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Chinese Students in Kentwood and Rockford: So Far, So Good

Editor's note: Ten Chinese students are studying at East Kentwood and Rockford high schools this year, under a partnership with Weiming Education Group. After introducing them last fall, School News Network returned to see how they are doing midway...

Hallway-long Mural Honors Students, Recovering Principal

In honor of East Kentwood High School students and Principal John Keenoy, who is battling cancer, art students recently unveiled a huge mural that pops with school pride. Stretching the length of an entire hallway outside the high school band...

Welcoming Our Newest, Most Vulnerable Students, Families

Tula Khadka remembers what it was like all too well. Arriving in West Michigan from Nepal in 2013, he didn’t know much English or the ways of his new country. He struggled to learn both in his freshman year...

Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox Named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Math teacher Luke Wilcox, who is credited with playing a large role in creating a culture of success at East Kentwood High School, is the 2017-2018 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Wilcox, who began his teaching career at East Kentwood...

At these schools, students’ hearts and minds are both nurtured

Endeavor and Challenger elementary schools are both recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

Kentwood Students Begin Kenyan Water Project with Journey of Their Own

Water splashed and faces grimaced as Challenger Elementary students took on the task of hoisting buckets containing about 20 pounds of water a short distance from a preserved wetland area to their school. “Painful. My back! Horrendous,” said Challenger Elementary...

Band Teacher of the Year Challenges Students Beyond Typical Level

There was a happy vibe in band teacher Jim Ross' Pinewood Middle School band room. While playing clarinets, flutes, drums, saxophones, trombones and other instruments, seventh-grade students tapped their feet as Ross directed, his enthusiasm adding to the catchy,...

Four Districts Ask Voters for Help Nov. 3

Four Kent County school districts will ask voters for financial support on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 3. The tax requests would pay for everything from building repair and construction to new technology and security measures. Here’s a...

Pumpkin Math is Elementary

It's the great pumpkin, Southwood Elementary students, and it's fun to weigh, measure and catapult through the air. The school's family event, "Math + Pumpkins = Best Night Ever!" put orange gourds at the focal point of learning, from guessing...

Helping New Arrivals Help their Children

New Meadowlawn Elementary School Principal Tim Hargis recognizes the traits of dedication and perseverance in his English-language learner families, and sees how hard parents work to help their children be successful. The school is home to the district's elementary Newcomer...

New shoes for a new school year — for free

In the Image’s annual “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” program put shoes on the feet of 1,700 students from more than 39 elementary schools...

Motivating Students: Educators Will Do Whatever It Takes

Getting inspired to do well in school might come naturally for some students. But for others, a little incentive, like seeing the principal getting a Mohawk or slowly putting a pie on a teacher’s face, might make school a...

Nonprofit Helps Students Boost Test Scores, Confidence Through Free Private Tutoring

Townline Elementary School fourth-grader Kadyn Toris has made huge gains in reading since he began receiving private tutoring at Streams of Hope. Since second grade, Kadyn has attended a total of six 12-week sessions inside the food pantry at the...

Food Day Celebrates Cultures Across the Globe

East Kentwood High School seniors Jai'Ana Moore and Zachary VanderScheer wanted to bring students together over food from different countries and cultures. While they brought in Turkey Knuckles and Dutch cookies to their International Food Day event, they tasted...

Board Member’s Bywords: Grit, Growth and Giving Back

If Kentwood Public Schools Board of Education Vice President Allen Young was standing in front of a classroom, he would tell students to never give up. He would tell them to usethe "Kentwood grit" for which the the district...
Social worker Pam Buschle uses an iPad with her prosthetic hand

Limbs Lost, She Gives Back with Her Heart

With her kind voice and seemingly ever-present smile, it's easy to see how Challenger Elementary social worker Pam Buschle has impacted the lives of children over the past 26 years, offering support and a helping hand to many.
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