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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...

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!”...

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...

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...

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...

Taking a Stand – Make That a Walk – Against Slavery

The more students in Jim Kendra’s social-studies classes learned about modern-day slavery, the more they wanted to do something about it. Out of their concern came the Kenowa Hills Freedom Project, where for one day social-studies classes took laps around...

STEM on Steroids: Students Design Electric Vehicles

High school students put their STEM skills to work by designing a car for the future at the 11th annual Square One Innovative Vehicle Design Mobility Challenge. More than half a dozen Kenowa Hills students competed against other teams...

School Spirit Personified: ‘He Never Has a Bad Day’

Jared Scheidel ambles onto the ballfield and members of the Knights varsity baseball team greet him as they get ready for practice. “What’s up, coach Schy?” one player says, using his nickname. “Hi guys!” Jared calls back. “You ready?” As players...

History as Song and Story

It was the true story of a horrific murder, but Ben Bedford sang the tale to a gentle melody. “Pulled by four strong arms from sleep/where he prayed to the Lord his soul to keep/to that half-ton Chevy on a...

Playing in Tune with Giving Hearts

Elizabeth Catlin tentatively plucked a few notes on a violin after eighth-graders McKenzie Watkoski and Presley Avery showed her how. The she gamely played along with a blues tune played by the student orchestra, which had come to entertain...

‘A Great Big World Out There’

Experiencing faraway lands is important to staff and students at Kelloggsville and Comstock Park high schools. What impact does globe-trotting have on students, and how do they raise the money needed to add those stamps to their passports? Read...

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...

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...

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...

Students Create Stuff, Match Wits in After-School Clubs

With great care, sixth-grader Jon Lesky is constructing a Lego robot he calls “Peace Man.” “He builds stuff out of his imagination that will help take down this guy,” Jon says, motioning toward another Lego man he calls “a super...

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...
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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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