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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...

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...

Football Game Collections Give Back to the Community

Thornapple Kellogg cheerleaders carried buckets for donations up and down the bleachers at a recent football game seeking Gridiron Giving donations for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. More than $1,000 was raised by the 27 cheerleaders, said Abby...

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

Teaching Students About Bullying Should Start as Early as Second and Third Grade, Author...

When asked to describe bullies, second- and third-graders at Lee Elementary said they were people who kick and push, say mean things, leave other people out of groups, spread rumors, embarrass classmates, wear shirts with skulls on them and...

Learn How to Help Angry, Frustrated Children

Lies About Parenting from Kirk Martin If you do everything right, your home life will be perfect. You can't do it all. Do not compare yourself. You cannot make every situation right or manage everyone's emotions. It is not...

Fitness or Fundraiser: Why Not Do Both?

Two more things are certain in life: Children who stay fit do better at school — and you have to fund-raise for your child's school. Both were accomplished at at the Middle School Fitness Palooza recently when students zumba-danced, played...

Small Moments Lead to Huge Improvements

“What is a dot-dot-dot?” asked the first grade teacher.“AN ELLIPSIS!” her students responded.“What is its purpose?” asked the teacher.“To build up EXCITEMENT!” shouted the students. Yes, as incredible as it may seem, first-grade students are shouting about punctuation, and it’s...

‘You Find Yourself Striving to be Greater at Something’

Noah Miller and Heather Price, both 2016 district graduates, are members of the Western Michigan University Marching Bronco Band and got to play at the Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 2. Here's what they had to say about what...

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...

Bigs and Littles Find Rewarding Relationships

When you're in elementary school and a high schooler gives you some attention, it feels cool. Thornapple Kellogg High School students have been making younger kids feel that way the past three years by building relationships with the district’s...

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...

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...

‘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...

Kids Read, Principal Flies

Page Elementary Principal Michael Gelmi was literally sky-high over his students reading more than 850 books in their Battle of the Books this year. For reaching the goal, he told his students he would reward them by skydiving over...

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...

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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