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The Supes

When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

Studio Artist Turned Teacher Makes Art Hands-On

The handiwork of Kentwood Public Schools students is present in the faces of three American leaders who smile down from art teacher Jerry Berta’s ArtPrize piece. The 36-by-12-foot mural, “The Conversation ~ What Would They Say?”, features President Abraham Lincoln,...

Tuned In, Turned Off and Taking Action

A dozen high school students were talking about the first presidential debate. They weren’t too impressed with Hillary Clinton, but even less so with Donald Trump. “A lot of what he said was just lies,” said Ashley Martinez, who tracked...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Camp will offer essentials of civic learning, policy engagement

Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are offering a free summer workshop/camp on Aug. 6-8 focused on civic learning, current events and the Constitution...

Livestream Turns Students Into TedHeads

Editor’s note: Nardy Baeza Bickel was among the core volunteer group for the TEDxGrand Rapids Livestream for Education. When veteran teacher and avid outdoors woman Lori Schneider was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she could have given up on her...

Governor Visits Kentwood, Talks About Early Education Investment

The state's investment into early childhood education programs has resulted in 830 more children in Greater Grand Rapids attending tuition-free preschool this year compared to last. Gov. Rick Snyder and his wife, Sue Snyder, visited Kentwood Public Schools' Alexander Elementary...

Le Tran: Teacher, Artist, Inspirer and Dragon

Le Tran is trying to arrange the start of her AP Art class when three young men bound in, seeking chocolate. Normally, there’d be some available, part of Tran’s stash that she’s peddling to benefit the National Art Honor Society,...

From Desperation to Diploma: A Somali Refugee’s Story

Note from the author: I met Arafat Abdikarim Yassin last February while visiting East Kentwood High School to write about the school's refugee population. When I asked him if I could write his story, he said he wanted to...

Pounding, Assembling, Constructing a Possible Future

When it comes to starting early in career exploration, Kentwood elementary students are hitting the nail on the head – literally. During a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event with a newly-added skilled trades component, fifth-graders recently hammered nails...

Whipping up a love for cooking

The extracurricular, after-school activity that has been offered to sixth-through-eighth graders for several years, brings students together for made-from-scratch cooking, from food prep to finished dish...

Kentwood Eye Doctor Equips Students with Free Glasses

After her glasses broke, Sheliah Harris-Spencer was going without them, playing basketball and doing classwork with very poor vision. The Kentwood Freshman Campus student-athlete, who is nearsighted, was unable to read the big E on the eye chart, and she...

‘You Can Be a Victim or a Victor,’ Homeless Coordinator Tells Teens

Conversations between Aliya Armstrong and her students usually begin with the same question: "How are you doing?" For the students who show up in Armstrong's East Kentwood High School office, that query often results in a complicated answer. As the...

New Group Gives More Parents a Voice

As a mother with three children in public schools, Barbara McFall wants to support her children’s educational experience. But sometimes she senses a wall between the school system and parents, and a less than welcoming attitude in some schools. That’s...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD...

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them
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