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For MLK Day, educators discuss improving equity in education

A leading advocate on equity in education says Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy requires educators to dig deeper into making sure all students have what they need to thrive...

Students speak their minds, open their hearts about life in a pandemic

Rockford broadcasting students are sharing the emotional burdens of living through a pandemic, but also their determination to emerge stronger for the experience, in a powerful and personal video...

Stress, studies and the pandemic: a steep learning curve

In response to the social and emotional impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rockford’s Developing Healthy Kids Campaign wants students and families to know they are not alone...

Students find a quiet place to chill out: the hygge room

A calming “hygge room” has become a popular part of Roguewood Elementary’s mental-health supports for students during the pandemic...

Major factor in school closings: evidence of virus spread

While the Kent County Health Department is working hard with superintendents to keep schools open, sometimes closing is the best way to mitigate spread...

High school, Freshman Center closed for two weeks after virus outbreak

Rockford High School and Freshman Center are closed until Oct. 23 after 17 students tested positive for COVID-19...

Small-town girl, athlete, talker, with her eye on the tiger

Kelly Amshey is the new principal of Rockford Virtual School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

The virtual classroom: 18 students, three screens and one busy teacher

Teaching online, from a classroom, requires multitasking and multiple screens for this fourth-grade teacher...

Oh no, I’m late! Oh wait, I’m not

Teacher Matt Banta wakes up in a panic on the first day of school, in his video for students about starting the school year online

Here come the students; schools try to be ‘prepared for everything’

Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

Changes in virus trend prompts change in opening plans

The board unanimously approved teaching all students online through Sept. 11, then giving them a choice of in-person or virtual learning...

Celebrating senior singers with a final concert, virtually

Over 120 choral students in grades 9-12 will join voices in a virtual choir to celebrate the graduations of about 45 senior singers, in a prerecorded concert to be posted on the Rockford Choirs YouTube channel...

A student’s poem of hope for a tough time

Tanith Frank, an eighth grader at North Rockford Middle School, sounds notes of courage and determination in her poem about getting through this challenging time, together...

Helping students struggling with isolation-induced anxiety and other mental health issues

Now that they can’t meet with students behind a closed door in their office, school mental health workers are finding other ways to help...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

All in the family: two pairs of twins go to dad’s school

For Principal Dan Zang and his four children, Rockford High School is a family affair...

Students reflect on benefits of yoga, family game time

Students in Shelby Denhof’s English 11A class at Rockford High recently wrote op-ed essays, as part of a unit on persuasion and argumentative writing. School News Network received a number of essays and selected two of them to publish, by Kaylie Leasher and Rachel Broekstra...

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...

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,...
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