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Two classes, two ways to learn about refugees

Students at Cherry Creek Elementary and Lowell Middle School are giving thought to what it means to have to leave home and make a new one, thousands of miles away...

A yearbook that’s 2 good 2 be 4gotten

Student staffers use design thinking to up their yearbook game. After all, says their adviser, “This is a business”...

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...

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...

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...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

Students express selves through words, drawings, and their own hands

Susan Langford’s studio art students made old-fashioned casts of their hands. They posed them to convey one or more concepts, then added their own drawing and words. The results were profound...

She chose music over medicine, and her students are glad she did

Wendy Tenney Tenney is one of 10 Michigan educators who were named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year...

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...

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...

From King Tut to Helen Keller to Elvis, students dig up historical tidbits

Fourth-grade students of Rachel Millhisler and Jennifer Bolhuis shared their research on biographical figures from Elvis Presley to Harriet Tubman, and Neil Armstrong to Malala Yousafzai

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

First-grade service learning project brings generations together

Murray Lake has been bringing students to Fountain View since 2008. A grant from Greater Lowell Community Wellness helps pay for monthly trips

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

‘I’m the appreciation chairperson’

Parent volunteer Melissa Kelley-Carey says even the smallest amount of time is a big help, and that help doesn’t always come in the form of hours clocked
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