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‘She will fill your bucket if you are empty’

This art teacher provides a solid skill base, then encourages her students to infuse their work with elements of their own lives. And she shares her own, which she says creates a safe space for them to reflect...

They did the monster math

Students in Patti Reeder and James Rex’s classes were challenged to use exponential function to create a scenario in which zombies take over the world...

From conflict to commencement: African refugee finds success through perseverance

In the fall, Jeanette Mukampabuka will begin studying for an engineering or nursing degree at Western Michigan University and wants to eventually pursue her master’s degree...

School safety supervisor: putting out fires and building relationships

As safety supervisor, Jeff Wainwright believes building relationships, along with securing doors and scanning cameras, creates the strongest sense of security for students...

Refugee author tells students, ‘It is the story of your community’

Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s story of fleeing conflict and leaving her country behind resonated with students who read and discussed her book, “How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child.”
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Video featuring parents encourages more to get involved

Parents’ voices unite in an uplifting video that shares their experiences in the district and encourages others to get involved

Hispanic families struggle with uncertainty about Dreamers’ future

Students who are Dreamers, among about 700,000 young people nationwide who arrived to the U.S. as children of undocumented parents and are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, wonder if they will be able to go to college or secure financial aid. They feel betrayed by the system
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

Color Me Beautiful

Senior Raven Rochelle knows how much self-image affects girls. "I know, personally, when you are a female, your image is everything," she said. "The way you present yourself speaks volumes." So Raven and other girls on the high school's Leadership Council...

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...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....
From left, Diamond Johnson, Madisyn Rogers and Jamya Sanders work on their outdoor classroom prototype

Planning an Outdoor Classroom, for Real

Three classrooms, a memory bench and a sidewalk. Those are elements in ninth-graders Diamond Johnson, Madisyn Rogers and Jamya Sanders’ design for a greenhouse-themed outdoor addition to their school. “(Students and teachers) said they’d rather be outside and get fresh...

In This Community, Elves are Everywhere

With presents in tow for 26 North Godwin Elementary School kindergartners, Dutton Christian School sixth-graders helped the younger students make gift bags and cards for their parents. "This is the best day ever, because we are making presents for our...

Profiting from Basic Math

Though some may think it's crummy, 10th-graders Madalyn Austin and Rebekah Hoyle said The Snacky Sleeper is the perfect lazy-evening, popcorn-munching luxury: a "comfortable, supportive memory foam pillow" with a pouch for snacks. "The Snacky Sleeper keeps your snacks in...

State Champion Marching Band Plays On

The music is rising to a crescendo at Godwin Heights High School, where Band Director Jake Castillo is building offthe excitement of the Marching Band's first-place state championship by launching new opportunities for his musicians. Castillo is extending opportunities past...

Pin the Kidney on the Apron

Future doctors conferred with practicing osteopathic physicians recently on some critical topics in the North Godwin Elementary gymnasium. A healthy lifestyle leads to a strong body and brain, good for pursuing a career in medicine, students learned during Mini-Medical School,...
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