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Program Teaches Parents Any Goal is Possible

Parents are their children's first teachers, but when they don't understand the language being used at their child's school and how the school operates, that job gets much tougher. Imagine trying to figure out a report card or read the...

Payoff: Simply Beautiful

School was out for the day, but students didn't need to go far to get to their next project. On the West side of Godwin Heights High School, a variety of decorative plants and flowers were laid out in...

Warm Hearts = Warm Clothes for the Holidays

"It's warm inside my hat!" a student yelled after putting on a new winter hat he received from the Warmth and Good Cheer event Thursday. West Godwin Elementary spread that warmth and cheer to students before they left for the...

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...

Marching Band First Again

Call it a double take. If not for 2012, it’d be a three-peat for the Godwin Heights Marching Band, which won its second consecutive title in the Flight IV Michigan Competing Band Association State Championship at Ford Field in...

Young Entrepreneurs Create Learning Marketplace

West Godwin Elementary first- through fourth-grade students spent an evening working as mini-entrepreneurs at the T21 Marketplace, selling candyand other goodies, masks and chances to shoot hoops and bowl. The event, hosted by the after-school program Team 21, introduced students...

Creating Strong Bonds, One Slushie at a Time

You could call Susan Eiler the pizza pixie, the slushie specialist, the candy connoisseur or the movie maven. Some students refer to her as Mom. She puts together her roles under one all-encompassing title: "I'm the hodgepodge catch-all person," Eiler...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Keeping Middle School Parents Involved

Knowing how their 7th grader Mia Farr, 13, is doing in school is important to Joshua and Latisha Whitley.  Learning how they can support her during the ever-changing and challenging middle school years is extremely important to both. “Being able...

Competitive Cheerleading a Life-Changer, Team Members Say

There's more to competitive cheerleading than performing heart-stopping extended split stunts and the toe touch basket toss. Godwin Height High School team members say the sport literally changes lives. Just ask eleventh-grader Joy Parker. "I was failing all my classes before...

Coffee, Connection, Celebration

Every month, Roosevelt Beasley attends the Principal's Coffee event at West Godwin Elementary so he can be involved in the education of his fourth-grade son, Keion. He loves that he can talk to Steven Minard directly over a cup...

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...

The Biology Chronicles

An entire year of science curriculum fits handily into three stories...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

Out With the Old

Linda Kibbey carefully inspected the bank of tables and chairs that were for sale at the school district’s recent used furniture sale. Her shopping strategy included looking underneath each table for any memories students may have clandestinely left behind. “I...

‘World-Class’ Band Program Thrives on Community Support

Drive down 36th Street SW between Buchanan and Division on a fall day, and the sound of trumpets, trombones, clarinets, flutes and drums fills the air. As it does every year on the field outside Godwin Heights High School,...
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