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Athlete, Academic, White House Advisor: Leighton Watson

Ladies and gentlemen, keep your eyes on this young man. I’ve been wrong before, but something tells me the name “Leighton Watson” will surface down the road in more ways than one, and possibly in a manner that eventually makes...

New School Leader Always Wants to ‘Make My Mark’

School: Murray Lake Elementary Previous job: Student support administrator, Lowell Area Schools Degrees: Bachelor's in elementary education, Hope College; master's in reading, Nova Southeastern University; education specialist, educational leadership, Capella University Other positions in education: kindergarten and first grade teacher, literacy specialist,...

Students Salute Veterans with Song and Word

November is the month to be grateful for veterans and for what we have. Murray Lake Elementary fifth-graders celebrated both with a “We Are Thankful for Our Veterans” musical. They sang patriotic songs from “You’re a Grand Old Flag” to...

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...

Junior Gardeners Get Up Close & Personal with Honeybees, Vegetables, Beetles

“How do you get into this thing?” That’s Leo Tavarone, a fourth-grader at Murray Lake Elementary School, as he tries to wiggle his way into a bee suit.  He needs to figure this out, because in a few minutes he and...

‘This Makes Me Feel So Awesome’

Connor Smithee stood on the concrete of the otherwise deserted Alto Elementary playground on a recent afternoon. He wasn’t alone for long. At recess time, students poured from school doors and noisily raced to get in line for the...

First-graders Flip for Penguins

Becky DeVito knew she was onto something when she began to hear stories from former Bushnell Elementary School students. Kinda hard to forget those memorable penguin stories, students told DeVito, a first-grade teacher at the school. So instead of focusing...

Donation sparks program that helps students get counseling

The program’s name, “Bridging the Gap,” comes from the decision to use the funds to help families pay for amounts not covered by insurance

From Skinned Knees to Shoveling Snow, She Does it All

When it comes to her role at Alto Elementary School, Vicky Pratt's philosophy is pretty simple. "If it needs to be done, I don't mind doing it," Pratt says, taking a break from her job as office assistant for...

Every Student Helped Create This Work of Art

Artist Cara O'Brien stood near a group of third-graders wearing rubber gloves and showed them their next task on the enormous mural in front of them. "Use your fingertips just like that," she said as she demonstrated pushing globs of...

Tree Houses Can Too Have Alligators and Fireplaces

Marshall VanWagoner has a tree house at home, but said the similarities are few between it and the one he recently made in art class. "Mine (at home) has 2-by-4s holding it up and I literally painted the floor of...

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...

Real-World Study: Raising Money for Sierra Leone Schools

Ben Fabiano has definite ideas on why his class is raising money to help build schools in Sierra Leone. “These kids don’t really know very much because they don’t have an opportunity to go to school,” the Lowell Middle School...

Clothes Pins, Hot Glue and Elmo

District staff across Kent ISD busied themselves in the weeks and days leading up to today, readying their buildings and classrooms for students. Lowell Martha Hayden worked quietly but quickly to get her second-grade classroom at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell set...

For Every Child a Special Story

What if you told someone your favorite food and color; what kinds of stories you like to read; and whether you consider yourself brave, shy or funny; and based on your answers, a book was written just for you? Susan...

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...
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