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Circles Teach Students How to Talk It Out

The Restorative Circle program being used to solve disputes among students at Godfrey Lee Middle School is pretty simple: sit down together and talk it out. This makes more sense thanthe usual route of anger, fights and suspensions, says Christine...

Family Math Night Puts Fun in Learning

Playing math games with your mom and dad might not sound like fun, but it packed the gym recently at Godfrey Elementary. About 250 students, parents and teachers crowded around tables as Calvin College students led them in games...

Godfrey-Lee Students Know Gift of Giving

Godfrey-Lee Middle School students filled 137 shoe boxes with toys, toothbrushes, school supplies, soap and other items to send to impoverished children this holiday season as part of Operation Christmas Child. The school has been participating in the project for...

Lee Students Who Stay on Track Get Trip to Check Out College

Keeping up with the classes they need to graduate high school on time rewards Lee High School students with a celebration and a trip to check out college. The idea was developed by Principal Kathryn Curry as she determined if...

Serving Breakfast to Seniors Teaches Kids a Thing or Two

A group of Godfrey-Lee eighth-graders got a new perspective of older people when they cooked up a pancake breakfast at the Wyoming Senior Citizen Center. "Students usually have a hard time picturing older generations as having once been young like...

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...

Godfrey-Lee School Band awarded $14,000 in Instruments

When it comes to finding funds for the Godfrey-Lee Middle and High School Band, Director Kevin Gabrielse "Mr. G" and the Lee Rebel Band Boosters are simply miracle workers. In the last 10 years, they’ve done publicity campaigns to acquire...

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...

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,...

Sweeping Streets, Strengthening Partnerships in Godfrey-Lee

More than three dozen students, parents, educators and board of education members, business owners, and other members of the community joined hands to "sweep the streets" in a mile-long stretch of the historic Galewood Business District last month. A collaborative...

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,...

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...

Teachers Get Schooled on Tech-savvy Tools

Sixth grade teacher Vlad Borza is happy to have a little help managing behavior in his classroom. This year, he’s hoping cute, computer animated monsters will help him with the task after attending Rebel U, a full-day training program for...

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,...

Art Program Helps Students Develop Right, Left Brain

Explorers had spotted the strange creature before in the rainforest swamp. Part crocodile, part lizard and part snake, the Crocakeard could sense predators from far away. “He was living in the swamp and these lionwolves tried to eat him,...
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