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Voters in Kent City, Godfrey-Lee approve funding requests

The Kent City and Godfrey-Lee school districts won funding requests on the Tuesday, May 8 ballot by comfortable margins...

Superintendent: millage renewal approvals ‘essential’ for district

Having voters understand the millage proposals is an important goal, said Superintendent Mike Weiler, as Kent City Community School seeks renewal of two millage issues...

Students to show off their talents at regional showcase

Kent City sends athletic, academic, art and literacy stars to the West Michigan Student Showcase for the first time

Learning to defend opinions is big part of learning for young writers

Eat healthy, consider fostering a child, don’t drink or smoke, vote for the candidate of my choice are just some of these fourth grade persuasive experts

Student mural takes learning out to the hall

When the the art class moved into new semester, students who preferred painting to other media took to decorating the hallways

Team takes public speaking skills on the road

Students gain confidence and expand social circles while competing in public speaking events

I Want it, But Do I Need it?

Austin Hickman spent a month writing down every penny he spent. "I realized that I spend a lot more than I thought I do," the high school junior said. Like many high school students, Austin has few expenses other than paying...
Sarah York spends time volunteering in the Kent City computer lab

Welcome Help for Younger Readers

Third-grader Gage Stray has changed his mind about reading. He has learned to like it -- especially if he gets to read about rally cars. "You know, the old-fashioned kind that people a long time ago drove down dirt roads,"...

‘The Goal is to Keep Them Reading’

Second-graders Leonel Santiago and Carlos Saldana hit an exciting benchmark this fall: They started reading their first chapter books. Besides helping them learn the important time concepts of "first, next, after that and finally," said Bonnie Biggs, a retired Kent...

From Garden Banquet to Community Tradition

Inviting veterans to school started two decades ago, when then principal Fred Gronke, both a Kent City graduate and a retired U.S. Marine, brought vegetables from his garden and cooked dinner for a small group. The idea was to do...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

A Day at the Top

It is never too early to practice leadership skills. At least that is the thought behind a recent Kent City Elementary School event, which featured three of its students as principal, vice principal and librarian for a day. The three...

Boosting Student Reading Takes Center Stage

While it isn't clear if nationally renowned researcher Richard Allington was excited to see staff from the school district where he started his career, it is clear that literacy coach Kathy Arlen and elementary Principal Pamela Thomas were interested...

‘We Support Each Other’

When Dan Crofoot recently was shown a letter he wrote to a student in 1989, he said, "It made me realize that what we do goes far beyond the classroom and the playground." The former student, now 34, had traveled...

Creativity to Spare

Sparta Lanes in downtown Sparta got a bit of a makeover recently with help from some local high school students. The alley is home to their bowling teams, and now bears original artwork from the bowlers themselves, with Kent City...

Student Artwork ‘Deserves to be Showcased’

The creative artistry of Kent City students was on generous display recently, when some 250 community members strolled through a broad collection of more than 900 artworks by K-12 students in the school district's fourth annual Visual Arts day. "The...
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