factory DOCK Hosts Students After School

It’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday and students make their way from Kelloggsville Middle School across Division Avenue to The Dock, a place that has become their late-afternoon home. They grab basketballs and are off to play hoops, start...

Kelloggsville Students Grow Hydroponic Peppers

The peppers are poppin’ at Kelloggsville Middle School.  Eighth-grade teacher Marcia Cisler’s hyrdroponics program started in December as a way to teach students agriculture and the ways subjects like math and science tie into it. As a result, several large pepper...

Teaching About Climate Change: A Loaded Lesson

Teacher Mary Lewandoski remembers a student making a firm statement while studying endangered species: "It's all because of humans." "Save that thought," Lewandoski recalled telling her. That realization would come again and again in studying sediment in streams, pollution and other...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Little Attention, A Big Difference

A disorganized sixth-grader is certainly not a rarity, but might normally fly under a busy teacher's radar. Damian Cervantes, however, is getting the help he needs from teacher Renee Lahiff, who planned to assist him in sorting and decluttering...

‘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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