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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...

Students Eat Their Apple Lesson

It was an easy test at Page Elementary for fourth- and fifth-graders:  Which apple -- Red Gala or Ginger Gold -- did they like best? The final vote was 129 for the Galas and 123 for the Ginger Golds. And...

Breath + Balance = Better Learners

Downward dog time in Jasmine Koster's kindergarten room finds students on all fours, hands pressed on the floor aligned with their shoulders, and knees beneath their hips. Koster says the yoga sessions are helping them become better learners. "Their concentration...

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...

TK School Second in Odyssey World Finals for Creative Fairy Tale

A tree-killing princess that’s been turned into a tree, an all-in-one-seven-dwarfs dwarf and a superhero that’s ready to solve wardrobe malfunctions at any time were the key ingredients for the Thornapple Kellogg Odyssey of the Mind Middle School team’s...

More Than One Lesson Learned

The assignment was fairly simple: Film a 10-12 minute video of a high school staff member to show the interviewing techniques learned in class. For two students, though, the assignment taught them the power of video, a history lesson...

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford...

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...

A Clean Sweep: Voters in Seven Kent Districts Approve Funding Requests

Tuesday was a good day for schools and students in Kent ISD, as voters approved tax proposals in all seven districts that requested them. Residents supported requests ranging from $3.6 million to $76.1 million in Caledonia, Comstock Park, East...

Dear Congressman: Love the Beard, But Not the System

Everyone complains about politics -- even seniors in high school. Shepherd Trickle, a student in Thornapple Kellogg's government class taught by Jerry Robinson, is one of them. "There could be better people, and they could be doing things better," he...

‘Weeees’ Sure Are Fun, but Business is Hard

A woodshop project can be much more than making something out of wood. A recent enterprise by three students taught them a business lesson in collaboration, marketing and, as it turned out, giving. Thornapple Kellogg wood production class students were...

Student Actor’s Latest Adventure Hits the Big Screen

Derek Brandon is saving our country from the evil plans of Admiral Ironsides in his latest movie, "The Adventures of Mickey Matson and The Pirate's Code.” The Thornapple Kellogg sophomore was home this summer, spending lots of time with friends....

Pressure Builds for SkillsUSA Nationals

In a few weeks, Dominic Krupp will be part of a two-person team tasked with coming up with an idea for a short video, storyboarding it out, then shooting, editing and uploading it -- all in 36 hours. Godwin Heights...

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...

Students Learn the ABCs of Salmon – by Raising Them

A is for Alevin, a newly hatched salmon. B is for big, as in King Salmon, the largest in its species. And C is for Chinook Salmon, the specific type of fish Thornapple Kellogg Page Elementary science teacher Curt Wissink...

Parent Lessons in Technology: Discovery, Learning & Safety

If you've ever wondered what your seventh- and eighth-graders are doing in school, they're building robots, lawn mowers and pitching machines. The pieces used to make the miniature machines are from special Lego kits, but building these contraptions could introduce...

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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