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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...

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...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Turn, Talk and Listen

Kindergartner Vincent Reatini looked up from his book, “Froggy Builds a Tree House,” which he couldn’t read much of yet. But asked for his favorite part, he promptly pointed to one page and said, “This is my favorite part,...

From Schoolhouse to the White House

When Tracy Horodyski looks back on her year as Michigan Teacher of the Year, the recollections come tumbling out: the dozens of presentations she made to other teachers around the state; a national conference with all other state teachers...

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,...

Learning about Korea off the book, from one who knows

Entertainment personality Derek Stelma shares his knowledge of Korean history, culture, politics and current events with Kenowa Hills High School students...

A History Lesson Taught with a Song

Dozens of students sat scrunched in a hallway as Jason Hammond sang them a history lesson. “With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons moreThan the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,That good ship and crew was a bone to be...

Future Takes Flight: ‘I Will Do Whatever It Takes’

Nolte Cunningham’s first experience on a plane was really bad. He was about 6 years old, on a flight taking his sister to the hospital, when he looked out at the wing and saw fuel leaking from it. He...

Students Sideline Differences with Basketball

When Kenowa Hills HighSchool basketball players took to the court with some special-needs students, they encountered a challenge: One young man in a wheelchair couldn’t reach the hoop with the ball. So they set up a trash can at...

More than a Game: Contest on 9/11 Benefits Wounded Warriors

Diane Schwaiger is proud of her daughter Holli for serving in the United States Marine Corps, just as she was when Holli was named 2011 Homecoming Queen at Kenowa Hills High School. But as a mom, she can’t help...

Administrator Elected to Lead Statewide Educators Group

Assistant Superintendent Mike Burde has been named president-elect of the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists, an organization to help local school districts optimize their use of state and federal funds. Burde will serve for three school...

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...

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...

‘I Want to Make a Difference’

Gregoria Nava drives down a narrow lane through an apple orchard to a small cluster of migrant worker cabins. She’s come here on a mission: to persuade a teen mother to return to high school and get her diploma....

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...
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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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