News and Announcements

11 OM Teams Compete at Regionals; 6 Advance to State

Thornapple Kellogg Schools were well represented with 11 teams at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Wayland last weekend. The district will again be well represented by six teams advancing to the state finals March 14 hosted at TK Schools.

Ready…Set…PLAY!

Cathy Leaf’s kindergarten classroom looked like a toy store explosion! There were toys and games everywhere and along with it – smiling, giggling and laughing students enjoying just being kids.

Birthday Treat Helps Keep Classmates Warm

Most kids bring cookies or cupcakes or a favorite snack to pass out to their classmates in honor of their birthday. But Zak Holzhausen had a different idea. He came home upset after one of the first snowfalls of the year. “I asked him what was wrong and he said he was upset because so many of his friends didn’t have mittens to wear outside in the snow,” said his mom, Theresa.

HS Students Turn Wood into Classroom Treasures

Give high school students a block of wood and watch them turn it into unique and personalized crayon holders for elementary teachers. Thornapple Kellogg High School woods students did just that and the results were impressive and much appreciated by teachers.

Battle of the Buildings Returns Nov. 13

TK bragging rights are one the line in the annual Battle of the Buildings Nov. 13. Members from each building within the district will compete in fun (and sometimes goofy) basketball competitions.

MS Students Share Water Lesson at McFall

Water, water everywhere! In Michigan we are surrounded by water with an abundance of natural lakes, streams and ponds so sometimes it’s hard to realize there are people in the world who don’t have quick and easy access to safe water.  Where does our water come from and how does it safely get into our homes and schools and businesses?  What happens if our water supply is no longer safe? What happens if we don’t have access to good water?

YAC Grant Gives Students A Change

Thanks to a YAC grant, Brittany Brown's first graders can wiggle, bounce and move around in their McFall Elementary classroom. Brown received a $300 grant for flexible seating for her students. Funds were used to purchase wobble stools, ball chairs and some foam seats. She also purchased some kick bands that are placed around the legs of conventional chairs but allow students to kick the rubber band and shuffle their legs. Brown said the students love the new seats that allow them to move and be a little more active.

High Schoolers Build Custom Sandboxes for Boy, 6

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A 6-year-old Middleville boy whose life changed forever one year ago has a brand new gift thanks to a group of local high school students.
In May 2018, Nate Boersma was in a terrible car crash that left him paralyzed. Since then, he has fought hard to recover and learn to adjust to life in a wheelchair as a kindergartner at McFall Elementary.
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