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A New Line of Credit at Wyoming

Talk about a head start.  Wyoming High School students Max Kallemeyn and Gabby Menard plan to graduate with 60 college credits already earned and paid for, an opportunity they didn’t want to pass up. “I could get my two...

Junior High Students Cha-Cha Through the Semester

When physical-education teacher Rebecca Flood was assigned to teach dance to junior high students, she knew how to square dance, but that was pretty much it when it came to cutting a rug. "We're talking zero," the 30-year Wyoming Public...

Economic Lesson Stuffs Stockings

Marshmallow-y, chocolatey Snowman Soup, Tic-tac-toe games packaged in burlap bags, colorful ornaments, glass magnets and other crafty items will fill the stockings of parents and siblings of Gladiola Elementary students, thanks to some business-savvy students. The school recently was transformed...

A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

Taking time to say thank you can make someone's day, students in Oriole Park Elementary School's Hospitality Club are discovering. A couple dozen handwritten cards decorated by 10 first- and second-graders go out each month to parents, teachers and other...

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...

Students deliver gifts to peers, fulfilling holiday wishes

Students spent $1,500 in council funds to grant 40 of 70 wishes. Several students and teachers made wishes to give to others...

How Are Districts Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students?

Challenged with designing a structure to safely hold a raw egg when dropped from several feet above the floor, Oriole Park Elementary School third and fourth-grade students started brainstorming in groups. "We can use the six cotton puffs under the...

Key to Success: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Dr. Sampson Davis had finished explaining how he managed to become an emergency care doctor and author despite growing up in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods when a student's hand shot up in the air. "I've been going to...

Before-school Gym Builds Bodies and Brainpower

In a game of real-life Hungry, Hungry Hippos, middle school students wheeled out on scooters to grab tennis balls from a basket. Before that, the 40 fifth- and sixth-graders had spent nearly an hour involved in fun, fast exercises like push-up...

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...

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...

Retiring Custodian a “Superhero Listener”

Many who have walked the halls at Oriole Park Elementary School know Bob Pickard is a superhero. To students who have inquired about this cleaning-carted crusader, he called himself a “Superhero Listener.” The longtime custodian (who may be able to clean...

The Rhythm of the Words

Oriole Park Elementary Schools students walked, tiptoed and froze on cue to classical music during a half-hour singsong session filled with music exercises based on rhythm and beat. "Snail, snail, snail, snail. Up and down and all around," they sang...

Districts go Three-for-Three on Tax Requests

Voters' decisive approvals of tax renewal requests Tuesday will provide crucial ongoing support of day-to-day operations in two Kent ISD districts, as well as needed building and infrastructure improvements in one of them. Residents approved non-homestead tax levies of 18...

Superintendents Support Students In the Face of DACA Decision

As a mother and grandmother, Teresa Weatherall Neal knows well the value of family. And as superintendent of nearly 17,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools students, she thinks about the families they all come from. So Neal’s reaction to President Trump’s...
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