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Continuing the Family Tradition

For Pat Nugent, public service is a good fit both personally and professionally. A lifelong Lowell-area resident and graduate of Lowell High School, Nugent was first elected to the Board of Education in 1998. As the senior school board member...

First-grader Joins Band of Reading Champs

Being able to read books scores big points with Claire Greenwood. "My mom gets them for me at the library," she said. "I read them in my bed at night, until 8:30." The Alto Elementary first-grader's love of the written word...

‘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...

From the ballpark to the open road, summer gigs keep this English teacher busy

When do you see a public school teacher driving a Porsche? When it’s somebody else’s Porsche...

Pink Arrow Pride Runs Deep

Anna Organek stood before an auditorium full of her fellow Lowell High School students, describing what it was like to endure cancer as a child. “It made me and my family live every day to the fullest, and brought...
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.

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...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Been There, Took the Class, Got the T-shirt

Tiana Marie-Peavey has wanted an AP Lit T-shirt since she first saw one her freshman year. Thing was, you had to be a student in Jeff Larsen's class. This year, Tiana got her T-shirt, a rite of passage of sorts...

Late Joiner Surprised to Land in National Finals

When a friend suggested Ethan Sutton join a Lowell High School business club this year, he thought, “Why not? It should look good on a resume.” It will indeed. By May, Ethan found himself in an Orlando, Fla. hotel, in...

Students Explore Michigan History at Local Museum

Nearly 30 students in Diane Titche's Murray Lake Elementary third-grade class crowded into the 1960s exhibit room of the Lowell Area Historical Museum recently for a brief introduction from Director Lisa Plank. Before they headed off to explore on their...

Parking Lot Painted with ‘Positivity & Joy’

On a gray-grit city parking lot through some of this summer’s hottest days, a dozen students painted a bright path of hope. Their zig-zag creation of sunshine colors on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids emerged from interviews with area...

The Stories Behind Saying “Yes” and “No” to Millages

Lowell Area Schools got what it wanted from the Nov. 5 election results. Wyoming Public Schools didn't. Lowell school administrators are looking forward to improving security measures to keep children and teachers safe at elementary schools and taking care of...

Student Tells U.N. about Lowell Youth Rotary, Community Giving

The United Nations is not exactly new to Hayden Sutton. For the past two years he has competed in Model U.N., taking part in simulated government debates and twice taking first place in the international academic program. So when he...

From Panther to Red Arrow, he’s on his way

Steve Gough (pronounced Goff) is the new Lowell High School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

First Day in the Life 2016

Editor’s note: This year, a quartet of School News Network reporters fanned out across Kent ISD and paired with a single person experiencing his or her first day. Below is a glimpse inside that exciting, nerve-wracking annual school ritual. Grand...
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