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Ferris Adds Scholarship to Early College Advantage

When Amanda Eslinger graduates from Ferris State University, she expects she’ll be looking for work as an optometrist. So knowing she will have already completed three FSU courses by the time she graduates this spring – at no cost...

For Stressed Students, a Pooch Can be Calming

It's probably one of the last places you would expect to see man's best friend, but Kim Heys thinks it could be the wave of the future. Picture a troubled youngster sitting in a counselor's office. The student is upset...

Touch of a Finger Replaces Paper and Pen

Tommy Beaty had come to the Freshman Center to see a student read an essay she had written about him. But before he could enter the building, he first signed in on a computer with the touch of his...

A Bridge Between Late Childhood and Young Adult

As nine Rockford Freshman Center students munched on tacos she provided, Assistant Principal Kelly Amshey threw them an open-ended question. "How are we doing to prepare your class to move over to the 10-12 building next year?" Amshey asked the...

Jazz Bands Get Together to Play with a Pro

The Northview High School Jazz Band is once again hosting a world-class jazz pro, but this time they’ll be joined by their fellow jazzers from Rockford. The Rockford High School Jazz Band as well as Northview’s will perform on Feb....

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...

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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