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MS Students to Perform "Little House on the Prairie"

Middle school students will turn back time with the Ingalls and Olsen families in their production of "Little House on the Prairie: The Spelling Bee." There are 37 students involved in the play directed by Vickie St. John. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the high school auditorium.
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Three TK OM Teams Advance to World Finals

Three Thornapple Kellogg Odyssey of the Mind teams have advanced to the World competition after finishing first or second at the state last weekend. Two teams will represent the high school and one team will represent the middle school. TK also sent three teams to the World Finals last year, including some of the same students who will be advancing this year.
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Next Generation Standards Encourage Learning by "Doing" Science

Ellie Baranek rubbed her hands quickly together until she felt the heat building up in her palms. The fourth-grader quickly realized her action created friction that in turn created heat. "It's motion energy to heat energy," she deduced.
Her classmates rotated around the room to six different stations where they tried to answer the question "How do we know energy is present and moving in a system?" They also gained an understanding of how energy is transferable.
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TK Middle School Writers Advance to State Contest

Three Thornapple Kellogg Middle School eighth-grade students were named winners in the Elks district writing contest after being named the local winners for Hastings Elk Lodge 1965. This year’s theme for their essays was “Why our veterans are American heroes.” Jacqueline Aguiar, Rozalynn Reaser and Aubrey Bischoff will now advance to the state competition. Winning entries from the state move on to a national contest.
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Students Find Joy in Helping Others

Mitchell Corner helped Wyatt Miller search through racks of winter clothes, bins with hats and mittens, and storage tubs filled with children’s boots to find just the right winter gear for a student in need at McFall Elementary. Lillian Lienesch’s middle school service learning class has taken over operations of the Classmates Care program. With the help of middle school “Links” students like Corner, Lienesch’s special needs students sort and organize the clothing donations, take orders as they come in from different schools, and fill and deliver the orders to students in the district.
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