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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...

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap

A fence illustration is often used to show the difference between equality and equity. Two pictures each show three children, one tall, one short and one in between, trying to peer over a fence. In one picture, they are treated...

District Makes Registration an Easy Extravaganza

When it comes to getting students ready for school, Godwin Heights Public Schools pulls out all the stops. Parents recently enrolled their children for fall classes during the district’s fourth annual Enrollment Extravaganza...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...

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!"...

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...

‘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...

Key to Success: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Dr. Sampson Davis had finished explaining how he managed to become an emergency care doctor and author despite growing up in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods when a student's hand shot up in the air. "I've been going to...

Pressure Builds for SkillsUSA Nationals

In a few weeks, Dominic Krupp will be part of a two-person team tasked with coming up with an idea for a short video, storyboarding it out, then shooting, editing and uploading it -- all in 36 hours. Godwin Heights...

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...

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...

Space to breathe, move and reflect

Margie Muñoz is harnessing the darkness of a basement classroom to help students manage stress and other challenges...

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...

Intervention Helps Put a Stop to Freshman Course Failures

Tough love, personalized instruction and clear expectations. That’s been the recipe for success at Godwin Heights High School since administrators implemented an intervention program that has dramatically reduced the rate of freshmen failures in core classes. “We are putting a...

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...

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...
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