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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...

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...

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...

Chef Mo Nourishes Students with His Expertise;

I am driving home from a morning spent taking notes about the stellar food service program at East Kentwood Public Schools, and you might...

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...

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...

Motivating Students: Educators Will Do Whatever It Takes

Getting inspired to do well in school might come naturally for some students. But for others, a little incentive, like seeing the principal getting...

The Superintendent: A Day In the Life

Standing by the door’s entrance, Kentwood Public Schools Superintendent Scott Palczewski greets every administrator with a handshake, making small talk as school leaders fill...

Innovative Program Adds Technology and Changes Classroom Structure

Using the netbooks provided by the school, fifth graders Kelly Hung and Brandon Singer completed their research on zoology as a teacher pointed out...

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...

Press ‘n Go

Buying lunch at Kentwood Public Schools will soon only take the press of two fingers on a scanner. A new biometric system, being phased...

Diverse Dishes – Food Service Staff Learn Creative Ways to Mix Up Menus

Getting students excited about what’s on their lunch trays takes a mix of the right ingredients. Plus, it requires tapping into youthful curiosity, said Mo...

Leading With Care

For one day each December, students in the Crossroads Alternative High School leadership class work in assembly-line format, packing hundreds of items into care...

Her electrifying style

Abby Bolen stands alone in a small room, the vibrantly painted viper violin positioned on her shoulder, her bow moving fast and intense. She...

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...

Ninth-grade Students Connect with Second-graders through Books

“Waxy the Candle was very sad. He was teased and bullied until he went mad,” read ninth-grade student Kim Tran to Brookwood Elementary students....
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