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Lee High School Students Give Back to Community During Summer Vacation

A carnival on the Lee High School lawn bustled with happy neighborhood children, while a couple blocks away drivers handed over donations for charity to have their cars scrubbed. Neighbors were surprised when students stopped by to paint their...

Thanks to Gift for Retired Educator, Newcomer Students Tour Museum

For Tuppin Hauschild, a Grand Rapids Public Museum field trip was a way to introduce Lee Middle and High School immigrant students to the community. But the recent outing turned into something bigger. As the 15 English-language-learner students, grades 6 through...

At Rebel U, Focus is On ‘the Who’

When students choose to learn about a topic they care about, Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center teacher Lindsay Blume sees the potential for genius to emerge. Her English-language learner first- and second-grade students last school year researched topics ranging from a...

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,...

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...
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...

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...

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...

Grant Supports Learning from Nature

Women Who Care of Kent County, a group of women who support nonprofits, recently awarded a grant of $12,000 to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools to support the district Living Learning Lab project. The grant will be used for professional development, much...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

To cap it off

Before donning caps and gowns, Lee High School seniors faced one final test: the capstone exhibition...

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...

Schoolyard Watershed Stewardship

Oh, the creatures you’ll find in a creek! Early Childhood Center students shrieked as they discovered the tiny inhabitants of Plaster Creek. “I got something! It’s got legs! It’s got legs!” one squealed as she scooped an insect from a...

School Welcomes Families to Celebrate After-School Programs

The lights were on at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center and Spiderman and Batman were in the building. The district's after-school program, TEAM 21, recently welcomed families and students for a night of games, superhero-mask decorating and Halloween cookie munching...

Low Test Scores & Low Income Linked; Staff Seek to Help

At Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Kent County district with the lowest family income, the correlation between M-STEP scores and poverty is stark. More than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch in the one-square mile...

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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