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On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...

State honors bus driver for caring service to students: ‘They’re my friends’

Russ Clark was selected from 255 nominees statewide for his caring and skilled ferrying to and from school of students with cognitive impairments...

Teaching history as history is happening

In Bill Crane’s 26 years of teaching U.S. history at Rockford High School, rarely has the subject been so immediately relevant to his students’ lives...

‘Their absolute best’

After a nearly flawless season, the Kent City High School Marching Band brought home the school’s first state championship, while the Rockford Marching Band won top honors for the third straight year...
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Students learn about nature’s creatures up close at Zoo Lab

Follow the fourth graders of Rockford’s Roguewood Elementary School on their weeklong program at John Ball Zoo Lab, a zoo-conducted educational program for area school districts...

Childhood sports nut, always ready to rise up for children

Mindy McGinn is the new Lakes Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Creating a picture of community and kindness

Students’ drawings were incorporated by artist Mary Bent-Buist into a mural expressing a moving message: 'One kind word can change someone’s entire story'...

State superintendent tours classrooms and new learning center

State Superintendent Michael Rice recently learned about learning Rockford style, in classrooms at Roguewood Elementary School and the Creative Teaching and Learning Center...

Runner, reader, singer and learner, all while having fun

Teya Cotter is the new principal of Roguewood Elementary School...

A creature to comfort students: ‘She brings me happiness’

At North Rockford Middle School, a trained counseling assistance dog is helping students manage their stress, focus on their work and feel better about themselves...

Not one, but two local high school bands to play Detroit Jazz Fest

The pair of West Michigan jazz bands will be two of just six high school ensembles to play at the internationally renowned four-day festival, in its 40th year...

Creative teaching and learning? We’ve got that

The $3.2 million facility, part of a successful 2014 bond request, is set up to foster student interaction, problem-solving and project-based learning. The $174 million bond approved in May includes funds for a second center in the future...

Rockford lacrosse standout begins Air Force Academy this summer

Rockford lacrosse standout Ian Rodriguez is gearing up for the Air Force Academy this summer in Colorado...

Students bond with seniors by writing their stories

Fifth-graders paired up with seniors to interview and write biographies of them, forming friendships and finding connections in learning about their lives...
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A window into two graduations!

Whether you're a high school student heading off to college or career, or a preschooler taking that next step toward kindergarten, graduation is a big deal...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...

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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