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Iditarod Comes to Life as Students Meet Sled Dogs, Cheer on Mushers

Pulled by lead dog Storm and a team of six other Siberian Huskies, Endeavor Elementary second grader Malachi Geemes rode atop a dog sled and whizzed by his classmates. "Fun and fast," was how Malachi described his turn as a...

‘Through Every Sense of the Word’ Garden Will Help Youngsters

Hamilton Early Childhood Elementary Center special education teachers Julie Gaines and Sue Farnham recognize when their preschoolers are overwhelmed, need a break or could simply benefit from time outdoors. Now they have a place to bring their youngsters. Many have...

“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...

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...

Teachers Teach Each Other, Share Expertise

East Kentwood Spanish teacher Rachael Ubaldo read the words “la tortilla Espanola” during a game of vocabulary bingo. “Oooh!” teachers said in unison as they matched their chips with a picture of the Spanish food on their playing cards. “Is...
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A Medley of Talent

East Kentwood High School students recently performed a collage-style concert, which was filmed and edited by students in the Falcon News Network broadcasting class...

STEM fair projects lead to university research spots

Four 2018 East Kentwood High School graduates used projects from last school year to get into an elite University of Michigan research program...

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...

More Than 1,000 Dads Bring Kentwood Elementary Children to School for Event

Challenger Elementary first-grade student Omar Aganovic thought about how it feels to have his father, Sanel Aganovic, with him at school for breakfast. Omar reached out to grab Sanel's hand across the table. "Happy!" he said. Sanel smiled at his son. "Usually...

Students Evaluate Themselves at Parent-Teacher Conferences

During spring conferences at Kentwood Public Schools' Bowen Elementary School, fifth-grader Mia Johnson told her mother, Stephanie Mitchell, what she loves about school, her academic and behavior goals, and what she's still working on. Instead of teacher Mary Campione updating...

… 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...

Penguin Playrooms and Baboon Bedrooms

One must think like a big cat when designing a tiger habitat. Where do you like to sleep and play? What keeps you safe? What keeps people safe while watching you? What keeps zookeepers safe in feeding you? Discovery Elementary...

Spelling Bee Winner off to National Bee

The third time was the charm for Aiden Mischley. The Forest Hills eighth-grader bested 18 students from six counties on March 22 to take first place at the 39th annual Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Other top participating districts included...

Girls ‘Inspired to do More’ at Tech Camp

Eighth-grader Hien-Tran Bui entered coding commands for her website focused on tips for putting on makeup. She had just learned the basics of site-building from women who work in the Information Technology field. Nearby, eighth-grader Mya Proctor designed awebsite...

Debate Team Qualifies for Tournament of Champions

Michael Obuchi tied to quit the high school debate team after three years at the end of his junior year. He was burned out, he recalled, and it was just too time-consuming. But Abbie Booker wasn't going to let him...

Whodunit? Freshman Piece Together Decades Old Mystery

The suspects left puzzle pieces: footprints and fingerprints around the bodies outside the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company. East Kentwood Freshman Campus students eyed the evidence in their classroom-turned-crime scene, where profiles of suspects covered the walls. Examining the data, they considered,...
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