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What Does This Artwork Meme to You?

When assigned to create a portrait of someone she admires, Megan Lindeboom didn’t have to look far: Grand Rapids’ own Betty Ford, First Lady to President Gerald Ford. The senior was drawn to Betty Ford’s publicly sharing her bout with...

Rockford’s Roguewood Elementary says ‘bienvenido’ to School News Network

If you want to look into what is going on in schools around West Michigan, there is a tool that gives you the inside scoop. School News Network covers 20 Kent ISD public school districts and depicts what the...

New Facilities a Boon to Arts and Athletics

Eva Bultman played clarinet to the accompaniment of Beckett Vigh on piano, in the spacious new band room of Rockford High School. Outside, more than 300 marching band members rehearsed for that Friday’s football game, but in here it...

Students Protect the Rogue, Leaving a Legacy

A little less stormwater will flow into the Rogue River this summer, and hopefully less litter and pollutants too, thanks to a joint project of East Rockford Middle School sixth-graders, Trout Unlimited and the Lower Grand River Organization of...

From Rockford, Con Amor

Sidney Gardner held a ribbon against a yardstick, Madalynn Fulton extended a weight attached to the ribbon, and Carter Powell and Carlos Newman stood poised with stopwatches. Then Madalynn let go of the weight. “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro …” the...

State Supe, Students Talk College, Careers, Languages

State Superintendent Brian Whiston came to Rockford High School to find out more about its course offerings and what’s on students’ minds. He learned plenty on both counts. For instance, he learned that Rockford High offers five foreign languages: Chinese,...

A Year in America, and Then Some

In his year of study at Wyoming High School, Triet Vu learned a lot of things about America and its education system that were much different from his home in Vietnam: the easier curriculum, the pervasive technology, the intensely...

How Much Greener Can You Get? Emerald!

Students and staff at Parkside Elementary wanted to go green in a big way. They ended up going past green, all the way to emerald. Parkside earned emerald status from Michigan Green Schools, a nonprofit supporting environmental stewardship practices statewide....

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! Each week School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD districts and...

Pro Singers’ Visit Gives Students ‘An Idea of the Possible’

Nicole Cocuzza took her auditorium seat, somewhat breathlessly, after having just taken a solo in the Chamber Singers’ rendition of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” – and then having their performance coached by The Real Group, the renowned...

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 –...

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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