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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...

Just learn the rules and stay safe

School resource officers demonstrate they are all in for students, even when it comes to offering after school hunting safety courses...

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...

Passion for dance, hometown values will follow this grad to college and beyond

Coping with loss, yet this graduate heads to college with confidence and hometown values...

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...

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...

Elementary Students are ‘Maestros’ of Español

Lorin Sorenson compares her method for teaching Spanish to circuit-training body conditioning, with Kent City Elementary students learning vocabulary in fast-paced learning "centros." At the "Señor Potato centro" (center) during a recent fourth-grade class, a student-turned-"maestro" -- teacher in Spanish...

‘I’ll Saw this Wood Up – I’m Not Scared of It’

From the courtroom to the archery range and beyond, a quartet of female high school students are breaking into fields dominated by males. Two Kent Career Tech Center students were among 32 students across Michigan to receive 2016 Breaking Traditions...
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