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Beyond Computers: Teachers Dig Deep with ‘Tech Tool Smackdown’

With online standardized testing coming down the pike, students as early as kindergarten using Google Docs and email, and districts integrating mobile devices more than ever, Lee High School English teacher Andrea Donovan says the more a teacher knows...

Living Life Like a Pumpkin

Art and science converged in Susan Sheets Odo's second-grade classroom, where students recently depicted the lifestyle of a pumpkin through papier–mâché projects, miniature pumpkin patches, watercolor paintings, jewelry and PowerPoint presentations. They presented their projects to fellow students and teachers...

Students Embrace their Inner Frog, or Robot

Improv Class Helps Children Loosen Up and Have Fun

Literary lunch gets books in families’ hands

The event was the first of three planned this spring for third- through fifth-graders to bring in parents to spend time together and get a new book, funded through federal Title One parent involvement funds

Keeping Kids in School to Increase Success

Gina Kuyers worries every time she sees an empty chair in a kindergarten classroom. Why be  concerned with absenteeism at such an early age?  Because there’s a higher statistical probability that that child will not graduate from high school,...

Superintendent Recognized by White House as Leader in Digital Learning

As Godfrey-Lee Public Schools superintendent, David Britten put the district on the cutting edge of digital education by implementing a one-to-one laptop program in 2009, before many other schools had done so. Since then the approximately 2,000-student district has stayed...

Anchoring Plants, Anchoring the Community

A new botany class at Lee Middle-High School has students thinking about roots, the kind that anchor plants and the kind that anchor communities. The class of ninth- through 12th-graders is growing tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

With teachers in high demand, this district partners with MSU

The college of education has about 100 interns, and about a quarter of those are in West Michigan. Other districts with MSU interns include Grand Rapids and Kentwood Public Schools...

Godfrey-Lee Students Know Gift of Giving

Godfrey-Lee Middle School students filled 137 shoe boxes with toys, toothbrushes, school supplies, soap and other items to send to impoverished children this holiday season as part of Operation Christmas Child. The school has been participating in the project for...

Capstone Courses Open Doors from Paleontology to Embalming

When you talk to high school students about their career goals, embalming isn't usually mentioned. But Maria Garcia, who graduated in May from Lee High School, finds the process of preparing bodies for presentation at a funeral fascinating, and she's...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...
East Lee senior Mitzi Hernandez holds a proclamation by the Grandville City Council declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month”

Students Bring Concerns from Classroom to Council

East Lee High School students recently served as a voice for the millions of victims of human trafficking worldwide, including thousands in West Michigan, by making a presentation to the Grandville City Council in support of a proclamation. Seniors Mitzi...

Free to ReadGR

After one year of operation, the program has provided more than 10,000 free books to more than 3,500 students in 10 elementary schools, picking up where a defunded program left off...

New Shoes Help Students Start School in Style

For Graciela Landa, receiving free shoes for her children from a Grand Rapids nonprofit organization was a big relief. Pregnant with her sixth child, Landa watched her third-grade daughter Nimsi and first-grade son Ismael try on brand new and stylish...

1,800 Bikes Find Their Home for the Holidays

Santa Claus delivered for children in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools district area in the days before Christmas, with six semi-trailers filled with 1,800 free bicycles. Godfrey-Lee Superintendent David Britten said he teared up all morning long as children got their...
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