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The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

District conducts contact tracing after high school student tests positive for COVID-19

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Lowell Area Schools received notification from the Kent County Health Department that a student enrolled at Lowell High School had tested positive for COVID-19...

Education ‘a family thing’ for new interim superintendent

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year at Lowell Area Schools. School News Network sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

In class, online, both? Parents, students wrestle with choices

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this school year...

Lowell Area Schools taking a hybrid approach to fall

Interim Superintendent Nate Fowler is overseeing a complex return-to-school plan involving both online and hybrid in-person options...

Two local districts ask voters to approve funding proposals

The Cedar Springs and Lowell school districts are going to voters Aug. 4 with proposals to improve buildings, grounds and educational technology...

Sinking fund renewed, funds facility improvement

Voters approved the renewal of a building and site sinking fund Tuesday, with unofficial results tallying 3,264 yes and 2,065 no votes...

In the words of 2020 graduates

Lowell High School English teacher Heidi Kolp gives her class the chance to take a crack at crafting a commencement address...

School 2.0: tips from the pros

As K-12 districts roll out their Continuity of Learning Plans this week, and students across Kent ISD and beyond make the transition to online learning as a primary means for most, those who have been doing it for a while have some advice...

Trail cleanup, chicken hatching & the importance of keeping routines

Counselor RJ Boudro connects with students via social media while relishing time at home with his wife and children...

For seniors, a memorable finale cut short

Area high school seniors talk about their worries, and offer valuable perspective to their peers and others on the statewide school closure...

Looping through layers of sound with a cool new pedal

A looper pedal and related equipment for the high school orchestras were purchased through a grant from the Lowell Education Foundation...

Bonus mini-grant funding means twice the boost for classrooms

The number and quality of Lowell Education Foundation grant requests typically mean just one round of giving...

Learning to get MAD about winter survival

The visit made by all district third graders is aligned with the science curriculum...

Eighth grade bridges falling down

It’s a STEM project that’s designed to fail, the teacher explained...

What’s in a name? Third graders learn at museum

All district third graders spend two days at the museum to wrap up the Michigan unit of the social studies curriculum...
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