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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...

TK Bond Projects in Planning Phase

Voters approved a $6 million bond issue earlier this year for Thornapple Kellogg Schools but most work won't be visible until next year. The summer has been spent planning the projects with the construction management firm Owen Ames Kimball and,...

Area Special Education Teams Shoot and Score!

Kenowa Hills High School recently hosted for the second year a regional Special Olympics basketball tournament. Schools from Byron Center, Sparta, Forest Hills, Thornapple Kellogg, Hudsonville and Holland sent teams. Kenowa Hills students filled the stands during the game, held...

A Riches of Rookies

Thornapple Kellogg Schools -- all 125 square miles of this rural district -- is feeling happy, hopeful and mostly healthy, says Superintendent Tom Enslen. With 21 new teachers, many graduating from college just months ago, Thornapple-Kellogg is bucking the...

Bullied Speaker Helps Students Overcome Bad Experiences

Michael Karpovich remembers his head being flushed down the toilet nearly a dozen times by bullies as a student, and he knows it continues to happen, both literally and figuratively. “You've been flushed down toilets, too, but they may not...

Student’s Video Work Helps Shape District Future

Helping pass bonds for a school district and a fire department by creating videos isn't expected from a high school senior, but Nathan Seeber has done it. Jerry Robinson, Nathan's digital video teacher, said he's not sure how the bond...

Way Beyond ABC’s: Kindergartners Master a Growing List of Academic Skills

Byron Center’s Brown Elementary School kindergarten students are seated on a carpet in a big circle fronting a white board. They are making sense -- “number sense” that is. Teacher Andrew Smith writes the number 912 on the board and...
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

“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...

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...

‘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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