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Letters from Santa, Courtesy of Ninth-grade Elves

Writing letters to Santa Claus is pretty much a rite of passage in the elementary years. Having them answered by a high school-age elf is pretty amaze-balls. Every year, all Murray Lake and some Bushnell kindergarteners write letters to Santa...

Outdoor Classroom, Basic Living Skills Among Projects Awarded Grants

Gifts for Learning Following are the most recent grants awarded by the Lowell Education Foundation: Mock Newbery club, $300, Middle School Kindergarten science inquiry, $539, Bushnell Elementary Studio flash lighting, $748, High School Music tech microphones, $600, High School Outdoor...

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...

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...

Students Eating Homegrown, Healthy Food — and They Like It!

Katie Hofman didn’t miss a beat when she was asked whether she planned to try some spaghetti squash at lunch. “I like to try new things,” said the Murray Lake Elementary fifth-grader as she alternated bites of pancake dipped in...

Pond Improvement Means More Waterfront Learning

Fourth-graders had one task when they visited the pond behind the Wittenbach/Wege Environmental Agriscience Center building for a lesson in species adaptation: "If it's alive and it's moving," naturalist Joanna Szawarski said, "put it in the cup." That was all...

FFA Program Begins Offering College Credits

Elliott Kelley is no stranger to life on a farm, so he has no problem doing double chicken duty at school. Especially now that the high school freshman could be earning college credits for it. New this year at Lowell:...

Fair Skies, Wavy Clouds or Twisters, He’s On It

It’s 7:40 on a recent Monday morning, and high school student staffers are busy at work behind the scenes putting together the Red Arrow Report, which broadcasts daily the Pledge of Allegiance, daily announcements, sports and news. They go...

Rocking Out with Strings, Awesomely

Mitchell Evink couldn't seem to help playing air cello as he sat on the floor of the band room and watched a video featuring the high school's rock fusion orchestra. As air cello goes, Mitchell's playing was pretty "lit," as...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Muy Creativo!

It can all be traced to Conner Meyers’ delicate complexion. “He burns so easily,” explained classmate Kelly Kroll. “He even got sunburned when we were making the video.” The video Kelly was referring to was one of a handful created by...

Students to Drivers: Put the Phone Down!

The image looms high above southbound U.S. 131, just north of the Burton Street exit -- a tear falling from a teen girl’s eye, a pair of hands clutching a cell phone instead of a steering wheel, and a...
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