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Ballot proposal will ask for more funds at lower tax rate

School officials will separately request a $174 million bond issue and an $11 million sinking fund on the May 7 election ballot...

All aboard the Energy Bus for positive thinking, better grades

At Crestwood Elementary, following the positive-thinking principles of the Energy Bus helps students aim higher and treat each other respectfully...

Schools work to minimize impact of #polarvortex2019 on district calendars, classrooms

As classes resume this week, principals and teachers are scrambling to make up for lost instruction time, as superintendents prepare to ask the state to ease rules on how many snow days they’re permitted...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...

From Rockford to Florida, with love: 4,000 books

What started as an informal conversation between friends ended up with students from Meadow Ridge Elementary sending some 4,000 books to 850 students at a Florida school...

Catch a falling star & put it in your heart

In a visit to Valley View Elementary School, Patricia Polacco, the award-winning author of over 100 children’s books, told students a true story about wishing on a falling star -- or wishing for a better world...

Students celebrate Thanksgiving with a smart mouse and other literary characters

Students followed their book reports with a reader’s theater presentation about Thanksgiving under the direction of teacher Rachel Devereaux. They then joined students from Jill Gumbs’ and Kimberly Fink’s classes for a parade through the halls...

Rehearsing for the worst: ‘The objective is to save lives’

Sad but necessary: That’s the common view of the lockdown drills that are part of normal school life for today’s students. School News Network was allowed to witness one such drill at the Rockford Freshman Center...

Digging in at a farm made for learning

A two-year pilot program has students from Rockford and Sparta schools spending multiple days at Plainsong Farm, which offers environmental education sessions...

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...

Politically engaged, though not all of voting age

From canvassing for candidates to registering voters – or voting themselves – some area students have been active in the midterm elections...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...
Superintendent Michael Shibler said renewal of Rockford’s non-homestead property tax and restoration of the state-authorized 18 mills would mean $5.5 million for district operations

Approval of two-part millage request ‘imperative,’ Shibler says

Rockford voters will be asked Nov. 6 to both renew the existing non-homestead property tax millage, and restore it to the full 18 mills authorized by the state...

‘I deserve to live my life’

Suicide survivor and author Kevin Hines spoke with a standing-room only group of students, parents and educators at Developing Healthy Kids VII...

Attempted suicide survivor to speak on ‘bridge of hope’

Kevin Hines, whose struggle with bipolar disorder led him to attempt suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, will speak about the painful realities of mental illness as part of Rockford Public Schools’ Developing Healthy Kids series...

Motor City Nostalgia Takes ‘Best of Show’

Rockford High School senior Kelli LeSarge made her school proud – and won a $500 scholarship for herself – with her award-winning poster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Kelli's poster of a snazzy classic convertible...

Roguewood Runners Raise Funds and Win Pumpkins

Editor’s note: A 5K “Pumpkin Run” recently was held at Rockford’s Roguewood Elementary to raise money for the parent-teacher organization. Roguewood fifth-graders Reagan Zainea, Morgan Pelak, Sophia Nelson, Corbin Herrington and Kylie Frost filed this report. Roguewood’s first annual 5K...

Student TV Broadcasters Take Top Honors in Michigan

An impressive mix of news stories, current events features and public service recently earned the Rockford High School video production program top honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The program, “Beyond the Rock,” was named the 2015 High...
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