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Learning on the job provides students pathways to the future

Students enrolled at Kenowa Hills Pathways High School have the opportunity to take on internships in the Grand Rapids community before graduation for the first year...

Walking through the ‘door of opportunity’

Wyoming high school students Mounahinde (Terry) Almame and Rohim Mohammed visited Lisa Monroe and Jodi VanDam’s fifth-grade class to talk about their experiences as refugees...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

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...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...

Kenowa Hills requests override to restore millage on Nov. 6 ballot

Kenowa Hills Public Schools will make an appearance on the Nov. 6 ballot for an operating millage proposal on non-homestead properties...

Rocking out with the cops, ’70s style

Kenowa Hills orchestra students team up with the Grand Rapids Police Department band to rock out at Rosa Parks Circle...

Keeping a close watch on doors, listening closely to students

New security improvements were part of the district’s $55 million bond passed in 2016, and weekly student meetings are part of the high school routine...

Nurturing the art of concept mastery

A new face will be making his way around Kenowa Hills Public Schools this year thanks to funding from the Michigan Department of Education...

Fringe benefits of top test scores: bagels and the principal’s desk

Three Central Elementary pupils got a taste of what academic achievement can bring, when they were treated to breakfast at Panera Bread by their principals...

How learning works here: teachers do less, students more

It’s all part of Gradual Release of Responsibility, an instruction method designed to gradually turn over more work on learning from the teacher to the student...

The art of using talent to do good

Jen Rykse’s second-grade art class created boldly colored pictures of women carrying water baskets on their heads, which they will sell to family and friends to help African families have access to clean wells...

Want to build cars someday? OK, let’s start with algorithms

Students in Paige Carleton’s classroom at Alpine Elementary School learned the first steps in a new effort this semester to reach all Kenowa Hills elementary students with STEM: science, technology, engineering and math

Family ties help students bring historical Americans to life

Central Elementary fifth-graders took on the roles of famous Americans for one night, and raised over $1,000 for charitable causes in the process. Students researched notable historical people, then donned period garb and emulated wax museum figures. Visitors brought them...

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

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
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‘Be The Change’

Kenowa Hills High School senior Carlos Velazquez created a compelling and inspirational anti-bullying video titled "Be the Change." It was inspired by Carlos' belief that bullying victims often turn into perpetrators themselves, and this cycle continues until someone reaches...

Shades of Life

Editor's note: Students in Grace Bollman's English class at Kenowa Hills High School were assigned to write a poem reflecting on the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. This one was written by 10th-grader Haily Raupp. A morning following...
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