Archive for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Academic year begins for Lawrence public schools

Ginger Tashuda snaps a cell phone photo of her son, 6-year-old Anthony Webb, before he heads into New York School for his first day of class on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Ginger Tashuda snaps a cell phone photo of her son, 6-year-old Anthony Webb, before he heads into New York School for his first day of class on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

August 11, 2010, 10:16 a.m. Updated August 11, 2010, 4:12 p.m.


Summer vacation ends for students

Parents and children got ready early this morning for the first day of school for Lawrence first- through seventh-graders, and 10th graders. Enlarge video

District leaders reflect on first day jitters

With the summer winding down and children preparing to return to school, some district leaders took time to reflect on their first days in school. Most classes will begin during the next two weeks. Enlarge video

Lawrence students go back to school

At Hillcrest, fathers of students cook pancakes for the returning students. Enlarge video

One down, 174 days to go.

The first waves of students filed into Lawrence public schools Wednesday, beginning an academic year that promises new beginnings now and certain ends of eras come May: sixth-graders moving into middle schools, ninth-graders moving up to high schools, and who knows what else as administrators grapple with performance assessments, budget changes and other challenges that undoubtedly lay ahead.

Isabel Hardy, of course, has her own concerns.

“We get a lot of homework,” said Isabel, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Hillcrest School. “We’ll get at least six pages of homework a day. That’s what our teacher says. She said, ‘Be prepared.’ ”

Isabel is among more than 10,000 students who start school this week in the district, where 950 teachers are among 1,800 employees whose weeks and months of preparations are springing into action — some amid last-minute complications.

At Quail Run School, maintenance workers spent the morning adapting connections for a new dishwashing unit in the cafeteria. At Schwegler School, a burst water main — a section of cast iron pipe running beneath a nearby parking lot — had threatened to cancel school, but city crews had repairs completed by 5 a.m.

“Hopefully we won’t have any more problems,” said Tom Bracciano, the district’s division director for facilities and maintenance.

Rick Doll, district superintendent, didn’t spend the first day of schools in his office. He dropped by Deerfield School and Free State High School early on, as he made the rounds throughout the district to see teachers, support staffers and administrators working together to give students the best opportunities to learn.

“It’s fun to get into the schools when they’re full of kids,” he said, ducking into Quail Run.

Thursday means a regular schedule for all students in first through 12th grades, plus half of kindergartners; the other half of kindergartners start Friday. Preschoolers begin their school year Monday.


conservative 7 years, 8 months ago

What am i missing? Students starting on wednesday, thursday, or friday. How does that add up to 4 first days of school?

Bobbi Walls 7 years, 8 months ago

the preschoolers start on Monday, that would be 4 days!

conservative 7 years, 8 months ago

The original article before the update at 4:12 didn't include info about preschool. Lol

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