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High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The Early College program will...

College? Career? The Adviser is IN

Star Zetocha wishes she had the type of school counselor she intends to become one day. “I was literally discouraged not to apply anywhere out of the ordinary when I said to the school counselor I wanted to leave the...

‘We’re on the Right Track’

When Principal Tricia Mathes announced to her staff that their school had been taken off the state’s list of Priority Schools, they cheered and clapped their hands. The news meant Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy is no longer...

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...

Godwin Heights’ Positive Behavior Program Proves Its Value

Peppered throughout Godwin Heights High School’s hallways, classrooms and cafeteria are posters declaring eight expectations of its students. Students are embracing the school-wide standards, and as a result, are making marked improvement in their behavior and readiness to learn.The expectations...

Writing Showcase Spotlights Young Scribes

West Godwin Elementary School fourth-grader Abel Garcia stuck a Post-It note on a story written by his cousin, Rosa, a kindergartner. On it, Abel had written, "I love your details and drawings." "Just Write" is the school's annual showcase of...

‘A Lot of Wisdom and Honest Talk’

Lazevious Steele sat snugly in a barber chair as Duane Bacchus used a razor to perfect his fade. The next day, Lazevious and other seniors walked across the stage sporting fresh haircuts to receive their high school diplomas. Bacchus, a...

Nurturing a love of nature

A middle school’s extracurricular club aims to get students outdoors and in-the-know about the environment...

West Godwin Grandpa, Watch DOGS, Create Popular Presence

“Mr. Soto, Mr. Soto, me too!  Me too! I love underdogs!” calls a West Godwin Elementary third grader as a patient Able Soto pushes another swing and runs beneath it, to the delight of the children. “My granddaughter’s...

Art Show Displays Skill, Patience

Santiago Baltazar was only 4 years old when he emigrated from his homeland of Guatemala to the U.S. in 2001. He decided in his high school senior year that it was time to depict on canvas where he came...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...
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...

Mentors Give and Gain: Building Important Relationships

The special relationship that grows between a mentor and mentee was evident in an email teacher Katie Fuelling received from Marilyn Knowles, who mentors one of Fuelling's students at Godwin Heights North Elementary School. "Omigosh!  I didn't want to leave!"...

Balloon Launch Symbolizes Living ‘Above the Influence’

The blue sky above Godwin Heights Middle School was dotted with red balloons recently as students launched them up, declaring themselves committed to a drug-free lifestyle. Students were culminating Red Ribbon Week, which included a slate of events focused on...

Big Achievement Jump Earns Reward Status

With its biggest jump since last year –from 25 to 46 percent in third-grade math proficiency– West Godwin Elementary School was named a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education. It is the first time the school has...

‘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...
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