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Students Lead Drug, Alcohol Awareness Conference

Two hundred Kent area students, selected for their leadership potential, gathered for a day of lessons and activities as part of the Empowering Youth Leadership Conference at Calvin College. The conference was produced by eight volunteer students from area schools...

Tech Center Criminal Justice, Aviation Students Earn State Award

Arriya Harris is entirely comfortable about a future as a woman in a field that's traditionally been mostly men. The same goes for Damaris Sanchez. "I just want to be treated the same as the guys," said Arriya, 17, an...

Meet the Principal: Cary Stamas

Cary Stamas is a nerd, he says, touting his degrees in physics and math as evidence. But he also loves to draw, read and scuba dive. No big surprise he fits right in as the new leader at MySchool@Kent, which serves students...

Substitute Teachers Share Experience, Tips

Despite not being five feet tall, Mary Lun's unassuming ways and knowledge about teaching make her difficult to mess with when she works as a substitute teacher. At a recent assignment at Rockford Freshman Center, she doesn't raise her voice...

Making Fruit-iful Music Together

Heidi Hayes and Allison Rogers had no idea they would spend part of a recent morning trying to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on a laptop by tapping a banana and a hunk of Play-Doh. "I still can't quite...

From Classroom to Workplace and Back Again

For Luke Wilson and John Rasch, the pathway to teaching started at Kent Career Tech Center, when they were high school students learning the importance of getting real. As recently hired career education specialists -- Wilson at Aviation Maintenance Technology...

Once he knew the why, ‘Everything fell into place’

Jeff Bush, the new principal at Kent Innovation High School, was not a star student when he was in high school...

What’s not to love? Bubbles, water, music, art and the Gardens

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a summer evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in May. This Laugh and Learn event takes place annually for families participating in Kent ISD’s Early Childhood programs...

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...

Immersion in Watershed Helps Teachers Create Student Projects

Susan Gray peers into a microscope that reveals the miniscule habitat of algae and phytoplankton culled from the depths of Muskegon Lake. Gray, a 5th and 6th grade science, math and Language Arts teacher at Forest Hills Public Schools’ Northern...

Student Learning is MVP at Recent Drive Basketball Game

Despite a loss for the Grand Rapids Drive pro basketball team, a recent game against the Austin Spurs provided a winning opportunity for Kent Career Tech Center students. Students in the graphic communications program got to photograph the game alongside...

SNN Series Shows Team Approach Can Help Students Overcome Poverty

I knew there was poverty up there in northern Kent County, but I didn’t know it felt this cold. Flossie Bliss sat in a plastic lawn chair in her mobile home, wrapped in a coat. The November chill seeping through...

Chinese Educators Study Tech Center, Innovation High

Kent Career Tech Center and Kent Innovation High School recently attracted international attention from a group of Chinese instructors looking to learn about education American-style. They learned plenty touring the schools' nontraditional blend of offerings such as urban gardening,...

Early Childhood Fair April 23 Offers Dozens of Resources

Finding just the right childcare provider or preschool for your child takes a lot of time and leg-work. Even Michael Ghareeb, director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD, understands. A new event in Grand Rapids aims to change that. From 9...

Millage Approval a ‘Huge Feat’ for 20 School Districts, Leaders Say

Christie Ramsey was very happy for her three children in Rockford Public Schools, following Tuesday’s approval of an enhancement millage providing $19.9 million for local schools. But she was just as happy for all 94,000 students in Kent ISD,...
Susan Domeier has gotten to know classmates and friends including Ayuba Bedaso, at right

Filipino ESL student is still learning, and loving it, at age 84

At age 84, Susan Domeier likes to spend three hours, two evenings a week in her English as a Second Language class. Her native language is Tagalog, and though she has spoken English for decades, she wants to improve her vocabulary and conversational skills
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