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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...
Fifth-grader Jaden Nguyen floats on his back, a water safety skill

Water All Around, but Some Children Can’t Swim

With his lifejacket snug and dripping wet, Challenger Elementary School fifth-grader Jaden Brown pulled himself up an East Kentwood High School Aquatics Center pool ladder. He had just practiced swimming in deep water with his classmates. During three sessions at...

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...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...

Collaboration centers in every school to foster student engagement

In schools across the district, new spaces are allowing for students to come together, collaborate in innovative ways, and plug in to cutting-edge technology. A space will serve the community too...

No Debate About it: Debating Skills are Valuable

The mere idea of debating on stage may cause some to break out in hives, but students are usually far from tongue-tied by the time they take their spots behind the podium, say local high school debate coaches. “Debate is...

‘Our Diversity is Our Strength’

At Bowen Elementary School, students come from 26 countries and that's a reason for celebration. At the second annual Parade of Nations, 100 students, clad in ethnic dress and waving flags from their home countries, created a parade representing places...

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...

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...

Growing Produce from the Ground, er, Air Up

Discovery Elementary fifth-graders are growing up –– with leafy, green plants on their Tower Garden. Bib and gourmet lettuce, basil, rainbow chard, peppers and cucumbers are sprouting nearly as fast as the students' scientific knowledge. The Tower Garden, a product...

Michigan art teacher of year makes all subjects ‘artful’

Art teacher Adrienne DeMilner brings art into all subjects and areas at East Kentwood Freshman Campus and out into the community. She was recently awarded 2018 Michigan Art Educator of the Year and Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association...

Welcome Back, Class!

Launching another school year is a reason to celebrate for families gathered at enrollment events, registrations, open houses and community parties. Godwin Heights Public Schools recently held a kindergarten through eighth-grade Enrollment Extravaganza at the high school, welcoming new students...

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap

A fence illustration is often used to show the difference between equality and equity. Two pictures each show three children, one tall, one short and one in between, trying to peer over a fence. In one picture, they are treated...

MSU Basketball Player with Autism Helps Students Understand

Former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni knows something about being told he “can’t.”  When Ianni was 4-years-old, doctors and specialists informed his parents he would barely graduate from high school, never go to college and would likely live...

Girls Only! STEM Event Shows Students Possibilities in Male-Dominated Fields

Using a procedure involving test tubes, funnels and cheesecloths, Kentwood Public Schools fifth-grade girls separated light pink, mushy blobs from smushed strawberries.“Oooh, it feels gross!” said Katherine Love, a Discovery Elementary student, as she jabbed the gunk.The girls weren’t...

Drive-up DNA Lesson Delivers STEM to School’s Front Door

Inside a 40-footmobile classroom parked outside their school, Southwood Elementary students got to the "true core" of their food -- its basic building blocks -- by extracting DNA from wheat germ. The activity followed a multi-step process and ended...
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