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Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Forest Hills Public Schools Pine...

‘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...

School Leaders Help Migrant Students Realize Possibilities

The contribution by migrant workers to the economy is undeniable, with the literal fruits of their labor evident on grocery store shelves and in the millions of bushels of apples harvested and cherished in Michigan each fall. Migrants come...

Building a Better Back-Up

If engineers look at the world and ask, "What could work better?" Caleb Sible would probably say forklift driving. The pros must agree, since judges in The CAD Academy just awarded him a new laptop as the third-place winner of...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

3D Printing Technology Transforms Classroom into Industry Training

Video game fan Izaak Smith’s sword hilt, outfitted with a wooden blade, was in his hand for the Grand Rapids Comi-Con convention.But the Comstock Park High School sophomore didn’t buy the handle at a store or order it online....

Providing Creature Comforts, on Their Own

Leopard geckos, degus, a sand boa, fishes and a painted turtle all call Steve McClintock's science classroom home. In the morning before the bell rings, the science lab at Kent City Middle School also provides sanctuary for students who want...

Eight-year-old Combats Cold Weather for Others

As third-grader Addisyn Robinson traveled with her mom to the hospital to see her grandfather, she repeatedly saw homeless people on the street. She knew there must be something she could do. An alternative to putting a roof over their...
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,"...

Teachers and School Open Doors of Possibility to Migrant Children

Esteban and Maria Ordaz, parents of Kent City Elementary third- and fourth-grade sisters Romalda and Rufina, immigrated from Mexico 12 years ago. They spend summers and early falls in Michigan picking apples at orchards, but leave for southern climates...

From Pirate to Picture Books

As a child, Floyd Cooper’s first dream was to become a pirate. As an adult, his career path veered toward advertising, but he ended up closer to his original goal, as an illustrator of children’s books. “It was just something...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

College Visits Show Students Opportunities

LeKae Scarlavai is finding it just a bit easier to decide what to do with the rest of her life. That's after the 17-year-old junior at Kent City High School took part in her school's career and college day event....

‘The Culture Has Changed’

After being placed on a list of low-achieving schools in 2010, the district's high school swung into action. Now, some of its practices are being studied as models of improvements for other districts. From its lowest point in the 14th...

Marching Forward with Winning Band Director

“There’s our tempo, arms are up, one, two, ready and...”  said Jonathan Schnicke, as the Kent City middle school band began its melody. Schnicke recently took his spot behind the podium of the middle school and high school bands...

Young CyberArtists Click, Drag, Create

Learning to use a computer mouse and printer may not sound like creativity skills, but for elementary students designing action scenes and mandalas out of digital paint and sand, making art with technology was inspiring. "Building this collaboration has opened...
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