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Mentoring Program Sees Early Success

Kelly Jenkins and Halaynea Shanahan didn't know each other a few months ago, but if you saw them together today, you wouldn't know it. Laughing and smiling as they sit together at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School, it's obvious they...

Students Provide a Super Service

Superheroes were out in force at Thornapple Kellogg High School and their tasks were many.  Fleece blankets had to be made, food had to be packed for hungry children, and animal shelters needed help with supplies. Never fear, they did...

Learning Civic Responsibility by Asking and Doing

Lee Elementary is looking good, and its second graders are doing good with the help of their teacher, Nathan Fischer, after he attended a service learning academy. Service learning combines community service with classroom learning to teach civic responsibility....

Students Learn the ABCs of Salmon – by Raising Them

A is for Alevin, a newly hatched salmon. B is for big, as in King Salmon, the largest in its species. And C is for Chinook Salmon, the specific type of fish Thornapple Kellogg Page Elementary science teacher Curt Wissink...

TK School Second in Odyssey World Finals for Creative Fairy Tale

A tree-killing princess that’s been turned into a tree, an all-in-one-seven-dwarfs dwarf and a superhero that’s ready to solve wardrobe malfunctions at any time were the key ingredients for the Thornapple Kellogg Odyssey of the Mind Middle School team’s...

“Action” on the School Set

At the start of the school year, Cameron Moore, a college freshman, sent an e-mail to Jerry Robinson, Thornapple Kellogg High School's digital media instructor, every teacher would love to receive. “I'm sitting now in a production class that basically is...

They’re Watching You, Lansing

Three parents in the Thornapple Kellogg Schools district are determined to get the public's voice heard on education issues, and that's why they've formed Parents for TK Schools. Keeping people informed and getting them to let legislators know how...

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...

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...

Veterans’ Day – Each and Every Day

From an Army sergeant leaving this week to Afganistan to a World War II veteran who was at the attack on Pearl Harbor, servicemen and women were honored in a community Veterans Day celebration at Thornapple Kellogg High School.  About...

TK Trombone Player Marches with the Notre Dame Band

Being part of the Notre Dame band the first year at college makes for a crazy-busy life, says 2012 Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate Alicia Czarnecki, but she loves it. “It's amazing,” Czarnecki says. “It's really a lot of work...

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...

TK Honors Farming Heritage in Homecoming

Grabbing your books and driving a tractor to school isn’t the typical way to go to school, but it was during homecoming week at Thornapple Kellogg High School. With a school district that covers more than 125 square miles,...

‘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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