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Re-created Music Videos Help Hone Production Skills

You can "Jump!" in teacher Jeff Patin's introduction to video production class, or "Walk like an Egyptian," or go "Dancing in the Dark." As part of the class, ninth- through 12th-grade students harked back to the "I want my MTV"...

Dad, Soccer Coach, Liaison Spreads Contagious, Can-do Attitude

Three-hundred coats hung in the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center ready for distribution. Jaime Ramirez stood next to the racks, helping parents and children find the right fit to keep warm this winter. Speaking in Spanish to many coat-seekers, Ramirez helped...

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...

Hispanic Culture Celebrated a Lo Grande!

The Mexican Hat Dance is perhaps cutest when performed by kindergarten, first- and second-graders, Early Education Center students demonstrated. Led by music teacher Tami Nelson, students celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by singing Spanish songs and dancing traditional dances for...

District asks millage increase for improved facilities, technology

If approved, the 3-mill sinking fund would generate about $300,000 annually for safety, energy, security and technology improvements...

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...

Local Association Names Godfrey-Lee Educator Counselor of the Year

Sitting around a table with six of her students, Lee Middle School Counselor Betty Killoran asks them to put together a puzzle, pieces facing down.  Students laugh as the puzzle is turned around, showing a mismatched photo of Scooby-Doo. Then,...

Graduate Returns, Coaches Writing

College writing student Johvan Calvo studied an essay written by Lee High School junior Tania Montes and offered her feedback, tips to help her on the ACT test come spring. “I do like your wording; it does pull it...

Mom’s Dedication to Son’s School Touches Others

When Yolanda Guzman's son Edgar was in kindergarten, his teacher taught the Spanish-speaking mother how to count to 100 in English. That was the beginning of a very special bond between Guzman and the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. "Then I...

Lee Students Who Stay on Track Get Trip to Check Out College

Keeping up with the classes they need to graduate high school on time rewards Lee High School students with a celebration and a trip to check out college. The idea was developed by Principal Kathryn Curry as she determined if...

Way Beyond ABC’s: Kindergartners Master a Growing List of Academic Skills

Byron Center’s Brown Elementary School kindergarten students are seated on a carpet in a big circle fronting a white board. They are making sense -- “number sense” that is. Teacher Andrew Smith writes the number 912 on the board and...

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...

Runnin’ Rebels Encourages Teamwork and Camaraderie

Forget everything you've ever read or heard about the so-called "loneliness of the long-distance runner." At Lee High School, you'll find a unique running club in full swing, an after-school fitness party where students and staff are invited to come...

Engaging Students Through Community Connections

During Steve Rierson's Lee High School physics class, students become pretend members of the Wyoming City Council, researching alternative energy sources for possible city use. In biology, they scramble for food, simulating animals in the wild trying to survive 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...

Day of Play All About Learning

There was a shark in the container with the fish. What could go wrong? "They are all in a fight! They are all in a fight!" shouted a kindergartner. Three other students joined the action, playing with plastic creatures in the...
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