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A Clean Sweep: Voters in Seven Kent Districts Approve Funding Requests

Tuesday was a good day for schools and students in Kent ISD, as voters approved tax proposals in all seven districts that requested them. Residents supported requests ranging from $3.6 million to $76.1 million in Caledonia, Comstock Park, East...

‘A Girl Like Her’ Shows Harsh Realities of Bullying, Suicide

When offered the opportunity to comment on bullying, the consensus from students who recently attended the screening of "A Girl Like Her" was it's real, it's what's happening and the truth of it is scary. Alyssa Mason, a student...

Speaking Poetry Helps Students Share their Hearts

Katie Mitchell could have picked from a range of interesting topics to share with classmates, but she choose the one closest to her heart. The Crossroads Middle School eighth-grader picked tragedy. As part of a spoken-word poetry workshop held at the...

Release the salmon!

The Salmon in the Classroom program teaches students about the life history of fish, natural resources conservation and the importance of the Great Lakes and fishing to Michigan culture...

Teacher Inspires ArtPrize Artist

For Kaitlind Marek Fasburg, going from a passive dabbler to an ArtPrize artist had a lot to do with a Northview High School art teacher who pushed her to work harder and dream bigger. Fasburg, whose “Cnidaria Collection” was displayed...

Teacher for a Morning: How Do They Do This All Day?

Energy. That’s the first thing it takes to teach a high school class, and it’s the last thing I have at 7:45 a.m. That was the unreasonable hour at which I stood in front of more than 50 Northview High...

You Too Could Save a Life

It happened when Northview High School soccer teammates Tyler Menhart and Noah Weeda were working out together one day last spring. Tyler turned around to see his friend lying face down, breathing heavily. Tyler said, “Noah, I’m going to...

Approval Would Help Class Sizes, Classroom Materials and College-Career Prep

On May 2, voters in the Kent ISD region will be asked to approve a 0.9 mill tax for local school districts, generating $211 per student to maintain programs, improve services and meet other needs. School News Network is...

‘I’m so thankful we can sing for them’

More than 20 fourth-graders heralded through song the addition of 73 new U.S. citizens from 30 countries at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum...

Personal Connections Make This Play a Huge Hit

More than 100 students watch, fascinated and without a sound, as a deaf and blind girl furiously wrestles on stage with her teacher. It is a disturbing scene from “The Miracle Worker,” William Gibson’s classic play about Helen Keller and...

Read Any Good Books Lately? These Students Have

So you think today’s teenagers aren’t into reading? Talk to Bill Foster. He loves books – real books, made of paper and ink – and the fascinating realms they contain. “I love the fact you can just take yourself into...

Dual Roles for New School Head

School: West Oakview Elementary What and where was your previous job? I have served as the director of special services for the past 14 years in Northview. I will continue that position at secondary schools and at West Oakview, while...

Can’t Keep A Can-do Man Down

It took the better part of four years for Mike Alanowski to get his foot in the door as a full-time employee in the facilities department at Kent ISD. And now that he's entrenched, it's doubtful anyone will ever be...

Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Teacher Inspires Student to Follow Dreams

Hannah Bitely's words were simple but effective. In a letter to her former third-grade teacher, Mary Lou Ohnsman, Hannah wrote: "Dear Mrs. Ohnsman, You have inspired me and helped me with math and reading. In math I have learned to...

Walking, Kicking and Dancing Their Way to $13,500

They came, they walked, they kicked soccer balls and they raised $13,500. The students of East Oakview Elementary School, as well as hardy high school volunteers, turned out on a chilly October day to support their school’s Parent-Teacher Council in...
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