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TKMS Band Students Join Honors Band at WMU

Four Thornapple Kellogg Middle School band students walked around the Western Michigan University campus, ate lunch by the gardens, watched the University Bronco Marching Band and - oh yeah - performed a concert at WMU’s Miller Auditorium.

Teachers Turn Popular Game into Live-Action History Lesson

Students lined up facing each other, both sides eying the opponent’s flag hanging on the opposite side and strategizing ways to successfully grab the flag without being caught themselves. TK Middle School teachers turned this simple children’s game of Capture the Flag, into a live-action history lesson as the 8th-grade teams became the British and American forces in the Revolutionary War.

MS Students, Staff Handle Emergency Situation Smoothly

After middle school students were safely back in their regular classrooms and the regular school day resumed, Principal Kelli Wegner said she was extremely pleased with how the students and staff reacted. The building was evacuated this morning after a small fire in a bathroom trash can was detected and smoke filled a hallway.

Students Gain Rich Sense of History in Classroom Exercise

“I’ll give you five cows for some gold,” one student offered. Another provided three sheep and some beads. These kinds of trades were being made throughout the seventh-grade social studies classrooms taught by Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Cove as students studied the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia.

TK Teachers Honored for Going Above and Beyond

Three teachers were honored with the Shelley Erb “Above and Beyond Award” given annually by the Thornapple Kellogg Education Association. Erb is a retired first-grade teacher whose endless energy and enthusiasm for teaching is the inspiration for the award given annually to a teacher who goes above and beyond what’s expected.

Family First for TK Science Teacher

Many people think of a perfect day as relaxing on some tropical beach or reaching new heights on some grand adventure. Shaun Davis said those kinds of things are great, but if he had to describe his perfect day it would be spending time with his wife, Pamela, and his family having a barbecue in his own backyard and enjoying the sounds of his grandchildren laughing.

MS Students Collect Light and Temperature Data

Is the ground hotter covered with grass, cement or some other ground covering? What type of surface also gathers the most light? How do they all compare and how does it all affect ecosystems? All questions seventh grade students had to try and answer using handheld temperature and light sensor probes.
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