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Godfrey-Lee Board of Education Trustee Elected in Tie-Breaker

It all came down to a random draw to determine who would win the tie to serve a six-year term on the Godfrey Lee Board of Education. The winner: Robert Baker Jr., who will serve his second term. He drew...

Family Math Night Puts Fun in Learning

Playing math games with your mom and dad might not sound like fun, but it packed the gym recently at Godfrey Elementary. About 250 students, parents and teachers crowded around tables as Calvin College students led them in games...

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...

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...

New District Chief Values Community, Diversity

The Board of Education has selected Kevin Polston, principal of Lakeshore Middle School, in Grand Haven Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The board plans to negotiate a contract with Polston, with his first day on the job expected July...

Making Stuff Work, from Robots to Silly Putty

Sophomore Loren Aguilar laughed repeatedly while playing with Ollie, a robotic toy that seemed to have a mind of its own. It maneuvered its way under tables, into people and toward a cardboard ramp. The wayward 'bot was one of...

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

Voters in Kent City, Godfrey-Lee approve funding requests

The Kent City and Godfrey-Lee school districts won funding requests on the Tuesday, May 8 ballot by comfortable margins...

Better together: high schoolers and second-graders tackle Plaster Creek

High school students partner with second-graders to learn about the waterway outside their doors...

Superintendents Support Students In the Face of DACA Decision

As a mother and grandmother, Teresa Weatherall Neal knows well the value of family. And as superintendent of nearly 17,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools students, she thinks about the families they all come from. So Neal’s reaction to President Trump’s...

‘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...

Changes Produce More Graduates at Alternative High School

Alexis Woroniecki tried two traditional high schools before dropping out her sophomore year. But in late May she spoke at her school's graduation ceremony. She credits her teachers at East Lee Campus for sending her down a new path. "The...

Persistence, sensitivity, connection improve attendance, district finds

A team approach helped Lee Middle School drastically reduce chronic absenteeism this school year...

Students School Teachers in Technology to Let Them Know What They Like

Lee High School senior Valeria Marin knows how to reach her classmates: snap a photo on the popular social media network Snapchat. Texts work too, she said. But many students don't bother to read emails. "You can send reminders about assignments,"...

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...
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Is this school haunted? Time to call the ghost ferreters!

The rewards of a summer filmmaking experience are (not grimly) being reaped by Lee students who spent a week last June creating a 10-minute short film, as part of the school’s first summer Movie Making Extravaganza class
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