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Pedals to the metal for learning’s sake

Motivation to finish the school year strong was boosted by giveaways of bicycles and other prizes...

Parade of graduates

Seniors from Sparta High School were honored by the community on May 29 with their own graduation parade...

Learning about home, at home

A piece of area history through the eyes of an eighth grader who, via an optional enrichment class exercise, produced a photo essay on her family’s home...

Food, farming, science come together in mobile lessons

FARM lab is the brainchild of a group of farmers working with 26 Michigan county farm bureaus, spearheaded by local dairy farmer Renee McCauley...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

Big history, big story, big opportunity

The event is hoped to document and share student experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic...
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Seniors of 2020: ‘We wouldn’t change it for the world’

Sparta High School students have a long history of doing interesting and innovative work with all kinds of technology. But their most recent work, titled simply 'Sparta High School Class 2020 Senior Video,' is already touching hearts all over the community...

Students and teachers turn to technology to fill educational time

Online platforms already in place enabled this middle school to offer continuing educational opportunities during this unprecedented time off school...

Helping struggling families high priority for school district

The school has opened regular private space for an outreach coordinator from Mel Trotter Ministries to help area students cope with homelessness...

Setting the table for rock star perks

A special rock star lunch table encourages students to obey cafeteria rules at this elementary school...

Building relationships that last

The Kids Hope USA mentoring program kicked off this year at Sparta’s upper elementary...

Elected learning

Superintendent Pete Bush and Board of Education member Andy Jensen accompanied the class visit...

Celebrating the holidays with card, treat, gift-making

One thing is for sure - Ridgeview Elementary students will be ready for holiday break. Last week they prepared for the holidays and celebrated with hands-on participation...

Video gaming moves from virtual online to inter-school competitions

A sense of belonging and representing the school is high on educators’ lists when they explain why they are pursuing fielding teams...

Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

From tiny houses to camping utensils & personal phone cases, they can design it

A grant from the education foundation to purchase a 3D printer made a design class possible at the middle school...

School resource officer wants to make personal connections

A student’s article about the school’s new resource officer, which originally appeared in the school news publication, 'Bell Ringer'...

Student Suspense Story Excerpts

Leah Sajdek’s eighth -grade language arts classroom studied concepts involved in suspense writing, and found their 'inner Poe'
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