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Six to interview for superintendent position

Interviews will be held April 28 and 29. Community members, staff and students are encouraged to watch the interviews online...

Poet uses words to empower others, inspire change

Senior Thang Lian’s award-winning poetry tells his story. His activism shows his passion for his home country and making a difference...

Students explore the globe, zoom in on where they are from

The ongoing project is a way for the school’s 137 ELL students to learn more about where they are from and share it with others...

A fun classroom, by design

This fifth-grade teacher, a finalist for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, loves to get her students involved in STEM projects using design thinking...

District works to increase staff diversity to mirror student population

Kentwood leaders say word of mouth brings teachers of color and those looking to teach in the most diverse district in the state. Staff members are trained to be aware of biases and remove them from the hiring process...

Students feel welcome in a district with ‘flags of every country’

In the state’s most diverse district, students weigh in on what it means to them to go to school with peers from all over the globe...

May 4 bond vote would fund new K-8 balanced calendar school, tech ed center

Voters will consider a $192.15 million bond proposal Tuesday, May 4 that if passed will fund a new K-8 school for students who opt for a balanced calendar school-year schedule, a new Career Technology Education Center and upgrades and enhancements to all district facilities...

Survey, search under way for new superintendent

Staff and community members can weigh in on what qualities, experiences and skills they’d like to see in their next superintendent...

Young constitutional scholars view current events, politics through historical lens

East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood high school We the People team members have qualified for the national competition, becoming well versed in civics and critical thinking along the way...

For MLK Day, educators discuss improving equity in education

A leading advocate on equity in education says Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy requires educators to dig deeper into making sure all students have what they need to thrive...

Teacher lights science up with creativity

As a child, Wendy Johnson’s curiosity led her to discover her passion for science. Now a ninth-grade biophysics teacher at East Kentwood, her passion transforms the average science class into a hub of student curiosity...

Mentorship program creates district-wide support system

A 20+-year-old program that pairs longtime teachers with those new to the district is proving helpful in a time when everyone feels like a newbie...

Vaccine trial participant: ‘I really want to get back to normal’

Orchestra teacher and cellist Eric Hudson longs for the days when he can direct student musicians in concerts and tours and play in his own ensemble once again. To help speed that process along, he is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial...

Superintendent announces retirement after 33 years serving Kentwood community

Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff this week announced he will retire at the end of the school year, June 30...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...
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