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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...

A Letter to Leo Wins Library of Congress Award

Katie Marentette wrote a letter to Leo Tolstoy last fall and kind of forgot about it -- until she found out it won the state award for the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. For the contest, students had...

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...

‘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...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! Each week School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD districts and...

Sneaky Guitars, Snooty Otters Make for Good Reading

An author who visited Lee Elementary recently didn't just inspire students to put drawings of doughnuts with sprinkles on hallway walls, she made them want to read. She didn't just make them draw cute little otters, she taught them about...

‘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...

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...

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...

Coming Soon: Lessons in Thinking

Donna VonderHoff's AP computer science class learned how to solve a problem. While describing it that way may sound simplistic, it wasn't. The problem was how to help students struggling in school. The method used to solve the problem was...

‘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...

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...

Looking for That Perfect Teacher Gift? Here’s One

For Lee Elementary parents having a tough time figuring out what to get their child's teacher for Christmas, skip the hand lotion and send them on an exploration with your child. It's an easy way to give: just donate...

Look Out Humans — Here Come the Robots

A robot made of Legos pushing around poop could lead to students being scientists and engineers. Settle down, it's not real poop. It's manure made of Legos, and it was part of the challenges for students as this year's...

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...

‘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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