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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...

Students Hold Their Own Olympics, STEM-Style

If you were a child, wouldn’t it be fun to make your own Olympic athletes out of stick-on pipe-cleaner thingies? Yes it would -- just ask these Godfrey-Lee fourth-graders

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...

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...

TEAM 21 Program Preserved for Middle School, Elementary Funding Expires

Godfrey-Lee parent Mandy Evangelista is grateful that, for years, her three children have been able to participate in the T.E.A.M 21 program that provides enrichment and extracurricular activities after school and during the summer. The program, which stands for Teach, Enrich,...

6Cs and project-based learning gain international attention

Classes at Lee Middle and High School will be featured in an upcoming documentary in South Korea...

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...

A Patient and Kind Friend to Newcomers

It's an extraordinary claim: During her 10 years working with middle school students, Missdalia Rios-Segundo says, not one has ever treated her with disrespect. But when you meet her, it makes sense. "They are good kids," Rios-Segundo said, as if it's...

Hispanic families struggle with uncertainty about Dreamers’ future

Students who are Dreamers, among about 700,000 young people nationwide who arrived to the U.S. as children of undocumented parents and are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, wonder if they will be able to go to college or secure financial aid. They feel betrayed by the system

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...

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...

How Does Imagination Boost Vocabulary?

Godfrey Elementary School English language-learner teacher Jackie Wearing's students were learning vocabulary during the Swoop reading intervention program. Their challenge: to end this sentence: "Chloe's intention is..." while looking at a picture of a girl playing a guitar. "Chloe's intention...

The little robotics team that could gets a helping hand, from humans

The Lee High School robotics team received a $3,000 boost ahead of the upcoming competition season...

New Greenhouse Helps Students Dig Into Agriscience

Lee Middle and High School students celebrated their new greenhouse recently by simultaneously taking huge bites of apples, symbolizing the produce the greenhouse will soon yield. The 12-foot by 26-foot western red cedar structure, located outside the school building, smells...

To cap it off

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

Keeping Kids in School to Increase Success

Gina Kuyers worries every time she sees an empty chair in a kindergarten classroom. Why be  concerned with absenteeism at such an early age?  Because there’s a higher statistical probability that that child will not graduate from high school,...
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