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Community’s farm history celebrated with annual road trip

As part of a long-time tradition, the district’s annual spring week includes “Farmer Day” to note the importance of agriculture to the area...

High school students spread kindness through service to larger community

From volunteering at nursing homes to working with students at local elementary schools and making stickers for patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, students were kept busy during the sixth annual day of service...

Odyssey into a land of duct-taped students and super glue

Students spend weeks or months preparing for the Michigan State Odyssey of the Mind finals held mid-March at Thornapple Kellogg Schools. They use imagination and brain power to create performance skits that fit various themes

Wyoming, EGR and TK superintendents announce retirements

Tom Reeder, superintendent of Wyoming Public Schools, and Sara Shubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, announced their retirements last week, after Tom Enslen of Thornapple Kellogg announced his last month

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them
To make contractions fun, first-grade teacher Brittany Brown uses surgical masks, latex gloves and Band-Aids to teach the lesson

‘Together, we’re educating an awesome child’

“It’s very important that they enjoy being here. I’m trying to capture that first-day-of-school enthusiasm every day.” - Rockstar Teacher Brittany Brown

It Draws, It Spells, It Colors, at Touch of a Tablet

Moving at lightning speed, second-grader Logan Shank beat his teammates Exley Roon and Emma Bowman to the Sphero, a miniature robotic orb, effectively becoming the leader of the assigned group of three. Tapping twice, Logan woke the sleeping Sphero,...

Star Fleet to Mission Control: Egg Incoming!

At STARBASE Battle Creek, located on the Air National Guard Base, the four-girl team of Page Elementary fifth-graders knew the landing was a one-shot event. Survival with bruises, bumps and cracks was okay, but oozing any kind of liquid...

‘One Simple Thing Can Spread Kindness’

The Thornapple River bustled through the Middleville dam as six high school students cleared brush, scraggly trees, a carpet of bristly grasses and unwanted weed trees on the riverbank. For three November Tuesdays, after school and on their own...

The First Thanksgiving, Through the Eyes of Its Children

In Michelle DeVries's first-grade class at McFall Elementary School, Lilee Grinnel and Braylee Tep inspected the Indian corncobs soaking in water –- which DeVries hopes to sprout. "Owen's grandpa gave us this Indian corn," said Lilee. "It's wet but...

College Savings Gets Kickstart from Community

For Case DeBoer and his family, saving for college has already started with a $50 community investment in his post-secondary education. Perhaps the 7-year-old McFall Elementary first-grader will pursue an automotive technology degree to become the race-car driver that currently...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

Challenged Students Find Freedom on Horseback

Five-year-old Desi Golnek – fitted in a riding helmet - sat astride Scooter, with volunteer David Drombowski holding the horse's bridle and Thornapple Kellogg paraprofessional Suzanne Thomas on the right. "Walk on," said Desi with a happy giggle. Slowly they...

From Schoolyard Garden to School Plate

At the middle school, a learning garden designed by resource room teacher Amy Forman hums along with flat-leaf parsley, Thai basil and burpless cucumber, which is a nearly seedless, sweeter and thinner-skinned variety than typical supermarket cukes. That's one of...

Two Teens Learn Each Other’s Language, and More

In late June, Eryn Schell left her small community along the Thornapple River to live in Shiga Prefecture, Japan for nearly three weeks. Eryn traveled nearly 24 hours with a cohort of peers from the Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange...

Athlete, Goat Farmer, ‘Chill’ Encourager

School: Thornapple Kellogg Middle Other positions you have held in education: Health/PE teacher for 12 years. My first year was at Grand Rapids Public Schools, and every year since has been at TK High School. Spouse/children: I am married to Nathan...

Dear Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Editor's note: Following is Katie Marentette's letter to Leo Tolstoy, for which she won the state award for the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. My dad adores bookstores. He could spend hours nursing a cup of coffee and...
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