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Students Fashion Recycled Plastic into ArtPrize Entry

Lilly Misner circled around a cascade of about 400 colorful decorations, looking for just the one she had created. “Where’s mine?” the Northview third-grader wondered aloud. “I can’t find mine.” Then she stopped at one particular purple curlicue and cradled...

You Be the Judge

Six fourth-graders jotted down notes as they debated the merits of “Echo,” a novel by Pam Munoz Ryan about three children mysteriously linked by a harmonica. Views were mixed. “It was kind of weird how every story mentioned a harmonica,”...

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...

Signing for Children Opens ‘Window to Information’

Early on a Monday morning, Kari Chapin’s kindergartners sit on the floor as she leads them through lively exercises -- singing the days of the week, counting the date with pennies -- then announces they’ll soon have their 100th...

Students Learn All About Stayin’ Alive with CPR

Fireman Casey Quinn grabs his phone, takes a call from a student a few feet away and asks, “What’s your emergency?” The student reports there is a person in distress – or rather, a mannequin representing a person -- on...

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Community leaders keeping students safe

Checking out fire trucks and getting to sit in the driver’s seat of a police SUV is exciting for first graders -- and it’s also a perfect way to teach them about safety...

20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day? Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which serves...

Extending Helping Hands, with Mittens

The students and parents of North Oakview Elementary helped out 15 school families who needed a little something extra this year. Through an annual program called Helping Hands, the school set up a tree of mittens, each one containing...

From Ireland to India, Students Tour Holidays Around the Globe

Yes, Christmas is coming, and Hanukkah just happened, to the delight of kids across America. How are other children around the world celebrating the holidays? A couple of local classrooms sent their students on a quest to find out. Forest...

The Play’s the Thing; So’s the Writing

A lengthy short story from the mind of Eliot King comes to life onstage in a powerful pantomime by Marissa Schutter and Donovan Fletcher. A science-fiction tale written by Hailee Cederquist becomes a humorous domestic skit about channel-surfing by...

Northview voters to decide Headlee Override and Sinking Fund Proposals

District voters will decide a pair of proposals on Nov. 6, neither of which would increase residential taxes if approved...

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...

Dedicated educator retiring after 44-year career, during which “I knew ‘em all”

When the school bells ring and they throw open the doors at Northview Public Schools this coming autumn, it’s likely Dan Duba, principal at Crossroads Middle School, will be elsewhere. For the first time in 44 years...

WMCAT arts residency trains novice shutterbugs

The program is part of Future Focused Fridays, a new effort this school year to give all East Campus students real-world career exposure every week...

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...
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