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What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

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...

Elementary Students Leave City for The Slopes

Nearly 90 inner-city students are experiencing the rush of skiing on the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area, many for the first time. Listen closely, and you have no doubt how much fun they're having. "If you fall, you know what...

As They Face Pressures, Students Learn to Rise ‘Above the Influence’

At Godwin Heights Middle School, the walls can talk.  Getting high, suicide, cutting, bullying and drinking have been some of the topics of conversation. There were feelings, too, like 'being who I'm not" and "letting things get to me." Walls...

Mr. Bill: From Student to Superintendent, and Everywhere In Between

Godwin Heights Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff gets it.  He knows what it’s like to be a principal, for instance, because he was one. He understands the challenges faced by teachers, because he was one of them, too. And he knows what it’s like...

Just Write: Inspiring students by publishing their work

Luis Hernandez may only be a third grader, but the West Godwin elementary student has already published his writing for the whole world to see. Or at least, for HIS whole world to see. "I like it because it makes...

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...

Community-wide Program Seeks 1,100 Mentors for 4 Wyoming Districts

One hour. Once a week. For one year. That’s the commitment it would take to make a difference in the life of one of Wyoming’s neediest youth, according to organizers of a new, citywide mentoring program that seeks to match...

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...

West Godwin Grandpa, Watch DOGS, Create Popular Presence

“Mr. Soto, Mr. Soto, me too!  Me too! I love underdogs!” calls a West Godwin Elementary third grader as a patient Able Soto pushes another swing and runs beneath it, to the delight of the children. “My granddaughter’s...

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...

Keeping Middle School Parents Involved

Knowing how their 7th grader Mia Farr, 13, is doing in school is important to Joshua and Latisha Whitley.  Learning how they can support her during the ever-changing and challenging middle school years is extremely important to both. “Being able...
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