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A family tradition: school, community, teaching

After making their way through the Thornapple Kellogg school system, Josh, Samuel and Rebecka Thaler are back teaching in their home district...

A Gift from Graduates

The Alumni Association’s 13 board members include graduates from the 1950s to 1980s, and, this year will award its first $500 student scholarship, thanks to an endowment that has grown to more than $17,000...

Double Duty

Retired Barry County officers have joined forces as a presence in the district, with student safety their number one priority...

Back to the classroom, except it’s all the classrooms

Attorney and financial analyst by license, educator by choice, Thornapple Kellogg’s new superintendent Rob Blitchok is ready to introduce himself to the community...

Reading on the road

Susie and Timmy Doxtater were headed to the lake to go fishing, but first, they made sure their dad Cory stopped by the B.Bus so they could get new books for the week...

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...

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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