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Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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'...

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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