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Superintendents: Keeping schools open remains the priority

Local districts are putting their focus on remaining in person, but are ready to pivot to virtual learning...

Elementary school recognized for English learner achievement

Endeavor Elementary was recently selected for a special recognition for its English learner student achievement...

Around the world in seven holidays

Students celebrated holidays as diverse as the number of cultures and languages spoken at the school...

Local students respond to Oxford shootings: ‘This should not be normal’

Area students share their thoughts in the wake of the latest U.S. school shooting, this time fewer than 200 miles away...

Kent Transition Center students make pies, learn life skills

The annual sale gives students math and science practice, and experience in real-life work environments...

Science through toys, squirrels and boats

Kent County was included in research that shows students in PBL classrooms across the U.S. significantly outperformed students in typical classrooms...

A forest in the city

A woodsy area outside Southwood Elementary School has become a nature-filled classroom...

A schoolyard turned pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch at Glenwood Elementary gave students a way to enjoy a popular fall activity at their own school...

Kent ISD program ‘feeds my teacher soul’

Area teachers are taking part in a cohort model of professional development, and are returning to the classroom fired up...

Learning in full force

Students tossed balls, rang bells, pushed targets and learned the concepts of energy and force during the Cardboard Energy Fair...

Vaccine clinics for GRCC, Kentwood communities focus on accessibility

Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College believe vaccines are an effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, so they are working to make the vaccine process accessible for everyone...

KSSN coordinator has neighborhood connection to school she serves

What’s extra special about Breanna Vasquez being Kent School Services Network coordinator at Meadowlawn Elementary is that she also lives in the neighborhood...

New role merges remote learning, instructional technology

David Emeott is the new director of remote learning and instructional technology at Kentwood Public Schools. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Administrator...

Parents are nervous, excited; students, ready to learn

Some are returning to in-person learning for the first time since buildings were shuttered in March 2020...

‘My personal vision is to change the world’

Kevin Polston is the new superintendent for Kentwood Public Schools. He plans to “stand on the shoulders of the great things that have happened in Kentwood previously,” building on efforts to serve the diverse population...

For once-homeless mother and daughter graduates, ‘dreams do come true’

Ayjia Jones and her mother, Monique Williams, are both graduates of the Class of 2021. Their accomplishment comes after two years living in motels, searching for housing and pathways to stability...
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