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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...

Missed Graduation Becomes Opportunity to Grow, Learn, Teach

Even though it happened 14 years ago, it still stings when Eva Pardo remembers that she missed her son's kindergarten graduation at North Godwin Elementary. She received a notice beforehand informing her of Manuel's childhood milestone. But there was a...

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...

Key to Success: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Dr. Sampson Davis had finished explaining how he managed to become an emergency care doctor and author despite growing up in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods when a student's hand shot up in the air. "I've been going to...

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 the sport literally changes lives. Just ask eleventh-grader Joy Parker. "I was failing all my classes before...

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...

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 with hands-on activities that showed them how they, too, could one day become problem solvers. They...
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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...

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 on Tuesday, May 5, all accomplished without raising property taxes, said Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff. The district's...

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 other for cleaning and a new paint job. They're part of a small team of 11...

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 daughter of Dominican immigrants struggled to learn her multiplication tables. Her teacher tracked students’...

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 at their father’s. Christmas. Snow. Their favorite things. They soon headed to their desks, pulling...

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 said at brother Robert's funeral. "I dream things that never were and say why not?" The...

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 as a result, are making marked improvement in their behavior and readiness to learn.The expectations...

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 owner of the Arabian horse what his neigh means and her reply illustrates why North...

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...
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