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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...

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps

Former high school jock and homecoming king Ryan Graham is now the team captain at the Tech Center...

Kent County Students to Share Message on Diversity

The bottom line is: “You’re human,” said Willianna Paulino, a junior at Grand Rapids University Prep Academy. Willianna played a Monopoly-style game that challenged students at Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s recent Calling All Colors Conference to consider life from different...

Character Counts in Student Success, Researchers Say

When Dan Takens was an elementary school principal in Kentwood and Byron Center, he expected something basic from all his students: treat others the way you would like to be treated. That was more than just applying the Golden Rule...

Unique Hybrid School Offers Success

Lydia Stack is far away from home in New York pursuing her dream of professional dance. Ben Spencer's time for school is limited with his work on a family farm and a second job. Despite their different lifestyles, MySchool@Kent,...

Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students

They are at a higher risk for homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse, harassment, assaults, suicide, dropping out of school and truancy. But progress continues to be made with Michigan's public school districts that are ensuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and...

ASD Conference to Offer Educators Hands-On Classroom Tools

Sherry Egner wants the autistic student in her class this year to be as successful as possible. So do the other four members of that second-grader's educational team at Walker Charter Academy. "I want to know, generally speaking, what are...

Community Members Sample New Standardized Tests

Parents, CEOs, journalists and community members stepped into the shoes of Michigan students recently taking a practice portion online of the new M-STEP assessment and the SAT. The Take the Test event, hosted by Kent ISD, gave people a taste...

Personal Chef, Snowboarder, Instructor

Previous job: I started in the food industry at age 15 and really enjoyed hospitality and working with people. My focus was in food manufacturing and product development. I worked at Country Fresh Dairy as a data analyst and...

Play, Plan and Prepare

Early and Often Parents play a huge role in optimizing their children's brain development, says Terese Smith, director of Great Start to Quality program. She offers the following tips: Be their favorite playmate Read to them Talk to them Narrate...

Tech Center’s 3D Autism Project a national finalist in Samsung ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ contest

For months now, in a digital technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, nearly 40 high schoolers propel themselves into a real-world project in digital design, animation, graphics and game-making

Lincoln Developmental Center renovations showcased

Area education leaders recently got a look at renovations at Lincoln Developmental Center, 862 Crahen Road NE...

This Time Last Year: Ten-Year-Olds Start Fourth Year of Giving

Remember when you were 10? For a lot of us, life revolved around only a couple of things – simply playing outdoors, for example, and maybe trying to squirm out of homework. But for a half-dozen young ladies who...

Immersion in Watershed Helps Teachers Create Student Projects

Susan Gray peers into a microscope that reveals the miniscule habitat of algae and phytoplankton culled from the depths of Muskegon Lake. Gray, a 5th and 6th grade science, math and Language Arts teacher at Forest Hills Public Schools’ Northern...

Vision, Hearing Problems Add More Stress to Families

Eryka Ehling felt lucky. Her 4-year-old daughter didn't need a hearing aid after all. The news followed several weeks of anxiety after 4-year-old Alexis failed a hearing screening at her Head Start center last fall. Ehling, a single mom who...

Tech Center Students Excel at National Competition

Five Kent Career Technical Center students placed in the top 10 of their competition areas at the National Leadership and Skills Conference of SkillsUSA on June 20 through June 26. Colin Verwys placed sixth overall in computer programming while Sophia...
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