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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 his first year as Godwin Heights High School's new principal, it's also when he and...

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...

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,...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

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 are the names of the sixth-grade teacher's two children, Tim and Nikki. And dotted across...

New School Leader Loves ‘100 Percent Authenticity’ of Students

School: Godwin Heights Middle School Previous job? For the past few years I have been working as the assistant principal at Godwin Heights High School. We are a small school district of just over 2,000 students. We are one of the...

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...

Students make friends by way of pen

A teacher and her former teacher are connecting their classrooms through letters...

Program Teaches Parents Any Goal is Possible

Parents are their children's first teachers, but when they don't understand the language being used at their child's school and how the school operates, that job gets much tougher. Imagine trying to figure out a report card or read the...

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...

Warm Hearts = Warm Clothes for the Holidays

"It's warm inside my hat!" a student yelled after putting on a new winter hat he received from the Warmth and Good Cheer event Thursday. West Godwin Elementary spread that warmth and cheer to students before they left for the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...
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