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Three Districts Seek Community Support in May 3 Election

Grandville Public Schools REQUEST: A 10-year renewal of the district's sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities. COST: The 1.4 mill renewal would not increase the property tax rate. The owner of a home with a taxable...

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Great Response to Watch D.O.G.S.

The Sparta Area Schools Watch D.O.G.S. organizers thought they would need about 30 pizzas to entice participation in the program. Instead, fathers, grandpas and stepdads joined crowded into the Sparta Area School's Appleview Elementary cafeteria, demolishing 72 pizzas while signing up...

Lab Brings Farming, Ecology Lessons to Students

Crowded inside a mobile science lab outside Appleview Elementary, fourth-graders discovered how farmers use science to maintain clean water. Dropping purple food coloring from a pipette into water, then transplanting that water over and over to a more diluted reservoir,...

First-graders try on new donated backpacks

Officials from AT&T were on hand to distribute over 200 backpacks to Sparta district students...
'I feel I wouldn’t be productive if I wasn’t involved,' says Sparta graduate Erica Humphreys

Erica Humphrey: Busy Senior with a Lot to Give

Erica Humphreys' grandparents died nearly a year ago, one month apart from each other. The tender care they received in their passing is a key reason the recent Sparta High School graduate says she is bound for Michigan State...

Fred Thorne: 47 Years of Service to Children

Fred Thorne gave all but 30 of his 77 years to the children of Sparta and Kent County as a quietly competent and humble school board member who was supportive of staff and committed to creating new opportunities for...

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'...

Following Dad’s Passion Deep Into a Diesel Engine

When Sparta senior Alyssa Graham was still in an infant car seat, she would stretch toward the window and yell "Corvette!" whenever she spotted one zipping by. Today, she can strip a diesel engine to its block, reassemble it...

Spanish-language countries subject of middle school fair

The annual Study Abroad Fair is the culmination of a unit in which each seventh- and eighth-grader chooses a Spanish-speaking country to study in-depth

Teachers Foster Student, Community Interaction

Planting native trees, creating a butterfly garden, and singing with seniors are just a few of the ways students at Sparta Area School's Appleview Elementary are engaging with their community throughout the year. Teachers Sue Blackall, Kevin Shuneson and Larry...

New Funds Would Go to Classroom, Early College, Arts

On May 2, voters in the Kent ISD region will be asked to approve a 0.9 mill tax for local school districts, generating $211 per student to maintain programs, improve services and meet other needs. School News Network is...

Laughter, gratitude, memories and art featured at reunion with retired art teacher

A retired Sparta art teacher hosts a reunion for reminiscing and allowing former students to pick up artwork she has saved through the years...

Concurrent Enrollment Grants High School Students College Credit

The school district has reached an agreement with Ferris State University (FSU) that will enable students to earn college credit for classes while still in high school, without putting a dent in their pocketbook. The Sparta-FSU program is called "concurrent...

Dads of Great Students Group Expanding

Four years ago, when Todd Yemc was laid off, he went "to work" volunteering every single day in his kindergarten daughter's classroom. Ridgeview's principal, Maryalyce Zerrip, asked him if he would be willing to try organizing a local chapter of...

Kenowa Vote Passes, Sparta and Grandville Also Approved

Tuesday’s voter approval of a $55.24 million bond issue meant a lot to Ross Willick, not just as a principal but as the parent of two students at Zinser Elementary School. For his children and about 300 other students, the...

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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