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Second-graders learn who polluted the Flat River, & how it improved

The lesson ties in with the second-grade science curriculum and is part of a national freshwater monitoring program...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Walking in their shoes

ARROWS class aims to promote compassion, understanding and friendship among general education students and those with disabilities...

Complicated but fun: learning about energy with eggs, balloons, marbles and more

The project is part of the fourth-grade physical science unit on energy and waves using Next Generation Science Standards...

Well-read and fed, but not sold in stores

Middle school English teacher Anne Hoekstra tried something new for independent reading projects this year: Students created a cereal based on the novels they read...

Ballot proposal to ask for funds to address infrastructure needs, expected growth

Voters will be asked on May 7 to consider a $52.1 million bond request that would address infrastructure upgrades and improvements and extend the existing 7-mill levy for another seven years. No millage increase is expected...
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Learning tastes so sweet among winter’s maple trees

The Wittenbach/Wege Center is nature’s classroom for Lowell Area Schools students throughout the seasons. Follow this group of second-graders as they learn about the science of maple sugaring and its history among Michigan pioneers and Native Americans...

Sensory path, movement supports help students get focused, calm

The tools came from a $370 grant from the Lowell Education Foundation to Vanessa Hogarth, at-risk social worker...

Faithful recycler, expert laminator, dedicated teacher supporter

In the long run, said Alto Elementary parent volunteer Angie Kennedy, what she and other parent volunteers contribute to is maintaining teacher enthusiasm for a career in education...

Anger as an iceberg? Camp explores ways to wellness

Wellness Camp is the first program to use data from the “LoWellness Health Survey” released in 2016. The survey and the pilot camp were funded by a grant from the Lowell Area Community Fund...

Pollinator prairie a districtwide effort

The aim of the project is to boost habitat for birds and wildlife, keep invasive species from spreading and improve soil health...

Holiday parade cheer, assembled by Unity High

The gesture of holiday workshop-ery marks the first year the alternative school has been sending a student representative to monthly meetings of the Chamber of Commerce...

Students share research with college undergrads, faculty and scientists

The trio of seniors in science teacher Heather DeJonge’s biology research class were at the Van Andel Research Institute recently along with nearly 200 undergraduate presenters, plus scientists, university faculty, graduate program recruiters and researchers...

Two classes, two ways to learn about refugees

Students at Cherry Creek Elementary and Lowell Middle School are giving thought to what it means to have to leave home and make a new one, thousands of miles away...

A yearbook that’s 2 good 2 be 4gotten

Student staffers use design thinking to up their yearbook game. After all, says their adviser, “This is a business”...

Lowell asks for help in shaping $50 million bond request

The district says school building improvements can be made with no tax increase. Officials are asking for input from school staff, district families and community members to help come up with detailed plans...
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