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Area Students Bring Home Medals from State Competition

Bread, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, pie and cookies baked from scratch in three-and-a-half hours was only part of a day’s work for Kayla Coppock, 17. To top it off, she even decorated a cake. Kayla, a Kent Career Tech Center...

Lansing Adds Confusion as Common Core Implementation Begins

The Common Core is coming, so get ready. That has been the message across all 20 school districts in Kent County for three years. Thousands of teachers have been trained in the new educational standards as districts prepare to implement...

Students Help With Fundraiser for Arab and Muslim Women

Students from a number of Kent County schools are pitching in to help fund a new shelter for West Michigan Arab and Muslim women. The June 15 fundraiser will seek support for a new facility to provide temporary housing for...

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...

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...

Programs Help Transitional Families Keep Kids in School

Two years ago, Jessica had a steady job, a home and three children enrolled in Godwin Heights Public Schools. That was before she started experiencing fibromyalgia-like symptoms that made her daily routine difficult to follow.  Soon, she found herself...

Health Students Help Doctors, Nurses with Disaster Drill

Emanuel Melendez appeared weary and ill when he walked in. “I’m so weak and the nausea has been so bad,” he told Dr. James Barron, an internal medicine physician at Spectrum Health. Barron checked Emanuel in at the entrance of Grand...

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...
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