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‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

How to Reform Education? One District Considers Students’ Needs

Lydia Hernandez took the day off from volunteering at the elementary school to prepare a big meal for visitors from the district's human-centered design team. Around the table, team members interviewed her for 90 minutes about her husband, who...

Finding and Sharing the Beat

The beat of Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center students' drums mixed with jangling tambourines, clanging blocks and sounds made by hitting sticks on household items recycled as instruments. "Let's all start a beat. ... Here we go. ... Let's all start...

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...

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...

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,...

‘It’s good to save a friend’s life’

A recent emergency response training, during which Lee Middle School students learned the Heimlich maneuver, paid off when an eighth-grader saved the life of another who was choking...

Superintendent Announces Retirement

The way Superintendent David Britten approaches his job is hands-on, vocal and in a way that touches others' lives. He's at many athletic and extracurricular events, he's outspoken about issues that affect students, teachers and classrooms, and he's known...

District Seeking New Tax for Facilities, Technology

Community information meetings on the Godfrey-Lee sinking fund proposal are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in the media center at Lee Middle/High School and 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the gym at the Early Childhood Center. The district is...
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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

Cyberattack Costs District, Prompts Extra Protection

The district battled a continuous malicious cyberattack beginning in September that sometimes left staff members with no access to student emergency and medical information. The Wyoming Police Department and Michigan State Police are investigating the cyber attack. The district is...

Don’t Just Tweak the Telegraph

Commentary by Kevin Polston, Superintendent, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools One of the universal shared American experiences is our public education system. Our country takes pride in the roots of public education and how it has served to provide opportunity for any...

Teachers Join Forces to Feed Families in Need

Lee Middle School eighth-grader Jonathan Lopez helped distribute food from a Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry truck recently to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools families. "Some people don't have enough food and most get paid minimum wage so they need help," said...

Students Send Toys, Supplies to Children in Need

Several Lee Middle School students involved in the school's community-service program, Lee Youth Trained to Serve, recently shipped 85 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to make children's holidays a little brighter. English Language Learner Paraprofessional...

Children Learn Math, Life Skills and So Much More

Everyone, regardless of where they are in life –be it a second grader or at a homeless shelter or at a nursing home- can help make their community a better place to live.  At least, that’s the message that about...

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...
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