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Team takes public speaking skills on the road

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

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...

New Kent City Summer Camp Uses iPads and Flashcards to Boost Literacy

“It’s awesome,” said third-grader Ryan Lucht, as he finished the day’s three-hour session with a game of Word Bingo on an Apple iPad. Around him other students used the tablets for reading activities, with traditional flash cards and books...

From the Bottom Up: Scores Take a Jump

An increase in testing scores at Kent City High School, and a significant jumpin the state’s Top to Bottom school ranking, has district leaders cheering. “In almost every category of the ACT we’ve seen a big jump,” said Bill Crane,...

Journaling, Imaginations Make Waves of Summertime Learning

Dante Botello may never have entertained the notion of caring for a pet monkey had it not been for his Spanish Elementary teacher, who drove to his house this summer with a stack of books and two lawn chairs...

Veterans’ Stories, Experiences Are Living History

Fred Groenke remembers nearly 20 years ago when Veterans Day wasn't widely celebrated. That's when he began an annual tradition at Kent City High School, honoring those who served our country. As the school's principal in 1996 and a Marine Corps...

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

‘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...

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...

Computer Fields Beckon Girls to Great Careers

Rachel Bowman likes robots so much she wants to own a robotics company someday. She spends half her school day in the Information Technologies program and the other half in the Mechatronics programs at Kent Career Tech Center. In both...

Bringing the School Along on ‘A Christmas Story’ Adventure

Thanks to a relationship between Kent City Elementary and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 179 students and family members got to attend a production of the classic tale "A Christmas Story." To sweeten the deal, Katie DeVries, a school social...

Students to Drivers: Put the Phone Down!

The image looms high above southbound U.S. 131, just north of the Burton Street exit -- a tear falling from a teen girl’s eye, a pair of hands clutching a cell phone instead of a steering wheel, and a...

Superintendent: ‘This is a Revolution. We Will be ‘The Region That Reads’

West Michigan teachers and administrators recently heard the five common practices that lead to success in reading, and many are ready to implement those findings to a whole new level at their own schools. Dig deeper into data. "Own" every...
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Time-Honored Lessons Passed Down from Older Students to Younger Ones

Just like spelling and math skills, at some point we were all taught how to behave. Most were taught that yelling and screaming in school hallways or interrupting in class was unacceptable and rude. Some of us were taught such...
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,"...

Map-making a fun way to learn about Michigan

Third-graders learn about their Mitten State creating their own Michigan maps...
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