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Serving Breakfast to Seniors Teaches Kids a Thing or Two

A group of Godfrey-Lee eighth-graders got a new perspective of older people when they cooked up a pancake breakfast at the Wyoming Senior Citizen Center. "Students usually have a hard time picturing older generations as having once been young like...

Lee High School: A Tale of the Need for Equity

Lee High School freshman Paul Villarreal wrote down his vocabulary words: "zest," "campaigner," "poliomyelitis" and "delegate" while in the Scholastic READ 180 classroom. The program, which blends online and teacher-led instruction, helps students become better readers. "It has helped me...

‘I Can Be Anything I Want’

Godfrey Elementary students' musings about what it means to be an American are on display on a mixed-media mural of a flag in the lower level of Lee High School. "Freedom." "Peace." "Kindness." "Family for Life." "Independence." "Hard work pays...
Kent ISD early literacy coach Katie Momber works with a Godfrey-Lee student (Photo courtesy of Kyle Mayer)

Grant Project Aims to Boost Third-grade Reading

In an effort to improve third-grade reading proficiency, the district will receive $20,000 to implement instructional practices recommended by Reading Now Network over the next two-and-half years. An instructional team of about a dozen literacy experts from all over the...

Grant aims to ready middle schoolers for what comes after high school

Seventh-graders in four Wyoming school districts will receive tutoring, mentoring and career exploration opportunities via Grand Rapids Community College...

Casual Fridays Make Art Experience Possible

Godfrey Lee teachers paying $1 to wear jeans on Fridays sent nine of their students to the Grand Rapids Art Museum camps this summer with the money they raised. Roseanne Steffens, Godfrey Lee K-12 and Early Childhood Center art teacher,...

Early Childhood Students Stride Past Training Wheels

Godfrey-Lee Elementary School Early Childhood Education students lifted their feet and rode on their new pedal-free Strider bikes. "I like it! Watch what I can do!" shouted kindergartner Madison Kremers as she zoomed past. Physical education teacher Julie Swanson is using...

Beat Goes On for 450 Students

Second-graders found the beat playing together on tube-like instruments called boomwhackers, tubano drums, glockenspiels and xylophones to the song, “Welcome back! I’m glad you’re here. Come and listen with your ear!” Thanks to a grant from the Michigan Youth Arts...

Students rap, rhyme their way through U.S. history, ‘Hamilton’-style

Sophomores and juniors are learning American history and weaving it into raps, poetry and dramatic skits about events and people tied to the American Revolution

Collapsed roof at Middle and High School getting evaluated

Engineers and architects are assessing the situation after a portion of the roof collapsed at Lee Middle and High School on June 6. No one was injured during the overnight collapse...

Art Program Helps Students Develop Right, Left Brain

Explorers had spotted the strange creature before in the rainforest swamp. Part crocodile, part lizard and part snake, the Crocakeard could sense predators from far away. “He was living in the swamp and these lionwolves tried to eat him,...

Tech Crew Reaches Out to Connect with Community

While Godfrey-Lee students decorated cookies and made crafts, Jodi Brumels walked Veronica Cordova through the process of using a computerized parent portal to view her child’s grades and homework at the recent Rebel U Outreach event. “I never did...

Playground Boss Raises Funds for New Area

Students ran onto the elementary school’s playground to find a volleyball net standing on a brand-new cement play area. Someone grabbed a ball and students began setting, bumping and spiking. Others picked up hula hoops to roll along the...

New School Chief Aims to ‘Build Trust and Relationships’

Superintendent Kevin Polston is greeting people in the neighborhoods, school and local businesses. He's talking to students, letting them see he wants to know each of them, what they like to do, what grade they are in. Reaching out is...

ELL apps ‘open doors’ for early childhood students

A small group of Godfrey-Lee students are partnering with a researcher from the University of Michigan to see if mobile apps and animations can help English-language learners grasp academic English...

Godfrey-Lee receives $98,000 grant from Native American Heritage Fund

Godfrey-Lee has received $120,000 in funds to help pay for their mascot change from Rebels to Legends...
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