Godwin Heights High School
October 20, 2023
10/21: Girls Varsity Volleyball OK Silver Conference - Away - 9:00 AM
10/23: Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Grand Rapids Union High School - Away - 6:00 PM
10/23: Board of Education Meeting - Admin - 6:00 PM
10/24: NMSQT/PSAT Testing - 7:30 AM - 2:25 PM
10/25: Early Release - 1:10 PM
10/27: 9th Grade KCHD Vision Screening - Planetarium - 7:30 AM
10/30: Improvement Walk - 7:30 AM - 10:50 AM
10/31: Counseling: Ferris State University Campus Visit - 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Godwin at a Glance
As a public school, we are held accountable to public school laws that govern attendance. The Kent Intermediate School District oversees all public schools in Kent County to be sure that all are operating under the laws and of the Michigan Department of Education.
The normal attendance expectations for any given child in the Kent County Intermediate School District are as follows:
> that a child miss not more than 10 days of Excused Absences for the entire school year,
> that a child have no Unexcused Absences for the entire school year
> that a child have not more than 5 Tardies combined with Leave Early check-outs per semester.
> that a child have no Suspensions for the entire school year.
Godwin Heights Public Schools are held by law to report tardies and absences in excess of the guidelines listed above to the Kent Intermediate School District Office of Truancy and School Attendance-State Law Enforcement Division.
The primary rationale for positive attendance is the strong relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Chronic student absences reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.
Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes. High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood, at higher rates than high school graduates. These differences in absentee rates were observed as early as kindergarten, and students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in elementary school than their peers who graduated from high school.
A Note for Parents on the PSAT/NMSQT
The Ghost of Splinter Cove
November 17 & November 18, 2023
Godwin Heights High School Auditorium
Playwright Steven Dietz
Director Julia Knutson
Summary of The Ghost of Splinter Cove
Nate and Cora’s family has a secret. One night while the siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, this secret begins to unearth a mystery transporting them on the adventure of their lives! Along the way, they discover things about themselves and secets hidden by their family, changing all of them forever. The Ghost of Splinter Cove conjures a world of mystery in the wilderness, but be careful – you may get lost in what’s real and what’s not!
Early Release - 10/25
Reminder that school lets out at 1:10 on 10/25!