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Optimists Donate Books Needed for New Core Curriculum

When in need, go to an Optimist. That’s what Kenowa Hills fifth-grade teachers did when they decided they needed new books at Central Elementary School. They asked the Kent Optimist Club of Grand Rapids for help in purchasing titles...

Kenowa Hills Aims to Try Again for Bond Issue, but Scaled Down

Kenowa Hills Public Schools officials plan to ask voters again to fund school improvements, but this time with a scaled-down request. District voters will be asked to approve a $55 million bond issue Nov. 3, pending the ballot issue’s approval...

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,...
Parent volunteer Danielle Storey makes sure kindergartners Gabriel Hrycyk, pointing, and Audrina Coronado are picked up by their parents after school

Almost a Teacher, Now She Helps Them All

Danielle Storey leads a line of bundled-up kindergartners through the halls of Central Elementary School, to an exit where parents wait by their cars to pick them up. She makes eye contact with or waves to every parent to...

Local Educators Get a Real Taste of Marine Boot Camp

Kenowa Hills High School Assistant Principal Jim Smith had to stop thinking like a scholar to determine the quickest way to complete a mission with his group during a boot camp designed for teachers. They were compelled to use all...

Google Rep, Teachers, Students, Demonstrate Technology Transforming Education

One class did an online math quiz on a site called BrainPOP. Another wrote down decimal equations from a video lesson pre-recorded by their teacher. Another created virtual tours abroad using Google Earth. Yet another competed in a speed...

Martial Arts Champ Fights Back Against Bullying

Olivia Allen believes there's nothing more valuable than firsthand knowledge. So when the president of the Kenowa Hills anti-bullying club, Knights Lights, listened to Mariah Moore speak about her experiences of being bullied in high school, Olivia didn't want to...

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...

Offering Help Where It’s Needed, School and Home

When Rosalba Cruz was facing eviction from her mobile home because she was behind on rent, her daughter Anahi noticed she was stressing out. The fifth-grader at Alpine Elementary School suggested someone who might help. “There’s a person that speaks Spanish...

Kenowa Vote Passes, Sparta and Grandville Also Approved

Tuesday’s voter approval of a $55.24 million bond issue meant a lot to Ross Willick, not just as a principal but as the parent of two students at Zinser Elementary School. For his children and about 300 other students, the...

Six Teachers Seek National Board Credentials

Big names in teaching in Kent County – Michigan Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 – have joined forces to share the best ways to engage students and get them to achieve at high levels. A cohort of...

A new school world awaits students next year, thanks to workers and $55 million...

A new phase of construction begins throughout Kenowa Hills schools, funded by voter approval of a $55 million bond in 2016...

Science Teacher Hikes Appalachia, Gains Inspiration

The sign near the top of Mount Washington confronted Ray Byle like a park ranger in a bad mood.  “STOP,” it read. “This area has the worst weather in America. Many have died there from exposure even in the summer....

Hey Teacher, How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

As choir teachers passionate about music, Jed and Mandy Scott found themselves in Nirvana this summer by studying under renowned choral composer Alice Parker. The Rockford Public Schools couple spent a week at Parker’s idyllic farm property in Massachusetts, learning...

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford...
Hugs from students like Allison Klimek are nothing unusual for English teacher David Lyons

‘Such Good and Such Promise in Each of Them’

Fourteen students form a semicircle, discussing in detail the meaning of a poem by Pablo Neruda, "I Like When You Are Quiet." Witness the teaching of David Lyons. He lets them talk for 45 minutes, with hardly a pause, about...
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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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