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District Plans to Transform Undeveloped Space Into Outdoor Learning Lab

Lee Middle School eighth-grade teacher Vlad Borza hopes to one day see the long-abused Plaster Creek flourishing with wildlife, such as nesting turtles and migrating salmon. He and other Godfrey-Lee Public Schools administrators are taking steps to involve students in...

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...

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...

Advocating for The Voices of Youth

Behind her beaming smile, Lee High School junior Jisel Ochoa often is considering center-stage topics in national politics: immigration policy, women's rights, gay marriage. Though she's a talented student and runner, Jisel's interests surpass sports and academics. She wants the...

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...

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...

Tech Crew Reaches Out to Connect with Community

While Godfrey-Lee students decorated cookies and made crafts, Jodi Brumels walked Veronica Cordova through the process of using a computerized parent portal to view her child’s grades and homework at the recent Rebel U Outreach event. “I never did...

Godfrey-Lee Director Made Musicals Possible With No Budget, No Auditorium

Lee High School senior Gabby Estrada peeked out from under a feather-adorned witch’s hat during rehearsal for “Shrek the Musical,” and looked at her friends and fellow actors busy practicing lines and singing songs.She played the Wicked Witch of...

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...

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...

Godfrey-Lee Board of Education Trustee Elected in Tie-Breaker

It all came down to a random draw to determine who would win the tie to serve a six-year term on the Godfrey Lee Board of Education. The winner: Robert Baker Jr., who will serve his second term. He drew...

Newcomer Students Pitch in to Trunk or Treat

Families with their little goblins, ghouls, princesses and Power Rangers received bags full of goodies donated by neighborhood businesses during Trunk or Treat at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. More than 40 cars opened their trunks while Lee High School...

Student Describes Experiences, Obstacles of Living in Poverty

Lee High School senior Jordan Lovett headed to cross-country practice after her final class of the day. Along the way, she stopped to listen to a middle school student play his instrument. She then took a moment to chat with...

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...

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...

New Shoes Help Students Start School in Style

For Graciela Landa, receiving free shoes for her children from a Grand Rapids nonprofit organization was a big relief. Pregnant with her sixth child, Landa watched her third-grade daughter Nimsi and first-grade son Ismael try on brand new and stylish...
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