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Brightening the Lives of 4th Graders

Even though the sun has officially launched summer, I still see Stephanie Gerdes standing at the helm of her 4th-grade classroom inside Kenowa Hills' Central Elementary School. I am thinking how lucky are the kids she's just promoted to...

Students With Visual Impairments Cook Up New Skills

Cookies? Check. Apple crisp? Check. Camaraderie? Check. These are the ingredients that make up the fun-filled after-school cooking class for visually impaired students from neighboring districts in Northern Kent County. Twice a month, students from Kenowa Hills Public Schools, Sparta...

Student Teachers Become Co-teachers in the Classroom

In one corner of the classroom, second-grade teacher Dee Eidson discussed a book about snakes with five students, teaching them how to support facts with evidence. “Why don’t snakes smell with their noses?” she asked. Opposite her, student teacher Kevin...

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...

Byron Center and Kenowa Hills named to AP Honor Roll

Byron Center Public School District and Kenowa Hills School District are listed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 547 districts across the U.S. and Canada being honored for increasing access to...

New High School Principal Selected

The high school will soon be under the new leadership of a principal with a background in both academics and athletics, at the both the secondary and college levels. Brett Zuver, principal of Belding High School for the past six...

Renovated Building ‘Feels Like a Brand-New School’

Just after taking their seats in the newly renovated Alpine Elementary School, LeAnn’s Smoes’ fourth-graders piped up when she asked what they liked about it. “New clocks!” one said. “The rooms are huge,” offered another. “These desks are so new!”...
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A window into two graduations!

Whether you're a high school student heading off to college or career, or a preschooler taking that next step toward kindergarten, graduation is a big deal...

Kenowa Students Thirsting to Serve Others

Ask Jovonta Pimpleton how he feels about going to the Dominican Republic, and he’ll be straight with you: “I’m nervous.” He’s never been out of the country and this will be only his second time on a plane. Then there’s...

‘Not That Bad,’ Insists Winner of Study Challenge

Not toomany students spend time studying over the summer, but Caylee Hart put in 89 hours’ worth. The Kenowa Hills Middle School eighth-grader compiled 5,340 minutes of study in an online math and reading program designed to help students retain...

Making a Difference with a ‘Crazy Idea’

Emily Rosbury wasn't so sure the plan was such a great idea the first time she wound her way down the upper-grades hallway armed with her precious sticky notes. But the sixth-grader at Kenowa Hills Middle School, along with classmate...

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

Maranda Welcomes Area Teachers for Back-to-School Advice

WOTV4's Maranda Where You Live program recently invited four teachers from Kent ISD schools to discuss their favorite things about being a teacher and advice to parents on how they can prepare their children to get the most out...

Learning ABCs, Confidence and Dinosaurs

With care and concentration, 4-year-old Lucas Wierzbicki threaded a string through the holes bordering a pink paper heart. “I’m doing real good,” Lucas boasted quietly. “You’re going to town, buddy!” teacher’s aide Becky Dye encouraged him. Lucas and his preschool classmates were...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD...

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...
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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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