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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...

Little Jumpers Raise Big Bucks for Heart Health

Lee Elementary is known to Thornapple Kellogg students as "the school where you get to do Jump Rope for Heart." It's a crazy, loud, happy time where second- and third-graders jump rope in the gym all day while parents...

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...

Making it right to be real

Thornapple Kellogg High School recently kicked off a series of assemblies building on the Making it Cool to be Kind program...

School Rules: Strictly by the Book

Kelli Wegner is changing students’ lives at Thornapple Kellogg schools. Why? Because she has the power to take their cell phones away, thanks to the rules she’s been putting in the student handbook. Wegner gets notes from teachers and school staff...

Today’s Graduates Meet Tomorrow’s Rock Stars

Graduates parading down the halls of elementary and middle schools in their district has become a tradition at some schools, and Thornapple Kellogg High School did it for the first time this year. Teachers saw former students, graduates stepped...

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...

Group Collaboration Produces Surprising Sources

When innovation, collaboration, reading, language and writing all can be taught in a single project, it's a win-win for both teachers and students. That's what "A Raisin in the Sun" and Jimmy Kimmel helped teach a team of students...
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

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...

Students Restore Classic Cars at Gilmore Garage

Saying you've worked at one of the top car museums in the country is impressive, especially if you're still a high school student. Thornapple Kellogg students can do just that through a partnership with the Gilmore Car Museum. At an...

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...

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...

Area Schools Go Gaga for Gaga Pits

Page Elementary students race out the school door to the Gaga pit when recess starts. One leg at a time, between 20 to 30 of them quickly jump over the wall of a 24-foot wide wooden, pentagon-shaped pit with...

The Supes

When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

Parent-initiated Program: Muy Bien

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies. That's the Spanish version of the children's song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," which McFall Elementary kindergartners were singing during their once-a-week Spanish lesson. The class got its start this year when kindergarten mom Lyndsey Carpenter moved...

‘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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