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One for Every Child

Teacher Tara Dzirbowicz puts a number on a projector screen for her fifth-graders: 0.75. Their task: write two other numbers with the same number of digits, one higher and one lower. Magic Johnson – yes, that’s his real name –...

There’s No Reining in This Student Leader

Once upon a time, there was a little girl of just 4 years old who lost her foot in a tragic accident involving a power lawn mower. And because of those grisly circumstances, you'd be forgiven for assuming that she...

Freshmen and Seniors Share Music, Art and Chatting

Residents of the StoryPoint senior living community in Rockford were treated to music and artwork compliments of Rockford Freshman Center students. Members of the school orchestra and art club made separate visits to the center on 10 Mile Road...

The Sweet Spot of STRIVE

Denae Gillean and Jennifer Olson have a nice and easy relationship, the kind that comes from swapping weekly text messages and picking up roadside trash together in the rain. “She’s cool. I don’t meet a lot of moms that are...

‘We All Have Love to Give’

Peyton Bradford has his eyes on another Connect Four victory as he drops a red checker into the yellow grid. Aaron Christensen, his adult foe, can hear approximately where it dropped and feels with his fingers to be sure....

Church Donation Bolsters Student Health and Safety Programs

Two programs providing social and emotional support for students got a major boost recently, thanks to a $45,000 donation from Bridgeway Community Church. The non-denominational congregation at 6175 Northland Drive NE contributed the gift to the district’s Developing Healthy Kids...

Letting Go to Let Students Lead

Last year’s soccer tournament was fun, so fifth-grader Will McKanna wanted to have another one. But when he asked Principal Bob Siegel when it was going to happen, Siegel said, “When you organize it.” It wasn’t the answer Will expected,...

‘Thanks for Protecting Us’

Students learned about sacrifice and service when schools throughout Kent County honored servicemen and women with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Students saluted veterans with song and poetry, made thank-you cards and hugged parents and grandparents who...

A Chance to Have Their Say – Finally

Editor's note: For 18-year-old high school students, Tuesday's election was their first chance to cast a ballot for president. School News Network asked several students from Kent County-area public schools what their first vote for president meant to them,...

Tuned In, Turned Off and Taking Action

A dozen high school students were talking about the first presidential debate. They weren’t too impressed with Hillary Clinton, but even less so with Donald Trump. “A lot of what he said was just lies,” said Ashley Martinez, who tracked...

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

Keeping Teens Safe Requires Awareness, Communication

Mikayla Kruse has seen enough damage caused by teenage sexual assault to know it's a growing problem that needs a solution. The 17-year-old Rockford senior has two friends who suffered sexual assaults. She she said believes the solution lies in...

Removal of Crumbling Dam Makes Way for Fish, Learning

A stream behind Parkside Elementary School will become a learning resource for students and teachers, thanks to an ecologically minded parent who helped remove a broken-down dam from its waters. Workers from Dean’s Landscaping & Excavating recently pounded apart the...

20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day?   Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which...

High School Earns Coveted National Ranking

Rockford High School recently was named by Newsweek as one of the best 500 high schools in the country, ranking No. 268 in the magazine's annual survey.The school was chosen from nearly 6,500 that were considered among the nation's...

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

Roguewood’s first annual 5K Pumpkin Run was held on Oct. 15 with around 640 participants. The Pumpkin Run helps raise money for the PTO so we can do fun events like after-school activities, Donuts with Dad, Mornings with Mom,...

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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