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Lee High School: A Tale of the Need for Equity

Lee High School freshman Paul Villarreal wrote down his vocabulary words: "zest," "campaigner," "poliomyelitis" and "delegate" while in the Scholastic READ 180 classroom. The program, which blends online and teacher-led instruction, helps students become better readers. "It has helped me...

Author to Student Writers: ‘Do It Because You Love It’

It can be a looooong way from when the first sentences are written to when a completed novel hits the shelves. Publishing is a journey often wrought with rejection and lots of revision, said MarcyKate Connolly, author of fantasy...

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...

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

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...

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...

District holds first community forum on middle and high school renovation

Seven classrooms and the psychologist’s office were destroyed during a roof collapse at 1335 Lee St. SW on June 5. On June 23, the remaining structure of the affected area collapsed...

Principal Stresses ‘Education Is the Road Out of Poverty’

As a child growing up in inner-city Chicago, Kathryn Curry had friends who were at school one day and gone the next, after their families were evicted from their homes. She attended a funeral of a friend killed by a...

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...

School Supply Santa delivers supplies, smiles, to schools

Denise Kooiker was perplexed when a friend, who is a teacher, told her many of her students had no school supplies for their first day of school. ”My heart broke. I thought there was no way a child in...

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...

Students Embrace their Inner Frog, or Robot

Improv Class Helps Children Loosen Up and Have Fun

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The Early College program will...

‘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...

Sound Engineers

Though his rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" was a bit ding-y, Lee High School senior Scott Peuler looked pleased with himself as he finished the tune by hitting glass bottles filled with different levels of water with...

First Generation College Student Struggles to Fit In

Jordan Lovett feels a little like a puzzle piece that doesn't quite fit lately. She sits in the Moose Cafe at Aquinas College holding a cup of hot cocoa and reflects on the last semester. "It was really stressful," she...
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