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‘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...

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,...

Latest Family Night Builds on ‘K-8 Feel’

My'Angel Westbrook practiced blowing into a tuba, pursing her lips just right after receiving instruction from band teacher Jake Castillo, and declared she just might want to join band. "I want to play the drums and the flute," said...

Stressed Out? We Have Just the Place for You

In a room at Godwin Heights High School that formerly served as the site for in-house suspension, students now come for help in the areas of college, career and comfort. The Empowerment Room is a recently revamped space serving a...

‘Like Walking Into a Big Hug’

There are books galore in Rebecca English's high school classroom. New and old and of many genres, they are categorized and in bins along the walls, on shelves and in a closet-turned-library. There are also bundles of yarn stacked in...

District Talent on Full Display at Art Show

The work of K-12 artists created a huge collage of talent on display recently during the District-wide Art Show. Many mediums were showcased, and high school artists worked on pieces while parents and students watched. Editor's Note: State of the Arts:...

Former NBA Player to Lead July Basketball Camp

Retired National Basketball Association player Mateen Cleaves is offering a three-day camp for students to improve their shooting form and teach them life skills. Cleaves' 1 Goal, 1 Passion Summer Basketball Camp will be held July 28-30 at Godwin Heights...

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...

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,...

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...

Art Show Displays Skill, Patience

Santiago Baltazar was only 4 years old when he emigrated from his homeland of Guatemala to the U.S. in 2001. He decided in his high school senior year that it was time to depict on canvas where he came...

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...

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...

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...

Students Pace Themselves at the Learning Center

Andy Cruz, 17, of Grand Rapids, knows perfectly well how his first year in high school set him behind schedule to graduate. "I took my freshmen year as a joke. I hardly came to school. I wouldn’t do my...

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...
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