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Journalist & Mom Humbled, Frustrated with High Stakes Testing

Well, that was... humbling. There are several things my children can do that I could once accomplish easily but can't so well anymore: A roundoff back-handspring, pull-ups, riding on spinning carnival attractions without throwing up and, as it turns out,...

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...

Tech Center Students to Start Classes at Downtown Market

Quick!  How many places can you find high school students engaged in learning?  While you might be able to list some of the 60+ high schools in our region, would you have said the new Downtown Market? The Downtown Market...

Innovation High, Global Tech: Engaging Students in Real World Connections & Projects

World War II for sophomore Zach Jones became something real when he met veterans who remembered it firsthand. It brought the history lesson to life in a way a text cannot, he said. He and his peers from Kent Innovation...

‘Blown Away by Awesomeness’

During the 5-Minute Design Challenge, Kent Innovation High School students worked together on creating new and improved cat strollers. You could say it was "the cat's meow." In teams of four they discussed methods of transporting felines including pros and...

Kent ISD special ed chief tapped for national post

Laurie VanderPloeg looks at the job as both an educator and as a parent of a special-needs child. She hopes to address barriers to careers in the field, as well as negative news about educators...

‘Schools and Guns Don’t Mix’ – Except Under Michigan Law

Like many residents in his largely rural school district, Superintendent Tom Enslen enjoys deer hunting. He has fond memories of hunting near Kalkaska and other woodlands with his two sons and daughter. But if you try to enter one...

Blended online, in-class MySchool@Kent program expanded to middle school

The MySchool@Kent program, previously just for high school students, gets a test run at the middle school level

Careers Found Here

I'm supposed to wear what to an interview? I'm supposed to talk how? A resume and a business card to give out? Seriously? Those thoughts might have once gone through the minds of Kent Career Tech Center students. But after...

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...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands. A new event in Grand Rapids aims to change that. From 9...

One-of-a-Kind Technology Conference

Where can you try out a specially designed stool for the classroom that lets kids get their wiggles out and stay seated at the same time? How about a spongy yet oddly firm "frame" you can put around a...

Bosch Funds Robot for the Tech Center

Students at the Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) are about gain a new family member – NAO the humanoid robot. Thanks to a generous partnership, including a recent $9000 donation, with Bosch – Grand Rapids, students will soon meet...

Forge Ahead with Life After High School, Say Grads

Being nervous about how your life will unfold after high-school graduation "isn't something you should be thinking about too much," said Arshano McKenzie, a Kellogsville High School graduate who is now working toward a career in medicine. "If you...

Take the Quiz – How Would They Vote?

Here's a quiz: Given their track record, how do you think Michigan legislators would vote on a bill to lower school property taxes on businesses and homeowners without hurting -- and actually benefitting -- schools and their ability to...
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