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East Kentwood Graduate Visits Freshmen after Serving in Afghanistan

Make good decisions and focus on what you want in life, said Air Force First Lt. Ashley Alexander, whose choices led her from East Kentwood High School to the U.S. Air Force Academy to Afghanistan. Newly home after a year...

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

Discovery Zone Takes Classroom into Nature

Fifth grader Brooke Groce leaned over to smell a wildflower. “It doesn’t really have a smell,” she said, and recorded her observation on a sheet of paper as part of her science investigation in Discovery Elementary’s new Discovery Zone. Around her,...

$$ and Sense: Middle School Students Operate Bank

When it comes to crunching numbers, Valleywood Middle School eighth-grader Kristin Crumley is ready to help make things add up for her peers. Psyched for her first day on the job as a bank manager, Kristin cut the ribbon to...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

So Long, Lunch Lady — But Not for Long

Agnes Fischer bustled behind her serving station in the the East Kentwood Freshman Campus cafeteria. The fried chicken went fast and she grabbed another tray. She passed out the hearty pieces with sides of mashed potatoes and salad to...

Kentwood Students Make Gains in Learning While Having Fun in ARCH Summer Program

Soon-to-be fifth graders Amaree James, Jerreh Saidykhan and Jordan Steffen dug for a buried clue in the dusty dirt of Meadowlawn Elementary School’s baseball diamond during Kentwood Public Schools’ ARCH summer program’s scavenger hunt. Around them, classmates searched the...

… 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...

‘Science is Basically in Everything’

Eighth-grader Colin Byers dipped a thermometer into the stream behind the Kentwood Ice Arena and looked at the results: 34.4 degrees Fahrenheit, a drop from previous months. He entered the data into his notebook and would later transfer it...

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...

Fourth-Grader Publishes Book, Finishing Her Second

The stories seem to flow out of fourth-grade student Oummu Kabba's pencil and onto the paper. She writes narratives with strong characters, suspense and excitement. At just 8 years old, she is the published author of "Charlie the Talking...

District Again Seeks Approval for $65 Million Security & Technology Bond

Community member Jim Swoboda's children had a great experience at Kentwood Public Schools. He said they benefited from the diversity of the student body and passionate teachers. "Our kids got a great education here," said Swoboda, whose children graduated from...

From TV Producer to Teacher to Principal

School: Meadowlawn Elementary Other positions you have held in education: I was academic support coach for all elementary buildings in Kentwood Public Schools. I've also been an independent literacy consultant leading professional development with schools across Michigan. I also was...

Learning the language to help their children learn in school

The KPS Parent Academy aims at meeting the needs of the 1,800 students in the district who are English-language learners by helping their parents learn English...

Science Teacher Applies VanAndel Institute Principles to Classroom

A lot of noise comes from East Kentwood High School AP biology teacher Chad VanHouten’s class. Cockatiels may be whistling, students may be feeding the python and her babies or the class might be reacting to experiments. Snakes, a...

School of Too Cool Colorful Fish

"We are all different fish but we all swim together!" shouted Discovery Elementary students, complete with hand motions. Hundreds of students at Discovery, Bowen, Meadowlawn and Explorer elementary schools know the chant that goes with the ArtPrize piece "We Are...
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