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Alternative Students Challenged to “Be Phenomenal”

If you can survive on the streets, you can survive in school and, later, in the marketplace.  If you don't, there will be very few options available to you, motivational speaker Eric Thomas told Crossroads high school students. "You've been...

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...

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...

African-American Male Mentors Read to Kentwood Students, Show Them Possibilities

For African-American male community leaders who visit Kentwood elementary schools to read to students, the hour they devote each week is about much more than sharing a story. Along with encouraging pupils to become good readers, it's about connecting through...

Students, Teachers to Converge for Annual Livestream for Education

For Linda Olejnik, attending her first Livestream for Education was like getting "a creative shot in the arm for teaching" in her American literature classroom. Olejnik, now the assistant principal at Catholic Central High School,  said speakers were dynamic,...

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...

Teaching Young Leaders: Freshmen Leave Class More Confident, Compassionate

For Anaya Liptrot's final project in the Teen Leadership class at East Kentwood's Freshman Center, she described job shadowing at a nursing home, but mentioned something bigger. She told classmates how her life had changed. "I want to thank everybody in...

National Art Honor Society Impact Reaches Beyond Classroom

With the goal of winning money for the school's art program, East Kentwood High School National Art Honor Society Club members recently worked in groups on a shoe design. Freshmen Amber Swanson, Rebecca Olthoff, Isabella Williams and juniors Janelle Urena...

… 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This Time Last Year: Santa Swims with Children at Kentwood Pool

Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Director Joey Sutherlin knows a surprising secret about Santa Claus. When St. Nick isn't packing toys or feeding reindeer, he likes to swim. Because of the icy Arctic waters near the North Pole, he jumps in...

China Tour Result: Opportunity for Kentwood Students

Touring one of the schools run by the Weiming Education Group in China, Kentwood Superintendent Scott Palczewski was surprised by the facility, the attentiveness of the students in teacher-led lectures and the school’s focus on the arts. But when...

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...
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