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Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

She starts small but thinks big: ‘I want girls to change the world’

Rockford senior Jillian Snyman is passionate about her commitment to women’s rights, combating sexual abuse and violence, and electing strong Democratic leaders...

Lakes students go green: ‘It’s just the right thing to do’

Lakes Elementary was recently named an Emerald School by Michigan Green Schools, a nonprofit supporting Earth-friendly activism among state public and private schools...

Local students recognized nationally for innovative artworks

Three students from Kent ISD high schools were awarded Gold Medals for their art entries in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards...

Ballot proposal will ask for more funds at lower tax rate

School officials will separately request a $174 million bond issue and an $11 million sinking fund on the May 7 election ballot...

All aboard the Energy Bus for positive thinking, better grades

At Crestwood Elementary, following the positive-thinking principles of the Energy Bus helps students aim higher and treat each other respectfully...

Schools work to minimize impact of #polarvortex2019 on district calendars, classrooms

As classes resume this week, principals and teachers are scrambling to make up for lost instruction time, as superintendents prepare to ask the state to ease rules on how many snow days they’re permitted...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...

From Rockford to Florida, with love: 4,000 books

What started as an informal conversation between friends ended up with students from Meadow Ridge Elementary sending some 4,000 books to 850 students at a Florida school...

Catch a falling star & put it in your heart

In a visit to Valley View Elementary School, Patricia Polacco, the award-winning author of over 100 children’s books, told students a true story about wishing on a falling star -- or wishing for a better world...

Students celebrate Thanksgiving with a smart mouse and other literary characters

Students followed their book reports with a reader’s theater presentation about Thanksgiving under the direction of teacher Rachel Devereaux. They then joined students from Jill Gumbs’ and Kimberly Fink’s classes for a parade through the halls...

Rehearsing for the worst: ‘The objective is to save lives’

Sad but necessary: That’s the common view of the lockdown drills that are part of normal school life for today’s students. School News Network was allowed to witness one such drill at the Rockford Freshman Center...

Digging in at a farm made for learning

A two-year pilot program has students from Rockford and Sparta schools spending multiple days at Plainsong Farm, which offers environmental education sessions...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Politically engaged, though not all of voting age

From canvassing for candidates to registering voters – or voting themselves – some area students have been active in the midterm elections...

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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