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Retiring Mayor Heartwell Receives 2015 Education Advocacy Award

An unwavering commitment to children, creating a family-friendly community and creating new opportunities for high school students were among the qualities cited by the region's board members in their selection of retiring Mayor George Heartwell as recipient of the...

Student Group Explores Latest Assistive Technology

Tony Bonofiglo was trying to be as helpful as possible to the woman sitting across from him. She was wearing a blue plastic band on her head with a playing card tucked inside. The card had a picture of...

Cub Reporters Cover “Design, Build, Innovate” Summer Camp

This week's edition is dedicated to the work of high school students from public schools across West Michigan, who attended SNN's inaugural journalism camp in July, thanks to a grant from Gannett Foundation. Gears for STEM Begin To Turn at...

Courageous Student Wins Prestigious Honor

Although she thought winning the State of Michigan Breaking Traditions 2017 Excellence Award might be the pinnacle of recognition last spring, earning the YWCA Tribute Award's prestigious Judy Lloyd Student Leadership Scholarship made Binti Abdi whoop for joy. She...

Leaders begin transition of center programs from GRPS to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board voted to discontinue operating special education center programs on behalf of all 20 Kent ISD school districts, effectively turning them over to the intermediate district as of July 2019...

Alpine Elementary leans on KSSN to improve attendance and academic gains

Alpine Elementary shows off its Kent School Services Network program to 50 visiting community school directors. KSSN provides the basics for children and families such as clothes, food, money and relationships...

This Time Last Year: Ten-Year-Olds Start Fourth Year of Giving

Remember when you were 10? For a lot of us, life revolved around only a couple of things – simply playing outdoors, for example, and maybe trying to squirm out of homework. But for a half-dozen young ladies who...

Playtime for Children becomes Learning for Students

Rubber mats, bouncy balls and sing along songs are part of the experience for students enrolled in the new Childcare program at Kent Transitional Center (KTC). Because of a partnership between KTC and Kent ISD’s Early On and Bright...

How Hunger Hurts Learning: Schools Seek to Feed Students’ Tummies and Minds

The list of ways hunger can affect a child's health is a long one. Chronic health issues like asthma, behavioral issues like anxiety and social issues like bullying are just a part of that list. Nan Evans has seen children...

Konarska Twins Leave Double Legacy

You could spend a lot of time perusing the resumes of identical twin brothers Kevin and Keith Konarska, who retire at the end of this month as Superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District and Grand Haven Area Public Schools,...

Schools Learn New Ways to Teach Reading

Collaboration is the way forward, say leaders of West Michigan's Reading Now Network. Teachers teaching other teachers, more staff with reading expertise, and learning from those whose students are excelling, are all actions the region's schools are taking to...

Spring Break in GR – Things to Do

Looking for something to do as a family over spring break? The options are vast in West Michigan, many for free or nearly free. For your convenience, we've included school and community education resources, where applicable. Farther afield (as in,...

Designing and Building the Perfect Pulley System, in One Act

Noah Pittman said one thought came to mind when he and his classmates saw the project. The Engineering & Architectural Design students at Kent Career Tech Center had been tasked to develop a pulley system that would open and close...
James Hissong, Kent ISD grants and development coordinator, tried his rather unsteady hand at welding, using a machine designed to teach welding skills using virtual reality technology

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career...

Kent ISD special ed chief tapped for national post

Laurie VanderPloeg looks at the job as both an educator and as a parent of a special-needs child. She hopes to address barriers to careers in the field, as well as negative news about educators...

Students, Teachers to Converge for Annual Livestream for Education

For Linda Olejnik, attending her first Livestream for Education was like getting "a creative shot in the arm for teaching" in her American literature classroom. Olejnik, now the assistant principal at Catholic Central High School,  said speakers were dynamic,...
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