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First-grader Wesley Reinholtz and his sister, Hallie, getting a boost from mom Erin, check out an electricity exhibit at the STEAM Museum

All Aboard for STEAM Night

The gymnasium at Alto Elementary filled with students and their families last week to experience the STEAM museum.
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...

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...

Marching in King’s Footsteps for Justice and Kindness

On the day that people across America honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students at area schools did their part to carry on his ideals. Here are just two examples of students putting his teachings to work. North...
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.

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...
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