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Babysitting an apple

Ninth-graders wrote apple adventures during the weeklong “35 Ways to Babysit an Apple” project in English teacher Jeremy Schnotala’s class. The writing project inspires creative narratives and lots of drama...

Class of 2021 has ‘test-optional’ choice when applying for college

Most schools in the state of Michigan have become SAT/ACT-optional for the Class of 2021 for admission purposes. There are, however, pros and cons for students...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

I voted! Elementary students cast ballots for play equipment, learn lessons in democracy

Elementary students cast their votes Tuesday too, but for new playground equipment — all part of learning about the voting process...

Bus drivers work as daytime cleaners during pandemic

It’s also a plus to have familiar faces around school...

Gladiola Elementary shifts to remote learning for two weeks due to COVID-19 case

The Kent County Health Department notified Superintendent Craig Hoekstra of the positive case, and due to the extent of possible students and staff who made contact with the individual recommended the school close for in-person instruction...

Jump like a squirrel

While the industrious creatures are spending their fall days collecting acorns and preparing for cooler days ahead, students are learning just how they go about what they do so well...

COVID-19 cases prompt two-week closing of middle school

Lowell Middle School has been closed for two weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, moving to online instruction...

‘Who we are as teacher and student is essentially the same’

Wyoming Junior High School teacher Shantel VanderGalien was named Region 3’s top teacher by the Michigan Department of Education in May, donning the title during a pandemic, when education is flipped on its head...

‘I want it to look happy’

With help from generous donors, elementary teachers worked to make welcoming, kid-friendly space while following the rules of social distancing and sanitation...

‘A positive in a time that’s somewhat negative’

The new two-story Wyoming High School building opened to 10th- through 12th-graders, who were happy to settle into their new digs for the first week of in-person classes...

Student athletes glad football is back, after trying other sports

Some student athletes briefly competed in other sports, such as tennis and cross country, after fall football was canceled. Now they’re happy to be back on the gridiron...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...

Wyoming to start school with two weeks remote, shift to in-person option

Superintendent Craig Hoekstra said the district is expecting about 55 percent of students to return in person and the remainder to stay remote on WPS Virtual...

Father recovering from COVID-19 thanks ‘Team Gladiola’ on Zoom

Principal Cheryl Corpus began Parent Zoom sessions the second week of the district’s Continuity of Learning Plan, and often more than a dozen parents logged on to ask questions and connect with staff and each other...
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