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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...

Through Homelessness and Hardship, Northview Graduate Did What He Had to Do

Editor's note: This is the sixth of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. Randy McCant had spent a fun July 4 weekend at a friend's cottage when he came home...

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...

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...

Northview Asks Voters to Maintain Students’ Learning ‘Homes’

The heart and soul of a school is the instruction that goes on inside it. But just like a family's home, a school building needs to be fixed up from time to time. That is what Northview Public Schools are...

Skilled Hands Make Toy Cars for Young Patients

Joshua DeHaan picked up a toy car and felt its smooth contours with satisfaction. "It feels good to go from a piece of wood to something like this," he said. The Northview High School senior put it back in a...

Students on Science Night: Gross, Awesome and Cool

A girl took a look at a dissected pig's heart and bladder displayed on a classroom table. "Ooo, gross!" she said. A boy followed her into the classroom and examined other dissected animals. "Oh, awesome!" he said. There was something for...

Inspired Through Friendship & Tragedy, Teacher Spreads Kindness

When Phoebe Dawson saw an elderly woman standing outside her stalled car in a freezing parking lot, she knew she had to help. The Northview eighth-grader told her mom to stop their car, got out and transferred the woman’s...

Heart-Pumping Lip Dub Promotes Screenings

A student runs into the school, bends over and catches his breath. Then he gives his heart a tap and continues on his way. So begins a lip-dub video produced by Northview High School students and staff to promote heart...

Architect Asks Student to Create Video on Renovation

Matt Thompson knows his way around a computer pretty well and has plenty of experience with video games. So creating an architecture firm’s animated video about the new Northview High School came naturally to him. “It wasn’t as fun (as...

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...

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...

Mike Paskewicz: Student Champion in Chief

A buzz of excitement spreads through the classroom like an electric current as 24 fourth-graders await Mike Paskewicz’s permission to open their bright red packages. Inside the packages are a book of stories and illustrations created by the East Oakview...

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...

Helping Legislators Understand Impact of Cuts

At 5:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Northview Public Schools Superintendent Mike Paskewicz presses “send” on his latest e-mail to inform 800 people of “Everyday Evidence” that good things are going on in the district. The e-mails, which have...

Northview Students Help KVO Dancers Prepare for Prom

Never mind that Willy is hearing impaired. He spun and twirled Northview High School junior Arianna Dixon stylishly to the tune of “In the Mood.” They were two of the more flamboyant dancers in a warm-up to the annual prom...
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