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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...

Providing the Services Families Need – Right at School

When Kenyana Gary brought her children to Sibley Elementary School two years ago, she had just been laid off from her job, recently divorced, and Christmas was coming. She wondered, “How am I going to provide for my family?” She...

Overcoming Asperger’s, Becoming a Student Leader

Gage Schell led tours of the Informational Technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, articulately explaining the program to adult visitors. He served on the KCTC Leadership Team and taught as a volunteer instructor in digital animation and design for...

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...

Districts Seeing Red Over Michigan’s Color-Coded Accountability System

When the state’s new color-coded School Accountability Scorecard rated Rockford Public Schools red – the lowest ranking – school district parents didn’t understand why. Neither did Superintendent Michael Shibler. After all, the district had earned straight A’s for seven years...

Choices Influence District Enrollment, Revenues

For baseball fans, the first Wednesday in October offered a chance to watch the American League sort out Wild Card teams to determine who would play for the pennant and, potentially, the World Series. For schools, the World Series is...

School Funding: Where Do We Go From Here?

There’s an ongoing debate about school funding in our state. The governor and legislators of his party claim they’ve contributed more to education in each of the years the governor has submitted a budget.  School administrators and Democrats claim education...

‘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...

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...

Tweet N’ Eat While Wearing IsePure Natural Cologne

Students from the Kent Career Tech center have been selected as the top three finalists in two different categories in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s World Series of Innovation. The competition, sponsored by Microsoft and other organizations, encourages innovation...

High School Students Have Backstage Pass to Learning Technical Side of Theater

What Josh Hess loves about theater is the backstage magic: working the lights and bringing all the technical parts of the show together just right. “This is definitely my passion,” said Josh, who is in his second year of the...

Third Grade Reading and Reality

Just in time for the holidays, there are a new group of action figures fighting for Michigan’s third graders.  We’re not yet sure what mom and dad think about these new heroes, who are fighting for literacy at grade...

Sandy Hook Anniversary: Schools, Parents Support New Safety Measures

It’s a cold afternoon at Zinser Elementary School, the first big snow of the season. Parents have begun arriving to pick up their children but the front door is locked. Secretary Barb Koopmans keeps an eye on the clock,...
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