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Northview Visit from Jazz Trumpeter “Bigger Than Music”

The Northview High School Jazz Band was wailing, but professional trumpeter Jon Faddis wasn't satisfied. "That sounds tired," Faddis told the ensemble members as they rehearsed the ending of "Groovin' High," a Dizzy Gillespie classic. "Hit it. Hit it as...

Passion for Science, Love of Discovery, Leads Student to Scholarship

Although his death during a 1967 Apollo 1 pre-launch simulation was a tragedy, astronaut Roger B. Chaffee inspires Camille Phaneuf. “Anything’s possible” is how the Northview High School senior summed up her view of Chaffee, a Grand Rapids native who...

Is Cursive Handwriting Over? Not Here

In Mary Lou Ohnsman’s class, the first step to learning handwriting is closing your eyes and putting your head down. “See if you can visually see your first name in cursive,” Ohnsman tells her third-graders at West Oakview Elementary. “Visualizeit,...

Love’s Labor’s Not Lost in Earning This Ph.D.

Her love of teaching Shakespeare led high school English teacher Sheridan Steelman to write a doctoral dissertation on a new way to do just that – and, she hopes, to write a book to help fellow teachers. Steelman planned to...

Reworked leadership team keeps Korpak at helm by delegating duties

The near-resignation of district Superintendent M. Scott Korpak has prompted a leadership restructure that not only will keep him in the position he has held for six years, but could serve as a model to other districts...

Superintendent Finds Kindergartener’s Red Shoes a Perfect Fit

When Travis VanSetters popped out of his mother's van recently at North Oakview Elementary School, Superintendent Mike Paskewicz immediately noticed something different about his kindergarten friend arriving for school. "Hey, new shoes!" Paskewicz exclaimed, as Travis proudly showed off his...

With a Little Help from Their Music Friends

Running through Northview High School sophomore Hamin Gil’s mind recently were the melodic lines he spent weeks memorizing so he and other marching band members could take part in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s competition at Ford Field in...

From Norway to Northview, with Strikes to Spare

When Emilie Bakklund came to Northview from Norway as an exchange student last fall, she had no way of knowing she’d end up joining a bowling juggernaut. Truth be told, she didn’t even know much about bowling until joining the...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

Student Writings for Theatre by the Numbers: A Sampling

Student submissions from Nancy Hoffman’s Advanced Theatre Arts Class, highlighted in the related story: The Play’s the Thing; So’s the Writing "Side Effects" by Heaven Rademaker Hello, over-the-counter medication. Hi, it's me again. I know I keep calling with complaints but poison...

Middle Schooler Builds Memories, Relationships in France Back to Back Program

Ask David Tay about the high points of his trip to France, and he’s liable to bring up the Eiffel Tower right away. “Just imagine being in a skyscraper, but without walls or a ceiling, just a floor to stand...

…And the Books Just Keep on Coming!

When Emily Alt arrived this fall to teach English at Northview High School, she found her ninth-grade classroom library well-stocked with books. That was thanks to her predecessor, Lindsey Tilley, who last year obtained a grant for 500 books from...

Competitions Bring Honors, Scholarships

It's been a busy and fruitful spring for students in the high school's fine arts program. Several were honored at the Michigan Art Education Association's Region 9 show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and two students received $5,000...

Student Journalists See the Real Deal in TV Newsroom Visit

Staff members of the recently revived high school newspaper, The Roar, got some real-life field experience when they met with several members of the Fox 17 news team. Student staffers had Q&A time with the TV reporters and sat...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...
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