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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...

‘Ram pride: He lived it’

When Ryan Kelley retires on Dec. 31, he will do so as an educator who’s played just about every position while always keeping his eye on the ball: the success and welfare of students...

Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...

Stress test: students speak their minds on the M-STEP

Rather than go back to the same hand-wringing sources about M-STEP scores, we decided to ask the people most directly affected by these tests: the students who take them...

Veteran teachers become new principals

Matthew Zokoe is the new principal at Cannonsburg Elementary and Shannon Ouellette is the new principal at Belmont Elementary. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

She brings love and supplies from West Michigan to Haiti

Rockford teacher Rachel DeKuiper leads annual mission trips to Haiti to provide help for women’s health, train teachers, care for orphaned infants and children, and conduct Bible studies...

Students plan, plant rain garden to help protect Rum Creek

Shortly before school let out, 150 students planted 2,000 native plants in a depression to collect stormwater runoff from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots that can carry pollutants into the creek...

At Beyond the Rock, students learn to love telling stories, and it shows

The students of Beyond the Rock, Rockford’s television and film production program, consistently pull down top state awards for their work...

From recycling to running to laminating, this mom pretty much does it all

Mandy Mynhier is integrally involved in her two daughters’ schools, including incorporating environmentally friendly practices...

A great way to study the Great Lakes: onboard a floating classroom

If you’re going to study Great Lakes water quality and aquatic life forms, what better way than onboard a ship on Lake Michigan? Teacher Amanda Glass’ fourth-graders spent half a day studying pH levels in the water, identifying creatures in sediment, and learning about invasive species...

Reading on the bus makes the journey so much better

A new program begun this semester gives Rockford students a fun and relaxing way to occupy themselves on their rides between school and home

In its first year, high school orchestra makes ‘magical’ music

Now in its first year at the high school and fourth year overall, the Rockford strings program has quickly grown bigger since it began at the middle school level. About 270 students are part of it, including nearly 40 in the high school ensemble.

‘He took the reins, and we moved forward’

Michael Shibler is in his 50th year in education, including 29 as superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. But in a profession not known for longevity, Shibler shows no signs of slowing down

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act
Columbine mass-shooting survivor Austin Eubanks spoke at a Rockford High School forum on opioid addiction last fall

Foundation Commits $90k to Teen Mental Health

With problems of teen anxiety, depression and suicide on the rise, the Rockford Education Foundation decided it was time to step up its efforts to address the worrisome trend. The result: a $30,000 grant for each of three school years...

Marching in King’s Footsteps for Justice and Kindness

On the day that people across America honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students at area schools did their part to carry on his ideals. Here are just two examples of students putting his teachings to work. North...

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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