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Most Threats Not Credible, But Districts Prepare to Respond

Though real bombs are almost never preceded by warnings, school districts need step-by-step policies in place to respond to every incident, law enforcement officials told educators at a recent school safety and security workshop. "There are a number of school...

At KTC manufacturing lab, students learn job skills by doing them

The 18-month-old manufacturing lab simulates the experience of being on-the-job to help students (many with learning disabilities or special needs) get ready for an entry level manufacturing position...
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Sweet salute: Students create gingerbread home for veterans

Kent Career Tech Center Hospitality students put their skills to the test, designing a sugary, candy-clad gingerbread house as a gift for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans residents....

Transcripts Should Tell More Complete Story, Leaders Say

John Kraus thinks high school transcripts ought to show both a student's achievement in the classroom as well as learning that happened outside school walls, which would convey career employability skills. Kraus, principal of Kent ISD Secondary Programs including Kent...

Why Are Kids Hurting & What Can We Do?

While school counselors do their best to help students struggling with mental-health problems, some need more intensive professional help. Lately, agencies providing that help have stepped up capacity to meet an increasing need. At Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services,...

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...

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...

Giving ‘Til It Helps: Tough Upbringing Inspires a Life Devoted to Serving Children, Families

John Matias was late for our interview, but something told me to hang in there. I'm glad I did. "I'm sorry, I apologize," he said, after breaking through the door of Wealthy Street Bakery, where I sat with a cold...

State Poverty Numbers Grim, but Local Student Advocates See Signs of Hope

Lynn Heemstra has been working to improve the lives of Grand Rapids children since 1998. As executive director of Our Community’s Children, a nonprofit advocacy agency, Heemstra has seen some success in getting youths into after-school programs and other...

Ten Schools Receive Defibrillators from Metro Health

In the awful event that someone collapses due to cardiac arrest, every second counts. That's the reason Metro Health Hospital is working to get Automated External Defibrillators in area schools. Metro Health officials presented representatives of 10 schools with AEDs...

Early Childhood Specialist Named to National Seat

Kathryn O'Hara-Wallis is headed to Florida this winter, but she's not going as a vacationer. The early childhood specialist for Kent ISD's Great Start Readiness Program is one of several educators from across the nation who will serve as liaisons...

New Kent ISD special education director brings a family tradition to job

Kirsten Myers, the new director of special education for Kent ISD, comes from a rich family tradition of educators. She was recently hired to replace Laurie VanderPloeg, who was appointed last October to be director of the Office of Special Education in the U.S. Department of Education...

Start College Planning Early, Experts Say

Focus on your GPA, get involved, develop good study habits. Students can start preparing for college as early as freshman year, which makes it a lot easier as the semesters tick by, say local high school counselors. Here are a...

Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Names Winner

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee, hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, recently welcomed 4th-8th grade students from 180 schools in six counties to compete for a chance to move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in...

Stomp Out Stigma Walk Sees Record Attendance

It may have been chilly, but 1,500 students, community, and organization members started at GVSU's Pew campus for a brisk 5k Saturday morning walk to "Stomp Out Stigma". The walk is a benefit for the Live Laugh Love: Educating...

Building a Better Back-Up

If engineers look at the world and ask, "What could work better?" Caleb Sible would probably say forklift driving. The pros must agree, since judges in The CAD Academy just awarded him a new laptop as the third-place winner of...
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