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Why Pre-Labor Day? The Details

Ron Caniff, superintendent of Kent ISD, says he did what 20 local superintendents asked him to do when he filed for a waiver in January with the Michigan Department of Education to start school before Labor Day. The ISD...
Murphy Hossink, sixth grade, Highlands Middle; Camp volunteer Naideli Loyo, senior, Wyoming High; and James Dubin, eighth grade, North Rockford Middle, learn how to listen to the heart

Students explore, learn, create at summer camps

A pair of four-day “camps” at Kent Career Tech Center are giving students the chance to explore what it’s like to work in culinary arts, automotive repair, engineering, construction and more...

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

Local students and educators weighed in on on proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards recently, adding their voices to five years of contentious debate...

From Immigrant to Valedictorian and Millennium Scholar

When Kaleab Mamo arrived in Michigan from his native Ethiopia, he started his freshman year at Creston High School speaking no English.  Now, he’s finished his high school career as the Creston Class of 2013 valedictorian and begins his college...

Young Inventors Learn to Create through Fun and Exploration

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized summer enrichment camp for kids, launched its second year at Kent ISD on June 16 with an intriguing question: How can machines imitate and utilize movements seen in nature? This year’s theme, “Morphed!” put 1st-6th...

“We The People” Not Deterred by a Snow Day

Imagine immersing yourself in endless hours of studying U.S. history, civics and government, with the goal of proudly representing your school and community at the annual We the People competition...only to be thwarted by a snow day! Teams from Kentwood...

Inaugural Festival Changes Lives by Just Adding (Clean) Water

Parents took their children to a free-flowing give and take at the inaugural River City Water Festival that demonstrated to them why they cannot take untainted water for granted. The Water Festival, held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, was...

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,...

Whose Top Priority?

Education is my top priority. Our children are our future. Ask virtually any politician a question about education and those are the responses you’re likely to hear. Well, Michigan residents aren’t buying it. Seventy-six percent of respondents to a recent survey...

Coming Soon: Lessons in Thinking

Donna VonderHoff's AP computer science class learned how to solve a problem. While describing it that way may sound simplistic, it wasn't. The problem was how to help students struggling in school. The method used to solve the problem was...

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...

Kent ISD administrator named to federal special education post

Kent ISD Director of Special Education Laurie VanderPloeg, who has led special education in the county for the past eight years, is headed to Washington, D.C., to lead special education for the entire nation...

Schools and Business Align to Build Talent and the Economy

As someone who has long worked in politics, education and business, Kevin Stotts knows the schools of West Michigan pretty well. And he's convinced they need to do better if the area is to thrive. "Were not graduating enough kids...

Tech Center Culinary Program Featured on Maranda and in Partnerships Award

A unique partnership between Kent Career Tech Center and Ferris State University (FSU) that provides high school culinary students with college courses, was honored with the 2014 Trends in Occupational Studies Outstanding Educator Team of the Year award. Given by...

More Technology Not Always Better, Says Top Teacher

Andrew Steinman doesn’t think all new technology needs to be embraced, especially by educators. But the selfie? That has its place, or at least it did during a conference where Steinman, Kent ISD’s Educational Technology, Teaching & Learning Consultant,...

New Vaccine Waiver Rule Irks Some Parents, Reassures Others

Sarah Hernandez spent two years in Haiti as a volunteer for Nurse Without Borders, vaccinating children against polio, measles, whooping cough and other diseases. She remembers parents lining up with their children at the village clinic, because they knew...
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