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Museum’s Engineering Days Fuel Interest in STEM Careers

Boredom never stood a chance of edging its way into the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Engineering Days. The program captivated 150 Middle School students with hands-on activities that showed them how they, too, could one day become problem solvers. They...

Welcome Back, Class!

Launching another school year is a reason to celebrate for families gathered at enrollment events, registrations, open houses and community parties. Godwin Heights Public Schools recently held a kindergarten through eighth-grade Enrollment Extravaganza at the high school, welcoming new students...

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,...

Elementary Students Leave City for The Slopes

Nearly 90 inner-city students are experiencing the rush of skiing on the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area, many for the first time. Listen closely, and you have no doubt how much fun they're having. "If you fall, you know what...

Veteran Crossing Guard Goes the Extra Mile to Ensure Safety

Wearing a fluorescent vest and clutching a handheld "stop" sign, crossing guard Cherrie Medendorp makes sure West Godwin Elementary students like Sataya McBride walk safely across the intersection at 36th Street and Clyde Park Avenue in Wyoming. Actually, the veteran...

Hooked on Good Behavior

Every other Friday afternoon, the school week ends in a big dance party at West Godwin Elementary School, with students and teachers moving and grooving after Principal Steve Minard cranks up the tunes. Turns out there are a lot of...

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.”

School Community Supports New Principal’s Family, Injured Son

The 2014-15 school year will no doubt be memorable in both very good and very bad ways for Chad Conklin. Not only is it his first year as Godwin Heights High School's new principal, it's also when he and...

Teens See Their Lives Mirrored in Reading List

When students say reading doesn't interest them, Godwin Heights High School English teacher Jessica Molloy steps up to her new book collection. She makes it a mission to find books that capture their attention. She introduced one book-resistant student to...

Through the Storm to See the Rainbow

April Martinez is the kind of person who asks, "Do you need anything else?" and "What more can I do?" She's the student who is ever-present, often helping organize events and taking part in art shows, blood drives, pancake breakfasts,...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

No Accidental Educator Here

Dawn Sobleskey keeps in her classroom a ceramic coffee mug that has the words "family tree" emblazoned across the outside. Visible on the cup are the names of the sixth-grade teacher's two children, Tim and Nikki. And dotted across...

New School Leader Loves ‘100 Percent Authenticity’ of Students

School: Godwin Heights Middle School Previous job? For the past few years I have been working as the assistant principal at Godwin Heights High School. We are a small school district of just over 2,000 students. We are one of the...

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...

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...
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