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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...

Color Me Beautiful

Senior Raven Rochelle knows how much self-image affects girls. "I know, personally, when you are a female, your image is everything," she said. "The way you present yourself speaks volumes." So Raven and other girls on the high school's Leadership Council...

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,...

Goodbye to Lecture-based Science

Wyoming Intermediate School teacher Janet Norman's sixth-grade students brainstormed during science class. They considered: What kind of packaging is strong enough for a drone to deliver a fragile item onto a doorstep? "How would I design something and solve this...

Sisters Follow Identical Career Paths

West Godwin Elementary School Principal Steve Minard remembers interviewing teachers for a third-grade position. One candidate had an ideal background: an elementary education degree from Hope College and teaching experience in Honduras. Later that afternoon, another teacher interviewed with the...

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...

New Principal to Establish School Culture, Redefine Identity

Name: Rinard PughSchool: Godwin Heights Middle School What and where was your previous job? My most previous job was Holland Public Schools. I worked at Holland West K-7 School for two years as assistant principal and reading interventionist. Degrees: I have a bachelors...

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...

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...

School safety supervisor: putting out fires and building relationships

As safety supervisor, Jeff Wainwright believes building relationships, along with securing doors and scanning cameras, creates the strongest sense of security for students...

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...

Grandparent Volunteers Help Students Grow and Learn

The outside world knows them as Barb Fellows-Krauss and Dale Krauss.  But inside the walls of West Godwin Elementary, they are Grandma Barb and Grandpa Dale, the caring couple that spends several hours a week helping kindergarten teacher Lynn...

‘World-Class’ Band Program Thrives on Community Support

Drive down 36th Street SW between Buchanan and Division on a fall day, and the sound of trumpets, trombones, clarinets, flutes and drums fills the air. As it does every year on the field outside Godwin Heights High School,...
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...

Video Gives Voters Guided Tour of Bond Proposal

A video Godwin Heights Public Schools made provides viewers with a guided tour of the improvements the district wants to get done should voters approve a $14.1 million bond request on Tuesday, May 5. The short film uses video shots...

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...
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