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Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...

‘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...

The Art of Economics

Erin Quick has heard policy debates for as long as she can remember, but a challenging assignment that combines economics with art left her with a new take on both fields of study. A junior at Kent Innovation High School,...

Consultant hired to review center-based special education programs

The Kent ISD School Board approved a contract with consultant Beth Steenwyk to review practices and provide a comprehensive, third-party review of special education center programs...

Director of Kent ISD’s new center-based program is on a hiring spree

Kent ISD’s new director of center programs says hiring is well under way for the nine center-based special education programs being transferred to the ISD from Grand Rapids Public Schools...

Top Students Find a Real Challenge in ATYP

Nineteen students hunch intently over their papers and scratch away with pens and pencils. Their English writing assignment this morning: In what way has this class been like an animal, vegetable or mineral? Vegetables prove popular. So do animals...

Education Advocate Says Schools Need Informed Communities

People who work in public education are the problem with schools today. They have cushy jobs and get the summers off. If school systems were run like a business, everything would be OK. That's the spiel businessman Jaime Vollmer delivered...

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...

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...

Two programs become one, to help infants and toddlers

The Ken-O-Sha Home Community program will fit hand-in-glove with Kent ISD’s Early On program when Grand Rapids Public Schools transfers its special education center programs to Kent ISD this summer, leaders say. Both programs serve children with impairments from birth to 3 years old...

Helping Schools Prep for Online Testing

Nearly $100 million in grant money is helping school districts across the state update their technology so students can take standardized tests like the MEAP online.  The switch to online tests means students will get more help where they...
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