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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...

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...

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 lively chatter and good-natured ribbing. Amid the laughter is an unshakable respect for the public school...

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 achieving never-before results because teachers are focused intently on building positive relationships with students and...

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, teachers and students collectively agreed to link arms with an initiative known as Rachel's Challenge,...

R.I.P. to Stereotypes of Low-income Students

They can’t learn like my other students. They’re too lazy to finish their homework. They’ll never go to college. They’ll live in poverty all their lives. When stereotypes of low-income students are given a proper burial, schools can see significant academic achievement, say...

TEAM 21 Funding to Restore Cut Programs

For Claribel Ortiz, having a place for her four children to go after school and in the summer while she works helps a lot. She knows David, 11, Francisco, 10, Josue, 9, and Jazmine, 7, will get help with their...

Godwin Scholarship Fund Increase is “Golden”

The winners of scholarships from the Golden Gs this year at Godwin Heights High School were in for a bit of a shock when they found out the size of the awards. For the last eight years, the Golden Gs...

Mentors Give and Gain: Building Important Relationships

The special relationship that grows between a mentor and mentee was evident in an email teacher Katie Fuelling received from Marilyn Knowles, who mentors one of Fuelling's students at Godwin Heights North Elementary School. "Omigosh!  I didn't want to leave!"...

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The Early College program will...

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...
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