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‘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...

Hard Work, Leadership Pay Off for Student, Teacher at State FFA Convention

When Emma Blough attended her first Michigan FFA Convention as a freshman, she knew she wanted to be a state officer. Small wonder, then, that when she recently was named one of 12 FFA officers for Michigan, she cried. "It's...

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...

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...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...

Water Studies Meet Water Fun

About 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors in Tammy Coleman's Advanced Placement biology classes marked the day after exams with the release of nearly 50 salmon they raised in their classroom, with equipment provided by a donation from the Schrems...

Middle schoolers reflect on 6-8, look ahead to 9-12

SNN revisits eighth-graders we first talked with as they were adjusting to a new phase of K-12. Soon they will do it all over again...

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...

Kindergartners immerse in nature, for a whole week

Lessons focused on science and STEM objectives that related to weather and plant and wildlife adaptations, including observation and writing skills, service learning and unstructured nature play

Wanted: A House We Can Afford

Dawn Broene is well aware of the challenges of finding affordable housing in the Lowell area. Breone, director of Flat River Outreach Ministries, said the organization's social worker hears from three to five families a week who are having trouble...

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...

Summer Slide? When Pigs Fly!

Gwen Hoke would sooner see a pig fly than spend her summer reading. Wait, let's rephrase that: Gwen Hoke is reading this summer so she can see a pig fly. She really is. In exchange for reading books she chooses, the...

Land, Water and People: A Delicate Balance

Carter Sherman and Sierra Hieshetter already were aware of the importance of good land use planning and how what happens to the ground and water in one municipality can affect those adjacent. Sierra’s family gets water from a well, and...

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...

Planning for the Future, Starting Now

Gwen Hackett hurried into a meeting with guidance counselor Tory Parsons and apologized for being a few minutes late. She'd just come from rehearsal for the school play. "I'm playing a princess, a sailor and a maid," explained the junior...
This group of judges gave several thumbs-up to the novel “Short” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The book was selected for a Mock Newbery Honor by Lowell Middle students

Sixth-graders Make Their Newbery Picks

Book lovers and those with opinions were welcome for the middle school's second annual Mock Newbery club, which tackled many of the same books as their adult counterparts
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