Archive for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

First Bell: Students walk to school this morning; Lawrence High debate success; board meeting schedule changes

October 3, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated October 3, 2012, 2:40 p.m.


News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County:

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• Today is national walk/bike to school day. New York School is participating with a group walk and cycle at 7:15 a.m. from the intersection of 15th Street and Haskell Avenue to the school.

Afternoon update: Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder put together this great video of the New York walk, which features principal Nancy DeGarmo.

Walk to School Day

Several New York Elementary students celebrated National Walk to School day by walking and biking with their principal from 15th and Haskell Ave. to their school Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Enlarge video

• Jeff Plinsky, the debate coach at Lawrence High School, shared some results from the debate team's third week of competition this past weekend at the Manhattan invitational. In the novice division, students Stefan Petrovic and Jesse Belt placed first with a 5-0 record, and Brad Kincaid and Luke Padia placed sixth with a 4-1 record.

• Mark your calendars: The board meetings this month will be a little different than originally scheduled. There's one at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive. The next meeting will be a bond issue update from Gould Evans at 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Then, instead of Oct. 22, the next after that will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Public Education is a strong player in new Economic Growth yet republicans starve the system of funding which starves our teachers of resources. Which starves the desired level of education = stealing from our children’s future.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Other than smaller classrooms and a better learning environment this walk/bike day clearly demonstrates the need for smaller neighborhood elementary schools.

More families are able to participate in addition to those families who do it frequently.

jcphawk 5 years, 2 months ago

It's nice to see a story about the success of the LHS debate team. These students, like the students that compete in athletics, put in a lot of time preparing for competition and deserve some recognition. Congratulations to the students that did well and to those that competed.

Tara Painter 5 years, 2 months ago

My Kids walk to school all the time, I try to teach them about keeping fit :)

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 2 months ago

Spellcheck on the LHS coach - it's Plinsky.

gastrawn 5 years, 2 months ago

Spellcheck on the LHS debater - it's Jesse.

Jeff_Plinsky 5 years, 2 months ago

That one was my fault. I misspelled Jesse's name when I emailed it. My apologies to Jesse and Alex.

And I may well have misspelled my own name too - it's been a busy week.

Bob-RJ Burkhart 5 years, 2 months ago

Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club (LBOC) partnered with Sunflower Bike & Outdoor to provide FREE bike safety checks at New York Elementary School on Wed-AM. Our LBOC-LEAP mentors also advised students about getting FREE bike helmets at local fire stations!

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