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New play includes many firsts

Student cast members say the play has allowed them to go deep into character development, while recognizing strong themes of isolation, anxiety and abandonment

Teens gather messages for Parkland peers, say they must speak up

The Wyoming High students said they wanted to reach out to Florida peers who experienced the Feb. 14 mass shooting at their school

Technology turns biography reports into multimedia efforts

After researching and writing about historical figures and famous people, third-graders recorded their work like mini-broadcasters
Godwin Heights is among four high schools where Chief Carmody meets with students

Retiring police chief says teen sessions will continue

James Carmody has made it a priority to give high school students a voice at the table. Every week he meets with students, rotating between Wyoming, Godwin Heights, Lee and Kelloggsville high schools
Teacher Jennifer Blackburn joins the fun with her students as a Jenga tower falls during indoor recess

There’s No Place Like Home, Except School

First-grade teacher Blackburn became inspired to make her classroom more like home, from colors to furniture to lighting and decor. She felt traditional classrooms were too sterile and institutional, and wanted a more inviting atmosphere.

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...

Noshing Through Novels

It was a tranquil, cafe-like setting: a darkened media center illuminated by an image of a fireplace on a projector screen. Soft jazz music played and artificial candlelight glowed atop tables covered with red-and-white checkered cloths. Students enjoyed the...

‘You gotta be there every day’

Parkview Elementary students shined, smiles spreading from ear to ear, as they walked down the red carpet laid out for them during a celebration of their success in getting to school nearly every day, all day. Along with the grand...

She Collects Books, and Lets Students Choose Them

English teacher Katie Sluiter's Wyoming Junior High classroom is a testament to the power of words, in the books eighth-graders eagerly grab from her library and in the writing she did to get those 1,000 popular works onto her...

Class Pushes Students Out of Comfort Zone, Into Community

Students trickle in after school, one or two at a time, into a Wyoming High School classroom. They grab a slice of pizza and sit down to discuss issues that affect their lives and community: school, jobs and ways...

In Honor of Those Who Served

Editor's note: Schools across Kent County observed Veterans Day with a variety of events. Here is a sampling. Byron Center Boys Scouts brought up the flag; "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was sung; red, white and blue were worn; and...

Wyoming Bond Funds Mean Major High School Upgrade

Voters paved the the way Tuesday for major renovations and districtwide upgrades by decisively approving a $79.5 million bond. Work will begin as soon as summer break, beginning $40 million in investments planned at Wyoming High School, 1350 Prairie...

Students Put Design Thinking to Use with Voters

To learn about an upcoming school bond proposal, high school business students are zeroing in on their neighbors by using the Design Thinking process. Challenged to work on something real in their own community, students in teacher Jon Bushen's Business...

Wyoming Bond Vote Would Upgrade 50-Year-old Facilities

Voters will consider a bond proposal Tuesday, Nov. 7 that, without raising property owners' current tax rate, would fund $79.5 million in district-wide improvements. This includes $40 million in high school renovations. If passed, the proposal would extend the...

When Monsters Call and Teachers Read, Students Listen

The shared love of a book was on display in English teacher Shantel VanderGalien's eighth-grade honors class as she read aloud from "A Monster Calls." Creating a monster voice with a plummy British accent, VanderGalien revealed her theatrical side. The...

‘I Get How Hard It Is’

Teresa Dood, Parkview Elementary's Kent School Services Network coordinator, brings an awareness that is deep and real to her job linking families with resources. For her, navigating complicated systems and overcoming seemingly impossible barriers is personal. From her school office, Dood...