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R.I.P. to Stereotypes of Low-income Students

They can’t learn like my other students. They’re too lazy to finish their homework. They’ll never go to college. They’ll live in poverty all their lives. When stereotypes of low-income students are given a proper burial, schools can see significant academic achievement, say...

Students ‘Adopt’ a Child, Making Spirits Bright

Christmas was especially meaningful this year for Godwin Heights High School students who worked to make the season brighter for local children. Students from five science classes at Godwin Heights High School 'adopted' children from D.A. Blodgett-St. John's Home, a...

Phys Ed Building Already Paying Off for Students

The high school Physical Education Building -- complete with auxiliary gym, elevated one-eighth mile track and weight room -- is now welcoming athletes and physical education students. The $6.1 million addition and renovation of the existing gymnasium was part of...

Former rule-breaker, current relationship-builder

Bradley Tarrance is the new principal at Godwin Heights Middle School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

School Spirit Store Rewards Positive Behavior

Screeeeech! Two heavy retail display cases make their presence known as high school teachers move them across one end of a room to the other for cleaning and a new paint job. They're part of a small team of 11...

Strong, Independent, Diverse

After tying their matching pink and grey running shoes, 26 West Godwin Elementary girls settled on the classroom floor for a pre-run chat during their after-school "Girls on the Run" meeting. Projected on the Smart Board in front of them...

Soles and Ties That Bind

Godwin Heights High School senior Devon Ferguson painted the outside of an old tennis shoe in bright colors, adding stitches around the seams. She explained how the footwear represents herself. "I'm happy and bright on the outside," Devon said. "But...

Mr. Bill: From Student to Superintendent, and Everywhere In Between

Godwin Heights Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff gets it.  He knows what it’s like to be a principal, for instance, because he was one. He understands the challenges faced by teachers, because he was one of them, too. And he knows what it’s like...

Parents Learn Proven Methods to Usher Peace, Nonviolence into Their Homes

Despite the sweltering summer evening, Deandre Kilgore wears a sweatshirt he occasionally zips up with the hood draped over his head. The teen is open when he discusses how his family life has improved since his parents, Shaunte Paul and...

‘They Want to Learn so Much’

High School English language teacher Edith Trumbell spends her days with students from Mexico, China, Congo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Japan. For her, teaching them is a privilege. She talks about it with tears glinting...
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

Linking Kindness with Student Achievement

Godwin Heights students discovered how a shooting tragedy 15 years ago in a Colorado school can kindle compassion and kindness in theirs. Recently, district administrators, teachers and students collectively agreed to link arms with an initiative known as Rachel's Challenge,...

Social, Medical Services Extend to Schools, Homes

Godwin Heights High School senior Cameron Gray overheard a classmate telling Kent School Services Network community coordinator Duane Bacchus that he needed new shoes. Cameron stepped up, offering a brand-new pair of Nikes he had at home. That kind of...

Good Choices, Stylish Looks

Godwin Heights High School students recently had the chance to strut their stuff, modeling the latest fashions during Pure Passion for Fashion, an event that tied healthy choices and relationships to clothes and confidence. The district hosted an afternoon show...

Student: emphasis on values changes school culture

Since implementing a curriculum that focuses on behavior, high school teachers and administrators say they have seen a major decrease in the number of disciplinary referrals...
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