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Students Turn School into Their Own Olympics

On the day of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, Rockford elementary students held their own version in the school gym complete with tiny flags and patriotic pageantry. Meadow Ridge Elementary turned its classrooms into a virtual...

… And More on the Way?

Chinese students enrolled at East Kentwood and Rockford high schools may be joined by more Weiming Education Group students next school year. Bernie Lu, Arthur Li, and Tony Junxiang were among a group of 14 Chinese high school students visiting...

Chinese Students in Kentwood and Rockford: So Far, So Good

Editor's note: Ten Chinese students are studying at East Kentwood and Rockford high schools this year, under a partnership with Weiming Education Group. After introducing them last fall, School News Network returned to see how they are doing midway...

Students Build Their Dreams One Class at a Time

April Lansdale stands at the white board in front of the class, figuring out a math problem. But for her and a dozen other students, it’s more than an academic exercise. The answer could help these young adults with...

Rockford Director Chosen to Lead Statewide Honors Choir

After conducting 95 of Michigan’s finest female singers, Mandy Mikita Scott said it was “like driving a Ferrari.”  That’s how good the singers were, and how well they responded to her conducting, when Scott directed a statewide honors choir...

National Geographic Explorer Digs Science on the Seafloor

After hearing a presentation by an adventurous National Geographic explorer, seventh-grader Mackenzie Johnson told her, "I really want to do what you do." Mackenzie's interest in science was seriously fired up by hearing Dr. Beverly Goodman tell tales of undersea...

Pottery Students Complete Ceramic Mural

Cyndi Len loves art. George Wilson loves books. They both love the movie “Pleasantville.” Thus was a mural born. The 1998 film is about two teenagers who get trapped in a 1950s' TV sitcom. As they push the social boundaries...

This Time Last Year: Students Become Elves for a Day of Creating and Gifting

Maddie the Christmas elf introduced 5-year-old Lillian Forman to Bobby the elf, then explained the approximate dimensions of Santa's gigantic sack of toys. "It's as big as this whole room!" Maddie Parker told Lillian. "And then he goes down the...

Security Officer Provides Supplies To Students; Seeks To “Keep Them Out Of My Cruiser”

Kelly Anglin-Noordewier never forgot how much a school binder meant to her when she was a child. She thought some of her favorite students in Rockford deserved the same feeling. So the security office for Rockford Public Schools set out...

Chinese Students Focus of Pilot Program

As West Michigan increasingly goes global, so do Kent County schools. Ten Chinese high school students are taking classes here this school year, five each in Rockford and Kentwood Public Schools. They are part of what educators hope is a...

Nixing Negatives by Promoting Positives

Teacher Rachel DeKuiper leads her kindergarteners out of Meadow Ridge Elementary School in search of milkweed on a beautiful day. They walk hand-in-hand and two-by-two, as DeKuiper attentively guides them across a driveway and points out a butterfly. “I like...

Heart Strong: Boy Returns to School After Transplant

Some days it seemed hopeless. Here he was, a middle-school boy with a failing heart, stuck in a hospital and tethered to a 200-pound machine doing the work that his heart could not. Devon Saliers admits he got pretty low...

Rockford Students Gain from Ferris Early College Program

It doesn’t look much like a college classroom with nearly every inch of the walls covered with photos, posters plastered on the ceiling and students eating cupcakes and broccoli. But college course work is exactly what Jacqueline Decker’s English students...

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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