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Anonymous Survey Seeks Info on Stressors, Health

Not far below the surface of high-school life, with its tests and social pressures and family problems, lie a rash of mental-health problems: anxiety, stress, depression, even thoughts of suicide. So say students and counselors at Lowell High School, where...

Head Comforter, Organizer Extraordinaire

Alto Elementary secretary Bonnie Gokey hangs up the telephone after assuring a parent she'll get his son, Mikey, to the office to be picked up for a dentist's appointment as soon as recess is over. "Right now I'm just trying...
Lowell HIgh science teacher Heather DeJonge checks out one group’s tank of daphnia, commonly known as water fleas. Next to DeJonge, from left, are Brenan Conlan, Jacob Nugent and Holt Sawyer

Student Scientists do Real-world Research

If the experiments going on in the laboratory of Heather DeJonge's Lowell High School research class look like they could be happening in a true scientific context, it's because they actually are.

Two Lowell Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win State Finals

It doesn’t look nearly big enough to hold 400 pounds. After all, it’s just a little toothpick-scaffold-like structure made of balsa wood and glue. It weighs just 15 grams, or 0.03 pounds. But the “little toothpick scaffold that could”...

There’s an App for That

Go to any school sporting event, sit in any medical or dental office waiting room or watch families in parks, at malls, grocery stores or just about everywhere and you'll notice something: A lot of people use smartphones. When Valerie...

Winter Survival Lesson, Wittenbach-style

Courtney Cheers addressed the small group of Cherry Creek Elementary fifth-graders gathered at her feet. "What are some things you would bring with you on a trip into the woods?" asked Cheers, director of the Wittenbach/Wege Environmental Agriscience Center. A sword...

Officer looks out for students’ safety, shares life skills, lends a caring ear

Officer Todd Summerhays’ main role is to ensure safety by securing buildings, monitoring surveillance videos and responding quickly and appropriately to anything amiss...

Fallen Local Heroes Honored at Homecoming Game

Lowell High School teacher Cari Slot wiped away tears after watching a video of her late brother-in-law, Trevor Parker Slot, on the Lowell football stadium scoreboard. The video warmly reviewed the life and public service of Slot and of the...

Seventh-graders Can’t Be Out-clevered

Some 300 seventh-graders became authenticity sleuths recently during a science class experiment dubbed “Cracking the Case of the Clever Craftsman.” Students were presented with a real-life example of a king's crown being made from a material other than gold, and...

‘Way More Than Just a Game’

D.J. Simpson has cheered with his family from the stands during Lowell High School's Pink Arrow Pride games for as long as he can remember. In fact, "I can't really remember not going to one," D.J. said. "It's just...

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...

While Others Took Tests, They Tested Out Possible Jobs

After taking a tour of Atomic Object, a software development firm run by smart young techies, Gina Ricards knew what kind of place where she wants to work. “This, exactly,” the Lowell High School sophomore said, standing in the bright...

Buzzing with Curiosity, Students Learn About Bees

Parker Perdaris took it in stride as his classmates secured various honey bee-body parts to a cardboard cutout he wore to simulate the head, thorax and abdomen. First came the eyes -- called compound eyes because they're actually hundreds...
Social studies teacher Kyle Carhart’s students carried boxes filled with textbooks this fall to simulate what it’s like for their Sudanese counterparts to carry water every day

Water for South Sudan, with Love from Lowell

School children and their families in one South Sudan community will be getting clean water to drink from a newly dug well, and middle school students in Lowell have learned how it feels to meet a long-term goal. And they're...

Art and Chemistry Create Some Magic

The late-autumn air is frigid, but inside the kiln it’s almost 2,000 degrees. Lowell High School students gather around the shiny metal cylinder as art teacher Susan Langford shouts, “Our kiln is almost ready!” Student Tanner Barnes cranks a winch...

Earth Science Rocks!

Earth Science teacher Burt Breuker has hit on a way to use all those good-for-next-to-nothing, stubby crayon nubs and at the same time engage hundreds of eighth-graders: make rocks. "I've always wanted to do something like this, switch to more...
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