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Clearing misconceptions: infamous biology teacher shares his underlying methodology

Clearing misconceptions: infamous biology teacher shares his underlying methodology

Rae Wymer, Reporter

May 2, 2019

“I was scared at first, because everyone made it seem like he was a hard teacher,” one freshman student said. Freshmen in Mark Wenning’s NGSS Biology 1 are stressed by his tough grading. They worry over all the exact details in every graded assignment, from homework to the essay questions on weekl...

Going Beyond Biology: Highlighting Upper Level Science Courses

Going Beyond Biology: Highlighting Upper Level Science Courses

Joelle Chien and Trevor Higgins

May 2, 2019

After the required two years of life and lab sciences, many Lowell students go into AP science classes, or stop taking science all together. Some, however, continue on into more unusual courses, such as Principles of Biotech and Marine Science. Students can explore genetic engineering, conduct hands-on exper...

Behind the scenes: what it takes to host a school-wide event

Behind the scenes: what it takes to host a school-wide event

Hana Lee and Lee Wilcox, Reporters

April 24, 2019

As Lowell continuously makes efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, GlobeFest is a way to that the school makes these strides. On March 22nd, the GlobeFest fundraising event for the World Language Department was held from block 3 to 7. Students surrounded the stands, buying food from booths run by ...

It’s not just students: how UCs game the admissions system

It’s not just students: how UCs game the admissions system

Rae Wymer, Reporter

April 23, 2019

Senior Kelly Saldana was overqualified for UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego, but underprepared for the shock she felt when she was waitlisted at both schools. Saldana was sure she had a secure place in the schools based on her test scores and grades, which were above the requirements of both schools. M...

Social Emotional Intelligence class fights to keep class alive

Social Emotional Intelligence class fights to keep class alive

Crystal Chan

April 16, 2019

Every day during block seven, 13 students meet in room W109 for Social Emotional Intelligence (SEI) class. This isn’t a conventional class with copious note-taking, lectures and group work. Instead, after their daily meditation exercise, these students participate in community-building activities a...

Students walk out to advocate for Green New Deal

Students walk out to advocate for Green New Deal

Tess Randall and Christy Vong

April 15, 2019

“No coal, no way! Not tomorrow, not today!” chanted a crowd of students holding brightly colored signs outside of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office. On the morning of March 15, around 20 Lowell students gathered outside of Lowell High School and headed downtown to join over 1,000 students...

A layup towards unity: Lowell holds annual Special Olympics

A layup towards unity: Lowell holds annual Special Olympics

Seamus Geoghehan

April 12, 2019

“It’s about respect, acceptance and building inclusion for all students on campus- not just for those with special needs,” previous Lowell physical education teacher and current Special Olympics Event Coordinator Michael Prutz said when describing the purpose of the annual Special Olympics bask...

Language festival name change: Kermesse to Globefest

Language festival name change: Kermesse to Globefest

Sophia Shen and Kate Green

March 22, 2019

Lowell’s language festival has been permanently renamed Globefest in order to rectify the anti-Semitic history of its former name, Kermesse. According to World Language Department Head John Raya, this fundraising staple for the language program had been called Kermesse since its inception. Kermess...

Underwater Hockey: Lesser-known sport on the rise

Underwater Hockey: Lesser-known sport on the rise

Io Gilman and Tess Randall

March 20, 2019

When sophomore Sydney Li told her biology class that she played underwater hockey, she was met with confusion. “[The teacher] said, ‘Underwater hockey?!’ and then everyone turned to me and looked at me weirdly,” Li said. “Ever since then, everyone has known me as ‘Underwater Hockey Girl....

Wellness Wednesdays: The Wellness Center brings mindfulness to the student body

Wellness Wednesdays: The Wellness Center brings mindfulness to the student body

Elyse Foreman

March 11, 2019

Wellness Center intern Jocelyn Gutierrez wants to help students find their own meaning of mindfulness. “Mindfulness can actually mean a lot of different things,” she said, “but [in general] it is being in-tune with your body, making sure that you’re taking care of yourself and being comfortab...

Filling the gap: Alumna shares the experience of a gap year in India

Filling the gap: Alumna shares the experience of a gap year in India

Shannon Chang, Reporter

March 7, 2019

“After my eight months had finished, I was so overwhelmed with a bittersweet kind of emotion. I was so grateful and so happy with the experience that I had,” Lowell's Class of 2015 alumna Alana Poole said as she reflected back on the gap year she took in India before she started college. She is now...

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