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Out of the Classroom and Into the Garden

After touring the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Township, high school art students found peaceful places to draw among the rocks, water and plants. Inspired by the rushing waterfalls, flowering plants and...

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...

Knowing Students Comes First for Teacher of the Year

Question: If there are 100,000 teachers in Michigan, what is the probability of being named the state's Teacher of the Year? Answer: The probability cannot easily be calculated because one needs to factor in the countless different qualities that make...

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...

“Am I in America, Really?” Refugee Students Leave Terror Behind, Look to Future

Gloria Tungabose's eyes flash as she tells of her father, killed in Burundi. Her mother's ethnicity was Tutsi and her father's was Hutu, and the two groups were engaged in a bloody civil war. Her mother, Butoyi, was arrested. "My...

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...

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...

Kentwood Students Sample Lamb on Pizza – and Loved It!

For centuries, lamb has been the predominant source of protein for much of the world, including Asia, Northern Africa and Europe. Yet in the U.S., children may go their entire lives without knowing what lamb tastes like and what...

… And More on the Way?

Chinese students enrolled at East Kentwood and Rockford high schools may be joined by more Weiming Education Group students next school year. Bernie Lu, Arthur Li, and Tony Junxiang were among a group of 14 Chinese high school students visiting...

Something fishy going on in fourth-grade classroom

Students begin a several-months project raising salmon from egg to release...

Upping the equity quotient in math

Leading Educators involves about 50 educators in Godwin Heights, Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Kentwood and Grand Rapids Public Schools who have signed on for a two-year commitment...

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,...

Computer Fields Beckon Girls to Great Careers

Rachel Bowman likes robots so much she wants to own a robotics company someday. She spends half her school day in the Information Technologies program and the other half in the Mechatronics programs at Kent Career Tech Center. In both...

‘Read. It’s really that simple’

District-wide, more than 400 Pinewood, Valleywood and Crestwood middle school students went summer-book shopping to end the school year, each choosing three free books to read while school’s out...

Lookin’ Good: Middle School Students Learn How to Tie a Tie from Local Professionals

Local hip-hop artist George Moss demonstrated how to tie a tie to Crestwood Middle School students. "Shwoo," he said, flipping the long end of the tie up through the loop started around his neck. "You've got to make the sound...

Water everywhere, but is it safe? Students take a closer look

Students examine what’s in the water from wells in area municipalities, as well as in tap water from their schools and homes
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