Archive for Friday, November 2, 2012

First Bell: Pre-weekend updates on school schedules, football playoffs and pre-bond meetings

November 2, 2012


• This week marked the end of the first trimester in the Lawrence school district, so that means students can take a deep breath and note that the year is one-third over.

It also means there is no school today for elementary students, PreK-5. Teachers will be working today recording and reporting grades. It's also a professional development day for elementary classified staff.

Sorry, middle and high school students (and teachers). You still have to show up.

Elementary students will also be out Thursday and Friday next week, Nov. 8-9, for parent-teacher conferences. Parents and guardians are urged to contact their schools about scheduling conferences.

• The Lawrence and Free State high school football teams are both playing in first-round playoffs tonight. Lawrence High School travels to Gardner-Edgerton for the 6-A regional match. Free State is hosting Olathe North.

Students in the Free State video department will be webcasting the game live over its website:

Scott Smith is the video and broadcast teacher at Free State who has been organizing the webcasts this season.

Smith and his students should be congratulated just for attempting such a thing.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Coverage begins at 6:55.

• The Lawrence school district will hold five more pre-bond public input sessions next week. The purpose is to get public feedback and comments about a proposed bond election in the spring to fund building improvements and technology upgrades.

Officials from Gould Evans Associates, the architectural and design firm that is handling the planning process, will present overviews at each meeting about the needs and possible improvements in mind for each building.

Two meetings are scheduled for Monday and will run concurrently. The first begins at 6 p.m. at Quail Run School, 1130 Inverness Drive. The second begins at 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road.

Another session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day) at Deerfield School, 101 Lawrence Ave.

Two more will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The first begins at 4:45 p.m. at Woodlawn School, 508 Elm St. The second is at 6 p.m. at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St.


Gayla Bieker 5 years, 4 months ago

Was wondering why elementary kids have been off on two Friday's in the past 3 wks since parent/teacher conferences are set for Nov.8-9? Is there some other reason they were off? thanks

Gayla Bieker 5 years, 4 months ago

oops I just read that teachers were off today posting grades, isn't that what early dismissal is for on Wednesday's. I remember that the whole purpose of Wednesday's early dismissal was started to create more time for the teacher's to get caught up but it seems like they now have added another day to cause parents to find day care on all these Friday's off. Am I the only one that has a problem with this?

orbiter 5 years, 4 months ago

No, I'm sure you are not the only one with a problem with it. There are plenty of people out there that get mad about things they are not fully informed about.

meatheadwisdom 5 years, 4 months ago

10/19 was a K-5 Professional Development day and 6-12 conferences. 11/2 (today) is 1/2 day professional development and 1/2 day recording and reporting where teachers need to get grades and grade cards prepared for next week.

Here's the link to the master calendar on the district website:

Gayla Bieker 5 years, 4 months ago

Preparing grade cards should and can be done on Wednesdays when early dismissal occurs. Children are dismissed around 1-1:30. That leaves plenty of time if you work til 4 or 5 like most working people usually do. Don't get me wrong I know teachers are great and deal with children on a daily basis but when you compare their daily hours and time off at each holiday and during May, June, July and August it amounts to a fair amount of time off....Sometimes they have snow days also. I know of no other career that working moms can obtain that has such a great schedule and so much time off. Just saying....

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

I walked by an outdoor dining establishment last week on Mass. St. A single diner was clearly grading a paper at 6:30 p.m. I don't know her exact schedule, but it brought a smile to my face.

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