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Students Travel to Washington D.C. for Close Up Experience of a Lifetime

With application numbers more than double compared with previous years, Kent Intermediate School District and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation worked together to ensure as many students as possible get to experience the ‘Close Up’ trip to Washington D.C. What...

New Tech Center Leader Once Raced NASCAR Drivers (in Go-karts, but Still)

Name: Cameron Buck School: Kent Career Tech Center What and where was your previous job? Curriculum Associate and Instructional Technology Specialist at Careerline Tech Center/Ottawa Area ISD. How long had you been there? July 1 marked the start of my 10th year...

Parents Respond: Students are Being Over-tested

Public school parents' top priorities for their children should be raising their level of hope and maintaining a high level of interest in what they're taught, not standardized tests that have too much funding attached to them, according to...

Students, Businesses Give Grand Salute to Armed Forces

While eating lunch next to retired Admiral Eric Olson, Kenowa Hills High School junior Nick Reardon asked what it was like to command the Navy SEALs team that captured and killed Osama bin Laden. "That's an incredible accomplishment," Nick said...

Thank You!

Kent County voters on May 2 turned out to the polls and expressed confidence in their schools by approving a ballot proposal that will provide crucial support to all 20 districts in Kent ISD. The enhancement millage will yield...

Teachers learn alongside students in ‘read-aloud’ classroom tour

A quartet of literacy coaches from Kent ISD recently led a trio of early literacy essentials read-aloud field trips for teachers, administrators and other K-12 staff...

A limp can’t slow this high-achieving fighter who helps others

Lauren Hudson, the most recent student recipient of the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Tribute Award, overcame the painful effects of a rare hip disease to do great work in school and for others...

Students Suffer as Schools Struggle with Budget Shortages

When Christie Ramsey's son Michael was in first grade in Rockford Public Schools, there were about 20 students in his class and a paraprofessional to help the teacher. This year her daughter, Abigail, has 25 students in her first-grade...

Educators Aim to Edify Students with New Data-Driven Program

Students Josh Bolter and Julia Vu were about to tackle an ecology project in their biology class at Kent Innovation High. Before they got started, though, they took a pre-test to determine what they knew about the topic. It was...

Mosaic Film Festival Encourages Critical Viewing

Kelloggville High School student Danira Stanojevic had an interesting experience listening to her classmates respond to the film “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis of Masculinity.” The film, by anti-violence educator Jackson Katz, argues that the epidemic of male...

Staff Joins Students in Bocce Tournament, Prep for Special Olympics

Edible medals and a rolling good time was had by Forest Hills students when the Kent ISD maintenance staff showed up for a bocce ball tournament. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner munching on cookie medals...

Retiring Mayor Heartwell Receives 2015 Education Advocacy Award

An unwavering commitment to children, creating a family-friendly community and creating new opportunities for high school students were among the qualities cited by the region's board members in their selection of retiring Mayor George Heartwell as recipient of the...

Student Group Explores Latest Assistive Technology

Tony Bonofiglo was trying to be as helpful as possible to the woman sitting across from him. She was wearing a blue plastic band on her head with a playing card tucked inside. The card had a picture of...

Cub Reporters Cover “Design, Build, Innovate” Summer Camp

This week's edition is dedicated to the work of high school students from public schools across West Michigan, who attended SNN's inaugural journalism camp in July, thanks to a grant from Gannett Foundation. Gears for STEM Begin To Turn at...

Courageous Student Wins Prestigious Honor

Although she thought winning the State of Michigan Breaking Traditions 2017 Excellence Award might be the pinnacle of recognition last spring, earning the YWCA Tribute Award's prestigious Judy Lloyd Student Leadership Scholarship made Binti Abdi whoop for joy. She...

Leaders begin transition of center programs from GRPS to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board voted to discontinue operating special education center programs on behalf of all 20 Kent ISD school districts, effectively turning them over to the intermediate district as of July 2019...
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