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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...

“Typical Kid” with Movie Credits, Agents and a Screen Actors Guild Card

By most accounts, Derek Brandon is a typical kid of 15. He's a freshman at Thornapple Kellogg High School. He's growing out of his clothes, sports just a hint of acne, and likes to swim and play basketball. His mother Shannon...

Improvements in Schools, and Around Them, Greet Students This Fall

Students will have new computers, safer schools, and ride buses that save money and are better for the environment when they return to Thornapple Kellogg Schools. The improvements were paid for with the $6.2 million bond package voters approved in...

Teachers’ Turn to Learn

This year, nearly 1,000 K-12 school leaders in 45 states and 38 countries signed up to participate in Shadow a Student Challenge. It's a full school day when administrators and teachers spend a day in February alongside one of...

‘Nobody can take our education away’

After completing her student teaching at Thornapple Kellogg, Erin Kraker is back, bringing her own style to the classroom...

Support Staff Contracts Receive Overhaul, Opt for Three Year Renewal

Teachers and support staff in the Thornapple Kellogg School District agreed to a new three-year contract Aug 14. The three-year period is new this year. Previous contracts have only been for one year. Both the district and the unions are...

Students Advise Superintendent on School Culture, Needs

It's not often students get invited to lunch with the superintendent, and that they get a chance to ask about anything at school, but it happens frequently at Thornapple Kellogg schools. Superintendent Tom Enslen has been periodically meeting with small...

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...

Ahoy! MEAP Tests Attacked by Fourth-grade Pirates

Pirates stormed Page Elementary in September. Dressed in eye patches, bandanas and pirate shirts, they roamed the halls on a mission for for a different kind of treasure than jewels and money. The merry band was preparing to attack...

Winter Math: More Snow Means Longer School Days

Students got a late Christmas "present" when they returned to school after winter break this year: 10 extra minutes of class. Thanks to being hit by unusually snowy weather in November and two more snow days in December, the Thornapple...

New Alumni Group Forming

District graduates can register for a new alumni group at the Sept. 30 homecoming game. "We are still putting most of our time and effort into communicating with alumni through Facebook and our e-mail site," said Don Williamson, one...

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

Students Help Others Navigate Challenges of School

For many students, going to school is packed with good times, learning and friends. But students with disabilities face many challenges, especially with social skills. Thornapple Kellogg Public Schools has found a way to help those students deal with peer...

If You Park It They Will Come

A big, old Thornapple Kellogg School District bus parked along the M-37 highway in a farmer's field land is an attempt to attract substitute bus drivers to the district, a challenge schools across the county, state and nation are...

‘Best Day Ever’

It's fun to send a model car down a plastic track and watch it fly off a ramp. It's even more fun to send a model car down a track and watch it fly over a classmate. That's what Matthew...

‘What Makes You Proud of America’

Dylan LeClaire’s essay will move on to national competition in July...

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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