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Getting it All on Film and Dreaming Big

If you want to know a bit about David Tay and the pride he takes in his school, watch this video. It’s a lip-dub he filmed of the high school last spring, a catchy cavalcade of students dancing, running up...

Make Art, Then Prosper

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked, “You drew these from figures...

Making Monster Art: More Fun than Scary

Children sometimes worry about monsters lurking under their beds. But when Aaron Zenz projected their imagined monsters onto a big screen, East Oakview Elementary children couldn’t have been more excited. “Here’s one from Ainsley Rush,” Zenz said as he put...

New Specialist Will Serve Needs of the ‘Whole Child’

Each summer, James Vanden Heuvel visits youth camps in Kent and Mason counties. As a consultant for the state of Michigan, he makes sure the camps are meeting licensing standards and investigates complaints of abuse and neglect. But he...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Crunch Time for Number-Crunching

Juggling scads of numbers doesn’t really bother Heidi Piela. After all, it’s her job as accounts payable/pupil accounting specialist for the district. But her work gets a little more intense at mid-summer. That’s when Piela sends ultra-detailed reports to the...

Diploma: ‘I Feel Like it Changed My Life’

Tyler Zahnke sat down at his musical instrument – aka, his Toshiba laptop  – and proceeded to open a wonder-box of sounds. He called it “Welcome to the Tape.” Out the sounds came, tumbling one into the next: Bach’s Brandenburg...

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...

Concert Honors Legacy of Band Program Directors

The high school band program recently hosted eight current and former directors in a concert honoring their legacy. In a program titled "Heroes, Mentors, and the Legacy They Leave," directors joined current band members in songs celebrating that theme, including...

Students to Drivers: Put the Phone Down!

The image looms high above southbound U.S. 131, just north of the Burton Street exit -- a tear falling from a teen girl’s eye, a pair of hands clutching a cell phone instead of a steering wheel, and a...

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...

Music Inspired by Favorite Children’s Books a Big Hit

Students from all three Northview elementary schools got to hear stories in song form thanks to Emily Arrow, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee who creates songs from well-loved children's books. The nationally known artist performed three daytime concerts aimed at...

50th Chaffee Scholar Aims to Contribute ‘Something That Matters’

David Pequet vividly remembers that Friday evening of 50 years ago, Jan. 27, 1967. In the midst of a huge snowstorm that had kept him home from school, he picked up the phone at his Jenison home. It was...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! Each week School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD districts and...

‘We Wanted to Thank Them’

Frank Budnick remembers the shock after stepping off his ship in Seattle. A few months after being in Yokohama Harbor to witness the Japanese surrender on the battleship USS Missouri that ended World War II, the Lowell native had been...

Thanks to English Tutoring, ‘I Can Learn a Lot of Things’

Rose Sanreta had had a big day at Northview High School: a test in finance class, a quiz in English, reviewing World History for another test. But her last hour was all good, reviewing English vocabulary with Leigh Ann...
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