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Competitive Cheerleading a Life-Changer, Team Members Say

There's more to competitive cheerleading than performing heart-stopping extended split stunts and the toe touch basket toss. Godwin Height High School team members say...

No Accidental Educator Here

Dawn Sobleskey keeps in her classroom a ceramic coffee mug that has the words "family tree" emblazoned across the outside. Visible on the cup...

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...

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...

Safety, Building Improvements Targeted In $14.1 Million Bond Proposal

Student safety and making essential improvements to the school district's buildings are at the forefront of a $14.1 million bond request voters will consider...

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...

Turning Around a Low-Performing School

Arelis Diaz realized at a young age that it’s possible for a teacher to impact the life of a vulnerable student forever. In third grade,...

The Road to Success in a High-Poverty School: It’s All About Collaboration, Expectations

In Holly Vostad’s North Godwin Elementary School classroom, kindergarteners sat in circles on the rug, discussing what they planned to write about: A weekend...

Student Council President Asks ‘Why Not Make a Difference?’

Hector Zoleta lives a line made famous by the late Sen. Edward (Teddy) Kennedy. "Some men see things as they are and say why?" Kennedy...

Godwin Heights’ Positive Behavior Program Proves Its Value

Peppered throughout Godwin Heights High School’s hallways, classrooms and cafeteria are posters declaring eight expectations of its students. Students are embracing the school-wide standards, and...

Harvest Festival Marks a Decade of Essential Farm Education

Unexpectedly, Sonny the horse lets out a high-pitched whinny to the delighted squeals of children gathered around him. The boys and girls ask the...

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...

School Community Supports New Principal’s Family, Injured Son

The 2014-15 school year will no doubt be memorable in both very good and very bad ways for Chad Conklin. Not only is it...

Godwin Guys Laugh, Reminisce, Discuss Public Education’s Critical Role

They call themselves the Godwin Guys, an average of 20 Godwin Heights High School graduates from the 1950s to 1970s who meet monthly for...

Middle School Beats the Odds

There's a can-do attitude coursing through Godwin Heights Middle School's classrooms that's leading to some very positive results for teachers and students. The school is...

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,...
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