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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...
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...

Student Baristas Add Math, Social Skills to their School Menu

It's not even yet 8 a.m., and already, it's a honeycomb of activity inside Mandy Acker's second-floor classroom. But the dozen or so students buzzing about aren't studying just one subject. Instead, they're engaged in a hybrid class that simultaneously teaches...

Students on #metoo Movement: ‘It Kind of Scares Me’

Freshman Ava Deschaine plays basketball and runs cross country and track for her high school. So she felt sad for the more than 150 female athletes who recently testified that Dr. Larry Nassar had abused them under the guise...

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...

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...

Ukuleles: Officially a Thing

Music teacher Susan Berce sang and strummed her ukulele as students walked into class. "There she was just a walkin' down the street, singin' do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do." Berce interrupted herself to give directions. "Join me whenever...

Student Saves Drowning Man

For just a split second, Tiana Studebaker hesitated when she saw a man lying on the bottom of the pool. “I was like, ‘This isn’t my job. Somebody go down there and get him!’” recalls Tiana, a self-assured seventh-grader at...

Michigan Teachers of the Year to speak on leadership at GVSU forum

Michigan MTOYs Luke Wilcox and Tracy Horodyski will talk about their roles as Teachers of the Year, the importance of leadership in their schools and communities, empowering fellow staff members and helping students grow

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...

Students Put a Face on Anti-Bullying Message

Kenowa Hills High School students will be the faces of a worldwide anti-bullying campaign, thanks to their creative collaboration with martial-arts champion and motivational speaker Mariah Moore. The former Lowell High School student is using posters and stories of...

Sports Nut, Zamboni Driver, Dedicated Educator

School: Central Elementary Other positions you have held in education: I spent the past 11 years as an English teacher at Kenowa Hills High School. During that tenure, I taught every grade level but, by far, my favorite was teaching...

Youngest Board Member Wants to ‘Help Fix Things’

Eric-John Szczepaniak remembers leaving his job at the Alpine Township polling place last March with a novel idea formulating in his mind. Having completed his work at the township for the Michigan presidential primary, the 18-year-old Szczepaniak started tossing around...

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...

Special Times for Special Friends

First-grader Ja’Nia Gossett is reading to fourth-grader Madeline De Young from “The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!” by Mo Willems, and putting quite a lot of feeling into it. “Yippee! I win!” Ja’Nia crows, quoting the bird’s boast. “You’re looking at...

Four Districts Ask Voters for Help Nov. 3

Four Kent County school districts will ask voters for financial support on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 3. The tax requests would pay for everything from building repair and construction to new technology and security measures. Here’s a...
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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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