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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...

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...

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...

Ring-Toss or Slime-Making, it’s All About Fun

After school on Mondays through Thursdays, more than 40 middle school students participate in TEAM 21, where they do homework, eat, play sports and participate in activities. But a recent night was all about fun, complete with doughnuts and apple...

‘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...

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!"...

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...

The Biology Chronicles

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

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...
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...

#accepted

Senior D'Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University. She's decided to attend GRCC for her associate degree before transferring to a university,...

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...

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...

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...

A Strong, Clear Message

Fourth-grader Explains Stuttering to Classmates

‘I Want to be Capable to Speak’

Esperanza Mercado wants her children -- kindergartner Coral, first-grader Yra, and fourth-grader Adrian -- to have big goals. "I want them to get their master's degrees," she said. "I didn't get much education," she said while attending an English literacy...
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